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SHRAVANA NAKSHATRA

February 9, 2021

The Star of Inner Wisdom

Wisdom comes in silence,
where the sound
between the diversity of thoughts
is revealed
.”

Boonath

The upcoming New moon of Thursday 11th of February 2021 will be in the lunar house of Shravan. When the Star of Shravan meets the new moon and intersects with the human astral body, it is an auspicious offering of the lunar year to us for developing clairaudience – the ability of the third ear of the throat chakra to hear whispered secrets.

Each Nakshatra (lunar house) brings a particular energy into focus. The yogis tune into the stars and the moon within their rituals and decode the soul – studying and freeing themselves of the impositions of illusory structures.

Shravan Nakshatra pertains to themes of sound, hearing, listening, words, language, noise and all the themes that encompass the throat chakra.

Sometimes we starve to be heard,
Sometimes we starve for magic
because we do not hear.

Wisdom is simplicity’, it has been said. In the cacophonous themes that reverberate in the inner ear of excess consumption, along with the sounds of seemingly variegated dualisms, where can secret simplistic and magical wisdom lay her head? A head moist with Moon sweat.

Crocodiles & Snakes


Shravan Nakshatra encompasses Makara, the crocodile constellation (Capricorn). It rules over ancient things – the crocodile itself is an ancient creature.

The energy of Makara brought to us by Shravan reveals to us the echoes of sounds of the past. This Nakshatra of Shravan offers us an ear of listening, to revise the ancient lessons needed to be heard if we are to move into the secret sound of wisdom.

Ananta Shesha is the Naag king of Snakes. He is the 1000 headed serpent upon which Vishnu – the ruler of this Nakshatra rests. Ananta is another name of this Nakshatra Of Shravan. Ananta is eternal. When disillusion of opposites comes, Ananta remains unchanged. He is the crown chakra beyond terrestrial reach – from which the Anahat Naad (original sound) emanates. Ananta Shesha was sent under the earth by the creator to hold the earth in place, he keeps balance and stops it falling into the sounds of duality.

The Silent Wisdom of Mauni


This coming New Moon is known by Tantrics as Mauni Amvasya – the Annual Tantric ritual night of silence. For thousands of years it has been kept as a silent time by Tantrics.

A time of mantra and working with the inner-ear of the throat chakra to gain admittance to the inner word of words. A Mauni is a silent sage possessed of inner wisdom, the wisdom of both inner and outer sound. Language and noise can veil the more silent tones of wisdom. The Mauni is she or he who has stripped the forms of sound and gone to the naked music of the soul.

The practice of Mauna is the yogic technique of working with speech. Part of Mauna is to keep silence but it encompasses so much more and presents many inner practices of finding the magic inherent within sound.

When Mauni Amvasya falls under the Shravan Nakshatra it brings a major blessing: it can gift one with the clairaudience powers of Moon-infused flower dew.

The Healing Science of Flowers


Neelpadma is the blue lotus that rules the throat chakra. The Tantrics know that it flowers in twilight at dawn. If Neelpadma is found at the time when the New Moon is in Shravan Nakshatra, the moisture upon its petals is imbibed with power that can confer clairaudience to those who drink it.

This is the science of flowers
that the Siddhas keep alive.

Some lotuses bloom in the twilight of dawn and some in the twilight of dusk. The lunar house upon the full or new Moon at either dawn or dusk leaves healing moon milk-like dew drops upon her lotus petals. If the blue lotus Moon-milk is taken when the full moon is in Shravana, then it makes the physical ears hear much better and can cure hearing problems.

It is not a theory but a practice that can be verified by the Moon and flower practitioner.

Chandrapadmavidya
is the name of this mostly unwritten
& hidden science.
It means the wisdom of the Moon flowers.

Shravan Nakshatra is the farthest Nakshatra from the elliptical zodiacal belt and rules rare flowers. Far away and rare flowers that are ruled by this Nakshatra are medicinally harvested by Yogins when the Moon is in Shravan Nakshatra.

The Original Sound


The Yogin listens and hears the Anahat Naad – that is the sound of silence in-between the various sounds that bounce off the walls of our inner universe. The internal dialogues that repeat in our inner sanctum are what create our reality.

The Tantric axiom of ‘There is nothing out there’ reveals that there may be a lot ‘in there. The Anahat Naad is the nourishing sound. Ana means food and nourishment, Hat implies duality and Naad is sound. A balanced diet is indeed of psychic and physical necessity.

