Anand no Garbo (The Song of Bliss)

શ્રીઆનંદગરબાનો પ્રાગટયોત્સવ

સંવત શત દશ સાત, નવ (૧૭૦૯) ફાલ્ગુન શુધ્ધે માતિથી તૃતિયા વિખ્યાત, શુભ વાસર બુધ્ધે મા

પ.પૂજય શ્રી વલ્લભ ભટ્ટ રચિત શ્રી બહુચર માઁ નો આનંદ ગરબા નો આજ ૩૬૫ મો પ્રાગટય દિન વિ. સં. ૧૭૦૯ ફાગણ સુદ ત્રીજ બુધવાર.

આજ ફાગણ સુદ ૩ ને રવિવાર તારીખ ૧૮-૨-૨૦૧૮.

આનંદ નો ગરબો એ શક્તિ ઉપાસકો નું અમૂલ્ય ઘરેણું છે.

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આનંદનાગરબાનીરચના

આજે ફાગણ સુદ ત્રીજ ને બુદ્ધવાર – આનંદ ના ગરબા ની રચના તિથી……

“ આનંદ નો ગરબો “ આનંદ શબ્દ સાંભળતાની સાથે જ ચહેરા પર એક અનેરો આનંદ જ છવાઈ જાય છે. મનમાં એક અનેરો ઉત્સાહ ઉત્પન્ન થઇ જાય છે. માનવીના જીવનમાં આનંદની અનુભૂતિ થવાથી શોક, દુ:ખ, ભય કે વ્યાધી જોજનો દુર ચાલ્યા જાય છે.

આ કપટી, અટપટી, સ્વાર્થી દુનિયામાં આનંદ મેળવવા માટેનો ટૂંકો માર્ગ એટલે “ આનંદ નો ગરબો “

આનંદ નો ગરબો એટલે જ્ઞાનની ગરિમા, મનનો મહિમા, ચિત્તની ચતુરાઈ અને દિલની હૃદયથી થતી પ્રસન્નતા.

આ કલિયુગ માં આનંદ ના ગરબા ને “ કલ્પવૃક્ષ “ સમાન ગણવામાં આવ્યો છે.

વાતની શરૂવાત અહીથી થાય છે કે આપણા ગુજરાત નું અમદાવાદ શહેર અમે તેમાં આવેલું નવાપુરા ગામ. એ ગામ માં એક ભટ્ટ મેવાડા બ્રાહ્મણ શ્રીહરિરામ ભટ્ટ અને ફૂલકોરબાઈ રહેતા.તેમના ઇષ્ટદેવ એકલિંગજી મહાદેવ છે. તેમણે ૧૬૯૬- આસો સુદ આઠમ ( દુર્ગાષ્ટમી ) ના રોજ બે જોડિયા બાળકો ને જન્મ આપ્યો. જેમાં એકનું નામ વલ્લભરામ અને બીજાનું નામ ધોળારામ.

બંન્ને બાળકો જયારે પાંચ વર્ષના થયા ત્યારે તેમને વિદ્યાભ્યાસ માટે પરમાનંદ બ્રહ્મચારી પાસે આશ્રમમાં ભણવા માટે મુકવામાં આવ્યા.પણ ખુબ પરિશ્રમ કરવા છતાંપણ એમણે વિદ્યાભ્યાસ નું જ્ઞાન આવ્યું જ નહિ. હા, બંન્ને ભાઈઓ નમ્ર, વિવેકી અને શ્રદ્ધાળુ હતા. વિદ્યાભ્યાસ નું જ્ઞાન ન મળવાને લીધે ગુરુજીએ બંન્ને બાળકો ને બાલા ત્રિપુરા સુંદરી માં બહુચરનો બીજ મંત્ર આપ્યો.

આ મંત્ર સાથે બંન્ને બાળકો પોતાના ઘરે ગયા. બંન્ને ભાઈઓ તેમની કાલીઘેલી વાણીમાં આખો દિવસ માં ના બીજમંત્રનું જપ કર્યા કરતા.તેઓના માતા – પિતા જાત્રાએ ગયેલ ત્યારે માં બહુચર “ બાળા “ સ્વરૂપે પ્રગટ થયા. માનું જાજરમાન તેજસ્વીરૂપ ન જોઈ શકવાના કારણે બંન્ને ભાઈઓ આંખો બંધ કરીને માં ને પૂછવા લાગ્યા કે આપ કોણ છો…? ત્યારે માં એ ભાઈઓને ઓળખ આપી કે હું તમારી માં છુ. ત્યારબાદ બંન્ને ભાઈઓને ઈચ્છિત વરદાન માગવા કહ્યું. માં ને પ્રત્યક્ષ નજરો-નજર નિહાળ્યા બાદ બંન્ને ભાઈઓના હૃદય પુલકિત થઇ ગયા. અને રોમે-રોમ આનંદિત થઇ ઉઠ્યું.

માં એ ફરીથી એમને કહ્યું કે માગો – માગો જે જોઈએ તે આપું. પરંતુ માના દર્શન માત્રથી જ આનંદ મળવાના કારણે બંન્ને ભાઈઓ માની સમક્ષ કઈ બોલી કે માંગી ના શક્યા. ત્યારે માં એ ત્રીજી વખત કહ્યું કે બેટા માગ, માંગે તે આપું. ત્યારે વલ્લભરામે માતાજીને વિનંતી કરી કે હે માં…!!! આપના દર્શન માત્રથી અમારા જીવનમાં આનંદ, આનંદ, અને માત્ર આનંદ જ છવાઈ ગયો છે અમને જે આનંદ પ્રાપ્ત થયો એવો આનંદ સૌને મળે એવું કઈક આપો. ત્યારે માં એ કહ્યું કે તમે મારા આનંદ ના ગરબા ની રચના કરો, પણ વલ્લભરામે કહ્યું કે હે માં…!!! અમે તો અભણ છીએ તો કેવી રીતે ગરબાની રચના કરી શકીએ ? ત્યારે માં એ વલ્લભરામને કહ્યું કે હું સરસ્વતી સ્વરૂપે જીભનાં અગ્રભાગ પર બિરાજમાન થઈશ એમ કહી માં એ તેમની ટચલી આંગળી વલ્લભરામની જીભના અગ્રભાગ પર મુકી ત્યારબાદ જે કઈ પણ તેમના દ્વારા રચનાઓ થઇ તે અલૌકિક અને અકાલ્પનિક છે.

