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Arms of a Cross mark doorway into the square setting out stable foundations on the earth. Each door also is a doorway out into the regions of the cosmos. Through these you enter the model gradually moving into the central bindu via the 9 layers, or chakra. Each of these 9 levels have a distinct shape, name and are associated with a number of aspects of the Great, or Supreme, Mother.
In essence, you enter the constructs of the physical world and our bodies, bound within it, to ultimately experience the union of Shiva and Shakti in the Point of unity at the centre, the highest peak of the mountain.
Every yantra has a mantra(s), tones in ancient Sanskrit that activate and invoke the power of the geometric model. During Sri Yantra puja about an hour of these are chanted by the swami. The presiding deity of the Sri Yantra is Maha Tripura Sundari, the Great Mother. Each layer radiating out from the bindu has mudras, or deities, residing within them. This is describe in the Sri Devi Khadgamala Stotram, a hymn to the Divine Mother, which 'bestows a garland of swords upon those who recite it, symbol of the energy that enables us to transcend attachment and rise on the spiritual level'. This Sanskrit stotra is a progressional worship of the many Goddess forms within the Sri Yantra and is considered as the highest form of worship to the Devi (Godess).
This is a simplified description of a multi-step, sacred ceremony that is many centuries old, with layers of rich symbolism. Doing a full worship is extremely difficult to do properly and few can do it!
The Sri Yantra puja is said to remove all negative things from your life.
Experiencing the Sri Yantra Puja
This summer Jaswinder Chali kindly invited me to join her and participate in a Sri Yantra Puja held in the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple in Uxbridge, UK, a great honour. It was the first time Acharya Umesh Tiwariji (Instagram: Acharya Shri Umesh Tiwari) had visited the UK. He is a noted master trainer in the Sri Yantra Sadhana from Shrishri Vidhyadham.
You can experience the mantras of the Sri Yantra Puja by Acharya Umesh Tiwariji in the youtube video below.
Yesterday I had a very enjoyable day at the London MBS Festival - Wellbeing. Firstly, I signed all the copies of both my books on the Watkins Publishing stand, coinciding with a purchase by a Russian reader. Then I wandered around catching up with friends, fans and regulars on the MBS events circuits, such as Equinox Astrology. Enjoyed a delicious meal from In Spiral and generally soaked up the atmosphere. Very tempted to go again on Monday....
With some trepidation I am ready to start blogging after months, even years, of putting it off. My excuse has always been that I wouldn't know what to blog about. But through education from my family, and by seeing how interesting other people' s BLOGs can be, I have finally decided it is about time I did one myself.
I am VERY close to completing the first version of my manuscript for book 3 in The Gateway Series. It is based on an ancient original draft from 2003 and numerous years of showing people at my talks/workshops how to experience the dynamic of scared geometry and light. This book is more experiential than theoretical so I am very excited about seeing how it is received.
More about it's progress soon....