Thursday, January 05, 2006

Sri Shanmugha Chakram - An Explanation

I was introduced to the wonderful concept of the Sri Chakram of Lord Murugan by my best friend Sriram. I would like to share this concept with you all.

Basically, there are two things involved for reaching the state of Samadhi:

1. Ascent of Spirit
2. Descent of Grace

Spirit is our soul. We can try to reach God by its ascent. This can be done systematically by Ashtanga Yoga, Kriya Yoga (The Right hand path). Or by Tantric practices (Vama Marga - The Left hand path).

The ascent of spirit can be represented by an 'upward-facing' equilateral triangle. The process of making the soul move higher is called Sadhana.

Once the soul has done its part thorough and NOTHING MUCH can be done by it, only then the Grace descends. When we become helpless and we are desperate to go higher, then the Grace descends. This is not under our control. The three Graces are:

1. Grace of Scriptures - Knowledge from the scriptures.
2. Grace of the Guru - By following his instructions
3. Grace of the Self - Surprising this is the Grace obtained by self effort.

Needless to say the last one is probably the most important one and will naturally invite the other two.

This can be represented by an equilateral triangle that faces downwards. When both of them merge we get the Chakram of Lord Murgan. (Notice two triangles - one upward facing and another downward facing). In that merging point - there is a bindu or a dot (In the above picture - the bindu is represented as Lord Murugan). This bindu signifies the Silence into which the sound of Aum leads.

Once when Ramakrishna Paramahansa was standing in a river along with a disciple. The disciple told that he wanted to see God immediately. Ramakrishna then pushed the head of the disciple inside the river. The disciple could not hold it for long. But Ramakrishna did not relax his grip. But finally, the disciple gave a mighty push and emerged out of water. He asked why Ramakirshna did that to him. Ramakrishna then told that, if he had a desire to see God equal to that of him to emerge from water he had before, then God would immediately come before him. :)

So, when we give up EVERYTHING, and with all our hope and power pray to God, then the union (Yoga, Anubhuti etc) is possible. Yoga, Kriya, Bhakti etc are means and not the end. God alone is true and He alone is important. Everthing else is trivial.

Thanks Sriram for this wonderful explanation you gave me in ur car :)


Blogger Swahilya said...

Hi Arjuna: Nice post. This is exactly the same explanation Sri Aurobindo has given to the symbol he created the ascending triangle representing individual effort and the descending triangle to the grace when effort has nothing more to play. In the centre is the lotus of the heart.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

@Arjuna: You have said, "God alone is true and He alone is important. Everthing else is trivial."

Do you realize that All is only God, and QED : All is True and there is NOTHING but God, so there is no "everything else" that is trivial?

"All is verily Brahman"? And since we see something as God and also so many other things as NOT GOD, don't you think that the fault is in our SIGHT, that is not able to see all as God? And not with the things themselves?

Every SINGLE THING MATTERS, because ALL IS GOD, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Otherwise everything will collapse like an air bag without air in it. He is not only the sustaing breath in all, He is too ALL Himself...

11:13 PM  
Blogger Swahilya said...

@Parvati: I delight in your comments.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

@Swahilya: Thank you for the kind words!

2:28 AM  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Swahiliya - thanks :)

Parvati - I am fainting after having read ur comments :))..Parvati - completely agree with what u have said..When I said "God alone is true and everything else is trivial.." - its from a dualistic point of view - that God and I are separate entities..the dvaitic point..

3:04 PM  
Blogger Parvati said...

@Arjuna: I BELIEVE THAT ALL IS GOD. But I only truly experience the duality on a permanent basis. I feel that God and the rest of what we see and feel are so very different.

So I have to desperately find ways to bridge this gap between my faith or belief of ONENESS and my experience of facts and reality as DIVISION.That becomes my immediate goal. And once we are able to do that I think things will be clearer.


6:36 PM  
Blogger Naga Kumar S said...

Can you please share high quality image of this murugan chakra / yantra for making it as a poster to worship?

Naga Kumar S

4:08 PM  

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