આનંદ ના ગરબા ની રચના શ્રી વલ્લભરામે માત્ર ૧૨ વર્ષ , ૪ મહિના, ૨૬ દિવસની નાની કિશોર અવસ્થામાં વિક્રમ સંવત ૧૭૦૯ના ફાગણ સુદ ત્રીજ (૩) ને બુદ્ધવારે કરી. છેલ્લા ૩૬૫ વર્ષથી સતત ભક્તો ને આનંદ જ આપ્યા કરે છે. આનંદ ના ગરબા ની ૧૧૬ મી પંક્તિ માં લખવામાં આવ્યું છે કે,

“ સવંત સતદશ સાત, નવ ફાલ્ગુન સુદે માં, તિથી તૃતીયા વિખ્યાત, શુભ વાસર બુદ્ધે માં,

આનંદગરબાવિશેષ :-

  • ૧૧૮ પદ નો ગરબો જેમાં દરેકની બે પંક્તિ હોવાથી ૨૩૬ પંક્તિઓ થાય
  • ગરબા માં ૬૭૫ શબ્દો
  • ગરબા માં ૩૭૨૩ અક્ષરો
  • ગરબા માં ૭ વખત “ બહુચર માં “ શબ્દ
  • આ ગરબા ની પ્રથમ પંક્તિ નો પ્રથમ શબ્દ “ આઈ “ છે જેનો અર્થ “ માં “ થાય અને ગરબાની છેલ્લી પંક્તિનો છેલ્લો શબ્દ પણ “ માં “ જ છે.
  • ગરબા માં ૨૪૫ વખત “ માં “ શબ્દ
  • આ ગરબા નું કેન્દ્રબિંદુ જ “ માં “ છે.
  • આ ગરબા માં વેદ- પુરાણ , ભાગવત ગીતા, રામાયણ, મહાભારત, ઉપનિષદ જેવા મહાન ગ્રંથો નો સમાવેશ
  • આ ગરબા માં ત્રણ લોક, ત્રણ શક્તિ, ચાર વેદ, ચૌદ ભુવન, ચૌદ વિદ્યા, પંચ મહાભૂત, ચાર યુગ, ત્રણ જીવ, ત્રણ વાયુ, ત્રણ ગુણ, ત્રણ દેવ, દસ અવતાર, ચૌદ રત્નો, નવ નાથ, ચોર્યાશી સિદ્ધો, પાંચ પાંડવ, અઢાર પુરાણ, ત્રણ કાળ, છ ઋતુ, છ રસ, બાર માસ, પંચામૃત, ચાર શત્રુ, સાત ધાતુ, પાંચ રંગ, આઠ પર્વત, અઢાર ભાર વનસ્પતિ, ચાર વર્ણ, ચૌદ ઇન્દ્રિયો, ચોર્યાશી લાખ જંતુઓ, નવ ખંડ, ત્રીભેટ, દસ દિશા, ચાર મંગળ, સાત સાગર, નવ ગ્રહ, દસ દિશા ના રક્ષક, પાંચ પદારથ, ત્રણ દોષ નો અદભૂત સમન્વય.
  • એક જ આસન પર બેસીને ત્રણ વખત આનંદ નો ગરબો કરવાથી “ ચંડીપાઠ “ કર્યા જેટલું પુણ્ય પ્રાપ્ત થાય છે.
  • આનંદના ગરબા મા સંસ્કૃત, પ્રાકૃત, માગધી, અર્ધ માગધી, ગુજરાતી, હિન્દી, મરાઠી, ગામઠી,તળપદી જેવી અનેક ભાષાઓના શબ્દોનો સમાવેશ છે.
  • આનંદનો ગરબો ફક્ત બહુચરમાં આંગળી નહિ પરંતુ કોઇ પણ ઇષ્ટ કે કુળદેવી આગળ કરી શકાય એટલે જ અંબાજી બહુચરાજી જેવા ગુજરાતના મંદિરો પીઠો મા આનંદના ગરબાના નિત્ય ૩ પાઠ થાય છે.એટલેજ કેહવાય છે કે આનંદ નો ગરબો એ શક્તિ ઉપાસકો નું અમૂલ્ય ઘરેણું છે.
  • આનંદ નો ગરબો એ શક્તિ આરાધનાનો ગરબો છે.

આનંદનોગરબોકરવાથીમળતુંફળ :-

  • નિર્ધન ને ધન પ્રાપ્ત થાય
  • રોગીઓના રોગ દુર, દુ:ખ , દર્દ દુર થાય
  • શેર માટીની ખોટ પૂરી થાય
  • કેન્સર, ડાયાબીટીશ જેવા ભયંકર અને મોટા રોગો દુર થાય
  • આંખ, કાન, નાક, વાચા, વાણી ની તકલીફો દુર થાય
  • મનોવાંછિત ફળની પ્રાપ્તિ
  • ટૂંક માં એટલું કહી શકાય છે “ આનંદ નો ગરબો “ એટલે તન, મન ની પ્રસન્નતા, સુખ શાંતિ નો સમન્વય અને “ માં “ પરાશક્તિનું સાક્ષાત દર્શન.

ખાસનોધ :-

આજથી આપણે આ ફાગણ સુદ ત્રીજને “ આનંદ તૃતીયા “ તિથી થી મનાવીશું….

