About nadanta anandanatha saraswathy - Spiritual Teacher
The begining of spirituality
Arjunan Gurukkal known as Swami Nadanta a grihastha(householder) upasaka with an advanced order of Deeksha in the traditional system of Srividya worship.Blessings and secret gifts from his Guruparampara and Paradevata inspired him discovery of his hidden self. Swamijis strong traditional practice is rooted in the shakta sampradaya which follows kaulamarga. Born in Veera shakta kula tradition, Yogeswari Durga as kuladevata . At the age of 3 years he was blessed by his grandfather as kulapankaja baskara, Great tantric master passed his paramparya by hugging him with joy and dropping beetel juice from his mouth on nadantas head , initiating him directly into uttaramnaya siddhachara sampradaya of kaulamarga .Very young age his mother taught him basics of spirituality and initiated him into bhakti yoga and sreekrishana sadhana and mali bhagavata parayana. He was blessed by Guru guha the Divine master (Guru) of his mothers family tradition.Later Goddess Maha mangala Kalasankarshini kali initiated him into Anuttara giving the knoweldge of pancha shunya at kalarivatukal temple . Lord Dattatreya came in the form of mad man and blessed him the lost manuscripts of the tradition .
From Bhakti to Mantrika and Ayurveda
Nadanta was send to chinmaya bhalabhavan at the age of 4yrs for basic education which gave him very good foundation in bhakti and yoga . This opened him opportunity in very young age to see a Sanyasi Pujay Chinmayanada swamiji and touch his lotus feet and even get appreciation for bhagavat geeta chanting. At that time he was known in the school for his urdwapundraka and today for his tripundaraka. later shifted to his mothers place and continued his studies there . During this time he was attracted by one mahalaskshmi idiol bought by his aunt when he was 10 yrs ,his intersest in goddess made him to simply putt kumkum on mahalakshmi vigraha for the first time . Watching the small vigraha smeared in kumkum without knowing anything rituals gave him immensure pleasure and later made him great sadhaka of kamlatmika. Nadantas frequent visit to thrikai shivakshetra with elder cousin sister opened his bhakti to sharabeswara by the age of 15 yrs . During his college years even though he was not much into sadhana ,Later he became great Gayatri upasaka by finishing mahapurascharana. He learned Navaratri puja from his father in Dakshinachara. As per astrological planetary position and he entered into an accident during his tech education. Chamunda and blessings of Nath Guru brought him back into his true nature, he lost his father, Guru and his best friend. The worst happened to him physicaly ,financialy and mentally which brought him in to great vairagya which made him great Sadhaka. he choosed the path of mantrika and also learned Ayurveda from his fathers elder brother Sreedharan vaidyar .Nadanta practiced kerala mantrika of 18 illam sampradaya, kaplingodan vayi of panchamoorthies, kalladikoduvayi , vannamoyi and peruvannamoyi to shabar mantras of north.
Shakti patha and Power of Maharatha krama
Under the instructions of Nadantas mother who is also from Srividya background , he startred his worship and daily visit to kalarivatikkal temple which opened him into hardcore srividya sadhaka of kalimatha. Grandfathers instruction for him and prediction of kapali nambooiri and kakankovil krishna warrier about his horoscope and pravajya yoga made him more into spirituality.The glory of mangala , goddess kali who has protected him till now , surrender on her lotus feet made him initiated into Siddha Mahartha krama . Nadanta started worshipping kalisahasranama in bed at late night . he got immediate shaktipatha and divine darsha of his grandfather and father . Nadanata continous visit to her temple kalarivathukkal ,walking in cruches for 3 km daily and to have darshan at 5am early morning opened his door to shaktism, by understanding the divine power of navakshari and lter some guidance from krishna battaraka . later he learned veeramarga from his Grandfathers paramapra and practiced it at Meppad kalari temple , from his uncle grandfathers second son ( fathers elder brother) he learned Dhanwantari sadhana and little Ayurveda.He also learned from kerala shankara parampara and kaula practictioners of siddha mahartha ,baskaracharya lineage and tamil Siddha tradition .Then devi maha mangala blessed him made him with the knowledge of panch shunya and great transformation happened in him . Maha chakra mangaleswari showered blessings into his life . He got his first job as Asst Unit manger in famous private bank , and he have worked with MNC in sale management, HR & channel develeopment .He qiut his job as Manager level in 2010 and now completely into spiritual research and training
