Siva Sankalpa Suktam

 

Siva Sankalpa Suktam

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The Shiva Sankalpa Sukta is a powerful six-verse hymn from the Rig Veda that entreats the mind “to dwell on the auspicious will of the Divine,” and helps cultivate conscious resolve in alignment with one’s purpose and most benevolent life.

 

The Siva Sankalpa Suktam comes from the Yajur Veda and is a Mantra or Vow (vrata) for developing calm clear thoughts, alignment to dharmic living and for strengthening resolve. It also powerfully rewires the brain and nourishes the subtle tissues to be more in harmony with the light of one’s Soul and one’s unique purpose in the Web of Nature. When we are lost, confused, in doubt, fear or despair…this mantra is a beautiful balm. 

Shiva means: auspicious; meditative; Godly; divine mind; benevolent; beneficent. Sankalpa is resolve. 

Swami Veda Bharati of the Himalayan Sage Tradition taught that the entire 6 verse Mantra could be remembered in its last phrase,

Tan me manaha siva sankalpam astu

and that this phrase especially, is very useful during the day when in a pause, rest or transition from one thing to the next. It is also best chanted before bedtime, as in sleep our minds return from “traveling far and wide (with the senses), back to the peace, the innermost dweller, the light of the Soul (Vs 1). Much healing & refinement of the mind can occur in our sleeping hours after chanting this ancient prayer. Not only does it harnesses thoughts and brings them into one pointed focus, but cultivates a sattvic mind (purity, harmony) and strengthens one’s relationship to their mind.

This Mantra/vow also is a powerful aid in supporting one’s practice, or sadhana because it is the will that gets us onto our cushion or mat and once there, a pure, focused and clear mind to reach that juicy nectar of “the perfect practice” “the most delicious meditation” or…samadhi.

This Mantra is also a prayer. It is praying to the subtle tissues of the mind and the deity of Mind for organization, benevolence and resolve. In this prayer one invokes alignment to dharmic living instead of being caught in the swirl of adharmic living (Vs. 2) “This is a prayer for the mind’s purification & pacification

 

The fact that SSS creates a strong relationship between the practitioner and his/her own mind is very important for advanced tantric practices such as the Rudra Yaga, a powerful fire ritual that invokes the forces of Nature for deeply powerful karmic healing & transformation. If you wish to learn more about this connection, check out this article by Rolf Sovic: Fire Ritual: Awaken the Subtle Forces of Life.

How SSS Relates to the Yoga Sutras

A teaching from the yoga sutras is that without an organized, clear mind, life is challenging, confusing, distracting and perceived in pieces. The “reality” is broken into bits and we feel lost confused disconnected from our source. The ancients teach that the subtle power of mind is necessary to be in alignment with our soul and hearts desire in order to be happy and fulfilled. Sankalpa shakti is the power of will/resolve that is more subtle than mind but as such is also more capable (powerful when accessed) of being  able to direct the mind. Setting intentions, setting goals, persevering… create a strength that harnesses a focus of the mind stuff… The vrittis. This mantra is our ally in doing that. (Bs from reading  Panditji’s intro & also a teaching from Swami Rama)

Cool Supportive Facts:

According to Swami Rama, the ancient forest dweller yogis did not have the same access to the variety of physical objects traditionally used for rituals. “Their way of worship was symbolic and internal, so were their methods of meditation. Their methods of worship were lifted to the mental level and then finally, to the spiritual level.” -SR Wisdom of the Ancient Sages

Resources:

Swami Veda Bharati Articles

Ashram Manual from AHYMSA

Jon Janaka (PDF translation)

The Mother Science of Tantra

Tantra Shakti In India

Transformation.   Clear Perception.   Connection.   Wisdom.

On many levels we are accelerating, moving forward, changing lifestyle habits and expanding our perceptions. Belief systems handed down to us through our families, friends and personal experiences are taking a watery shift, morphing into new feelings, old feelings, a range of sensations and expanded views. The changes we are undergoing as a human race on our dear Gaia are creating a necessary restructuring of the balance of the elements within and around us. With balance we can attain clear perception. It is imperative that we awaken to what is going on inside of us, as this is the best teacher and guide for our own healing & transformation.

3 Things that keep us centered amidst change are: 

1. Understanding how and what is needed to ground us (personally) in the center of change
2. Opening to new ways of communication, relation & support
3. Connecting with devotion to our Source(s).

The Mother Science of Tantra:

This is the focus of our retreat in February 2016, establishing practices based on the Mother Wisdom & Essence of Tantra. Giving yourself the time and space to healYourself is one of the best activators for healing on our planet, as what you bring to your family and communities will ripple more balance, clarity and positive action.

Each day of our Tantra Shakti and Vital Essences Immersion, we devote time to practices that have been passed down from the sages. Deep nourishment with colorful & delicious meals & the loving guidance of the tour leaders and teachers, will offer the support (and container) to go deep into the Science and Spirit of Tantra. Please join us this February, for an experience of a lifetime. Haridwar, India Feb 8-18th. Deposit now as space is limited! Sign Me Up! or click here for More Info Please!

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More About Tantra:

Tantra is the path of acceleration, a science of life that teaches (in methodology and embodied practice) an awakening to That Which Supports and Guides Us. It helps us to access our internal and eternal wisdom. Tantra is a spiritual path of connection and grace, supporting the individual in a continuing connection to what is true for them. The beauty of Tantra is that it is not religious, yet supports those on the religious path as well as the scientific & spiritual path. Methodologies handed down are rooted in both science and a tradition that draws from over 5,000 years of human experience, passed down lovingly from teacher to student. The practices help to guide one to deepen one’s connection to Source, no matter what one’s personal beliefs. They also offer the courage and the perseverance to be a pillar in one’s own life.