Staying Focused And Anchored To Sri Vidya
Sri Vidya – We started with what is Sri Vidya ? Instead of beginning with a definition from textbooks, we looked from backwards. What is it – that happens to sincere, matured Sri Vidya upasaka in real life. We were amazed to find that knowledgeable upasakas lead a simple, blissfully contented, active life, engaged in both materialistic pursuits and spiritual goals without any conflict.
We will conclude what we discussed so farin previous articles, both by way of a quick revision as well as with some supplementary comments, which will enable us to internalize our learning and help us in implementing the essence in our daily life.
There are many knowledgeable paths to attain material prosperity and many other philosophical paths to attain knowledge of Brahman & liberation. The uniqueness of Sri Vidya is that in this path both materialistic & spiritual goals are simultaneously pursued. It will be natural that at the early stages of life one aspires for more of materialistic goals. For example, if after marriage, the couple is not blessed with a child, for a few years, they should first take necessary corrective medical treatment and then pray to Devi that the treatment be successful and leave the result to Devi.
At later stages of life it is natural that spiritual goals become the first priority. We have written the articles keeping spiritual goals as primary and emphasized on Vedic sanathana dharma disciplinary practices.
In Sri Vidya path both materialistic and spiritual goals run parallel without clash or conflict. All activities get aligned towards either of the goals. With minimum of efforts best results can be achieved through a sadhana done with faith, confidence, bubbling enthusiasm, Trust, Discipline and Perseverance.
One of the qualities for developing spirituality is the TRUST on something larger – be it called as Lalitha, Guru, Dharma etc. Trust is not a whimsical expectation that things will always happen in our favor, but a strong FAITH that things will happen in favor of our larger good. Living everyday with a higher direction in mind, but with feet on ground, seems to be the BALANCE between enjoying the materialistic present and designing for spiritual future.
ACCEPTANCE of the reality as verdict of Sri Lalitha is not a passive attitude and will not make us weak. No doubt, Acceptance requires humility but it will empower us to respond to life in a wiser & more effective way.
There is no psychological skill more fundamental than resisting a thought impulse. This is what Patanjalicalls as “ChitthaVrutthiNirodanam”.
Our thoughts and moods are affected by, the music we hear, the movies we watch, the books we read, the food we eat and the environment. Everything has an influence on our consciousness. The chemicals in our brain and our DNA shape our thoughts. But it is also proven very recently that due to the neuroplasticity of Brain, our constant thought patterns (self imposed as DISCIPLINE), can physically change our DNA and also our functioning of brain.
With a clear understanding of how disciplinary measures help us to achieve our goals, the disciplinary procedures become a routine and effortless. That is why our Sanathana Dharma lays down some easy disciplinary requirements on which direction we should face while doing pooja, which direction we should face while doing Achaman and so on. These simple disciplinary measures help us to do consciously the sadana with total involvement.
Everything around us has an influence on our mind, thoughts &consciousness and can distract us. If so then, How to stay focused and anchored to our Sri Vidya path.
We should have an unshakable, firm and an uncompromising faith in our Guru and steadfast commitment to the path revealed through his grace. We should have a positive stubbornness to pursue the sadhana of Sri Vidya. This kind of virtue to honor ourselves and honor our Guru Mandalam and stick to our chosen path and goals is known as PERSEVERANCE.
Sri Vidya sadhana is done effortlessly when it is done joyfully with involvement knowing its significance and greatness. Sadhana should be performedwith an inherent fondness, natural ease and enthusiasm. As discussed earlier Discipline, Trust and Perseverance are the essential ingredients for success of sadhana.
Let us recapitulate the essence of earlier articles & our discussion so far.
Contentment is the Conscious decision to remain happy with what we have and with whatever we get with sincere efforts remembering “karmaNyEvaadhikAram”.
Prerequisites for Sri Vidya are –Simplicity, Humility, ChitthaSuddhi, Humanitarian nature with Loving kindness towards all, Devoid of craving & hatred.
Chittha is sub-conscious mind, where the impact of pApa & puNya karma, get stored as a stain and influences mind and its future thoughts & actions. Most forms of Sri Vidya worship involve holding Devi in mind through thoughts. Thus if mind is not pure due to dirty stains in Chittha, effective dhyana of deity will not be possible.
Accumulated Stains in Chittha not only affect future actions of this birth, but also get carried to next birth as VASANA. Hence it is very important for the upasaka to wash of his vasana through Meditation, Satsang, Seva and sadhana with perseverance.
Getting rid of Vasana bit by bit, through noble deeds, the upasaka attains a divine nature and does Thathvavicharam with inquisitive inquiry both during pooja and also at other times, to realize that “sarvamkaluidam brahma” – Everything is indeed auspicious. Often, upasaka interacts with others citing wisdom quotes on dealing with negativity, enhancing positive outlook, emotional stability, Acceptance of reality, Meditation, Attitude of Gratitude, Compassion, Empathy, Altruism, etc.
Let us note down some advices from matured Sri Vidyaupasakas.
- Never React, Respond after a pause.
- Enjoy, Do not indulge or Cling to or crave for pleasures.
- Be friendly and lovingly kind to all but do not get emotionally entangled.
- Do not underestimate the power of your mind and thoughts.
- Mind can very easily entangle you with worldly pleasures as well as with the same ease it can liberate you from entanglements. Understand your mind,befriend your mind,train your mind to finally transcend the mind.
- Effectively employ some anger for Correction / improvement. Control the anger and get rid of it after the event. Never allow anger to reside as hatred.
- Never create any controversy in family / society with Sri Vidya sadhana.
- Never allow any conflict to arise between family/Office responsibilities and sadhana goals.
- Both must be given due importance through Balance.
- Always be with a Smiling face, reflecting your blissful contentment and stay focused & anchored in Sri Vidya sadhana, Philosophy and improvement goals.
Finally, a question may arise as to how we get the persevering attitude that will sustain till end. Sastras declare that “SamSayAtmapraNaSyathi” – The one who believes and proceeds but has a trace of doubtin one corner of mind, loses everything. But we do not have to worry at all. If we take honestly one step towards Devi, She takes ten steps towards us and make our sadhana much easier and free from distractions. Ultimately we have to surrender to “SamSayagniLalitha” Devi without even a trace of ego.
Never Be ALONE. Always carry Sri Lalitha Devi in your heart, wherever you go and whatever you do. Stay anchored to Her presence in your heart. In that case, whatever you do will become Sri Vidya Sadhana.
As we conclude, with a quick revision in mind of all eight articles, we visualize Lord Siva and Devi Parvathi, (From 2nd article) looking at each other with a beaming face. We feel relaxed and delighted.
B. Jayaraman & Vijaya.
P.S. – We have written these articles as a humble offering, at the lotus feet of Sri Guru Roopini Lalitha. The inspiration was not egoistic buta Win-Win approach. We wanted to enjoy writing these articles and also share the joy with all of you.We sincerely thank all those who read our articles with patience and also thank those who gave their feedback and encouraged us. IthiSivam.