Sri Matre Namaha
Kulamrtaika-rasika – The Ninetyth name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.
Kulasyamrte ekataya (mukhyataya) rasika
She has the special taste of the nectar of the Family.
After the description of the form of the Goddess in brahmanda (i.e., the Universe) the subtlest form, viz., Kundalini in the body is described.
The word Kuta means, as the Chidgaganachandrika says, the triad of the known, the knowing and the knowledge. There are thirty two lotuses in the body, some facing upwards and some facing downwards. Among these, the lowest one is called akula which has no connection with the above said ‘triad’ and the other lotuses which are above are called Kulas.
Kuh (= prthvitattvam) liyateyatratatkulam
Herem hu=earth and la= absorption i.e., Muladhara cakra, as in it the earth (prthvi tattva) is absorbed. The channel (or the way) of Sususmna is called kula as it is connected with the Muladhara. The nectar flowing from sahasrara is called kulamrta. Kulamrta is also so-called because it is connected with the body. So the Goddess mainly delights in tasting kulamrta
From this nama onwards till 111, the subtlest form Lalithambigai will be discussed. Her subtle form is mantra form, either Panchadasi or shodasi, her subtler form is kamakala form and her subtlest form is kundalini form. We have discussed about kundalini elaborately in more than 30 postings under the label ‘kundalini’. The details of the labels are in the side bar where you can click on ‘kundalini’ to read the postings. Apart from these 22 namas, detailed descriptions of each chakras are mentioned in the namas from 475 to 534.
But these namas are classified under the head yogini nyasa and more to do with physical description of the chakras. She likes the taste of kula. Kula means the nectar or the ambrosial essence that flows from the sahasrara. When kundalini reaches the crown chakra and conjoins with Shiva a few drops of nectar like fluid will flow into throat. This is also called amrita varshini. She likes this kula, not because of its taste, but because of her union with Shiva. This kula will flow only if kundalini reaches sahasrara. She would never like to move away from Shiva. That is why is she is also called ‘maha suvasini’ (nama 970) meaning the supreme amongst women of class (supreme sumangali).
Kula also means absorption of earth. It indicates muladhara chakra. Muladhara chakra is connected to earth element. The path of kundalini from the muladhara chakra to the sahasrara is also called kula (sushumna or the spinal cord). Soundarya Lahari verse 10 says ‘kulakundae kuharini’ which means, a small hole in the perineum. Through this hole, kundalini ascends to the higher chakras. Sages live only on this ambrosial essence, which never causes death even to the physical body. There is yet another interpretation.
Kula also means a triad (it is called tripudi, meaning three words that leads to a single goal.) In this case knower, known and knowledge are known as a triad. Knower is the sadaka, knowledge is the path that leads the sadaka to the known and known is Lalithambigai. There should be no difference between these three and this knowledge alone leads to self-realization. At this stage, the duality ceases to exist and non-duality dawns.
“She who enjoys the ecstatic state of oneness of one who sees, sight and what is seen or She who gets pleasure in drinking the nectar flowing from the thousand petalled lotus below the brain.”
Kula Kundalini is the freed spirit of Kundalini consciousness. Shiva resides in Sahasrara Chakra, while Shakti lies dormant in the triangular yoni, which the shastras also call “kula-kun-dala” or “matri-yoni”. “Kula” means “Shakti” or “power” and “kunda” indicates “yoni”. Kundalini, which is even smaller than an atom is coiled three and a half times, and lies inactive within man`s body.
Sahasrara is the dwelling place of Shiva, where Shiva and Shakti live in full harmony. Here the ocean of nectar is found flowing, and just below this is the bindu visarga. It is at this point that the human being rises to a point of achiever, a partial achiever, and finally a non-achiever. At this very place the great Shiva resides in the symbol of light, and when the cover of ignorance is removed, all the three worlds are awakened. This is the place where all the desires arising from the collected karmas, life after life is deposited. The much-coveted “kalpataru” (the imaginary tree which fulfils one`s desires) is also found here. This is the altar where Shiva and Shakti unite.
