Monday, May 26, 2008

The above mentioned invocation makes the implication of the word ‘Sarpam’ (serpent), crystal clear. There are snakes on the earth, but definitely no snakes in the atmosphere. As far as the Sun is concerned, it is so blazingly hot that not even a fungus can be found there. So the theory of ‘the snakes of the Sun’ sounds strange. Then, what does the above invocation mean? That is the mystery of the ever lasting life force. This life force that dwells in each and every individual. The power that is latent in the human beings at the very bottom of the backbone called ‘Mooladhara ’. is known as Kundalini. It seems, it is a sleeping serpent. If that power is awakened, it goes up through the spinal cord and reaches the ‘Sahasrahara’. Besides this there are two nerves called ‘ida’ and ‘pingala’ on the left and right side of the spinal cord. It is the same spinal cord, ‘ida’ and ‘pingala’ which is the logo of the modern day medical science, of which Hippocrates has the honour of being called the father of modern medicine. Wildurant, the famous historian records this fact that it is from India that these ideas have reached far away Greece and Rome. Thus our ancestors were the ones who realized this ‘ serpent power’ in the core of their inner self.

Our ancestors are the ones who presented us our Kuladevatas.
And the ‘ beejamantras’ are the means they sought for getting these Kuladevata forms.
They attained the goals of their life by raising their serpent power through the regular practice or ‘Sadhana’.
They were Grihasthas.
In those days the entire folks of Sethuhimachalam were all Grihasthas.

Thus, when our ancestors who gave us the Kuladevatas, and who had realized their Kundalini or serpent power died, they were laid to rest in the Samadhi posture. Hence, keeping in mind their Kundalini power , a Chitrakoota stone was kept on top of their Samadhi. In course of time, these structures turned out to be the ‘Sarpakavu’ that we know. It is no wonder that the later generations have become blind, because they have not taken the pains to the greatness of our ancestral Rishis in their symbolic forms. Is it any wonder that many do not bear children and blame the cause on the Sarpadosha? People do not bear children to sustain the lineage as they have forgotten to revere their own parents. There are many people who believe that these‘Sarpakavu’ are blind superstitious beliefs. These people do not see or understand the great Hippocrates, but Hippocrates can readily accept us . Still the people don’t have the grace to accept Hippocrates. They simply blabber that all these theories are nothing but a mere hoax.
Exactly same is the case with the ‘Deshadevata’ too. This Deshadevata’ has been established to ward off all the negativities and problems of that particular locality in toto and to ensure peace, progress and paramount prosperity in that society. Look at this example. Suppose we are in need of some help in our house . Whom do we call instantly? Our neighbours of course. Because the neighbous helping hands are what we need at that time. Thus the local temples are the elements that make the binding bonds of our society stronger. So the basic principle behind this Kuladevata , Deshadevata and Sarpakavu are nothing but providers of the peace and prosperity of mankind and the enhancers of his strong social and spiritual bonds. And the Vedas form the main basis for all the above.threr is reffereces of kali in mundakopanishad.
It means that the seven ‘jihvas’(tongue-flames) viz ‘Kali’, ‘ Karali’ ‘Manojava’, ‘Sulohita’, ‘Sudhumravarna’, ‘Sphulingini’ and ‘Vishvaroopi are that of Agni.. Agni itself is Paramashiva and the ‘jihva’ is Parashakti. These same jihvas are the seven devatas who were kater called the Saptamatrukkal- the seven mothers. One of these seven mothers is Kali.We can see the long outstretched tongue in all the pictures and idols of Kali. The jihva or the tongue of Kali is the causative factor of this symbol. When ‘aahoothi’ falls into the Agni, we can see the blue flames. This itself is Bhadrakali.The weapons found in the hands of the Goddess depicts clearly each and every principle in the Sadhana technique. All the weapons in the hands of the Hindu Devataas are all in one way or the other, the mystified emotions depicting the various emotions of the human mind. Many try to write it off as the outcome of superstitious beliefs. But all these symbols are formulated by our Rishis of the Vedic period out of their highly subtle and great intellectual excellence in the scriptures. The great innate power of man which is latent in him is known as the Kundalini. It is asleep in our ‘mooladara’ like a serpent. This is what our ‘tantrashastra’ says. Tantrashastra says that this serpentine power wakes up and passes through his eight chakras. And this passing helps the innate power present in him to brighten up on its own. The Rig Veda is the scripture in which this Kundalini power was stated for the first time.
‘Kunam Nama’. This statement can be seen in the Rig Veda (10. 136. 7) The words mean –“ She who is curved in a very impossible way. As a continuation, there are two mantras in the Atharva Vedam ( 10- 2 -31 , 32), which clearly states what the eight chakras are
“ Ashtachakra navadvaara
Devaanaam poorayodhya”.

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