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Saumya Practice 2001 - 2002

SHREEM
SAUMYA SAUMYATARAASHESHA
SAUMYEBHYAS TVATI SUNDARI
PARAA PARAANAM PARAMAA
TVAM EVA PARAMESHWARI
STREEM

This particular observance that I am requesting our Gurudeva's discipleship to undertake this year has the purpose of bringing about peacefulness within each mind, radiating first into the personal family, then into the entire Guru family AND then into the larger global family. The normal rule is that while such an observance is going on there should be no controversial or confrontational thought. Not even one thought, leave along a word or action on the part of those who are undertaking such an observance.

Even though we have declareda purpose for that observance, we do it without expectation. We do it simply as surrender to the divinity. It is 'Guru Prityartham', that is, 'for the pleasure of the divine Guru spirit', to invoke the Guru spirit's grace. It is with this intent of self-purification that I have requested that all collectively undertake this observance.

I strongly recommend that you read about these special japa observances in my little booklet titled "Special Mantras". At the end of that booklet there is an appendix about the sankalpa, that is, a resolve with which one undertakes an observance for a specific period and for a certain duration. It will not be possible for more people to follow the dating system as given in the appendix to that booklet, so you may just recite the date according to the western calendar. Location as known to you. Your name and lineage a known to you. Those who are familiar with the tradition described in that appendix may follow that accordingly. For those who can recite the sankalpa and prefer to do so in Sanskrit I am giving the words here in Sanskrit. Those who know only English or a western language may mentally recite the sankalpa below in that language.

ASMAD GURUDEVA CHARNANAM, SHISHYA VARGASYA
CHITTA SHANTYA PARASPARAM SAUHARDA
STHAPANARTHAM TAT DVARA GURU PREETYARTHAM...

The purpose of this observance is to etablish and enhance the peacefulness in the hearts and minds of Gurudeva's disciples and thereby to strengthen a bond of good heartedness among all beings...only for the pleasure of Gurudeva.

It is recommended that this prayer be undertaken only by initiates. Non-initiates can participate however, but at the recommendation of their local director or teaching guide.

Many people who have never undertaken the practice of a long mantra before, may request my cassette,"How to do long mantras faster". Once your rhythm is established the practice will go much faster than you think.

In this mantra I have added two very powerful bijas, (seed mantras), one in the beginning and the other at the end. In the beginning, SHREEM, and at the end, STREEM. They are both bijas of the Divine Mother. The first seed sound, Shreem, is the Mother of the Sri Vidya principle in Her aspect of glory and divinity. The second one, Streem, is the bija mantra of the entire feminine aspect of creation. It is to bring the feminine kindness, compassion and motherliness among all of us. This has nothing to do with the gender of the person undertaking the observance, but rather it is for the enhancement of the motherliness in all of us.

Although the mantras are done for their sound vibration, they may carry a translation. Then there may be translations within translations going down to thousands of depths. I will give you here the shallowest level of translation.

The first word "Saumya" is a feminine word referring to soma like, or lunar qualities and attributes. Saumya, she of the lunar aspect, moonlike, peaceful and kind. Saumyatara, even more lunar and peaceful than the moon itself. Here there is a linguistic little secret. There is a hidden 'a' in a shesha saumyebhyas... She is even more beautiful than all lunar like forces and peaceful entities combined in the entire universe. So, breaking down the first hald for the verse word for word it reads, "saumya, saumyatara, ashesha, saumyebhyas, tu, ati, sundari."

The next half of the verse is as follows: Paraparanam, parama. Parama, supreme one transcending. Paraparanam...all things of the transcendent realities and the realities of this shore as experience in the world. She who transcends even the transcendent forces a well as immanent forces. Tvam Eva, thou alone, Parameshvari, Oh supreme Lady. Tvam Eva Parameshvari, Thou are the supreme Lady. Thou alone art the supreme Lady who transcends all transcendent realities and immanent forces.

If you are presently doing some special practice, (purashcharana), then for this period of the one year, continue with that purashcharana and you may do only one mala of the Saumya mantra, or as many as you are capable of doing.