The Moon Bird


Shravan is the Star constellation of Aquila. Aquila is the eagle, Vishnu the ruling deity of this Nakshatra has as his Vahaanh (power animal) the eagle.

This is the Nakshatra of extreme psychic sensitivitya d the throat chakra which is under its rulership. This Nakshatra is contained within Capricorn. When Shravan Nakshatra is in the lunar orbit, it brings an extreme sensitivity to sound – when in the new Moon then it brings awareness of inner sounds. The symbol of this Nakshatra is an Ear.

This is a good time to work
with mantra and observe silence.
Wisdom comes in silence,
where the linking sound
that lives between and within
the diversity of thoughts
is revealed and unveiled.

The energy of Shravan Nakshatra is the profound quality of taking in and listening. The ability of remembering and keeping information is brought by this star that rules the memory aspect of the Manas (division of mind). When this star creates a vortex with the new moon, then it draws issues around listening and hearing from us to look at. The lunar sway can go as deep as our souls, to draw clairaudience from the throat chakra.

Shravan’s lesson is all about hearing the unheard, forgotten and secret silver and gold intertwined thread that connects all things. This thread resonates mystical sound with the breath of innocence. When we are a storehouse of information in the spectrum of sound, then the dualisms and separations inherent in the codes of language and variegated principles, challenge us to hear the song of unity. Should the gold and silver threads end up untwining themselves – this is the loss of hearing the secret sound.

The Trimurti


The Trimurti are the 3 principle energies of creation, maintenance and destruction. These 3 qualities are ever present in all things. The energy beyond the middle, beginning and the end is the doorway that opens when the balance between them is established.

The energy beyond is a quality of mystic sound inherent within the 3 Trimurti energies. Neither a cry of birth, expressed by the mantra Hey, nor the death rattle expressed by the sound Ho. But the spirit between them.

The Nakshatra of Shravan is one of the 3 lunar houses that have their ruling planet as the Moon. The ruling deity of Shravan is Vishnu. Particularly in his form of Vaman, the dwarf god. Vishnu is the middle part of the Trimurti – he is the balancer between the energies of creation and destruction.

It is to be remembered that Shravan is symbolised as an ear, and it is the ear that keeps the sense of balance in the human system. Vishnu then, is like the cosmic ear. He is the maintaining energy that keeps equilibrium within the Cosmos.

The 3 steps


The constellation of Makara (Crocodile) encompasses Capricorn and is known as the Aquila star constellation. Aquila star constellation has 3 principle stars that are in a direct line and constitute Shravan Nakshatra. They are: Alshain, Altair and Tarazed. They are visible in high summer when they come alive.

Vishnu in his form of Vaman, the Dwarf God, takes 3 steps in the famous story where he defeats Mahabali who had taken over the 3 worlds. The steps that Vaman takes are the 3 stars. In one stride Vaman steps from the Tarazed star to the Alshain star, for the next step, Vaman follows his step and treads upon the head of Mahabali, the head of Mahabali represents the Altair star.

Mahabali is the middle and brightest star of the 3. The step upon the head gradually darkens the star and presses it into the underworld until it returns to its glory in high summer. At this part of the year that we are in now, the star reaches its deepest point of departure and Mahabali resumes his throne as lord of the underworld. 

When Shravan Nakshatra 
appears on Mauni Amvasya, 
then Mahabali calls us 
into the very depths of underworld sound.

The Ear of Shravan


The Ear of Shravan gives us a Vaak Siddhi which is the power of speech. Vaak Siddhi is linked to the tongue and how it is used. The Vaak Mudras are the mudras that work with the tongue as a means to access the inner ear at the throat chakra. 

The throat chakra 
is the ear of clairaudience 
that admits us into the world of hearing the spirit calling.
It is the ear of finding the way home through the noise.

There is a wisdom of hearing beyond information that exists within us all. By tuning to the astral energies that rule that intersect with the spirit, we may see the effect they have upon us; we may see our reactions to effects; we may open doors within.

Central to Tantric practice is the tuning into the astral plane through focussed ritualised formulas. Reducing or extinguishing all impositions upon nature at twilight and sitting in simplicity and listening to the spirit beyond even silence – reveals a place of power.

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SOMAVATI AMVASYA

December 8, 2020

DARK MOON & SOLAR ECLIPSE

MONDAY 14th December

This will be the last dark Moon of the year, the dark time when the night will be at its longest.

A further blessing is that this dark Moon falls upon a Monday, Somavhwar, literally the ‘Day of Soma’ – the Moon God. 

