9.15.2006

Bija mantras and life's experiences

"Mere kismat mein likha hai" or "My talai ezhutu"

It is an expression in Hindi as well as in Tamil, which reflects those moments of suffering in our lives when we blame "that which fate has written for us and therefore we have to suffer it."

Its a simple line that is very expressive, but we seem to have lost the origins of how this phrase even came about. The literal translation of this term is "that which is written within my head" is not entirely figurative.

It is believed that like the Gods, we as mortal human beings are assigned "Bija mantras" or seed mantras, which are single syllable words that define our entire personality and the lives we lead (Eg: The bija mantra for the Mother Goddess Bhuvaneshwari is Hrim). This makes the Bija mantra the fundamental expression of all that exists at all levels, be it Gods humans or demi Gods.

Brahma, the Lord of creation before we take on the next birth, decides this potent little word written in Grantham. This appears as an inscription engraved within the head, at the zone of the Sahasraha chakra, and it stays with us thereafter its character changing subsequently with every karma we do, good or bad. It enhances its potency with every additional step we take in the direction of spiritualism be it in the form of puja or bhajan sung with bhakti (devotion). This is probably why they say "be good, do good".

This Bija mantra is an outcome of our past karmas and punyams (good deeds) in our previous births. This Bija mantra decides whether we are subjected to rebirth, and the treatment we will receive at Yamaloka and the next birth characteristics decided at Brahmaloka. So life doesn't seem to end on this planet or in this life alone.

This bija mantra has a character that changes with our nature as we mature as individuals. This can be altered if we perform Parigarams (special pujas) at few select temples to render us better living at least for this life. The parigaram needs to be performed to Lord Kalabhairava, a form of Shiva, who is the lord of time controlling all the planets, and is the deciding factor of our horoscope. Apart from Him chandikeshwara who gives spiritual knowledge and uplifts us should also be worshipped.

The potency of Chandikeshwara is defined in the following temples, which are designed specifically for this purpose. For this, one needs to visit an old Shiva temple at one of these places; Thiruvaiyaru, Srivanjiyam, or at the village of Sembian Mahadevi called Anthakudi, near Nagapattinam. The temple at Anthakudi is the most potent of them all.

What is it about the Shiva temple at Anthakudi that makes it so important? It is believed that the area between the Mother Goddess shrine and that of Chandikeshwara in this temple is very potent and still holds very strong vibrations. Hence the value of the worship is enhanced here and the result thereafter is far more fruitful.

And how do we get there? Finding the way to this temple is not half as simple. It requires enough devotion and vigor to want to locate this temple and perform the parigaram there. So finding these temples is our "talai ezhutu"!

20 comments:

Aswin said...

Fate is a word that is often misused by people who create their own sufferings without realising. I strongly believe that our future is decided by our own Karma.
Karma is mistaken by many people as 'Fate',when Karma is actually the actions or deeds performed by us.

There is a saying, " You create your own destiny". What you are now, was due to the result of what you did years before; what you become ,tomorrow, depends on the deeds that you perform today. So if you desire to lead a prosperous life, you should cultivate the seeds of goodness in yourself.

"God helps those who help themselves", if you do not perform your duties, even the lord cannot save you.

So people, if you ever happen to say "Yellam en Thazhai eluthu( Literal meaning: all this is due to my fate)" remember that it was you and not "Brahma" who wrote it.
Perform your duties efficiently; abstinate the presence of bad thoughts and stay away from bad people, pray sincerely, think good; do good; and the result (Karma) will always be good".

JC Joshi said...

