[Advaita-l] pradhanika rahasya - The mystery of the foundation

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Sep 29 10:36:43 CDT 2009

On Tue, 29 Sep 2009, Bhaskar YR wrote:

> sAshtAnga praNAms Sri Jaldhar prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> Thanks a lot for sharing the translation of rahasya traya.  Here in South
> India, we chant these rahasya traya, navArNava maNtra & vidhi (anga nyAsa,
> karanyAsa etc.), mAla maNtra & shApOddhAraNa maNtra-s 'silently' & unless
> there is a formal initiation from the AchArya, we should not chant these
> verses openly,loudly & should not do the 'nyAsa-s' though you are fluent
> in doing so!!  I donot know how these rituals would be at your
> place...Kindly let me know more about these formalities in your tradition.

Before the rahasyas we say either the vedokta or tantrokta devisukta 
(usually the latter) then after them the navarna etc. you mentioned and 
finally Siddhakunjika stotra.  I'll post a translation of that one soon.

As far as I know it is not required to say them quietly.  The recitation 
as a whole should be done in a steady, even voice.

The rahasyas are part of the Markandeya Mahapurana just like the Devi 
Mahatmya itself.  Thus they are "public".  Diksha is not needed to say 
them in a normal reading.  There is a form called sampuTa PaTha 
where each mantra of the saptashati is preceded and followed by another 
mantra of various types for various siddhis.  One needs diksha from a 
Sadguru for that.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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