Soundarya lahiri quotes thus:
“Ksitau sat-panchasad dvi-samadhika-panchasadudake
Hutase dva-sastis chatur-adhika-panchasad anile;
Divi dvih-shatrimsan manasi cha chatuh-sashtir iti ye
Mayukhastesham athyupari tava padambuja yugam.”
“Your two holy feet are far above,The fifty six rays of the essence of earth of Mooladhara,The fifty two rays of the essence of water of Mani pooraka,The sixty two rays of the essence of fire of Swadhishtana,The fifty four rays of the essence of air of Anahatha,The seventy two rays of the essence of ether of Visuddhi,And the sixty four rays of the essence of mind of Agna chakra.”
The power of kula kundalini lies in mooladhara in the form of body consciousness, in swadhisthana in the coarse form, in manipura as the crude form which depicts the sense of smell, in anahata that signifies the sense of touch, in vishuddhi, in ajna transgressing the thought waves of the soul, and finally submerges in the Sahasrara.When kula kundalini awakens like an angry hissing serpent, body consciousness, inner consciousness and ego are not present and the yogic powers start running behind the yoga aspirant. Now, one should be very careful because the triumph thus gained can be deprived of temptation. This state is called “Tripura Sundari” because it encloses the gross, subtle and causal body.
A person who knows the truth behind this surpasses all the three worlds. The moment kundalini touches anahata chakra, the lotus heart starts to bloom.If, one wishes to learn the process of meditation with the mantras “Ka” “Aee” “Ee”, “La”, “Hrim”, then one should learn it from his/her guru then he/she can master the all-pervading and protective powers of Kameshwari, Aruna, Modini Vimla, Jayeeni, Sarveshi and Kaalini as described in the “Ashtachara”. Kula Kundalini is the power of Shiva, which destroys the hunger for life. The Tripura Sundari eliminates the psychic emotions of a yogi, which is three bindus, three triangles, three parallel lines, a mantra with three alphabets, three manifestations, three yonis and three specific powers.
The same is vibrated in soundary lahiri thus:
“Mahim muladhare kamapi manipure huthavaham
Sthitham svadhistane hridi marutamakasam upari;
Mano’pi bhruu-madhye sakalamapi bhittva kula-patham
Sahasrare padme saha rahasi patyaa viharase.”
“Oh Goddess mine,You live in seclusion with your consort,In the lotus with thousand petals,Reached after breaking through the micro ways,Of the power of earth in Mooladhara,Of the power of water of Mani poora,Of the power of fire of Swadhishtana,Of the fire of air in the heart,And of the power of ether in between the eyelids”
The three bindus of Tripura Sundari are red, white and colorless that signifies self-control, the sense of being and the sense of existence. The first bindu is red in colour and signifies ego-consciousness, the second bindu is white and signifies manomaya consciousness, and the third bindu signifies the formless consciousness, thus having no colour at all. It is recommended that one should meditate on the Kula Kundalini in mooladhara as though the three bindus were smiling faces. This is the method to meditate on the “Manamath Kala”, through which one can achieve Shiva consciousness. Now,when one should understand that all this is transient and the benevolence of Tripura Sundari alone is eternal.
Yogis meditate on the Kula Kundalini in the anahata chakra because there the nectar is flowing. By doing this all the elements of sin are abolished. The disciple goes along with the Guru, transgressing earth, fire, water, air and ether elements, remain in pure consciousness. The “Hatha” mantra helps to extinguish the intensity of human feelings. The disciple follows the Guru and eventually will give up the three spheres, the seven realms and the fourteen “bhavanas”. Later, he will encounter Brahma (the Creator), Indra (the god of rain), Yama (the god of death) and Kuber (the god of wealth) whom the disciple has to ignore and move along his path.Kula Kundalini, Kundalini MeditationThe first step to attain spirituality is to pacify the Kula Kundalini whose origin is in the yoni, and whose path is along the Sushumna and which unites with Shiva at “brahmarandra”. The unbroken day and night japa and steady dhyana brings about the non-dual feeling for your ishta, blessings, living on fruits, total subjugation, wooden silence and severe celibacy, one can even arouse the kula kundalini. For elevating the kula kundalini, one has to chant the “Durga Saptashati” or “Ananda Lahari”.