Hi Aswin,

With the background belief of ‘Vedanta’ or one God and His innumerable reflections that create ‘Maya’ or illusory universe to the different ‘images’, I agree with the statement, “…remember that it was you and not "Brahma" who wrote it,” to the extent that one must have faith and belief that one is Brahma Himself (the Formless Creator at the beginning of the creation or at the end of Satyuga, the stage when He reached perfection or balance between the spiritual and the material as expressed in the statements “Satyam Shivam Sunderam, i.e, Shiva alone is the truth and He alone is beautiful” and “Shivoham, i.e, I am the Creator (who has no beginning and no end)!”)…

It is believed that only at the beginning of the Satyuga can everyone realize the ‘Truth’. And, because of constant deterioration in human efficiency thereafter in a Mahayuga, the realization becomes tougher, and still tougher, with the passage of time - with the result that one is unable to recollect the ‘Truth’ at any time other than that and hence the feeling of helplessness among the growing majority with passage of apparent time due to apparent hierarchy and growing disparity…

“Good” and “Bad” are relative terms. It is difficult to categorize any particular human action at any given time in a specific category, for in the long run ‘good actions’ might turn out to be ‘bad’ and therefore result in repentance, and if vice versa to result in unexpected happiness…

Perhaps these could be understood as the opposite sides of the same coin, and therefore Buddha-like one is advised to adopt the middle or neutral path (or remain ‘Stithapragya’, i.e, ‘unmoved under all circumstances’, as advised in Gita) – like the blank side of the same coin that actually renders physical existence to the coin…

There is a saying, “Too much of anything is bad.” And one gets to experience pleasant as well as unpleasant happenings in life, as if by design...

Also, In Gita, Krishna advises Arjuna to live life like a spectator, for, in the present day terms, life is believed to be like the make-believe-world of the ‘reel life’ that we believably are all so well conversant with…Otherwise I feel that there is perhaps no explanation to the ancients’ belief about repetition of about 1000 cycles of Mahayuga, i.e, a set of four yugas, during one day in the life of Brahma, and thus viewing deterioration of human efficiency from 100% to 0% again and again, of course together with the rising component relevant to the particular yuga, which the ancients believed to be between the above stated range... …

தி. ரா. ச.(T.R.C.) said...

Good.you have made it simple a subject on which our sages had spent several years to understand.
There is a tamil quote"thalai ezhuthu enpathu mootathanam,
virakal paththum moolathanam"

JC Joshi said...

The application of Astrology, Palmistry, Tarot cards, ‘Tantra Vidya’ or ‘Occult science’, and so on, to determine likely ‘future’ of an individual, or country even, from time immemorial, also indicates different approaches to the same goal realized in the ‘past’ and the art continued in the ‘present’ also ritually, but with no plausible explanation when sometimes predictions turn out correct – but most of the times wrong - because of lack of fundamentals…And then at times one hears about dreams turning out true in ‘future’ in individuals who apparently had no specialized training in Yoga. And. Yogis reportedly seeing in their ‘mind’s eye’ future events related with some particular event in respect of some particular individual...

The above-stated perhaps indicates the mischievous nature of the story-writer!

JC Joshi said...

Hi, Shri T.R.C,

I am given to understand that "thalai ezhuthu enpathu mootathanam,
virakal paththum moolathanam," literally means, “fate is a burdensome gift (than/ dhan)
10 fingers are fundamental gift,” basically meaning, “your fate is decided but your two hands can change that. You are born with your fate but you are also born with two hands or ten fingers to change that or strive to change that.”

Maybe, persons like, Abraham Lincoln, Birla (also meaning ‘rare’!), Dhirubhai Ambani etc., who apparently come into limelight in the present, act as role models for receipt of such thoughts…

If one knew what is fated or destined to happen, I don’t know where or how any change could be contemplated… For example, all know the undeniable fact that everyone is destined to die one day, and also that energy only cannot be destroyed, although it might change form - like ‘Atma’ or soul believably could… In the present day terminology, one is generally found to say that although death cannot be conquered, life span, understood as ‘a flash in the pan’ compared to the believable age of the Solar system in billions of years, can be increased with efforts as human being apparently is striving to achieve in the present through various systems of medicine/ surgery, etc for long… However, this thought could also be part of the grand drama duly considered by the Perfect undying Formless in the evolutionary processes related with time starting with the ‘Brahmanad’ or ‘Big bang’ as the ‘beej mantra’, ‘OM’ (as an example in ‘Nature’, a seed contains the tree that apparently evolves in stages from it over some period of time, and man appears to have come on the ‘stage’, that is earth, much later)…One perhaps therefore needs to know how thoughts appear in animal heads…they do not appear to be under my control, at least, and therefore this loud thinking…

