Sunday, March 7, 2010

Chapter 85- Discourse on Hamsa Swaroopam

Swami addressed Govindayyacharya and said, “Son! Hamsa Swaroopam (form of the soul) is also called as ‘Sarva Shastram’ and ‘Swara Gyanam’, which I’ll explain now. Siddha! Are you able to follow what I’m preaching to Govindayya? Should you have any doubts, do not hesitate to stop me and ask. You also listen to me carefully”. Swami then again turned his head towards his son Govindayyacharya and said, “Son! In this body which is the ‘Brahmalayam’ (Temple of Brahman). The soul (‘Jeevatma’) keeps traversing up and down the ‘Nadis’ present in this body from ‘Mooladhara’ to ‘Agneya’ chakras. And during this motion ‘Sa’ sound is generated at ‘Agneya’ and ‘Ham’ sound is generated at ‘Mooladhara’. These two sounds together form ‘Hamsa’ in upward motion and ‘Soham’ in downward motion. This union of ‘Ha’ and ‘Sa’ is called ‘Hamsakaaram’. In the body it is called ‘Ghanta Sarpam’ (snake) and it resides in the ‘Mooladhara chakra’ at the place of anus. This snake rises from the tail bone to the ‘Sahasrara chakra’ through the micro pore which runs through the spine. In ‘Sahasrara’ which is a thousand petal lotus, the Kundalini remains entered twelve fingers width inside (called ‘Rechaka’) and remains eight fingers width outside (called ‘Pooraka’). In this way it makes two & fro motion and one ‘Rechaka’ one ‘Pooraka’ is together called as ‘Praanam’. In a single day (one day plus one night together) we have 2, 16,000 such ‘Praanam’. In this way that two lettered soul ‘Hamsa’ traverses continuously from ‘Mooladhara’ to ‘Sahasrara’ chakra and keeps offering its 2, 16,000 chants to the ruling deities of the chakras every day”.

Swami continued, “This ‘Pranam’ traverses through the spine becoming ‘Oordhwa kundali’ (upwards Kundali through the brocess of breathing. When the right side nostril functions for breathing, it is called ‘Surya Nadi’. When the breathing takes place through left nostril, it is called as ‘Chandra Nadi’. At the point where these two breaths meet, that point is called as ‘Trikootam’. Through these Nadis the ‘Hamsa’ chants the ‘Gayatri’ regularly without break. ‘Ida Nadi’ is called as ‘Chandra’, ‘Pingala Nadi’ is called as ‘Surya’ and to merge both of them at ‘Trikoota’ place is called as ‘Kumbhaka’. Also ‘Ida Nadi’ is Ganga, ‘Pingala Nadi is Yamuna’ and ‘Kumbhaka Nadi’ is ‘Saraswati’. ‘Ida Nadi’ is ‘Kailasagiri’ (Mount Kailash), ‘Pingala Nadi’ is ‘Mandaragiri’ (Mount Mandara) and ‘Kumbhaka Nadi’ is ‘Maha Meru’ (the great Meru Mountain). ‘Rechakam’ is Red, ‘Poorakam’ is White, and ‘Kumbhakam’ is Black. In this manner the ‘Paramahamsa’ (soul) embodies the entire universe within us and moves through the chakras incessantly.”

Swami explained further, “Hamsa is ‘Nadabindu Kalateeta’ and shines as ‘Ha’ which is the ‘Purusha’ who is ‘Satchidananda Swaroopa Parabrahma’ (supreme Lord), and the ‘Sa’ is the ambodiment of the ‘Prakriti’ which represents the body and ‘Indriyas’ (organs). When these two ‘Prakriti’ and ‘Purusha’ unite as ‘Ha’ and ‘Sa’, the union is the ‘Bindu’ (dot). Hence ‘Prakriti’ and ‘Purusha’ in union is called as ‘Hamsa’


In chapter – 59 where Swami explained the details of ‘Shat Chakras’ (Six energy shells) of our body, we would be able to find more details about the ‘Hamsa’. By relating these two chapters we would be able to get more insight into the ‘Kundalini Yoga’.

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