Shabad Surat Sangam Ashram has a magnificent and divine Dhyana Mandir Tripura Shiva Peetham, which has a majestic crystal Shree Yantra, more than five and a half feet high, probably the largest in the world. This is an endeavor to give a boost to the spiritual aspiration of one and all as it envisages to become a playground of the divine power “Tripura Sundari Shiva” Herself.
The expansive goal of Mission Immortality or the total manifestation of the Divine in body, mind and spirit calls for unending creativity and labors of the highest caliber. It also demands the utilization of all that is available to Man to add the great thrust to our spiritual practice that will make the fanciful goal a reality in the future. It is in this wake of Maharaj Ji’s tireless zeal for spiritual research that newer modes of sadhana keep appearing on the horizon, calling out to the sadhaka to ‘Come and taste the bliss of Infinity through whatever means that suit you.’
It is true that perhaps despite the great variety of spiritual techniques, we all struggle to attain the first rung of spirituality: achieving concentration of the mind. Maharaj Ji, well aware of this problem, begins his description of Sri-Vidya thus:
‘The subtle vapors of gas, spread in the sky, condense to form clouds. This condensed vapor falls as rain; it can’t rise towards the sun. To collect rain one needs a vessel. After the water falls on the ground, its motions become still faster as it joins to give rise to a gushing river. To halt and control a river a powerful dam is to be built. And even further, if this water which is still flowing on the surface is to enter into the earth, then one would require a powerful device or motor to pull it up.
Similarly, the subtle and spread-out mind condenses in the form of a body, and upon coming in touch with the objects of the senses, it motions downwards. To collect it, the vessel of mantra is required. But if the mind has become so much involved in the objects that it is now enslaved by them, then a dam of vairagya is to be built to control its downward flow and give it a new direction. However, usually, the descent does not stop there. The mind usually acquires a state where it is said that one can control the winds and the typhoons, but to control the mind is difficult still (mentioned in the Gita); where the vessel of mantra isn’t of much use and the dam of vairagya can’t stand in its way either. It is there that the spiritual motors or yantras enter the picture.’
Just like we require physical devices or machines to transfer and transform matter and radiation, similarly, yantras (machines or special structures) are also required to channel the Universal powers to make a contact with the aspirant. In simple words, yantras are the residing abodes of Universal powers.
The expanse of the sadhana of Sri Vidya or Sri-Yantra or Sri-Chakra ranges from the gross terrestrial realm of the most mundane, materialistic mind to the pinnacles of Mission Immortality itself. For, after all, Sri-Yantra is nothing but a manifestation of Parmeshwari Shiva Herself, and its physical form unites the subtle and mostly incomprehensible principles of spirituality with the principles and tools of mathematics.
To those of us who are new to the science of Sri-Yantra and feel more devoted to the more widespread forms of spirituality, the following words should bring a paradigm change:
Undoubtedly, the most sophisticated and the best yantra is the body of a maha-yogi, a Brahmajnani. Yet, it is very difficult to come in contact with this yantra and even more difficult to remain in its constant company. But if somehow one could come in contact with some yantra that has been enlivened by such a sage through his sadhana, then that would be very helpful for an aspirant; it would be a kind of tirtha, powered by the grace of that seer.
Of all the yantras, the Sri-Yantra is the most sophisticated. It has a clear and yet mysterious depiction of the cycles of creation and destruction; it helps in the journey of man’s consciousness from his present state to the heights such as Bindu-Bhedna (the piercing of the Dashma-Dwara). And in such a mode of sadhana, the aspirant can never get confused between the path and the goal; which are his basic pitfalls when following the paths primarily resting on the intellect or devotion.
The Journey :
Consecration of the land – 30th March, 2011 | The Journey Picks up Pace – 28th May, 2011 | Finally The Foundation Stone – 29th May, 2011
From Paper to the Platform – 25th June, 2011 | Glimpses of the Foundation Work – 12th July, 2011 | Construction Reaches Ground Level – 25th September, 2011
The First Rough View of the Pitham’s Structure – 23rd December, 2011 | Work Begins on the Dome of Peetham’s Structure – 19th April, 2012
The Inauguration – 3rd October, 2014