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Sahasrara chakra.

The Teachings of the Himalayan Lineage

The teachings of our lineage are based on the 3 streams of:

Samaya Srividya Tantra

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In the Himalayan Lineage of Samaya Srividya, Yoga as explained by Patanjali, is a preliminary
step. Samkhya philosophy forms the basis of the first stream of our lineage and tradition.

Yoga focuses on discriminating between consciousness and matter at all levels. This stage of
practice is dualistic.

In our tradition and lineage, theory and practice must never be divorced from one another. Yoga
provides a step by step approach to the highest goal of spiritual liberation. Yoga, in its pure and
pristine form, is a method of unlearning behavioural and thinking patterns. It presupposes
spiritual insights or mystical experiences.

The emphasis is not on mere information or knowledge but wisdom. The focus in not on
intellectual gymnastics but intuition. Yoga, practiced the traditional way, has nothing in common
with the modern schools of yoga that are merely forms of gymnastics and acrobatics. It also
has little to do with institutes of therapy or new age esotericism.


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The second stream of Advaita is expressed in the Upanishads. The Upanishads are estimated
to have been written in the period from the fifth to tenth centuries BCE, although the principles
had been taught orally for a very long period prior to that; some say since around 6000 BCE.

The prefix "A" means "non", the word "dvaita" means "two". Thus the word Advaita means "not
two". Advaita is a non-dualistic philosophy of life. This non-dualistic approach to life, goes
beyond all dualities such as joy and sorrow, birth and death, young and old, embracing all of life
as the One Divinity. It removes all separation between Knower and Known, between God and
Devotee, between the Beloved and the Lover.

This mystical approach is far from intellectual and seeks to know the Atman, the center of
individual consciousness, which is ultimately found to be qualitatively the same essence as
Brahman, the universal consciousness or the Absolute One all pervading Reality.

Samaya Srividya Tantra

There are three forms of Tantra, of which Samaya is a purely internal form, whose sole goal is
spiritual liberation or enlightenment. It deals with the higher energy centres, up to the energy
centre at the top of the head, the crown chakra. The lineage of the Himalayan masters,
emphasizes this higher Tantra Yoga.

The third stream of Samaya Srividya Tantra deals with the energy systems of our being, going
directly to the heart of consciousness. It emphasises the creative aspect of consciousness
called shakti and following that creative aspect back to it's source.

Shakti is the Mother principle and Shiva the Father principle. Shiva the Father principle is the
centre of consciousness and Shakti, the Mother principle is the creative aspect or the world that
manifests out of the centre of consciousness and returns eventually to its source.

The Paths of the Himalayan Lineage

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Raja Yoga, or the Royal path of Yoga, encompasses the other paths. It is also known as
Ashtanga Yoga, referring to the Eight Limbs of Yoga described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Ashta means eight; Anga means limbs. It is important to note that the phrase Ashtanga Yoga
has recently become known in the west as a system of physical postures, this is not consistent
with the original meaning of the term.

In Yoga the aspirant must:

Develop a healthy lifestyle

Gain insights in to the essential yogic concepts of non-harming, truthfulness, non-stealing,
purity, contentment, self-study and surrender
Learn to cultivate a regular time for meditation
Develop a steady meditation posture
Develop a serene breath
Cultivate Sankalpa shakti or the power of the determination
Learn to let go of distracting thoughts
Learn how to reduce the colorings (kleshas) of ignorance, ego, attachment, aversions and
Develop the quality of introspection
Cultivate a razor-sharp discrimination

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Systematically move inward in a process of attention, meditation and deep absorption
Seek to know mind and matter as separate from Pure Consciousness.

While the modern approach to Advaita is increasingly intellectual, the Himalayan Lineage of the
Samaya Srividya Tradition emphasizes the need for a practical approach. It does so by
providing contemplative means of self enquiry and exploration. This contemplative meditation
suggested by the Himalayan sages complements the meditation of the Yoga Sutras.

Vedantic Meditation or the practical approach to Advaita is generally called Self Enquiry or
Atma Vichara. These practices are contemplative and generally complement the dualistic
practices of Yoga.