આપડી આજુબાજુ માં રહેતા દરેક વ્યક્તિ, દરેક સોસાયટી, મહોલ્લા, પોળ કે એરિયામાં રહેતા દરેક રહેવાસી ગરબામાં વધુમાં વધુ જોડાય , માં ની સ્તુતિ, પ્રાર્થના, ગરબો કરતા થાય એવા પ્રયત્નો કરીશું. જેટલા વધુમાં વધુ મંડળો બને એવા પ્રયત્નો કરીશું.

માં બાલા ત્રિપુરા સુંદરી માં બહુચર આપની, આપના પરિવારની સર્વે મનોકામના પૂર્ણ કરે એવી માં ને પ્રાર્થના સહ સૌને મારા…….

જય અંબે…….જય બહુચર……..

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Nitaben

Jai Bahuchar Jai Gurudev All

On the day of successful completion of my Guru Mantra Anusthan, I would like to introduce Shri Nitaben who is tirelessly extending Param Pujya Shri Devibaa’s and Param Pujya Shri Shivguruji’s work in UK.

Param Pujya Shri Nitaben (Shukladevya Amba) was born 03/02/1959 in Mombassa, Kenya. She is the youngest of Shri Devi Ba and Shri Shiv Guruji’s 3 children, Shri Urvashiben, Shri Kiritbhai & Shri Nitaben were initiated in Shri Vidya at the age of 13 by Shri Guru Devshankar Trivedi.

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 She married Shri Maheshkumar in 1975 and moved to London. Shri Nitaben has done numerous anushtaans and is an expert in Pujan and spiritual advice. Since the passing of her parents she is now the Head of the Shri Vidya Upasna Mandal UK.
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Given Purnadiksha by Shri Dev Shankar  Trivedi – Sanand, she has climbed to the heights of spiritual accomplishment.  Through Her continuous guidance and Her unlimited Motherly love, She has many  disciples in the UK and India and continued the Shri Vidya Jyotir Dharo.

Shri Nitaben is doing Puja in early November 2017 in UK as below,

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Urvashiben (My Guru)

 Jai Bahuchar Jai Gurudev All

Around from last 3 years, To satisfy my eagerness for knowing all the unknown facets of macrocosm(universe) and microcosm(my body), I was looking for a philosophical cum scientific system or path which covers everything. I started to look for a Guru who can initiate me and teach me the hidden secrets of the such knowledge. My friend who said, “It is the Guru who finds a Shishya (disciple), not at the wish of Shishya.” I just thought I will wait until my Guru will appear to me at the right time.

I am a Shakta (Shakti Upasak-Devotee) and I feel infinite love and devotion for Goddess Bahucharaji (Bala Tripura Sundari). Out of love,  I installed a BalaYantra  at home. To meditate on the Yantra, I started reciting Beej (seed) Mantra written on the Yantra with the intention to find me a right Guru, it is said that such Mantras must not be recited without mantra Deeksha(initiation) from a capable Guru but it was Bala’s wish to take me to the Guru. I came to know about Shri Vidya straight after starting reciting this Mantra, read more and more about Shri Vidya. It attracted me so strongly especially because Shri Vidya is confluence of  Advaita Vedanta , Bhakti yoga , Raja Yoga and Tantra(Kundalini Yoga). I was reading the book of Swami Rama of Himalayas (Who was Shri Shankaracharya at one time in his life) called “Living with Himalayan Masters” where he said Shri Vidya is the highest path of all paths,highly technical, shortest and hardest too. It is said that you can know Shri Vidya (Lalita Tripur Sundari) only if she wishes so.

It is said you must, in past lives, have done thousands of years of sadhana of all the devatas such as Vishnu, Shiva, etc. to reach this point. It is said that one can obtain initiation into Srividya only if one is in his/her or his final birth – or is verily Shiva Himself. I was sceptical whether I will be able to even get an understanding about Shri Vidya. I searched for Gurus from Jyotirmani Peeth in Uttarakhand to South India to suit my need but some places didn’t have workshops running or Gurus who can talk to me, some were too busy to talk. I can understand now that Bala had something else pre-planned for me.

The long awaiting wait supposed to be finished in mid August 2017, Being a science and technology student I never used to believe such thing as a divine interventions at such small level which drives your life and probably you wouldn’t believe me too. One day I was browsing something on my mobile phone and suddenly the website www.shrividya.com opened in front of me. I started reading about it and felt this is it, this the place I belong to. It is 4okms away from hometown Mehsana where I lived almost 25 years but never came across.

On 21 August 2017 at 3:04pm (West Australian Standard Time) I rang on the landline number given on the website. It was Somvati Amas of holy month of Shravan and lot of puja/hawan was happening on the other side of the phone. The sweet voice from other side said “Jai Ambe Jai Gurudev”, I copied and started to tell why I rang. That voice was from Shri Urvashiben-Current Peethadhipati of Kadi Shri Vidya Learning Centre of Shri Vidya Pashupat (Kashi) Parampara. I call her Gurubaa (Daughter of Shri Devibaa and Shri Shivguruji). She calmly listened and suggested to start Shri Suktam before I go to the Shri Vidya learning centre called Raj  Rajeshwari Peeth at Kadi, North Gujarat. I reciprocated and started the Shri Suktam with pure devotion. I called her many times within next 5-6 weeks and she always replied with motherly voice and love. I finally made my mind to see her when I travel to India in October 2017. On the very first day in India, I went to see Shri Gurubaa at Kadi with my younger brother. She explained and advised what is next to be done. Gurubaa  gave me and my brother a Mantra  Deeksha(initiation) on very auspicious day of Diwali. We feel very lucky belonging to such a rich Parampara. If we want to save the Pramapara for future generations, we have to follow it first. The Shakta shastras allow of women being Guru, or Spiritual Director, a reverence which the West has not (with rare exceptions) yet given them. Initiation by a Mother bears eightfold fruit. Indeed to the enlightened Shakta the whole universe is Stri or Shakti. Indeed, in some texts initiation by a female guru is considered the highest form of induction into Shri Vidya. As Stri already posses Devi’s attributes physiologically and psychologically.