If a dark moon falls upon a Somavhwar it is known as the festival of Somavati and it occurs only once or twice a year, bringing forth many Tantric rites. It is an event most conducive for practice and for seeking healing, especially in relation to ancestral work.

BLOOD, SEX & DEATH

The Tabooed Forces of Life

Somavati is a day when water, milk and blood (in the form of wine) are worked with ritualistically.

The wine represents the blood of Kali (the Goddess of Life), the Milk is the juice of Kamakhya (the Goddess of Desire), and the water represents the river of time in the realm of Kala Bhairava (God of Death, which we celebrated last monday).

It is with these divine forces of blood, sex and death that we shall work with on Monday’s ritual in the search for healing our relationship to Life, Pleasure and Surrender, which are often infused with patters and Shadows we struggle to understand in our daily lives.

SOLAR ECLIPSE

The Spirits come to Heal

The coming Dark Moon is the last one embedded within the darkening half year of lengthening nights, upon this we have a solar eclipse, known to Tantrics as a Surya Grah.

Spiritual practices on eclipses 
are intensified 100 fold, 
it is said in Tantra.
It is a time when consciousness 
is overshadowed 
& the application of our psychic will
proves the strength of Soul.
The spirits are close 
to the earth plane on eclipses 
& much healing 
with the world of spirit 
can be set in motion.

Traditionally it is a time when our ancestors would stay inside and not venture outside. Mundane activities would be left to rest and one would rather take to spiritual focus in times of eclipse.

These things are slowly being forgotten and classified as a mere superstition by Modernity which overshadows spiritual wisdom.

By being sensitive to our inner currents of feeling, we come to see the spiritual dimension of our being, which the eye of civilisation has been trained to overlook.

The Moon  under the rulership of Soma, relates to fluidity and flow of life force.

In Tantra, Soma refers to the Moon and carries several connotations.

SOMA

The Moon’s Healing Fluid

Soma refers to the sacred 
& Healing Moon fluid. 
It is a subtle 
psycho/physical compound 
that is the essence of Tejas 
– the cool fire 
of psychic & spiritual power.

The opposite of Tejas is the hot fire of Agni.
Tantra is concerned with bringing both the cooling and the heating fires into a balanced dance with each other.

Soma vivifies and creates, whereas Agni consumes and destroys. Both of these fires are needed in the correct proportions in the constituents of our body and spirit. A balance of these forces is required to open the subtle portals of awareness. 

An abundance of Agni fire in our psycho/physical mechanism is the ill of modern times. The overemphasis of Agni not only consumes the finer currents of awareness but creates stress in the system and ages the body.

Soma on the other hand is the juice of eternal youth – you may enjoy reading a previous post, The Forgotten Jewel of Tantra, which goes in more details about the qualities of Soma.

Some forms of Shakti consume Soma and some forms of Shakti vivify the Soma fluid of the Moon within us. Heating pursuits and emotions, extroversion and over activity consume Soma.

Introversion, rest and slowing down the currents of being are what nurture Soma. Noise and speech create Agni, which is hot and active. Silence and stillness create Soma, which is brewed in passivity.

Passivity is a quality 
that might have disappeared 
from our lives 
& considered a sign 
of weakness of illness even. 
In Tantra it is sought 
like a rare jewel.

Passivity is a secret Moon-type state of consciousness that the Yogis venture to know in the midst of the fires and actions of life.
The Yogis prize Soma and are cautious and careful to nurture, cultivate and preserve it. Soma is psychic power.

Soma is the cool healing fire that melts the obstructions in the way of our Shakti life energy. The cool fire of Soma is not as obvious as the active expression of Agni.

Soma lives internally and signifies and is experienced as a magical inner life.. .perhaps even independent of external factors. The introverted fire of Soma is an internal glow that gives one strength of focus and ‘awake-ness’ upon the astral levels.

AGNI

The Fire of (Self-)Destruction

In present times 
Agni burns strong 
& stands in a predominant place. 
This is most visible 
in the magnitude of destruction 
on a planetary scale, 
through wars, 
violence towards all forms of life, 
& even in the warming of the atmosphere. 
There is too much heat 
in the system.

This calls for the cultivation of Soma, which must become a priority both individually and collectively if we wish to shift the balance back to a state of harmony.

To give strength to the God of softness and simplicity that Soma is. Soma is cultivated in simplifying our lives. Somnath is one of the names which Shiva goes by, for he is the eternal Yogi who wears the moon in his hair.

