Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is the Mother of Moksha (liberation). Pratyangira Sadhana is a set of spiritual practices based on specific Pratyangira Devi mantras and meditation techniques that helps one realize Her, and advance towards Moksha. It is a practice to align one’s energies and consciousness with those of the Devi. The Sadhana destroys one’s internal enemies and clears the way for one’s spiritual ascension, enveloping the Sadhaka (practitioner) in the Mother’s Bliss.
Pratyangira Sadhana is a progressive set of practices, increasing in intensity at each stage. One starts off with basic practices for self-purification, attains mastery over them by practicing for a prescribed duration of time before progressing to the next stage.
Note: You can learn Pratyangira Sadhana from Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi.
Pratyangira Sadhana consists primarily of mantra chanting coupled with specific mudras (hand gestures) and Ksham Meditation. One needs to undertake these practices with purity in intentions and with devotion in their heart, affirming that they will walk the path of Dharma. The Sadhana helps raise the vibrations and consciousness of a person. As one progresses through the different levels of Sadhana, the ultimate realization will come from within that they and the Divine Mother are one, and that She is expressing Herself through them.
Also known as Bliss Meditation, it is a major component of Pratyangira Sadhana. It helps one attain a state of stillness in their mind and to be in their bliss body. Anyone can practice Ksham Meditation by following the instructions.
Purification of the 5 Elements with Pratyangira Devi Mantra
Before undertaking any long journey, one must prepare themselves adequately. Our bodies are composed of the five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. We need to purify these five elements to remove samskaras, which are adverse imprints left on our soul from present and past lives. This purification will bring us to a raw, pristine state and allows us to gain a certain level of freedom and mastery over ourselves. This process is called Bhuta Shuddi which means purification of the five elements. Setting your intention to purify each element, one chants a particular Pratyangira mantra a specified number of times, while holding various mudras (hand gestures). This fundamental process is a heartfelt invitation for the Divine Mother to awaken from within and to help purify the five elements. This sadhana is done for 48 to 108 days, after which it can be continued, supplementing it with other practices.
Pratyangira Mantra to awaken Iccha, Gnana, Kriya Shakti
For achieving anything worthwhile in life, three vital energies are essential. They are Iccha Shakti, Gnana Shakti and Kriya Shakti (Desire, Knowledge, and Action).
Only when there is a harmonious confluence of Desire, Knowledge, and Action can anything of significance be achieved. If any of the three elements are missing, or are not in the right proportion, the whole effort is as good as a failed one.
To accomplish anything, one needs to have a strong, heartfelt desire (Iccha Shakti). A mere wish or wishful thinking or hope does not cut it. It needs to be a passionate desire. One needs to have the knowledge on how to accomplish what they want (Gnana Shakti). Or at least have the means to procure the required knowledge by getting proper guidance. And finally, one needs to take Action to accomplish something (Kriya Shakti). Desire and Knowledge fuel this Action.
Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi is an infinite source of Shakti or energy. A Pratyangira Devi mantra specifically beseeches Her to awaken these powers, these Shaktis within the practitioner and propel them forward to realize their life and soul purposes. Or more accurately, the mantra asks the Devi to awaken within, so that these Shaktis manifest themselves.
As part of Pratyangira Sadhana, one needs to practice detachment. And despite having a strong desire to accomplish something, acquiring the knowledge and taking action to achieve it, one still needs to practice detachment from the outcome.
Destroying Internal Enemies
An important component of Pratyangira Sadhana is to destroy one’s internal enemies such as lust, anger, pride, envy. These are impediments to progress in any walk of life, and especially one’s spiritual life. Sometimes, in a normal day-to-day life, these negative traits may not manifest. It does not necessarily mean that they are not there — they may just be masked and are present in a seed form, having yet to manifest. These internal enemies need to be destroyed and incinerated completely. Only when there is no trace of these internal enemies, can one reach Poornathvam (completeness) of their lives and walk into the hands of the Mother. An important Pratyangira Devi mantra asks Her to destroy one’s enemies.
Locking and Unlocking Energies
Negative energies bombard us each day of our lives. These may emanate from within us or come from external sources. Because of the duality principle of the Universe, as one builds up positive vibrations because of the Sadhana, it will attract negative vibrations. Therefore, it becomes necessary that one shield themselves from negative energies and lock in the positive energies. Nyasas like Kara Nyasa, Anga Nyasa, and Hrudhayathi Nyasa help lock in positive energies and keep out negative energies. Nyasa involves touching different body parts with a particular mantra and intention to invoke natural forces. Internalizing and performing these Nyasas in a Yogic manner improves their effectiveness compared to doing them in ritualistically. Invoking particular Nyasas combined with Pratyangira mantra forms a protective shield around the Sadhaka.
Sadhana with Pratyangira Yantra
A Yantra is Sacred Geometry. Pratyangira Devi Yantra is a powerful portal to the energies of the Mother. Practices involving the Pratyangira Yantra take the Sadhaka swiftly into the higher dimensions of Pratyangira consciousness.
Ekakshari Mantra Japa
Ekakshari Mantra Japa is the final step of Pratyangira Sadhana. It is a subtle, simple yet powerful Sadhana and is the last step after a series of Sadhanas of varying complexity. Practicing the Pratyangira Ekakshari Mantra allows one to transcend ordinary levels of consciousness, to merge with the Divine Mother Pratyangira within. This Sadhana can be practiced at any time, anywhere, even while doing normal daily chores or work. The mind becomes very focused and identifies itself completely with the Mother Pratyangira within.
Pratyangira Devi is known to devour karmas of Her devotees, freeing them from shackles at different levels and helping them attain their ultimate soul purpose of Moksha. Pratyangira Sadhana is the means to for this. May all those who do the Sadhana be blessed with success. Om Shanti.
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