The ‘ten fingers’, as attachments to a normal human being’s palm, which even a practicing palmist perhaps mightn’t know today, apparently represent symbolically the essences of selected planets that govern temporary human life and the lines display physical aspect on one palm, and the spiritual aspect on the other. If only one knew how to read the lines as in the ‘advanced past’! Unfortunately, time is moving backwards, from ‘bad’ to worse’ such that we have almost reached the believably chaotic condition that prevailed at the beginning of Creation, the ‘noise’ or ‘Brahmanad’ with everyone talking simultaneously and no one listening - which would perhaps lead us to ‘zero’ or ‘maun’, that is, ‘absolute silence’ or ‘Absolute Truth’!

For the logical part of the ‘Maya’, Man was understood as a ‘model of the universe’ with his behaviour reflecting the characteristic properties of the ‘grahas’ or the most evolved members of the solar system as components of the essence of the universe, which apparently is yet to be gone into that sort of detail by the present day ‘scientists’…Yogis, however, reportedly came to learn about it sitting in the caves of Himalayas through realization – almost instantaneously, believably because real time related to the Creator is ‘zero’! And appear to have exploited the energy that is normally locked up in ‘chakras’ within one – perhaps as role models provided by ‘Nature’ to copy by the participants of the ‘rat race’, if it be so destined…

The ‘wise’ ancients seem to have reached the conclusion, “Without His will, not even a leaf can flutter!” Perhaps they had understood that our apparent thoughts, and therefore actions based on those, aren’t in reality ours, and lack-of-Knowledge locked up in the ‘Mooladhar chakra’ or the ‘basic information centre’ was believed to be the root cause of human ignorance at any time other than the beginning of Satyuga…

JC Joshi said...

Ganesha and his mother Parvati, reflect the essences of planet Mars and Moon, the ‘satellite-of-Earth’ or ‘wife-of-Mahesha’, respectively. Their locations are indicated at ‘Mooladhar chakra’, and “Sahasrara chakra’, and believably are represented by the Thumb and Index finger, respectively, as communicated with the two joined together to make numeral ‘zero’ or letter ‘O’ (essence of ‘neutral’ or detached Mahadeva at ‘Ajna chakra’) in ‘Siddhasan’, with the spine held erect - the pose recommended for Yogic exercises for activating the dormant energy within the body and its unrestricted flow to the head (believably accessible with ‘zero’ thought while chanting ‘Om’ to suppress all other noises that are normally built up within - the stage reached after regular 'meditation' to achieve first minimum thoughts - that are generated due to interference by other members of the solar system represented by other fingers - over years of practice)...

kavitha said...

Hi Joshi uncle,

Its a very interesting way of putting it, that the lack of knowledge is what is locked within our muladhara chakra and therefore doesn't allow us to look beyond the little world we live in. Ignorance is a disease, one which we don’t know the solution to and if provided we don’t accept it half as easily.

Muladhara is the information center, well for most people it seems like it is info they can very well do without or its too much of effort to try and know it. It requires persistence and that is not always easy to find.

Regds
Kavitha

தி. ரா. ச.(T.R.C.) said...

sri Joshi sir I am very much honoured by u r explanation.I also agree that we cannot avoid death, but my point is one need not go and lie at the graveyard to day itself.

JC Joshi said...