Somnath lives in the spirit of all souls who tread the path of shining in the dark.  The path of the Magic Moonlight. Like the moon that shines brightly in the night sky, Soma is cultivated in the dark.

The practice of Kechari Mudra has several preparatory steps, it is initiated and practiced when the Soma Moon is at its strongest.

Ketchari 
is a secret science of Mudra 
that activates points of energy 
in the system 
that releases Soma 
in the form of a hormonal substance 
that creates profound 
softness & trance.

PRACTICES ON SOMAVATI

Honouring the Ancestors

The day of Somavati happens rarely, one or twice yearly when a dark Moon falls on a Monday, it is a strong ritualistic time, when it is combined with an eclipse it is made more profound, a most rare occurrence it be.

It is a time to give homage 
to the deceased ancestors. 
To perform Shraddh 
(psychic ritualistic offerings) 
this is to bless & heal 
the spirits of one’s dead ancestors. 

To assist in earthbound elements that can affect us in the Astral world, tantrics call this effect the Pitru Dosha. Somavati is a sacred ritual time of liberating Pitru Dosha. The new Moon sequence of Chandra Parampara supports this and is ritualistically practiced by the tantrics at this Moon junction.

Chandra Parampara is the Yog sequence of practice that among all the practices of Yog. It creates the greatest softening and flexibility in the organism, both psychicaly and physically.
Prayer and ritual under the Soma Moon is a time of opening body and soul towards the deepest levels of softness.

Simplification is the way to Soma… and the way of Soma.

We shall work with the three liquids that make up Soma. They equal Soma if they are balanced in equal equations.
Blood, Milk and Water shall lay upon the altar on this a Dark Moon night – the Darkest Moon of the Year.

You would be most welcome to join the Online Ritual
on Monday 14th of December

KAMALA JAYANTI
– Kamari Amvasya –

The Loss & Return of the Moon Goddess

On the November Dark Moon
Tantrics study the Ravan within themselves
That is, the part of us that wishes
to impatiently possess the Goddess
before we have won her hand and trust.
It is a night that has been prayed by Tantrics
since the beginning of time
for the return of the Goddess.
We shall meet to mourn her loss,
and celebrate her return
(if we have earned it)

Boonath

This Saturday, 14th of November, is Kamari Amvasya – also known more generally as Diwali, the festival of lights – without doubt, the biggest celebration in the Indian culture.

Amvasya is the absence of light when the Moon is dark, and Kumari means princess. Kamari Amvasya is the absence of the princess/Moon when she is stolen from the sky.                                                               

This night is the ritual time
when the active seat is taken
by the Kamar (prince) force within us,
which goes searching for Kamari (princess),
who has been swallowed by the dark.

The last Purnima (Full Moon) was the exact opposite, known as Kamar Purnima. When the inner princess went looking for the inner prince. This dark Moon is also celebrated as Kamala Jayanti, Kamala is the Goddess of Love, Jayanti is her birthday, an inner symbolism is there to ponder.

This Amvasya is the second Dark Moon in the very heart of the dark half of the year. The darkest Moon also known as Kali Chand. This ritual dark moon is an important festival in the orthodox tradition, and of great ritual significance to the Tantrics.
The planetary currents pose the challenge and incite the Tapasya (strength) of questing for the lost femmine.

The story of Diwali is a story of Kumari Amvasya, as can be seen upon Moonless reflection. It narrates of how the Goddess Sita is stolen away from her beloved Raam by the clutches of the powerful Yogi Ravan.
When Ravan stole Sita away, Raam – the great Solar power – lost his Moon and darkness and destruction fell upon the Heart.

THE EGO OF INFINITY


Ravan was one of the greatest yogis of unbelievable Shakti (power). He was a devout yogi who worshiped Shiva day and night until he acquired the power of Shiva himself.
Having identified so much with Shiva, Ravan himself became the object of his love and admiration.
The Shiv Tandav Strotra is a song that praises the beauty of Shiva as no other song does.
It was written by Ravan as he wept tears of suffering through the realisation of the greatness of Shiva.

Ravan was so determined
to become greater than Shiva
that he lifted the sacred mountain
upon which Shiva himself lived
as an attempt to show how
his individual self
was greater than the infinite mystery.

But Shiva was soon to show him a lesson.
The mountain came crashing down and crushed Ravan’s fingers for infinite aeons of time. Some even say that Ravan wept the Ganges into being as Shiva kept the mountain crushing upon Ravan’s fingers with the weight if his little toe.

