"During our conversation he started talking to me about Sri Vidya, the highest of paths, followed only by accomplished Sanskrit scholars of India. It is a path which joins raja yoga, kundalini yoga, bhakti yoga, and advaita Vedanta. There are two books recommended by the teachers of this path: The Wave of Bliss and The Wave of Beauty; the compilation of the two books is called Saundaryalahari in Sanskrit. There is another part of this literature, called Prayoga Shastra, which is in manuscript form and found only in the Mysore and Baroda libraries. No scholar can understand these spiritual yoga poems without the help of a competent teacher who himself practices these teachings.

Later on I found that Sri Vidya and Madhu Vidya are spiritual practices known to a very few-only ten to twelve people in all of India. I became interested in knowing this science, and whatever little I have today is because of it. In this science the body is seen as a temple and the inner dweller, Atman, as God. A human being is like a miniature universe, and by understanding this, one can understand the whole of the universe and ultimately realize the absolute One. Finally, after studying many scriptures and learning various paths, my master helped me in choosing to practice the way of Sri Vidya" (245).

Work cited:

'Living with the Himalayan Masters'
by Swami Rama
Himalayan Institute Press, 2007

On 10/7/2013 7:05 PM, s3raph...@yahoo.com wrote:

Thanks for the link authfriend. I can see why MMY would approve that account!

Richard's posts seem to confirm that Guru Dev most likely did have a Sri Yantra.

I still think that the tale of Maharishi bumping off his master, stealing his jewelled Sri Yantra and then heading south to meet with Indian magicians who teach him how to unlock its secrets would make a great movie: Maharishi invokes asuras who promise him unlimited wealth and power - the CGI people are given free rein at this point. The asuras' acolyte (film-maker Kenneth Anger) is instructed to prepare the way amongst rock royalty like the Stones and the Beatles . . . and so it goes. Scorcese would lap this up.

A while back I read Our Spiritual Heritage: An Informal History of the Masters of the Sankaracharya Tradition by Lynn Nappe (a former TM teacher) - the story of each of the masters of the Shankaracharya tradition. The entry for Guru Dev includes an overview of his meditation advice that is most certainlynot TM. Lynne Nappe glosses this by saying Guru Dev's own technique was different but he wanted a simple variant suitable for the "housekeeper". I guess we're all housekeepers . . . housewives or househusbands.

---In fairfieldlife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote:

On 10/07/2013 01:02 PM, Richard J. Williams wrote:

    So, where did the meditation of SBS come from?

    Meditation is a technique that is common all over India,
    especially in
    the sect of the Sri Vidya. In that tradition they meditate on the
    mantra of Saraswati. It's the same bija mantra given out in TM
    initiation. It's the same technique - it's a meditation using a bija
    mantra of Saraswati.

    Let's review what we know about SBS.

    Rajaram Mishra, later to become Swami Bramhananda Saraswati, was
    born on
    Thursday, 21 December, 1868 in village Gana, which is close to
    the city
    of Ayodhya, in North India. Rajaram was enrolled at the Sanskrit
    Institute at Kashi at the age of eight and later became a student of
    Swami Krishnananda Saraswati of Utter Kashi.


    Are we agreed so far?

    So, we can assume that the SBS learned meditation from SKS who was
    initiated by his guru. All the gurus in the Saraswati lineage
    on the bija of Saraswati. Their headquarters is at Sringeri.
    to the Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath, the meditation technique
    used in TM
    originated with the Vedic sage Naryana. It's the same meditation
    that is
    used by all the Shankaracharyas in that lineage.

    So, the TM bija mantras came from SBS, who was a member of the
    order of the Saraswati dandi sannyasins, founded by the Adi Shankara.

    The bijas used in TM have been around for ages.  And they didn't
    have to come from anyone.


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