Hi Shri T.R.C, Kavitha,

No, the idea behind the loud thoughts is to “read the mind of the Creator (who believably is unborn and unending as per ancient ‘Hindus’)”, as was expressed by Stephen Hawking also. Today he is considered as one of the greatest ‘scientists’ of our times, who apparently also are in search of the ‘Truth’ of the universe afresh. For ‘Absolute Truth’ (of the lone formless Creator) as well as the various ‘Truths’ of His innumerable apparent forms appear to have already been reached in ancient ‘India’, through realization by ‘Yogis’, because the formless believably resides within all forms as communicated with the grand variety of practices of worship of any form, from a mouse to an elephant. Earth, and cow too, to them was ‘mother’ and the Sun was a ‘devta’ or a demi-god. Their different findings at different times and regions stand communicated through idols of Gods and demi-gods - worshipped at home; or in the open; or in temples, big or small…

As communicated in the philosophy of ‘Vedanta’ also, let us assume that the thoughts received by all apparent animals, including humans, at any time come from one common source, ‘Naadbindu’ or a point source of energy - that resides at the Muladhar the basic information centre - who believably is the lone real being and all forms as its reflections or ‘images’, such that there exists an apparent hierarchy between its own reflections at all apparent times and places…Then there is no problem in visualizing every image, as in innumerable ‘magical mirrors’, as His Own! And, hence the idea behind ‘Universal brotherhood’, or “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”…

Thus the thought, “…one need not go and lie at the graveyard to day itself” does seem to apply to, say, those ‘ill fated persons’ who apparently commit suicide at any time. And, according to ‘Yogis’, food itself is poison, which in the present day terms also is obvious from the knowledge received through various media of growing pollution due mainly to human activities - in air, water, colas, edible oils, food items, and so on and thus theoretically everyone is commiting suicide… If one is alive despite all that, perhaps it is thanks due to ‘Shiva’ as one of the constituents of the three-in-one God within!

Anonymous said...

Nothing is as powerful as human thought. By doing good deeds thought gets purified and aquires power, that can influence the external and internal worlds. Doing things in a particular manner, purifies the thought.
Lord Ganesha's vehicle is a rat. Elephant symbolises stability and rat symbolises persistency.One should persistently try to purify the thought with a stable will.The color yellow increases the will power, which explains besides the medicinal value, the wide usage of turmeric in olden days.

Just like one exists in the world, the world exists within one too.Everything is a variation of the five elements. The only controller is the human mind.Divinity everywhere.

JC Joshi said...

Hi Shri Anonymous,

Nice thoughts! However, unfortunately these appear to apply only to those who are healthy…

I give an extract from information made available by on the internet by CANsup regarding cancer alone: “…According to official estimates, at any one time 2.5 million people have cancer in India; 180,000 new cases occur annually. Approximately 80 percent of patients present with late-stage disease. Yet, 80 percent of the funds under the Cancer Control Programme continue to be spent on treatment facilities. The remaining 20 percent goes toward cancer awareness programs and cancer detection facilities. Palliative care figures nowhere in the equation…”
And, about the country’s capital city: “…Medical care has steadily moved out of the reach of ordinary people. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is the only state-sponsored hospital and research and teaching center. It was established by an act of Parliament in 1956. A handful of government-sponsored hospitals are stretched to the breaking point. For example, the outpatient departments at AIIMS were built to serve a few thousand patients a year, but they are presently serving 1.8 million patients annually. Recent expansions in medical facilities have primarily occurred in the private sector. In the absence of health coverage from the state, most people cannot afford specialized medical treatments or prolonged hospitalization...

JC Joshi said...

“Health is wealth,” and, “Prevention is better than cure,” but, “The grass is greener on the other side”.

Continuing, in India the situation is different from the ‘west’, the leader in the present ‘rat race’.