Param Pujya Shri Urvashiben is the oldest daughter of Param Pujya Sri Devi Ba and Param Pujya Shiv Guruji who are the founders of the Shri Rajrajeshwari Peetham in Kadi.

Born on 30th October 1950, Param Pujya Urvashiben married Shri Jagdishchandra on the 10th March 1969 and have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.  From an early age, growing up in a spiritual household,  Uravashiben received insight and knowledge of Sri Vidya from her parents and Guru Parampara culminating in her being given Purnadiksha and is currently Peethdheesh of the Kadi Shri Vidya Peetham,

Shri Urvashibentirelessly leads the Peetham in Gujarat and the Shri Vidya Guru lineage by teaching and guiding sadhakas in to this discipline and selflessly emanating Her divine Love. Shri Vidya Pujans and Archans are carried out daily, ans she travels at lengths around Gujarat to teach and propagate true Shri Vidya.

Having a warming smile, a radiant personality, always welcoming and full of Motherly Love, she has many disciples and has given Purnadiksha to many. She is a true living Devi (Tvarit Amba) and a leading female Shri Vidya Guru in the world.

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Shivguruji

Jai Bahuchar Jai Gurudev my fellow Sadhakas,

On the 8th day of my Guru mantra Anusthan, I would like to introduce the rare jewel of my Guru Mandal (Circle of Gurus) who dissolved himself in, nurtured and spread the Shri Vidya Reet until 2006. This my tribute to the entire Guru Mandal.

Shri ShivGuruji was  one of the Guru of Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Parampara, who started to spread the Vidya (knowledge) to the worthy ones across the Gujarat and overseas specially Africa, UK. USA and Australia. He is my Param Guru (My Guru’s Guru), he and his wife Param Pujya Shri Devibaa established Raj Rajeshwari Peeth (Shri Vidya learning) Peeth in Kadi, North Gujarat which has turned into Kadamb Van of Shri upasakas of Shri Vidya Pashupat Parampara.

Param Pujya Shri DeviBaa and Param Pujya Shri ShivGuruji were main disciples of Shri Devshankar Trivedi (Shri Devshankar Dada/).

Param Pujya Shri ShivGuruji was born on 25/8/1929 to a very influential family in Kadi, North Gujajrat, ShivGuruji’s father was a leading Freedom Fighter.  ShivGuruji was introduced into Shri Vidya by his wife Shri Devi Ba.  He received diksha from Shri Devshankar Trivedi Guruji and immersed himself totally into Shri Vidya.

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Guruji was an ideal gentleman and had a very warm and fatherly presence. He was always kind, supportive and spent much time in teaching Shri Vidya.  Shri Shivguruji would spend 6 months in Kadi and 6 months abroad teaching Shri Vidya to many disciples around the world.  He propagated the Shri Vidya Mandal UK which is based in the UK, which carries out Shri Vidya related functions and pujas.

As a combined effort, Ba and ShivGuruji, established the first Shri Vidya centre called Shri Raj Rajeshwari Peetham in Gujarat in 1983.  Their unending contribution and service to humanity has led to the propagation of Shri Vidya not only in India but abroad in countries like Africa, America and Europe as per Guru Parmampara. 

Both Ba and Shivguruji initiated many disciples across the globe – in the UK / US. Australia, Africa and India. They both propagated the Divine knowledge of Shri Vidya on a large scale and carried out many divine functions and pujas globally.

Many of these pujans have not been carried out in hundreds of years and each was conducted to the strictest of rules according to Tantra Shastra. Many Gajmakhas have been carried out including conducting the first one outside India ever on 01/01/2000 – coinciding with the Millennium in UK.

Regular pujans include – Lalita Sahasranam Suvasini Puja, Lalita Maha Yagas, Das Maha Vidya Puja, the historical Ashtaashtaka Mahayaga,Shat Chandis, Lalitha Sahasranam Chatur Laksharchana, Annakoot Vaibhav, Laksh Deep Archan and Koti Shodashiamba Makha and 1000 Shri Pujans performed daily for 1000 days!

Both ShivGuruji and Ba took Shri Vidya in the current Century, to such great heights and founded and created one of the most vibrant, active and authentic Peethams alive in the modern age.

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They were graced with three children, the eldest being Shri Kirit Bhai, Shri Urvarshi Ben and Shri Nita Ben.  All three have achieved Purnabhashika in their own right.  As a stula form of Kameshwar Kameshwari, hundreds of disciples have been initiated in the Shri Vidya tradition. Many miracles were credited to Ba and ShivGuruji.

The great tradition and lineage is kept alive today by their daughter Param Pujya Shri Urvarshi Ben who is the Peethadhipati of Shri Raj Rajeswari Peetham Kadi, Gujarat.

ShivGuruji attained Mahasmadhi and left for Manidweepam on 8/6/2006.

Source: http://www.shrividya.com/gurus

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Devibaa

Jai Bahuchar Jai Gurudev my fellow Sadhakas,

On the 8th day of my Guru mantra Anusthan, I would like to introduce the rare jewel of my Guru Mandal (Circle of Gurus) who dissolved herself in, nurtured and spread the Shri Vidya Reet until 2009. This my tribute to the entire Guru Mandal.

Shri Devibaa was  the Guru of Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Parampara, who started to spread the Vidya (knowledge) to the worthy ones across the Gujarat and overseas specially Africa, UK. USA and Australia. She is my Param Guru (My Guru’s Guru) and She and her husband Param Pujya Shri Shivguruji established Raj Rajeshwari Peeth (Shri Vidya learning) Peeth in Kadi, North Gujarat which has turned into Kadamb Van of Shri upasakas of Shri Vidya Pashupat Parampara.

