Srividya Mantra – King Among Mantras
Mantra is a divine combination of divine syllables or sounds which when chanted with devotion,faith and emotion gravitate the concerned God or Goddess or deity and secure their divine blessings. For divine help one must link with divine forces but majority of humans are unaware of these forces and have no link whatsoever. But when an individual starts chanting Mantra related to a particular deity regularly the gap between him and the concerned divine force steadily decreases. By regular use of Mantra a subtle link is formed and through this one could then obtain any desired boon within the power of the deity.
Srividya Mantra has over the ages proved to be a wonderful key to success in the lives of hundreds of great Rishis and Yogis. According to ancient texts this Mantra was never created by anyone, rather it was obtained directly from Shiva.
It is this mysterious Mantra that hides within it the power to link a human to his inner bodies. Most people and scholars today associate Srividya Mantra with mental upliftment. But these are just two of its many possibilities. If used properly this Mantra can activate all the inner bodies and also all the Chakras of the Kundalini, thus bestowing psychic and soul powers like telepathy, hypnotism, astral travelling and omniscience on an individual.
Sri Premanandaji attained Siddhi in Srividya Mantra by the Grace of Siddhar Thirumoolar. He initiates the sadhak in Srividya Mantra in graduated steps to experience the ultimate of Srividya.
Srividya mantra is the Mother Tripurasundari’s mula mantra (root or core – mantra). Sundari’s mantra is the famous Panchadashi or fifteen syllable mantra. It has three sections (kutas), each ending with the mantra Hrim, which mantra by itself can be used to worship Tripura Sundari or Lalita.
KA E I LA HRIM
HA SA KA HA LA HRIM
SA KA LA HRIM
The above Pachadasi Mantra is derived from the following verse,
KAMOYONIH KAMLA VAJRAPANIR
GUHA HASA MATRISHVABHRAMINDRA
PUNAR GUHA SAKALA MAYEYA CHA
PURUCHCHAIVA VISHVAMATADI VIDDYOM
KAMA (KA), YONI(AYE), KAMLA (EEE), VAJRAPANI INDRA (LA), GUHA (HRING), HASA VARNAS MATRISHVA-VAYU (KA), ABHRA (HA) INDRA (LA), PUNAH GUHA HRING, SAKALA VARNAS AND MAYA HRING
There are many ways to explain this srividya mantra. Whole books have been written on it. Below is a short examination of its syllables Relative to the first of the three sections of the mantra:
Ka is desire or the creator.
E is Maya or the power of illusion.
I is Vishnu or the Divine ruling power.
La is the power of bliss.
Relative to the second section:
Ha is space or breath-
Sa is time.
Ka again is creation.
Ha is breath or spirit renewed in energy.
La again is bliss.
Relative to the third section:
Sa is time as eternity or totality
Ka is origin and also the unknown.
La again is bliss.
Hrim repeated three times brings about a triple transformation of our nature.
Srimadded at the end is the crowning glory and realisation
The first set of srividya mantras is the head of the Goddess, the second from her neck to her hips, and the third the region below the hips. The first set relates to Vak, the power of speech the second to Kamaraja, the king of love, and the third to the original Shakti or power of transformation. These three sections also relate to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, to the three Vedas(Rig, Yajur, and Sama).
This version of srividya mantra that begins with Ka is known as kadi vidya. There is another version, which omits some letters and gives letters in a slightly different order
HA SA KA LA HRIM
HA SA KA HA LA HRIM
SA KA LA HRIM
This alternative version commences the srividya mantra with letter Ha and therefore known as “Hadi Vidya”. The former tradition said to have been promulgated by Kama, is ascribed to a line of teachers: Parama-Siva, Durvasa, Hayagriva and Agastya and it is more popular all over the country than the other one. Tantra-raja-antra and Vamakesvara-tantra are its chief authorities. The latter tradition goes back to Lopamudra, wife of Agastya, and was prevalent in Kerala. The main text on which this tradition relies is Tripuropanisat.