In Advaita the aspirant must:

Learn to witness the four functions of mind: manas, the coordinator of actions and sensation;
chitta, the powerhouse of memories, emotions and desires; ahamkara, the false identities;
buddhi, which is the higher faculty of knowing, deciding, judging, and discriminating.
Explore in contemplative meditation the three levels of reality: waking, dreaming, deep sleep;
conscious, unconscious, subconscious; gross, subtle, causal.
Contemplate on the center of consciousness, seeking to experientially go into the heart of
the question, "Who am I?" using the traditional practice called Atma Vichara
Contemplate step by step on the Mahavakyas, the great sayings of the Upanishads

Samaya Srividya Tantra

Samaya Srividya is the path of mastery. The aspirant is no ordinary seeker but one who has
"adhikar". Adhikar literally means "having the right". The seeker must have the necessary
qualifications or prerequisites to be initiated in to the subtle and sublime secrets of Samaya
Srividya. The three qualities are necessary for this path:

1. Power of Discrimination

2. Ethical standards and values

3. Desire to end the cycle of life and death

The seeker who possesses the above qualities is called an adhikari. In our Lineage we initiate
all adhikaris irrespective of their gender, religious background, race and socio-economic status.

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Under the guidance of and with the support of the Guru, Lineage and Tradition, the adhikari will

To master the internal energies of the chakras

To balance the two sides of the subtle body, ida and pingala, sun and moon, or the Ha and
Tha as these dual aspects are known
To open the central stream of energy, sushumna, the subtle counterpart of the physical
spine, allowing the latent energy to awaken, flowing upward in this channel, so as to reach
the point from which it originally emerged.
Use mantra to dive in to the deepest levels of the unconscious mind and invite the hidden to
come forward
To master the process of raising the kundalini and bringing it back to its resting place
Deep reflection and meditation on Tripura, the one who lives in the three cities (tri=three;
pura=city) of conscious, unconscious, subconscious and waking, dreaming and sleeping
To "see" that mind and matter are grosser form of manifestation that emerge from the pure
To know the pre-existing union of Shiva and Shakti, which are the latent and active aspects
of manifestation, sometimes called masculine principle and feminine principle.

Texts of the Himalayan Lineage

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Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Yoga, as described by the great sage Patanjali, is a foundational practice, and is codified
(arranged or systematized) in the Yoga Sutras. The word codified is commonly used because
the Yoga science was recorded by Patanjali over 2000 years ago, although the science itself
was not new, having been known for thousands of years before that time. Patanjali codified
Yoga into 196 sutras (literally threads) outlining the path of Yoga.

Mandukya Upanishad
Of particular importance is the introspection of the waking, dreaming, and deep sleep levels of
consciousness, which have as their counterparts the gross, subtle, and causal planes of reality.
It means examining not only the conscious, but also the unconscious and subconscious levels
of mind, so that these can ultimately be transcended. These levels are summarized in the
Mandukya Upanishad, a practical Vedantic text, which deals with the 4 layers of the Om

Yoga Vasishtha
The Yoga Vasishtha is a part of the great epic Ramayana. It is a dialogue between the Sage
Vasishtha and Prince Rama. The Prince, who is an adhikari asks the sage about the nature of
the world, the meaning of life and the most fundamental question, "Who am I?" The Yoga
Vasishtha is a truly monistic text, uncompromising in its approach to Advaita.

Tripura Rahasya
This is a unique tantric text. While most spiritual texts exalt the Divine in its masculine form, this
text refers to the Divine as Her. It is unconventional for its teachers are a princess, a woman
hermit and the goddess Sri Tripura Sundari.

It is unrelenting in its approach and reveals the Highest as nothing other than Pure

Saundarya Lahari
Saundarya Lahari means "Waves of Bliss and Beauty". Those looking for esoteric explanations
on chakras and kundalini will be disappointed. Saundarya Lahiri is a collection of mystical
verses in praise of the Divine Mother, She who represents all levels of reality.

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i like this. I would like to practice Srividya Upasana in Samayachara. I have already initiation in Kaulachara. Let me know more
about the mystery of divine mother .

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In a world where everything seems to be reversed, seekers expect teachers to contact them. A sincere seeker of Samaya
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I feel like Samaya Tantra is the Sattva way and highest level of Tantra which is being followed by great sages. Hence, I want to

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Radhikaji from THATfirst:

Samaya Srividya is not about running or escaping from this world. Do your duties, work, study, do whatever you are doing. You
are lost because you do not practice what you know. Practice what you know sincerely and a teacher will appear and guide you.

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