Param Pujya Shri Devibaa and Param Pujya Shri ShivGuruji were main disciples of Shri Devshankar Trivedi (Shri Devshankar Dada/).

Param Pujya Shri DeviBa was born on Magsar Shudh Beej on 3/12/1929.

 Little is known about her parents as they passed away at an early age. Ba’s maternal aunt and uncle bought her up. From a very young age, it was obvious that she was an extraordinary girl. Even at this tender age, Param Pujya Baa showed an immense passion towards spirituality.  

From a very early age, Shri Devi Ba showed signs of a deep yearning for spirituality and She would eventually become a modern day Saint of the highest degree. Fondly known as Ba, She would spend most of her time in puja, path, organising satsangs and serving sadhu sants from a very early age.

She married Shri ShivGuruji on 11/05/43 and they spent the rest of their lives in Kadi, North Gujarat. Both were initiated into Shri Vidya and their hard work, anustaans and upasna directed them towards obtaining Purnabhasheka by Guru Shri Devshankar Shastry, Rajuguru of Sanand State, Gujarat. They were a perfect example to mankind of an ideal yugal damapati.  Both forever immersed in the Divine light of Sri Vidya.

On meeting Param Pujya Ganpatram Guruji, She was asked to be given diksha. Humbly Ba replied that she is not ready yet, most people would have accepted mantra diksha with glee, however this showed her humble and selfless nature.

Later she was given Mantra Updesh and Purnabhishek by Shri Dev Shankar Trivedi – himself a direct shisya of Shri Ganpatram Guruji. Ba’s Guru bhakti was unparalleled, she embodied the qualities of a perfect shishya. Day by day she became more engrossed in nitya pujan (daily pujan) along with balancing her married life, duties to her extended family and her children. Ba lived in a very orthodox household and would finish her nitya archan early morning and before completing her household duties. Shri Devi Baa and Shri Shiv Guruji going to do pujan of  Shri Devshankar Dada before travelling to UK.

Having a perfect balance of family and spiritual life, Ba set a excellent example of how upasna should be carried out for house holders and how to integrate it for every day, without neglecting our samsaric duties.

In the mid 1970’s Ba took an oath to perform 1 koti japas of the Shri Vidya mantra, whilst standing in the river Narmada waist deep in the water.

She lived in a hut on the banks of the river at Malsar for 3 and a half years to successfully complete her tapasya. The hut where she stayed was in the midst of wild animals and fearsome Aghoris.  After this intense tapasya, Ba did not want to come back and spend the remainder of her days in deep sadhana.

 Whilst in the waters of the Narmada River, she received Divine Darshan, Devi came to her and recited the verse and name of Shri Lalita Tripursundari – Name 880. “Samsara panga nirmagna samuddharana panditha” Stuck in the mud of samsara she needed to become like a lotus. Unscathed by the mud, she should flower in her upasna and share the glory of this wonderful upasna of Sri Vidya to the world.

Param Pujya Shri Dev Shankar Trivedi (Ba’s Guru) also instructed Ba not ignore society and spread the divine Shri Vidya to the worthy, to guide people in this Sacred path and continue the Shri Vidya Pashu Pat Parampara lineage. Respecting her Gurujl’s wish Ba settled in Kadi and set up the Raj Rajeshwari Pitham in the late 70’s and started guiding sadhakas on this royal path of Shri Vidya.

With the support of Shri Shivguruji they both became the a ideal yugal dampati.- epitomy of the Divine Couple – Kameshwar and Kameshwari.

They were graced with three children, the eldest being Shri Kirit Bhai, Shri Urvarshi Ben and Shri Nita Ben. All three have achieved Purnabhashika in their own right. As a stula form of Kameshwar Kameshwari, hundreds of disciples have been initiated in the Shri Vidya tradition. Guruji initiated many shisyas in India and around the world and is considered to be one of the first pioneers to spread trueShri Vidya abroad.

The great tradition and lineage is kept alive today by their daughter Param Pujya Shri Urvarshi Ben who is the Peethadhipati of Shri Raj Rajeswari Peetham Kadi, Gujarat.

Param Pujya Shree DeviBa left for Manidweepam on 19/12/2009. It is felt that Shri DeviBa’s Tatva went to Manidweepam but it appears that her Devi Tatva is dissolved into her daughters who are as Matamayi as Shri Devi Ba.

Shri DeviBaa (middle) with her daughters – Nitaben (Left) and Urvashiben (Right)- She is my Guru.

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Devshankar Trivedi ji

On the 7th day of mantra Anusthan, I would like to introduce the another precious jewel of my Guru Mandal (Circle of Gurus) who nurtured and spread the Shri Vidya Reet in last century . This my tribute to the entire Guru Mandal.

Shri Devshankar Trivedi  was  the Guru of Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Parampara, who started to spread the Vidya (knowledge) to the worthy ones across the North Gujarat. He is my Parmeshthi Guru and he was the Guru of my Param Guru(My Guru’s Guru) Shri Devi Baa and Shiv Guruji. He installed Shri Yantra at Amarkantak. He was Acharya at Kadi Raj Rajeshwari Peeth and he was who inspired Devi Baa and Shiv Guruji to establish a temple to fulfill the wish of his Guru Shri Ganpatramji.

Param Pujya Shri Devshankar Trivedi of Sanand was the main disciple of Shri Ganpatram Dave(https://aishwaryanand.com/2017/12/12/shri-vidya-guru-shri-ganpatram-ji/).  He was born 03/08/1920 and given Purnadisha at the age of 35 on Shravan Adhik Vad Chauth.

Shri Devshankar Trivedi was the Raj Guru (Spiritual advisor to the King of Sanand) and performed many Yagnas around Gujarat and also installed the Shri Yantra at Amarkantak.