If you have any questions please forward them to Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral...

May the Guru Spirit thereby be pleased and confer Its grace upon us all.

Swami Veda Bharati

February 8, 2001


[Attached to this letter were "SAUMYA MANTRA as explained by Swami Veda" and "Phonetic Pronunciation in Saumya Mantra"; please see below.]


SAUMYA MANTRA as explained by Swami Veda

SHREEM
SAUMYA SAUMYATARAASHESHA
SAUMYEBHYAS TVATI SUNDARI
PARAA PARAANAM PARAMAA
TVAM EVA PARAMESHWARI
STREEM

The practice of saumya mantra repetition has the purpose of bringing about peacefulness within each mind, radiating first into the personal family, then into the entire Guru family AND then into the larger global family. The normal rule is that while such an observance is going on there should be no controversial or confrontational thought. Not even one thought, let alone a word or action on the part of those who are undertaking such an observance.

Even though we have declareda purpose for that observance, we do it without expectation. We do it simply as surrender to the divinity. It is 'Guru Prityartham', that is, 'for the pleasure of the divine Guru spirit', to invoke the Guru spirit's grace. It is with this intent of self-purification that I have requested that all collectively undertake this observance.

I strongly recommend that you read about these special japa observances in my little booklet titled "Special Mantras".

It is recommended that this prayer be undertaken only by initiates. Non-initiates can participate however, but at the recommendation of their local director or teaching guide.

Many people who have never undertaken the practice of a long mantra before, may request my cassette,"How to do long mantras faster". Once your rhythm is established the practice will go much faster than you think.

In this mantra I have added two very powerful bijas, (seed mantras), one in the beginning and the other at the end. In the beginning, SHREEM, and at the end, STREEM. They are both bijas of the Divine Mother. The first seed sound, Shreem, is the Mother of the Sri Vidya principle in Her aspect of glory and divinity. The second one, Streem, is the bija mantra of the entire feminine aspect of creation. It is to bring the feminine kindness, compassion and motherliness among all of us. This has nothing to do with the gender of the person undertaking the observance, but rather it is for the enhancement of the motherliness in all of us.

Although the mantras are done for their sound vibration, they may carry a translation. Then there may be translations within translations going down to thousands of depths. I will give you here the shallowest level of translation.

The first word "Saumya" is a feminine word referring to soma like, or lunar qualities and attributes. Saumya, she of the lunar aspect, moonlike, peaceful and kind. Saumyatara, even more lunar and peaceful than the moon itself. Here there is a linguistic little secret. There is a hidden 'a' in a shesha saumyebhyas... She is even more beautiful than all lunar like forces and peaceful entities combined in the entire universe. So, breaking down the first hald for the verse word for word it reads, "saumya, saumyatara, ashesha, saumyebhyas, tu, ati, sundari."

The next half of the verse is as follows: Paraparanam, parama. Parama, supreme one transcending. Paraparanam...all things of the transcendent realities and the realities of this shore as experience in the world. She who transcends even the transcendent forces a well as immanent forces. Tvam Eva, thou alone, Parameshvari, Oh supreme Lady. Tvam Eva Parameshvari, Thou are the supreme Lady. Thou alone art the supreme Lady who transcends all transcendent realities and immanent forces.


Phonetic Pronunciation in Saumya Mantra:

"A' is pronounced as in "mama" "papa" "la" "baba" "ha"

"AU" is pronounced as the "au's" in "saurkraut" or like in "cow" or "house"

"E" is pronounced like "ay" (long A) as in "day" or better yet "grey"

SHESHA - shay-sha

SAUMYEBHYAS = saum-yay-bhyas

EVA = ay-va

PARAMESHVARI = param-aysh-va-ree

"I" is pronounced like "ee' (long E)

"U" is prnounced like "oo" (long U), as in "loon" "raccoon" "moon" "noon"

SUNDARI = soon-da-ree

The V is actually a combination of a V and a W, (VW), the way Russians would pronounce the V in VODKA.

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