Due to partial adaptation of ‘western models’ in our day-to-day life, the family bonds have weakened physically because of family members have got scattered all over the world to fulfil their basic needs. Emotional bonds, however, continue to bother us relatively more. Lot of energy is now being wasted by each individual due to the ‘rat race’... A family member lying unwell, say cancer or HIV Aids, and so on, at some far off location, for example, generates a feeling of unhappiness and helplessness in other members while on the other hand depriving the concerned individual of the care one received in the past when community living was prevalent…

The basic principle of Yoga is unison – not only of the individual’s thoughts, but of the society’s also while, on the other hand, stopping loss of energy when attempts are made to gain it, which would eventually lead to ‘unity in diversity’ within the country for ‘eternal bliss’ for all…

History tells us that advanced civilizations in the past, such as the Indic civilization, appear to have expanded around a point in a particular region, to expand thereafter to cover the whole globe at some time - with ‘tolerance’ with knowledge, like the colony of a single bacterium that multiplies by division to cover larger areas, which perhaps was understood as the model of the universe, i.e., the division of a point source of energy and its adaptation into innumerable forms, though with apparent hierarchy in all aspects, with the goal to cover the void of the universe while it continued to expand to reach infinity with one single central control, believably as in the muladhar...

Kiran from USA said...

Kavitha,
Its good documentation from you. Thanks for the great one.

Thanks!!

JC Joshi said...

Hi Kavitha, Shri T.R.C,

I was last discussing palmistry and its relation with ‘siddhasan’, which appeared to make some sense to me only when I noticed my ‘life line’ and the ‘head line’ joined at the bottom of the numeral ‘zero’ formed in the ‘siddhasan’ – index finger and the thumb joined together…Now, I could relate these two lines on a normal palm: The Head Line or the one that goes straight across the palm towards the outer edge - in line with the little finger – with Moon whose essence, related with Guru or Yellow colour, is believed to be housed at ‘Sahasrara chakra’ at the top of human head. And, the Life Line, or the one that virtually encircles the thumb, with Mars, with its essence related with orange colour, and believed to be housed at the “Mooladhar chakra”…

After the above-cited realization, it was easier to relate the little finger with the core or heart of earth related with Red colour’ the colour of Ma Kali’s tongue, with the ‘Heart Line’ shooting off from this edge towards the index finger…

Thereafter it was easy to correlate the ‘Ring Finger’ with Sun and the ‘Middle Finger’ with Venus, representing the essences of white and blue colours respectively…

JC Joshi said...

Having seen the essences of earth, moon and mars and their interactions with those of other selected members of the solar system depicted by the three major lines on a normal average palm, one would perhaps then be in a position to visualize the palm to reflect the blue sky - not forgetting the role of the ‘Mayavi rakshashas’ or expertise in creating illusion believably reflected by planet Venus that holds the major portion of poison away from Earth or Shiva as reflected in the mythological stories...

Also, as one could perhaps associate the blank space between the thumb and the index finger with ‘zero’ or the formless dark space, similarly, one could associate the gaps between little and ring finger with planet Jupiter and Infra-red or ‘Ketu’, and the gap between the ring finger and the middle finger with Mercury and Ultra-violet or ‘Rahu’, the two being depicted as the two powerful Gurus or advisors associated with sun-like powerful ‘Suryavanshi’ kings, for spiritual as well as material aspects, both... Also, the gap between the middle finger and index finger could be correlated with the outer crust of earth and green colour…

Thus man holds the key to the universe in his hands!

JC Joshi said...

Kavitha, if anyone were to look at a normal palm, because there would be exceptional ones too, I am sure one can’t miss noticing the trio (of Brahma, the believable creator of physical forms, Vishnu, the sustainer of forms and Shiva their transformer, identified with his trident or ‘trishool’) – reflected through three major lines, and each finger divided into three compartments…

The thumb is obviously noticed because it is different - it has a markedly different form compared to the fingers (and of course their relative variety) and normally has only two compartments formed by two lines, one at the base separating it from the palm and another in the middle (which perhaps indicates the information held locked up in the essence of planet Mars at 'mooladhar', for if one were to hold the thumb in line with the index finger, one could perhaps notice how it joins with the life and head lines on the palm as their extension) - and, Ganesha believably is the link between man and God! It believably has the blessings of both Ma Kali, represented by red colour, and Ma Gauri, represented by yellow colour, the two that result in orange colour!...It can bend (reflection of humility) and touch all other fingers and also the gaps between them, whereas, no finger can bend to touch the thumb held straight up (reflecting ego)! Palmists determine the character of an individual from the rigidity/ flexibility of the thumb!