He was one of the greatest Bala Tripurasundari upasaks (Child form of the Goddess) and living close the Great Bala Shakti Pitha of Bahucharaji, Guruji was regarded a great scholar in tantra Shastra in Gujrat. He was bestowed  the title of Mantra Pravin from the  Shankracharyas, for his adept knowledge and complete understanding of Mantra Shastra.

Below video shows Param Pujya Shri Devi Baa and Shiv Guruji doing Guru (PP Devshankar Trivedi Ji) puja before travelling to UK. Shri Devi Baa and Shiv Guruji consistently did Guru puja atleast once a month in most cases and before and after travel to overseas. There is no wonder PP Shri Devi Baa and Shiv Guruji reached to ultimate level of spirituality due to blessings of the Guru Shri Devshankar Trivedi ji.

Source: http://www.shrividya.com/gurus

Shri Vidya Guru Shri Ganpatram ji

On the 6th day of mantra Anusthan, I would like to introduce another shinning sun of my Guru Mandal (Circle of Gurus) who nurtured and spread the Shri Vidya Reet for hundred of years. This my tribute to the Guru Mandal.

Shri Ganpatram Dave was  the Guru of Shri Vidya Kashi Pashupat Parampara, who started to spread the Vidya (knowledge) to the worthy ones across the Gujarat. He was the Guru of very popular world famous singer Pandit Jasraj. He is my Paratpar Guru. His son Shri Vasudevbhai installed Shri Yantra in Ambaji temple (http://www.ambajitemple.in/). Which is a biggest place of pilgrimage in Gujarat state for Shakti worshippers.

He lived in his mortal body for more than 100 years and never wore any sewn clothes or shoes as in Hindu philosophy sewn clothes are not recommended for people aspiring for higher spiritual growth.

Shri Ganpatramji was main disciple of Shri Sitaram Bhatt ji of Pune (https://aishwaryanand.com/2017/12/11/shri-vidya-guru-shri-sitaramji-bhatt/). It is said that when Shri Sitaram Guruji on the edge of Mahasamadhi (casting off his physical body) his all Shishyas (Students) came to see him. Shri Ganpatram dada came and did his puja and drunk the Charnamrut of Shri Sitaramji and all the powers and knowledge got transferred into Shri Ganpatramji. It was unknown to other students so the students asked, ” Guruji (Sitaramji) ! Do you want to say (give any further knowledge which is still available to you) anything?” Guruji said, “All the knowledge is went to Gujarat with Ganpatramji”. He was a carrier of  complete and correct(without any misinterpretations)  knowledge of Shri Vidya Parampara of 100s of years. He was the one who could correct the Shankaracharya in many matters of philosophy.

Shri Ganapatram Dave was a great scholar, actually one of the greatest Vedantists of the time and was bestowed the title Ved Martand Tantra Shiromani by Dwarka Shankaracharya.

Apart for running a Gurukul for Vedas, Guruji was the trusted advisor to the Kings of Gujarat and advised the installation of the Bhuvaneshwari Amba Murthi in Gondal.  The purpose of this was to aid the struggle for independence from the British Raj.  He was known throughout India as one of the greatest Tantriks of the Century and even today holy places like Kamakhya to Rameshearam still carry his memories.

He had many devoted shisyas such as his son Shri Vasudevbhai, Shri Nandkishore Vyas, Shri Pratap Rai, Harshad Bhai, Shri Girjashankar Rawal and Smt Tarlaben Rawal.

His main shishya to whom Guruju passed the Gurugadi to was Shri Devshankar Trivedi of Sanand and Raja Jayvant Singh, renouned Kali Upasak and King of Sanand.

Famous for his contribution to the world of classical musical he gave the World many new ragas and compositions to enjoy.

His main shishya to who Guruji passed the Gurugadi to was Shri Devshankar Trivedi of Sanand. Guruji was the one of the greatest Kaulupasakas of the time and gave Diksha to and guided many in Shri and Kali Kul. A prime example was Raja JayawantSingh (king of Sanand), who was frequently visited in the palace by Adhya and Batuknath and created many ragas and compositions. Another shisya is the great PanditJasraj, of the famous mewathigharana, famous for his contribution to the world of classical music.

Gurudev wrote the Shri Vidya Mani Ratna Saparya Padhati in the 1800s, which is still used today. Furthermore, the Ambaji Shri yantra was reinstalled by him and as a result has many shisiyas in Siddhpur and Kamakhya. During his life he had met up with Pujya Gurudev Shri Devi Ba and was taken aback by her devotion. He wished to give her Diksha but unfortunately they never met after this. Gurudev lived for over 100 years after which he achieved Manidweep.

Below photo of Shri Vasudevbhai Ganpatram Dave who installed Yantraraj Shri Yantra at Ambaji temple.

18 # Year 2015’s Resolution- Read/Listen Books

WARNING : LONG BUT USEFUL BLOG

Dear Readers

This is the end of the year and I am about to cross my annual book reading/listening target of minimum 20 books a year as reading is one of my resolution for year 2015 and will be forever in my resolution list.

Due to time and other commitments, I couldn’t read any of the books through physical copies but thanks to modern day storytelling via audio books, I was able to  listen 28 books till date.

Here is the list of books which may interest you if time is the constraint to you.You can use your commute time to listen such wonderful books.

