Sri Matre Namaha
Sudhasarabhi-varshini – The One Hundred & Sixth name in Lalitha Sahasranamam.
Sudhayah asarand abhivarsayati sa
She who showers a continuous shower of nectar.
She who makes nectar flow in all our nerves from sahasrara i.e. she who gives the very pleasant experience of the ultimate
From the moon of the pericarp of the thousand-petaled lotus, the ambrosia is continuously flowing and that is called nectar.
There is one ‘soma chakra’ in the middle of sahasrara. When kundalini reaches this chakra, out of the heat generated by her presence, the ambrosia which is stored there gets melted and drips through the throat and enters the entire nervous system. We will discuss about this soma chakra in nama 240. Tantric interpretation of this ambrosia differs from this interpretation. Shankara in SL 10 says ‘ambrosial essence dripping between your two feet (remember that She blesses everybody by her feet only, about which we have already discussed) bless the universe’.
The Sahasrara Chakra encompasses the crown of the head where all Chakras of the subtle system are integrated. When Kundalini passes through the top of the head, at the fontanel area, your Realization is manifested. Sahasrara is the Promised Land where absolute freedom and Truth is granted.
The beginner of Sahaja Yoga receives Self-Realization at the start with the raising of the Kundalini. Usually only a few strands rise at first and the Chakras will only open slightly. Meditation and other simple techniques provide daily opportunities to gradually cleanse and clear the Chakras, enabling more strands of the Kundalini to rise. Your ability to feel vibrations will increase. Vibrations will play a daily role to determine right decisions; to feel conditions of others; to ascertain the Truth; to develop a wise discretion; feel Nature; heal oneself and other beings; solve problems and more. “Wisdom doesn’t mean that you know how to argue things or you fight with people. No, it doesn’t mean that. Wisdom means how you take to the good side of everything to enjoy it. This is Wisdom and that you avoid all destructive things and take to something constructive.”
At the point of the Sahasrara we go beyond the relative to the Absolute, and into the Absolute realization of Heaven on Earth. This is a country far beyond our wildest imaginings, so much more than our words can even seek to imply. This is our ultimate destination, stretching out forever. Our progress towards this goal is a living process. When the seed matures it naturally sprouts. When the Kundalini reaches the Sahasrara, the lotus petals open and enlightenment takes place. You may feel a pulsation in the crown of the head, followed by a melting sensation and a flow of cool vibrations from the fontanel areas. This is the baptism by which you know that you are truly born again.Vibratory awareness begins at this point. As the Kundalini unites our individual consciousness with the Universal Consciousness (the atma to the Paramatma), we are suddenly tuned in to the Universal Wavelength of Vibrations. These vibrations pervade the cosmos but before Self-Realization, while we are still in the ego form, we know nothing of them. When the Kundalini breaks the shell of the egg, we emerge in His Kingdom, the Collective Unconscious. Very ancient and great realized souls, liberated from the physical body ages ago, are now able to reach this Kingdom of God within effortlessly. By taking birth again on this Earth they are living proof to the human race that they are pure spirit within, and all capable of attaining eternal life.
“But the man who is ignorant, who has no faith, who is of a doubting nature, perishes. For the doubting soul there is neither this world nor the world beyond nor any happiness” (BG 4:40). We must have a positive basis for life, an unwavering faith to discover the Truth which stands the test of life. “Kill therefore with the sword of wisdom the doubt born of ignorance that lies in thy heart. Be one in self-harmony, in Yoga, and arise, great warrior, arise!” (BG 4:42).As human awareness is united to the Divine, we move into the subtlest of communication, that is, into Collective Consciousness. We begin to feel the presence and guidance of His Spirit within us and in others as well. We learn to appreciate the real depth and beauty of another person through vibrations. The beauty of Nature now manifests itself as vibrations. Just ask the question and a positive answer comes as a flow of vibrations. It is conversation with the Universe at its most sublime.
The presiding Deity of the Sahasrara Chakra is Shri Lalita Devi.Through Her Grace our kundalini is awakened, our spirit is enlightened, and we feel the Paramchaitanya also. Because of Her we can awaken the Kundalini of others after our own awakening. We can give Self-Transcendence to others, we can heal and cure sickness, and we can share the message of Divine Love with the entire world.
