Mother Sri Jyeshta Devi
The Dispeller of the 64 Daridrya Misfortunes
Removing the misconceptions regarding Jyesta Devi
Link to our 1999 article that offers Siddha insights into the spiritual significance of the origin of Mother Sri Jyeshta Devi as the elder sister of Mother Lakshmi, Her selflessness and the importance of worshipping Her. Read this article for information on the origin of Mother Jyeshta Devi.
Some of the important Siddha revelations on Mother Sri Jyeshta Devi in the July 2008 issue of the Ashram monthly magazine.
Over the years, we have published some of Sathguru Venkataraman's revelations on Mother Sri Jyesta Devi in the Agasthiar Ashram monthly magazine. Even our website has an article on the spiritual significance of the Jyesta Devi avatar. That article is a translation of parts of an article on Mother Jyeshta Devi featured in 1999 in our monthly magazine.
But what we have published is only a fraction of what the Sathguru taught us about Sri Jyesta Devi. There is much more!
Refer to the July 2008 issue of Sri Agasthia Vijayam, our Ashram monthly magazine, for further info on Mother Jyesta Devi.
Jyeshta Devi Secrets Revealed in the July 2008 Issue
These revelations include information on:
Prevalent Misconception about Jyeshta DeviThere is a prevalent misconception that Mother Jyesta Devi is to be shunned. Sathguru Venkataraman worked hard to correct this misconception. He asked a simple question: "If Jyeshta Devi is to be shunned, why are there shrines for Her in temples?" He pointed out that Mother Jyeshta Devi is to be worshipped, not shunned.
The Role of Kali PurushaBut how did this notion that Jyeshta Devi should be shunned become prevalent? Sathguru Venkataraman explained that it was Kali Purusha who cast his maya spell on the people of Kali Yuga to make them shun Mother Jyesta Devi. And of course it took a Siddha like Sathguru Venkataraman to point out to us the truth that She is to be worshipped, not shunned.
So why did Kali Purusha pull this trick on us? Just so he can administer the Kali Yuga - the age of decadence - the way it should be administered. For if people worshipped Jyeshta Devi, where will the decadence, unrighteousness and misfortunes that characterize Kali Yuga be? This would make Kali Purusha's job almost impossible. So to ensure that his own job doesn't become impossible, Kali Purusha prayed to Mother Jyeshta Devi to allow him to veil Her power to banish poverty and misfortunes from the eyes of people. It is because of this that the worship of Jyeshta Devi which was prevalent in the Dwapara Yuga began to decline in the Kali Yuga by the express request of Kali Purusha.
Which leads to the question: Why the revelation now? We might as well ask why Sathguru Venkataraman gave us 20,000 pages of absolutely unique Siddha revelations! There is only one reason: The compassion of Maha Guru Agasthiar and his lineage of Siddha Sathgurus for the people of the Kali Yuga. It is an opportunity for spiritual transformation and regeneration. Use it, humanity!
Jyeshta Devi - One who Dispels MisfortunesSathguru Venkataraman taught us that Mother Jyeshta Devi is NOT a creator of poverty! Rather, She is One who ensures that poverty never ever appears in the lives of Her devotees. This is much more than bestowing prosperity on one who is suffering.
We have written about what propserity really means in our 1999 article. We pointed out that prosperity is not just money in the bank. Rather one's money in the bank must also be accompanied by freedom from 64 misfortunes. That is true prosperity. To achieve this, the worship of Mother Jyeshta Devi is a must, taught Sathguru Venkataraman.
To quote from our 1999 article on Mother Jyeshta Devi: "If we desire never to go through the throes of poverty and if we want our wealth never to get depleted, we must worship Sri Jyéshta Dévi."
Jyeshta Devi - An Exemplar of SelflessnessSathguru Venkataraman pointed out that Mother Jyesta Devi is a symbol of tyaga (sacrifice) which is one of the most important qualities a true devotee must have. We have written extensively about the selflessness of Jyeshta Devi in our 1999 article in this website. In recognition of this selflessness, She should be referred to as Tyagavalli - The Selfless Devi.
In many families, there are elder sisters who sacrifice their personal desires for the sake of their younger siblings. Mother Jyeshta Devi is this proverbial elder sister who sacrifices Herself for the glory of Her younger sister.