Meppad and Gupta sadhana
1996 after getting the shaktipatha and mantra initiation into Shaktism by his great grandfather Meppad gurukkal in dream made him to dive deep in to the ocean of knowledge about Srividya. In 1996 when he opened the first manuscript at meppad matrashala, it was Guru Geeta and the palm leaf was about four stanza, dyana moolam gurumoorthy......mookshamoolam gurukripa. Nadanta practiced this japa of four stanza continuously as his first practice at meppad which later opened him to the real paduka and meditation of gurumandala .From a hardcore vegetarian and pashubhava (dakshinachara) he became veeramargi with panchatattwa practice. He attained Shaktaabishekam to Pari poornabhishekam . Shaktabhishekam from grandfather ,kaulabhishekam and paduka deeksha from Guruji, Atmabishekam from guru mandala of meppad and became part of mandala . Mahapoornabhishekam by Siddha mandala and finally Devi gave her own paduka mantra. Lord Dattatreya himself came in the form of unmatta and gave him urdhwamnaya dyana and mantra. Nadanta practiced sadhana using vijaya, viswamitra kapalam and shankamala as per keralacharam. This Gifted him various knowlege of mantrikam and left path. Also gave various experiance of moorthies and guruparampara in astral level. Practiscing neelsaraswthy tantra at meppad gave him great experiance of goddess tara in the form of avadhoota kapardhini and her merging into mahapeetam. Feeling and seeing the Pressence of Narasimha moorthy , dhoomavathy and yakshini changed his dimention of sadhana. At meppad nadanta practiced panchamakara sadhana which made him to experience mahamelapa siddhi. Getting close to shyama sundari he understood the more about the makaras . Goddess blessed him into mahaamnaya krama .He became the cheif Tantrik of temple and acharya of sampradaya. This gave him chance to perform many shakti ganapathy havans , Sri chakra mahapuja /yagam as per the kularnava kriy padhati, shakti puja and many Sharaba shoolini and pratyangira homam for clients of meppad temple and also practice of shakti mantrikam. He wrote hundreds of yantras and energised it in traditional way for bhaktas.
Sahasrakshi peetam and Guruji
2007 june on amavasya Guruji Amritanada natha saraswathy os sahasrakshi peetam blessed nadanta in to Divya marga with Gurujis lotus feet on his head with deeksha name Nadanta anandanatha saraswathy. Guruji told nadanta you are one who starts from where nada stops ,anadanatha means you are master of ananda and saraswathy means you are already blessed with higher knowlege .His experiance with guruji Amrita was the way to Datta swaprakashanad hamsa avadhoot who later made him to establish Dattaguhalaya, Yagashala and Gaushala .Guruji told him to follow the ancient tradition of srividya what nadanta followed from his pitru parampara and which was almost lost. Guruji told him it is the elaborate version and cant be followed by everyone. Guruji told his guru has initiated him in parasurama kalpa and blessed nadanta also with the kalpa knowledge .Nadanta took blessings from Guru Amma , Guruji and saharakshi and returned to kerala . After completing his 12 years of pashu sadhana and entry in to veera , nadanta started teaching srividya. Later guruji blessed his wife also into sadhana. nadanta was blessed with a baby boy and he gave him the name of his Guru , Prahlad ( full of joy like Guruji).
Bramara Guha and Dattatreya Maha Rishi
After installing Dattatreya in Bramara Guha nadanta first remembered hi karana guru for Srividya , and was really thank full for blessings from bhaskaracharya lineage who first allowed him to sit in his first Srichakra mahayagna and told him the story of dattareya and neelakantamahadeva joshiji of rameswaram. Dattaguhalayam slowly became a place for nadantas gupta sadhana , slowly students started vanishing and nadanta became alone . This emptiness gave him the darshan of bhairava and he became bhairavnatha. Agastya maharishi was a frequent visitor when he used to sit alone at mutt and do research on rasavidya ,this opened nadanta new knowledge in to rasavaadam , Alchemy. Later he understood The palce where he rebuild meppad madom which was apart of meppad kulangerathu thazethattu was earlier a Divine Land. Finally one day after finishing the chakramahapuja and after doing charana puja, nadanta was meditating maha paduka , he had agreat experiance of kulaguru doing his mahabhisheka . Nadanta decided to share his practical knowledge of 21years of shakti sadhana for true seekers.