As a thousand sparks from a fire well blazing spring forth, each one like the rest, so from the Imperishable all kinds of beings come forth, my dear, and to Her return.Divine and formless is the Person; She is inside and outside, She is not begotten, is not breath or mind; Utterly pure, farther than the farthest Imperishable.From Her springs forth the breath of life, the power of thought and all the senses, space, wind, light, and water, and earth, the great supporter of all.Fire is Her head, the sun and moon Her eyes, the compass points Her ears. The revealed Vedas are Her word. The wind is Her breath, Her heart is the all. From Her feet proceeded the earth. In truth, She is the inner atman of all beings.From Her comes fire with its fuel, the sun; From the moon comes rain, thence plants on the earth. The male pours seed into the female; Thus from the Person creatures are born.From Her come hymns, songs, and sacrificial formulas, Initiations, sacrifices, rites, and all offerings. From Her come the year, the sacrificer, and the worlds in which the moon shines forth, and the sun.From Her take their origin the numerous Gods, the heavenly beings, men, beasts, and birds, the in-breath and the out-breath, rice and barley, ascetic fervor, faith, truth, purity, and law.From Her take their origin the seven breaths, the seven flames, their fuel, the seven oblations; From Her these seven worlds in which the breaths are moving each time seven and hidden in secret (i.e., subtle system).
From Her come the oceans, from Her the mountains, from Her come all plants together with their juices — With all beings She abides as their inmost atman.The Person is all this — Work, ascetic fervor, Brahman, supreme immortality. Who knows that which is hidden in the secret cave, he cuts here and now, my dear, the knot of ignorance.
Mundakopanisad II, 1, 1
soundarya lahiri talks about the nectar in the following verse:
Sudha-sindhor madhye sura-vitapi-vati parivrte
Mani-dweepe nipo’pavana-vathi chintamani-grhe;
Shivaakare manche Parama-Shiva-paryanka-nilayam
Bhajanti tvam dhanyah katichana chid-ananda-laharim.
In the middle of the sea of nectar,
In the isle of precious gems,
Which is surrounded by wish giving Kalpaga trees,
In the garden Kadamba trees,
In the house of the gem of thought,
On the all holy seat of the lap of the great God Shiva,
Sits she who is like a tide
In the sea of happiness of ultimate truth,
And is worshipped by only by few select holy men.
Although this verse describes the abode of Sridevi, contemplation of Sridevi’s gross form is also intended here as per the Samayachara tradition. The essence of Samayachara worship is the union of chit Shakti with the Brahman. Shiva is Samaya and Sridevi is Samayaa.
The equation or inter-similarity of Shiva and Shakti is held as five-fold. They are:
1. Adhishthana Samya – similarity in abode.
2. Anushthana Samya – oneness in indulgence of activities like creation etc.
3. Avastha Samya – equality in state such as Lasya, Tandava etc.
4. Nama Samya – similarity in names such as Shiva and Shivaa, Samaya and Samayaa etc.
5. Rupasamya – similarity in form, color etc., such as three eyes, red color etc., in both.
A vivid account of Samayachara is described in Shubhagama Panchaka. After initiation by a Sampradayavit Guru, the Sadhaka gains some progress in the six fold (or four fold) unions. He then undergoes a special kind of Diksha Samskara called Mahavedha on the ninth day at the end of the Sharannavaratri. Sri Mahatripurasundari manifests Herself to him in the Manipooraka Chakra after rising from the Moolaadhaara. The devotee worships Sridevi mentally with all kinds of offerings, bedecks her with jewels made of precious gems and thence leads Her to the Anahata Chakra. Here again, the devotee worships Sridevi mentally with sandal paste, flowers, incense, offerings, betels and slices of nut etc. Thereafter, Sridevi is conducted to the Visuddhi Chakra.
Here she is bedecked with jewels full of gems of the nature of the Kalas of the moon (Chandrakala). Thence she is lead to the Ajna Chakra where the devotee offers the burning of camphor (Nirajana). Thence Sridevi ascends to the thousand-petalled lotus (Sahasrara) in the center of the upper part of the head and unites with Shiva in the Chit Chandra mandala – the region of eternal bliss. The devotee draws a curtain mentally and waits, in an adjacent apartment, the Devi’s return to Moolaadhaara. This forms a brief outline of Samayachara mode of worship.