Thus the worship of Jyeshta Devi and meditation on Her selflessness can be a great help to those work selflessly for others.
Jyeshta Devi on par with Parvati, Lakshmi and SaraswatiSathguru Venkataraman taught us that Mother Jyeshta Devi must be worshipped just like Mothers Parvati, Lakshmi and Sarasvati are worshipped. In other words, accord Mother Jyeshta Devi the same respect, devotion and adoration that you give to Mothers Shakti, Lakshmi and Sarasvati.
Also keep in mind that the Jyestha Devi being discussed here is not the same as the wife of Saneeswara of a similar name. That is a different Devi.
Jyeshta Devi Worship DaysWhile daily worship is definitely suggested, Sathguru Venkataraman taught us that the following days are particularly important for Jyeshta Devi worship:
Jyeshta Devi of the Brahmapureeswar TempleThough there are Jyeshta Devi shrines in many temples, Sathguru Venkataraman pinpointed the Jyeshta Devi shrine in the Brahmapureeswara Temple in Perunagar near Kanchipuram as one of the most important.
Thus worship of Mother Jeshta at this shrine is particularly important for Mother Jeshta Devi devotees and so also the worship of the large Ganesh in this shrine (see next section).
Motta Ganesh and Jyeshta DeviAnother way of worshipping Mother Jyeshta Devi is to worship large forms of Ganesh. Mother Jyeshta Devi Herself does this worship and She likes others to do this as well.
Sathguru Venkataraman referred to these large forms of Ganesh as Mota Ganesh, the word Mota meaning large.
Mota Ganesh of the Brahmapureeswar TempleThe large Ganesh in the Perunagar Brahmapureeswara Temple is worshipped by Mother Jyeshta Devi to this day and will ever be worshipped by Her.
The Selfless Worship of Jyeshta DeviWe know that Mother Lakshmi did many severe penances and poojas to gain a permanent place in the Heart of Lord Maha Vishnu. Similarly, Mother Jyeshta Devi also did severe penances. But what was the object of Her penances?
She prayed that everyone should worship Mota Ganapathi. She wanted the large forms of Ganapathi to be worshipped by all. She did not ask anything for Herself. She only asked that more and more people should adore the large Ganesh forms. Thus even Mother Jyeshta Devi's severe penance showcased Her sterling selflessness.
With the above in mind, wherever you see large forms of Ganesh, offer your worship to Him and also to Mother Jyeshta Devi who wanted us all to worship these Mota Ganapathi forms.
Jyeshta Devi Worship for Politicians, Diplomats and NationsOf the five Pandava brothers, Sahadeva excelled in Jyeshta Devi worship, said Sathguru Venkataraman. It is because of this that even during testing times he did not lose the 64 auspicious attributes like his wisdom, courage, devotion, health or equanimity. His character was so sterling that even his enemies could ask him for advice knowing full well that he would not mislead them. When truth, uprightness, fairness are sacrificed in family or work life, one is accosted by one or more of the 64 misfortunes. But Sahadeva never sacrificed these precious values thanks to his sincere worship of Mother Jyeshta Devi. This is an example for all of us.
In this decadent Kali Yuga where falsehood, deceit, plunder, bribery, unfairness, unrighteousness and corruption rule the roost, it is highly important that politicians and ministers worship Mother Jyeshta Devi so that they can uphold good values in public life.
In ancient days, advisors to kings worshipped Mother Jyeshta Devi for the sake of their nation and for honing their diplomacy and statesmanship skills. They prayed to Her that their nation should not be beset by the 64 misfortunes.
So to avert the 64 misfortunes and to protect the assets that one already has, the worship of Mother Jyeshta Devi is important for both individuals and nations, taught Sathguru Venkataraman.
Siddha Mantras and Jyeshta Devi Worship ProceduresWe have not published the Siddha mantras and the precise worship procedures for Jyeshta Devi yet; they are for later.
Some Pages from our July 2008 IssueFor those who are conversant with the Tamil language, we provide links to 6 of the 19 pages below. Since these page scans are large, your browser may display them in reduced form. Just click on each scan to restore it to its original size.
|Om Salutations to Mother Sri Jyeshta Devi|
|Om Salutations to Maha Guru Sri Agasthiar|
|Om Salutations to the Agasthiar Lineage of Siddha Sathgurus|