JC Joshi said...

Besides the three major lines, the attention of the viewer could now go to the ‘Fate Line’ on the palm that perhaps indicates experience related with ‘material’ knowledge that is normally associated with the day-to-day life - rising up from the ‘mound of moon’, i.e., the region bound by the outer edge of the palm and Life Line, towards the bases of the fingers. And, also ‘Sister Fate Lines’ or ‘positive influence lines’ that trend upwards and other ‘negative influence lines’ that move towards the outer edge, starting from within the arc of the ‘Life Line’, that perhaps indicate the helpful/ harmful ‘spiritual’ experiences…

The mythological story about Shiva-Parvati retiring to the Mount Kailash after handing over the charge of earth to Ganesha, and that of human abodes to Kartikeya, suggests the overall importance of the Life Line that indicates interactions with essences of planets ranging mainly from Mars to Venus (intervening ones being Asteroid, Jupiter, Sun, and Mercury) on the palms of the concerned...

JC Joshi said...

And, there are many more other lines, viz. the lines on the mound of moon that indicate travel; lines that rise from the Life Line upwards to indicate rise in status, and the one towards the little finger to indicate status of health; and so on…

More or less every aspect of likely behaviour of any individual is believably written on the palm – only if one knew how to read those correctly - particularly the determination of expected time of important events with respect to the corresponding age of the concerned…particularly because the lines keep on changing with time, thus believably allowing only past events to be correctly determined by an experienced palmist, for confirmation by the individual concerned…However, intuition seems to help in better prediction of future, which believably is indicated by the presence of a well formed ‘girdle of Venus’ - an arc that lies above the Heart Line, joining gaps between middle and index fingers and little and ring fingers - on the palmist’s hand)…

I believe that the above only indicates the super intelligence of the ‘Designer’ or the Formless ‘Creator’, but is generally used to know one’s future for self satisfaction, and possible correction through different practices of Tantra, Mantra and Yantra if one is interested, which also even could be the part of the grand design, with the given background that the Creator, or ‘Krishna’ believably is ‘natkhat’ or mischievous!

JC Joshi said...

Kavitha. when I was a young boy, I was very much moved by Superman’s transformation just using the ‘beej mantra’, “Shazam!” I also tried it many times, whenever I was alone in the room, and expected to see me transformed – only to be disappointed each time!

For the information of those who think that just some “mantras” would turn one instantaneously into ‘Hanuman, “Beej” means seed. Thus “Beej Mantras” mean the sound energy that has gone into the formation of a particular physical body at the beginning. The variety in appearances of forms believably is on account of only a little part of infinite energy being used in doing so, whereas, the remaining unused part remains locked up at different levels within the body according to some hierarchy...

Human body heads the animal world and is believed to be the Creator’s best or the superior most creation…Man believably utilizes the available potential through different means related with time, starting from 100% efficiency in Satyuga. In Kaliyuga, mechanical means are adopted...as is evident in the ‘present’ when sound energy is being wasted in in-fructuous activities - sorry to say as in “rock music”, for example, or in debates believably more on “non issues” in the parliaments the world over. And one feels ashamed to see how this virus has crept into our Lok Sabha too while accepting it as "normal" in State Assemblies!

Europeans are wonder struck when they see present day 'Indians' talking, in public offices, while simultaneously performing the work assigned to them! Perhaps because God is mischievous - outer world believably is differnt from the internal one due to His 'Maya'!

Ganesh Gifts said...

I guess its always easier to relate both things.