  1. Jaya -An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattnaik  – Wonderful peace of ancient epic covering all the stories some of them which you may not have ever heard of with different / logical perspective however it appears that it is high influenced by Wendy Doniger’s ideology and works showing derogatory views on Hinduism.
  2. Business Sutra – An Indian Approach to management by Devdutt Pattnaik – An Indian way to understand the management, very interesting illustrations and simple language.
  3. 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattnaik – An approach to explain Lord Shiva- An Indian Supreme Deity and his incarnations in simple logical way however it appears that it is high influenced by Wendy Doniger’s ideology and works showing derogatory views on Hinduism.
  4. Yatharth Gita (Bhagvad Gita) by Swami Adgadanand – Explaining Bhagvad Gita in its true meanings for life, more for spiritual growth and about winning internal war within your mind. Very different than stereotype Gita explanations. I actually ended up listening more than 3 times. MOST Recommended.
  5. Chanakya’s New Manifesto by Pavan K Verma – Very good book explaining India’s core problems and its possible solutions. Author is very well known ex-bureaucrat and politician.
  6. Asura : The story of Ravana & His Men by Anand Neelkanthan – A good book if you want to fantasize that Ravan was the victim of Brahim atrocities. This is fiction books which may have little historical facts embedded in it. Well narrated sending subliminal messages however it appears that it is highly influenced by westen liberal (breaking india) ideology showing derogatory views on scriptures, social fabrics and false fault lines.
  7. Ajaya : The story of Kaurava Clan by Anand Neelkanthan – Similarly a good book if you want to fantasize that Kauravas were innocents. This is also fiction having little facts sequenced in. Great as fiction book.Well narrated sending subliminal messages however it appears that it is highly influenced by westen liberal (breaking india) ideology showing derogatory views on scriptures, social fabrics and false fault lines.
  8. Krushnayan : Story of God Lived as A Human by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A fiction novel imagining Lord Krishna’s feeling while he was leaving the earth as human. Very well narrated and I fell goosebumps even in some narrations.
  9. Stri – Lecture by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture recording speaking about Gujarati/Indian women, her attitude and empowerment.
  10. Gita : Karma and Destiny by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on difference between Karma and destiny,which one comes first Karma or Destiny. Very interesting explanation those who are looking for the answers. Fresh perspective to those who wants to know about Karma and Niyati (Destiny).
  11. Gandhi and Celibacy by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on mis interpretation about Gandhi and his actions especially on celibacy. Gandhi lovers/haters must listen to this.
  12. Scarcity and Childhood by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A very emotional lecture addressing to the kids of orphanage and schools who live in scarcity. Wealthy/ advantaged must listen to this to have an empathy and compassion for disadvantaged ones.
  13. Draupadi by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on the spirited woman character of Mahabharata, her empowerment and message to modern age women and men.
  14. Personality of Krishna by Kajal Oza Vaidhya – A lecture on character of Krishna and his personality explained in epic Mahabharata.
  15. Bringing Up the Child by OSHO Rajneesh – Osho speaks in response to a question about the right way to help children to grow without interfering in their natural potentiality.
  16. The Oath of Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi – he Oath of the Vayuputras is the final Audio book of the Shiva Trilogy. In the earlier Audio books of the trilogy, Shiva finds out that the Nagas are not his enemies and joins hands with them to reach the root of all evil.
  17. Chanakya Neeti by Chanakya –

    Chanakya was not gifted with beauty or looks, however, he was gifted with intelligence, creativity and statesmanship. He is the best administrator to be born to date. The greatest strategist of his time, his hard labour, perseverance and guidance bore fruit to Chandragupta Maurya and who became the Emperor of the great Mauryan Empire.
    Chanakya served as his Prime minister and he is still known for his great wisdom, far -sightedness, power of persuasion, manipulation and spreading dissension.Chanakya Neeti is a treatise on the ideal way of life, and shows Chanakya’s in depth study of the Indian way of life.
    ‘Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.’ – Chanakya

  18. My Journey : Transforming Dreams into Actions by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam -Transforming Dreams Into Actions documents the life of a young boy from Rameshwaram, who not only became a renowned scientist in India, but also held the highest post that the country could ever offer. Through the course of this book, Kalam tells his readers about key events in his life that brought him to where he is, today. Kalam doesn’t only talk about him being India’s former President, but as a boy, son, student, and scientist. Kalam’s hometown, Rameshwaram, was indeed a serene place to dwell.A very motivational piece of stories about his life.
  19. Gautam Buddha by Rahini Chawdhary – Very unknown facts about the life of Gautam Buddha starting from before his birth to after his death. Referenced from Pali Cannon. Very interesting to know more about Gautam Buddha.
  20. Swami Vivekananda by Devika Rangachari – I have read Swami Vivekananda’s biography many many times since my childhood however haven’t read from last 10 years which gave me fresh source of inspiration and energy. A great read with all facts about the life of Swami Vivekananda- The youth monk of modern India.
  21. Turning Points : A journey through challenges by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam– Dr. Kalam spoke to the PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his life was set for an unexpected change. Turning Points takes up the incredible Kalam story from where Wings of Fire left off. It brings together details from his career and presidency that are not generally known as he speaks out for the first time on certain points of controversy. It offers insight not only into an extraordinary personality but also a vision of how a country with a great heritage can become great in accomplishment, skills and abilities through effort, perseverance and confidence. It is a continuing saga, above all, of a journey, individual and collective, that will take India to 2020 and beyond as a developed nation.
  22. Wise and Otherwise by Sudha Murthy – As a chairman of Infosys Foundation-philanthropic foundation, Sudha Murthy come across to variety of people with variety of situations. Their lives and incidents are well narrated in simple language.
  23. The Day I stopped Drinking Milk by Sudha Murthy – As a chairman of Infosys Foundation-philanthropic foundation, Sudha Murthy come across to variety of people with variety of situations. Few incidents which made Sudha Murthy to stop herself drinking a milk. Very emotional narration to the heart touching incidents happened to her.
  24. Stay Hungry Stay Foolish by Rashmi Bansal– The story of 25 such IIM Ahmedabad graduates who chose the rough road of entrepreneurship. They are diverse in age, in outlook and the industries they made a mark in. But they have one thing in common: they believed in the power of their dreams. This book seeks to inspire young graduates to look beyond placements and salaries. To believe in their dreams. A good read to those who wants to take knowledge based entrepreneurship.
  25. Connect the Dots by Rashmi Bansal – The story of 20 enterprising individuals without an MBA, who started their own ventures. They were driven by the desire to prove themselves. To lead interesting, passionate, meaningful lives. Their stories say one thing loud and clear. You don’t need a fancy degree or a rich daddy to dream big and make it happen. It’s all in your head, your heart, your hands.
  26. I have a Dream by Rashmi Bansal – This book gave me a motivation for my further course of life. The story of 20 idealists who think and act like entrepreneurs. They are committed to different causes, but they have one thing in common: a belief that principles of management can and must be used to achieve a greater common good. These stories say one thing loud and clear change starts with one person, and that person could be someone next door. Someone like you.
  27. Poor Little Rich Slum by Rashmi Bansal – What we think of Dharavi a biggest slum of Asia . Just a filth, poverty and deceases . We are wrong. I was wrong. One little two little three little Indians, four little five little six little Indians, seven little eight little nine little Indians… One million little Indian entrepreneurs. These are the stories of the little people who make up the Big Idea of Dharavi. A slum of energy, enterprise and hope.
    Where every hand is busy, every head held high.Where people could be miserable but choose to be happy. A choice each of us can make.
  28. Enterpreur -5pm to 9am by Kanth Miriya – You have a job. And an idea for a business. What do you do then? Crisp, reader-friendly and practical, Entrepreneur 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. tells you how you can become an entrepreneur even if you have a full-time job and are risk-averse. With facts, flowcharts and illustrations, this is a fast and super-useful read through which you will come away with a clear and solid roadmap for converting your idea into a viable enterprise and taking your venture from zero to launch. To be very honest this is the last book I am going through for the year but it is not as interesting as all of the above. This could be my experience only.

