Shri Alakheshvari Roopa Bhavani
Shri Alakheshvari Roopa Bhavani
*Dr Chaman Lal Raina
आविर्भूता जनक तपसा शारिका अंशरूपा
ध्वान्तं भित्वा सकल जगतो यागतासीत्समक्षम्।
भक्ताञ्च प्रवरसुखदामागतानां समीपे
वन्दे नित्यं विकसितमुखीं रूपनाम्नीं भवानीम्॥
aavirbhuutaa janaka tapasaa shaarikaa aMsharuupaa
dhvaaantaM bhitvaa sakala jagato yaagataasiitsamaxam.
bhaktaa~ncha pravarasukhadaamaagataanaaM samiipe
vande nityaM vikasitamukhiiM ruupanaamniiM bhavaaniim.
Translation of the Dhyaana Shloka runs as:
She is the Divine manifestation of the Bija Sapta Akshari Mantra/ Mystic seven syllabled Mantra of the Divine Mother Sharika. The Mantra runs as:
Aum Hrim Shrim Hum Fraam Aam Shaam- Shaarikaayai Namah.
Prefix Aum and suffix Namah are the prerequisites to invoke any Mantra. Aum is the Vedic Pranava and Namah is the prostrations before the Deity in both the Vedic and Tantrik way of worship .This is known as the Samputa Mantra of Shri Sharika. This Mantra has been invoked for attaing Siddhi/spiritual perfection from the ancient times,in Kashmir. This is the Maha -Mantra and the Siddha -Mantra along with the Gayatri Mantra. Pandit Madhav Joo Dhar was the Sapta Bija Mantra Siddha Purusha, which made Divine Mother Shri Sharika to descend in his home,through his Shradha/unquestioned faith and Bhakti/devotion to Shri Sharika. Pandit Madhav Joo Dhar was as blessed . He became the father of the female child to be adored as Roopa Bhavani/R'opa Bhava'inya.Every time the father would feel the Divine presence of Shri sharika in her.
It says : "I have descended to submit at the feet of Lalleshvari,Shri SatGuru Madhava and Shiva." They are all One in essence.She is in the Advaita state of spiritual existence with Shri Lalleshvari, her Father turned as Guru Madhav Joo and the Supreme Shiva as the Eternal Prakash/light.She considers Yoga with Bhakti as the spiritual links to be in tune with the Eternal Brahman, which is verily,the Nirvana state of mind.
करि सिरिय व्यदय .चलिगटकारुय
The interaction between Ichha- Kriya and Gyana Shakti in the Tantras of Kashmir known as the quintessential of Shaktivad. Shri Roopa Bhavani is not different from Lalleshvari, Shri Madhava and Shiva. They are all One in the essential nature of Atman’ --being the Supreme spirit, the pure essence of the Brahman of the Upanishads. It is the core message of the Rahasya Upadesha to understand the Sat Chit Ananda.
Her blessings are filled up with deep love and compassion. She Says:
सथ् ना असतु अछिन्नदारम्।
The Absolute is beyond Truth and untruth. It is infinite in nature. It is an integral experience, wherein the Atman--the subject, Ishta/the object and Anubhava--experince get fused into One and only one. The Samadhi should be very minute , which can be experienced within the experince of Brahman, which is one's own self. That is Soham--"Iam That".,being the Maha -Vakya of the Upanishads.
बूयो न बीज़म तोया नतीज़म
वायु न आकाशम् अवाताहसर्वम्।
न ज़ि ब्रह्माण्डम न छ खात्म आत्मम्
शक्ति स्वरूपम् परम् ब्रह्मसोहम्॥
buuyo na biizama ,toyaa na tiizama
vaayu na aakaasham avaataaha sarvam.
na zi brahmaaNDama na Cha khaatma aatmam
shakti svaruupam param brahma soham.
Her abode of Tapasya / austerities happened to be the Hari Parbat, Wotshan, Lar, Cheshma-i-Sahibi and Waskura. Her mystic Shlokas can be viewed on the Vedic and Upanishadic patterns. People revere her and is being adored with all love and dedication. May She bless all!
*Images provided by Dr. Chamanlal Raina from his book titled 'Shri Roopa Bhavani Rahasyopdesha' written for Shri Alak Sahiba Trust.
|*Dr. Chaman Lal Raina is an Author & Researcher in Indic Studies, Fellow CSS, Florida International University. He did Masters in Hindi & English. Ph.D. in Hindi & Iqbaliat at the University of Kashmir. Worked on the research project at the Iqbal Institute for writing monographs on Indology as Research Associate. Worked as lecturer to teach research methodology in Iqbal Institute, University of Kashmir. Dr. Raina's first love is for the Vedas and the Shakti Tradition of India. To his credit goes some ten books on Indology. He was awarded Nagmani Fellowship, Buddhist Fellowship etc. from various Institutions. Presently Dr. Raina is associated with the Yoga Studies, religion and sanskrit at Florida International University, USA.|
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