There are several other versions of the srividya mantra, depending upon the main import that is sought to be projected. That a group of five versions known as Panca-sundari, was prevalent at one time has been mentioned in some medieval text:
1) Verbal Communication(bhasa)
HA KA LA SA HRIM KA E LA SA HRIM KA LA SA HA HRIM
HA SA KA LA HRIM HA LA KA HA SA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM
HA LA KA SA HRIM KA SA HA LA HRIM KA HA SA LA HRIM
4) Absorption (samhrti)
HA LA KA SA HRIM KA SA HA LA HRIM HA HA KA LA HRIM
5) Indeterminate state(nirakhya)
LA KA SA HRIM SA HA KA LA HRIM HA SA SA HA KA HRIM
Sodasi-Vidya(16 letter mantra)
The Sodasi is substantially the same as pancadasi using same letters in the same order, but adding the seed-syllable like SRIM or AIM or KLIM at the end which is regarded as “secret”
OM KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM SRIM
OM KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM AIM
OM KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM KLIM
There are also extensions of panchadasi mantra like
Sapthdasa-vidya(17 letter mantra)
OM KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM SRIM HAMSA
Astadasa-Vidya(18 letter mantra)
AIM KA E I LA HRIM
HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM
SRIM SA KA LA HRIM
Siddha Yamala Vidya (21 letter mantra)
KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM STRIM AIM KROUM KRIM KLAM HUM
Maha sodasi (28 letter mantra)
OM SRIM HRIM KLIM AIM SAU OM SRIM HRIM KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM SAU AIM KLIM HRIM SRIM
Para-vidya (37 Letter mantra)
OM AIM KLIM SAU KA E I LA HRIM SAU KLIM AIM
OM AIM KLIM SAU HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SAU KLIM AIM
OM AIM KLIM SAU SA KA LA HRIM SAU KLIM AIM OM
In all these instances, the basic structure is that of panchadasi and care is always taken to group the letters and other seed syllables into three explicit units, with fourth unit either spelt out or implied.
Other Deities Mantra’s associated with Srividya
There are many derivative deities from the Srividya. The first of them is called Bala-Tripura sundari. She is imagined as young maidenor as a girl of sixteen , the mother goddess in her juvenile condition.
Mantra of Bala-Tripura sundari. is,
AIM KLIM SAU
AIM KLIM SAU SAU KLIM AIM
The second divinity is Mantrini (conseller to the mother-goddess). She is also called Shyamala (dark in complexion), and Mathangi(or RajaMathangi, in her capacity to function like the gateway to Srividya).
Goddess Raja shymala or Raja Matangi mantra takes the following form,
AIM KLIM SAU AIM HRIM SHRIM OM
HRIM SHRIM KLIM AIM
AIM HRIM SHRIM AIM KLIM SAU OM NAMO BHAGAVATI RAJAMATANGESWARI AIM
She symbolizes the second unit of panchadasi mantra and therefore she hasthis formula form,
HESTRAIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM HESTRAUH
The third divinity is Danda-natha(lady commander of the forces of the mother goddess, symbolizing might of srividya). She is also called Varahi (the hog-faced one or the great consumer) who destroys the evil forces that obstruct the devotee’s progress and leads ultimately to Srividya.
Goddess Varahi mantra is,
AIM GLOUM AIM OM NAMO BHAGAVATI VARTALI VARAHI VARAHAMUKHI
As she represents the third unit of the panchadasi mantra , her formula form is,
HASAIM SA KA LA HRIM HASTRAUM
Another divinity associated with srividya is Pratyangira, whose involvement is mainly with magic and sorcery. She is consider as a powerful repellent of the influences generated by witch-craft. In srividya sadhana, she protects the devotee against all odds, and guides him along the path.
Goddess Pratyangira mantra is,
HRIM KSHAM PRATYNGIRE KLIM HRIM KSHAM HUM PHAT SAU
She is represented by many forms. But has significance is uniformly to drive away the hordes of enemies, sins and evil designs.