The transformation I have found in myself and my thinking is enormous and can’t explain it in words however can tell you one thing for sure that the person I am now was not before. Started to love my own company. I become very inclusive to the various perspectives. I hope it will keep transforming in upward spiral.

I am hungry and I am foolish.

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Happy Reading to All

Mahabharata # 01 Prelude: Sarpsatra-The great serpent sacrifice

The bright yellow flames were reaching up high like they were trying to touch the sky, they were blazing such that other animals feared and run away to the jungles. The Sage Uttanka with many brahmins were chanting the sacred mantras and pouring more and more Ghee, the purified butter, with sacred herbs. There were thousands and thousands of innocent crying Nagas-the serpents being thrown into the fire roasting them alive turning them into the ashes. That was a Sarpsatra-The great snake sacrifice to destroy entire Naga breed from the earth. The immolating flames were killing the snakes and cobras instantly which was the job given to the Agni- the fire god, who was also known for his purifying nature, to assassin the whole breed into the coals and ashes. The host emperor of the great Bharatvarsa  (India)- Janmejay-Son of King Parikshit and grandson of Abhimanyu and great grandson of Arjuna was taking his revenge to the entire Naga breed of serpents as the Naga king Takhshaka killed his father Parikshit. Emperor Janmejay was strong determined to destroy whole breed of Nagas and hence was pouring Ghee with sacred herbs fiercely like a warrior was moving his sword to slay his foes.

“STOP THIS MEANINGLESS AND ENDLESS ACT” a young boy shouted when the soldiers were about to throw the Naga king Takshak into the Yagna Vedi-fire pit.

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King Janmejay looked upon surprisingly to find out who claimed the emperor’s actions meaningless. Whole sacrificial ground was amazed by boy’s courage to oppose the emperor’s actions.

“Who are you” Janmejay asked. “I am Astik, son of sage Jaratkaru and Devi Manasa-sister of Naga king Vasuki so I am not favoring anyone.”

“Why are you opposing the Sarpasatra?” asked Janmejay.

“Because it is never-ending cycle of revenge, why are you planting the seeds of enmity for next generations that your grandfather did?” said Astika.

“What hostility my grandfather the Great Pandav Arjuna sown? He wouldn’t have made any mistakes.” said Janmejay.

“He did, my lord ! by burning the dwellings of millions of Nagas living with themselves in the Khandav van which is called Indraprastha now.” replied Astik.

“O great king you need to know when the cycle of hostility will stop, I reckons never because enmity only could be won by love. You are unknown that you are also half Naga and half human.” Astik continued.

“Me A half NAGA!!!!! STOP THE SACRIFICE.” The words of the emperor of great India echoed in the Yagna hall and the snakes stopped being thrown into the scorching fire.

“O great sage! Please narrate me the story of my great ancestors and the great descendants of Bharata-The great king on after him this great country is called Bharatvarsha.

“I am happy for the mankind and the Nagas for avoiding generation long hostility.” said Astik.

“ Rajan! Please ask sage Vaishampayan the pupil of Krushna Dwaipayan Vyas to narrate you an epic called Bharat. Bharat has been evolved by sage Vaishampayan from original epic Jaya written by Krushna Dwaipayan Vyas who is also called Maharshi Vedvyas.” Continued Astik.

“O mperor of entire greater Bharatvarsh! May you find your all answers within and learn peace, love and humility from the consequences of war sprouted from five enemies within which are Kam-lust, Krodh-rage, Lobh-greed, Moh-attachment and Ahankar-ego.” Astik showered his blessings onto Janmejay and Sarpsatra-the great serpent killing mission withdrawn.

Sage Vaishampayan narrated Bharat-the story of great descendants of the emperor Bharat. With much of delight, Janamejay won his enemies within and found the peace.

  • The core story of Mahabharat is called Jaya which was written by Maharshi Vedvyas.
  • Jaya was expanded by Sage Vaishampayan, the version called Bharat.

Bharat was turned into Mahabharat with total 100,000 verses centuries later with more stories added into.

Dear readers I am starting a series of Mahabharat retelling of my own version please give me your feedback and share if you like it.