Shiva crushed Ravan’s hand
out of Love for his devotee.
To teach Ravan that no one
can be greater than infinity.

Shiva is the great infinity beyond the beyond. The infinity that cannot be owned or assumed by any. An infinity to surrender and die by.

Ravan sang the most admiring verses ever sung towards Shiva as the weight of the mountain of infinity that no one can lift crushed Ravan into the most painful state imaginable.


THE SHADOW OF RAVAN


Despite the strong identification of Ravan with Shiva, Ravan still had one little part left that had not merged with Shiva.
Ravan had an avaricious weakness for beauty.
This avarice was void of grace and honour of the feminine. It was the crude hand of the patriarch that sought to dominate and possess the feminine.
This is what lead to his downfall.

Sita, the cool Moon Goddess
was a mesmerizing and receptive vessel
for Ravan’s powerful burning Shakti.
Ravan could not contain
the Shakti he had acquired.

So he went wild and lost his mind at the thought of the beauty of Sita cooling his burning infernos of manhood.
He therefore abducted the Goddess of the Moon away from her Beloved Raam with deceit and force.

When Ravan stole Sita away Raam – the great Solar power – lost his Moon.
Darkness and destruction then fell upon the world and the Heart. But Ravan had overestimated his power!

The Love between the Goddess & the God
was bound together by the sacred breath, Prana,
known to the Yogis as Hanuman,
their loyal attendant and friend,
the monkey God.

Hanuman is also called Pawan Petra, which means the child of the Wind.
The story tells how Hanuman through the fearlessness evoked by his devotion to his Beloved Sita and Raam, rescued the captive Sita and brought her to her place of balance

The symbolism inherent in the story
reveals how it is the breath
that balances the power of the lovers
within ourselves.

It is the breath that reveals the secrets of Love in the outer world. The breath Heals our relationships, for the breath holds the emotional codes of behavior. The yogis call the psycho/physical energy knots in the breath – the Granthis. Tantra attempts to approach these knots.
The breath can resolve the concurrent Love lives, that we have lived in past, present and future.
Hence, Hanuman Ji is the one who brings the Lovers together.

The story Goes through many twists and turns before the Lovers we’re united by Hunumans devotion.
At one point the story narrates that Hanuman needed to bring a healing herb from the Sacred mountain, he was not able to find it, and So he brought the whole mountain with him.

When Ravan was not able to lift the mountain with all his might, how was it that Hanuman not only lifted the mountain, but flew with it across the land?
Because Hanuman lifted the mountain, in the name of bringing the Lovers together, he had the great blessing.
And, so Sita was brought back to Raam by their loyal attendant, Hanuman the monkey god.
And in bringing Sun and Moon back into balance Hanuman restored Love on Earth.

An endless array of lamps
were lit by humankind
to guide the flying Monkey God Hanuman,
carrying Sita under his arm,
back to Raam.

THE POWER OF THE BREATH


Hanuman represents Prana, the Breath.
Hanuman restores Love and harmony on Earth by breathing the Moon and the Sun back together and therefore overcoming the destructive forces of the fire of passion that had possessed Ravan to dishonour the feminine. This resulted in the failure of the feminine and the masculine to live and Love in equal measure.

When the Shakti
is mistreated in such a way
that brings imbalance in our system,
we can no longer control her
and destruction (rather than healing)
becomes our fate.

In Tantra Yoga a balance is sought at all times to bring the masculine and the feminine, the Sun and the Moon, the Light and the Darkness, and the Active and the Passive, in perfect balance. Yet, in a world in which the active, male, solar forces are so dominant, more attention needs to be given to the feminine qualities, which is why the Tantrics have been worshipping the Goddess for aeons.

This inner and outer balance between the male and the female is, in a nutshell, the meaning of Hatha Yog – Ha, implying Sun, and Th, the Moon. These are equally designations of Kamari and Kamar. The Kama in both their names is the desire that longs for their opposite nature’s to meet. Hence the Tantrics honour the twilight meeting.

Like a million lamps burning in the darkest night, this is the Tantric night of deep prayer for the feminine.
Might it be prayed with tears?
Might it me prayed with amorous force and desire?
It is a night that has been prayed by Tantrics since the beginning of time for the return of the Goddess.
A chance to move towards the inner princess is offered upon this sacred night.
On this powerful dark night,
We may meet to mourn her loss, and celebrate her return – if we have earned it.

To find out more about about this current lunam phase governed by the Goddess Kamala, read also our posts about Diwali and Shaadee.

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