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    Re: Lord Bhairava & daṇda

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    Om Māhdeva namo namaha

    Namaste ,
    I thought to bring this conversation up we had a month ago… The notion of the stick, daṃḍa ( some write daṇda) that is part of the triśula mentioned in posts 5 & 6 above. What does it represent? Let me offer my POV on this. If others have ideas or corrections on this matter, please offer them.

    Its of interest to me that the stick, the daṇda, is placed in the middle of the triśula. That makes sense as it is for balance and perhaps visual aesthetics. Yet it is my opinion nothing is done by chance in these matters. Being in the center is also madhya, central or middle most position. This is a subject that is regularly discussed within the literature of Kaśmir Śaivism.

    One could view this daṇda, without to much embellishment, as madhya-nāḍī ¹, or the central vein we find in the spinal cord. This madhya-nāḍī is instrumental in bringing about nirvikalpa¹ the condition of awareness we have talked about that has no wavering, it perfectly balanced, and some call Bhairava¹.

    The triśula, tri (3) + su to possess supremacy; also to urge , impel , incite + la the act of taking or giving, sits on top of the daṇda, the stick, the madhya-nāḍī. This IMHO is the symbol (samketa) of the daṇda; it is where we can experience/find Śiva. How so?

    If we look to the Vijñāna Bhairava, 35th kārikā it offers the following on madhyanāḍī:
    Madhyanāḍī madhyasaṃsthā bisa-sūtrābharūpayā |
    Dhyātāntarvyomayā devyā tayā devah prakāsate ||
    The central vein (madhyanāḍī) situated in the middle, subtle like the fibre of a lotus stalk. By meditating (dhāranā) in the space within it, through that goddess ( of the inner space) God ( devaḥ ) is revealed ( prakāsate).

    This is svāmi Laksmanjoo's view/translation. He chooses the word 'revealed' for prakāsate or prakāśa. This prakāśa suggests visible , shining , bright. That the light of Bhairava shines though. Note, nothing has to be lit or ignited for the light to happen. It just has to be revealed, to shine through. My teacher always said, ' just open the window for the light of day to shine through'. The light is there, we just provide the conditions for this to occur. This state is svaprakāśa or self-illuminating.

    Abhinavagupta says essentially the same thing: The madhya-nāḍī is situated in the middle. It is as slender as the stem of a lotus. If one meditates on the inner vacuity of this nāḍī in the form of the Goddess (Śrī Devī or in this case Bhairavi) then the Divine is revealed.

    This approach has been come to be called the method of the stick, daṇdaprayoga or daṇda + pra + yoga; daṇda = madhyanāḍī + pra that brings forth or prā which means fulfilling + yoga = union.
    As a result of this practice, the native attains the Highest (anuttara) and dwells in Puri ( the city) of Pure Consciousness which is free (nirvikalpa) of waves ( disturbances) and whose nature is Śiva, whose form is cidāman (Consciousness).

    ॐनमःिशवाय
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    Words & references
    • madhya मध्य middlemost , intermediate , central ;standing between two
    • This madhya-nāḍī is often called suṣumnā सुषुम्ना - artery or vein of the body (lying between those called between those called iDA इडा and piGgalA पिङ्गला) - supposed to be one of the passages for the breath or spirit
    • prakāśa प्रकाश visible , shining , bright ; clear , manifest , open
    • pra प्र forward , in front , on , forth; prā प्रा filling
    • anuttara अनुत्तर - chief, principle, Supreme; that which is unsurpassable, the highest.
    • Bhairava - More information at this HDF post: http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showpost.php?p=17892&postcount=52
    • nirvikalpa निर्विकल्प free from change or differences ; no wavering
    Offered on Monday, owned by Śiva; as Chandra is exalted in krittika nakshatra
    Last edited by yajvan; 01 July 2008 at 10:30 AM.
    यतस्त्वं शिवसमोऽसि
    yatastvaṁ śivasamo'si
    because you are identical with śiva

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    Re: Lord Bhairava

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    There are a few meanings for Śiva's triśula.
    • Some see this trika, 3 pronged, as Siva, Viṣṇu and Brahmā. Siva holding it as paramaśiva, some say parameśvara.
    • This trika is also considered 3 main śhakti: parā, parāparā and aparā;
    • This śhakti is also considered icca śhakti, kriyā śhakti and jñāna śhakti - hence Śiva's rule or domain over these 3 and also can be used as tools to bring the aspirant to Him
    • Others may see this as Śiva, Rudra and Bhairava - this can be extended to the Trika philosophy of kaśmir śaivism and the āgamas (some call śāstras) and are grouped by these names: Śiva, Rudra and Bhairava and are considered parā, parāparā and aparā
    • Some see this triśula as Śiva's rule over spiritual, mental and physical - that is the whole universe.
    • Some see the triśula as the 3 guna and Śiva's rule over the guna
    I thought I would extend the conversation just a bit more, as there is so many ways to consider this triśula.

    Another view... Śrī Devī is also known as the the 3 cornered Divinity. In the quote above there are multiple examples of this 3, or triad, trika. Its said one should recognize/adore Śrī Devī (some recognize Her as Parā Vāk, Śakti, Bhairavi, etc) as:
    • pramātā - the knower
    • pramāṇa - the means of knowing
    • prameya - the object to be known
    We again see the triad, the 3. We know Śiva's triśula is 3 pronged. and a view of Śrī Devī is the triangle. Both measure and complement the same.
    We also know from Jyotish that Śrī Devī as Lakśmī owns the trikona-s that is the 1st, 5th and 9th houses, forming the triangle within ones chart and hence within us.

    What we have been discussing is part of trika śastra. Can we find this in Vedānta? Sure, this pramātā+pramāṇa+prameya is the subject at hand of the dṛg-dṛśya-viveka or the distinction between the seer and seen. This is also known as Vākya-sudhā, and is Śaṅkarācārya's work. It is composed of 46 śloka-s and worth the read.
    When we talk of Truth, (satyam) of anuttara ( the Supreme, that nothing passes or excells beyond), I find more sameness (samatā) in the knowledge that is offered.



    Bhairavi's yantra


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    Words & References
    • pramātā - from pramā प्रमा true knowledge , correct notion ; right measure from mā. A simular view of this is - the cognizer; the subject or the knower who cognizes.
    • Its interesting to note that tā is another name of lakśmī. We can also take this tā to tāra or carrying across , a saviour , protector , but will leave that for another post.
    • pramāṇa प्रमाण - a means of acquiring pramā or knowledge ; measure of any kind
    • prameya प्रमेय- an object of certain knowledge , the thing to be proved or the topic to be discussed ; the object to be measured , measurable
    • samatā समता - sameness
    • More on this triad : HDF Post http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/sho...t=Mahachamasya
    Last edited by yajvan; 07 July 2008 at 10:55 PM. Reason: added HDF post: defined dṛg-dṛśya-viveka
    यतस्त्वं शिवसमोऽसि
    yatastvaṁ śivasamo'si
    because you are identical with śiva

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