Lord of 2009 - Vasuki Anugraha Thandava Shiva
The Divine Dance That Blessed Vasuki (and Others)
Redemption from the Sin of Forgetting God - "Vasugi Anugraha Nardhanam"
2009 Daily Mantras and Daily Darshan
Source: January 2009 issue of our monthly magazine released in early December 2008.
Om. As you may know, in the churning of the Milky Ocean by the Devas and Asuras, the Naga Vasuki was used as the rope to turn the Mandara Hill that was used as the churning rod. From this churning appeared the Halahala venom from the ocean.
Not being able to withstand the strain imposed in the churning process, Vasuki emitted venom too. This venom mixed with the Halahala venom and the resulting poisonous mixture seethed with fury! The Devas and the Asuras ran helter skelter fearing for their lives.
Now arises an interesting question. How did this venom just show up from the pristine Ocean? The Devas and the Asuras were looking for amrita, the nectar of immortality but what they get is a poison that threatens to kill them!
|What they wanted was immortality and what they got was the threat of instant destruction! The exact opposite of what they desired!|
|This is an important atma vichara (self enquiry) point that the Arunachala Siddha, Sathguru Venkataraman, would like for us to think about. So think about it before reading further.|
|Now think how often we humans get into this same mode of thinking! Almost every moment! And what is the result of this thinking?|
|When purity meets impurity, the impurity has to be ejected. Thus it was the impurtiy of selfishness that was ejected as the Halahala venom. And this venom came after the impure ones!|
How dare they bring their impurity to the pristine pure ocean! Thus, as punishment, their own impurity attacked them in the form of the all consuming Halahala venom.
|This teaches us an important lesson: Not having evil intentions alone is not sufficient protection when one is surrouned by powerful groups filled with evil thoughts and designs! To be able to thwart the onslaught of such evil, one must request protection from God through regular egoless worship done with sincere devotion.|
The enormity of the selfish feelings harbored by the powerful Devas and Asuras overtook the innocent Vasuki. Unable to bear the strain of churning imposed by the two powerful groups on either side fired up by the deadly poison of selfishness, Vasuki emitted the venom that it had protected and conserved within itself for many yugas (ages) through serious yoga practice.
For no fault of its own (or so it thought), Vasuki's yogic lock of preservation was broken.
|The vow of not emitting venom at any time, maintained over ages, converts the preserved venom into a glorius ratna (gem) on the Naga's forehead. It is God's reward to the Nagas for keeping such a sacred vow over such a long time; a divine reward for their yoga of self-control. But Vasuki had broken this sacred vow. This was a huge loss for Vasuki.|
Vasuki's venom mixed with the Halahala venom and the resulting intensity was like the scorching heat of millions of suns put together.
The Devas and Asuras sought the help of Brahma and Vishnu who said that They can protect them till the abode of Siva, Kailash, and after that it was Siva's Will.
Because of their utter selfishness, which made them think that they alone should enjoy the benefits of amrita, they had forgotten their prime duty of offering amrita first to Lord Siva.
After all, they should have known that amirtha is for all and not just for themselves. But blinded by selfishness, they not only forgot other beings, they forgot the Lord as well! Such is the corrosive power of selfishness.
|It is this sin of forgetting the Lord - forgetting to offer him amrita first rather than desiring to consume it first themselves - that has caused their current plight of being chased by the all consuming venom.|
The venom that had relentlessly chased the Devas and the Asuras stopped at Adhikara Nandi's presence and did not pursue them anymore! That itself convinced the Devas and Asuras that had in fact come to the right place - the Saviour's Abode!
Siva ordered Sundara to bring Him the venom. Sundara brought it to Him on a banyan leaf. Siva received the venom in His palm on which there was a vilva leaf. The Lord placed it in a conch shell and consumed the all-consuming venom and saved the universe from destruction.
|This great act of Divine Mercy is forever celebrated by glorifying the Lord with the beautiful name Neelakanta Shiva.|
Siva forgave the Devas and the Asuras for their transgression and told them that at least from now on, they should think of sharing the amrita with everyone throughout the universe. They gave the Lord their assurance and got permission from Him to churn the ocean again.
|There are many details in the Purana Epics that have been left unsaid. It is the NavaNatha Siddhas who know these numerous untold happenings. These secrets of the Nava Natha Siddhas were taught to Sathguru Venkataraman by his Siddha teacher, Sri La Sri Idiyaappa Eesa Siddha who resides eternally in the inner effulgence of the Nava Natha Siddhas.|
Thus Vasuki begged for a divine explanation and sought a solution.
Lord Siva said: "This time around, before the amrita appears, its fragrance will fill the air. This fragrance itself is so full of medicinal, healing properties that it will heal your wounds on the shores of the ocean itself and give you much energy. So fear not."
The Lord gave Vasuki His blessings to continue the seva.
Lord Siva gave the unique banyan leaf that could withstand the ferocity of Halahala venom as a gift to Amrita Narayana.
Whatever gift one receives, one must first give it to the wife and get it back from her. Following this rule, Lord Narayana gave it to Mother Lakshmi.
Mother Lakshmi held the banyan leaf with great devotion. Underneath the banyan leaf was also the vilva leaf that was on Siva's palm. Hence we say that on the back of the vilva leaf (that was touched by the palm of Siva) resides Mother Sri MahaLakshmi.
During the pralaya dissolution of the universe, Mother Lakshmi Herself takes the form of this banyan leaf, on top of which floats the little baby Krishna.
The Krishna avatar did not just happen in the Dwapara Yuga. Just like Adi Varaha existed much much before the Lord took the Varaha Avatar to destroy Hiranyaksha and redeem Mother Earth Bhooma devi, Lord Krishna too exists in all Yugas.
Seeing these leelas and these Divinities and meditating on Them, a desire was born after many yugas in Vasuki who respectfully addressed Lord Siva: "Just like Lord Krishna danced on Kaliya Naga, please dance on my hood and show the world how you cleansed me of my ego. And just like You did for me, may those who have darshan of Your Divine Form in this Dance be cleanesd of their ego, maya and unrighteous behavior. Like You gave me confidence to renew my seva, may Your darshan give them courage and confidence and virtuous living. Immerse everyone in the ananda (bliss) of your Divine Dance, my Lord, and protect me and everyone else!"
This was the selfless prayer of Vasuki. A prayer that requested blessings for those who had darshan of Shiva dancing on its hood! A prayer not for itself, but for others!
This is the Vasuki Anugraha Siva Thandava - the Dance of Blessing of Lord Shiva that blesses all souls to this day and will continue to bless them unto eternity.
|The Lord of 2009 - Vasuki Anugraha Thandava Shiva - Daily Darshan|
2009 Daily Mantras
1. Nageswara Gayatri Mantra:
2. Vasuki Gayatri Mantra:
3. Ananta Gayatri Mantra:
4. Lord of 2009 - Prayer and Glorification Mantra:
5. Lord of 2009 - Prayer Mantra:
So this is the Divine Dance of Blessing for Vasuki and everyone else as revealed by the Sathguru, Guru Mangala Gandharva Venkataraman. We want you, yours and the whole world to enjoy the benefits of following the advice of the Siddhas of the Agasthiar Lineage. To tell your friends about this Siddha treasure or to link to it, please copy-paste the following link:
|Om Salutations to the Lord of 2009 - Vasuki Anugraha Thandava Shiva|
|Om Salutations to the Blessing Dance - Vasuki Anugraha Divya Thandava Kolam|
|Om Salutations to the Agasthiar Lineage of Siddha Sathgurus|