Traditional System and Practice of Guruparampara
The legend starts from two young warriors ascetics (Brahma Kshatriya) followers of Adi Shiva and sage Agastya came down to north kerala nad build hermitage in kannavam forest and worshipped their kula devata Sriporkali and practiced yoga sadhana . Their practices shows that they beleived Shiva as their first king and more related to Madurai and Meenamba Devi. Its also believed that these two brothers established Puranadu ,kottayam swaroopam and later become guru of Puzhinadu ,kolasworoopam. Meppad is well known in kerala for tantrik and yogic practice, especially mantrikam . The elder ascetic build hermitage where the present meppad is and younger settled with another hermitage little far from that . Elder vanished at meppad kalari mantrashala where his upasana moorthy sriporkali was worshipped .Nadanta rebuilt the mutt where the old hermitage and yogi lived, down the meppad mantrashala and startted spreading the knowledge from lineage. Meppad mantrashal is presently headed by grandfathers maternal lineage called odangara. Meppad lineage later became scholars in Sanskrit ,and Astrology . Good Ayurveda physicians, Siddha practiioners with pashana vidyas and great teachers.This pure kula sampradaya and urdhwa amanaya worship practice which is also seen in pandulipa at baroda. Meppad is one of the mantrikas in kerala . later adopting two boys from vayum kulagerath th vaidiki sampradaya also influenced the parampra. influence of shankara sampradaya can also be found in the tradtion. The importantance of Saraswati puja on ocassion of navaratri shows their bhakti to kashmeerapuradeeswari sharada which was brought by Adi shankara bhagawat pada to sringa giri . The familiy diety yogeswari is worshipped as Porkali as wargoddess (chamunda or chandi) which was installed in valkannadi vigraha ,and visualized as chaturbuja in daily puja . Guruparampara worshipped her as shulini goddess of medicine(shanti moorthy) with Danwantari and vaidyanatha (nilakanda) in traditional healing practice. Narayana is always worshipped first preference in all rituals . It shows the importants of sri guru devata of srividya . Sri gurus devata himself is Narayana (Yadhu natha) and parama guru devata is Durga (Durga natha) and paramesti guru devata is Rudra/Shiva(shambunatha). The mantrashala and gurumandala is build according to this. Apart from this the tradition had good practice of Traditional healing through mantara chikitsa , Ayurveda/Arya vaidyam and siddha sampradaya.out of 64 ajna kali ajna is the most powerfull which is followed by nadanta.
Worship of jagadatri Durga
The sampradaya of nadanta normally worship Yogeswari Durga as jagadatri or jadamba in the morning . Jagadatri or jagadamba is visualized as the universal mother with four hands shanka, chakra , bow and arrow. She is seated on the lion which stands on the Elephant called karindrasura or gajasura. Here she is worshipped in emerald green hue. Here gaja means mind . controlling the mind is the major yoga kriya here . the bow and arrow shows the focus and goal of sadhaka to samadi. She is the warrior who fights with different enemies who creates us from our goals. In sadhana our thoughts are enemies . so her worshipis complete control of mind . senses. She is worshipped in the morning after srividya pratasandhya and later vageeswari archana is performed on bindu peetam . This is very important in sadhana because after Amba killed mahishasura and deva has in its ultimate ego which gave rise to karindrasura . so here we worship her before chamunda or chandi mahamantra. So that we should not have ego after accomplishing the blessings from sadhana.The we worship her with chandika navakshari and her mahamantra with madhyana sandhya and kameswari archana on peetam just after pleasing chamunda on bali petam. In evening we worship her as Aushadheeswari shulini,the goddess of medicine for all kind of dustas and Rogas and amriteswari archana on bindu peetam. Durga is worshipped again as Pratyangira shoolini in midnight with srividya, chatushpada gayatri and kalasankarshini kali and turiya sandhya .
Chakra Aradhana or Srichakra archana Practiced
Chakra aradhana is done according to mahalkalpa . kapala pratishata or patrapratishta start from min of five numbers . Patrapratishta is first completed then starts peetapuja and mandirarrchana. Duti yagam is performed for kudolka and golotka etc. Atamaradha and antaryaga in this sampradaya itself is one hour which leads you to state of pararbattaraka so that you can worship parabhattarika . Durga is worshipped on simha (lion) then visualised as on panchapreta as tripura . this is the only ancient authentic system in which kularanava gurumandakam karma is worshipped properly. Here Srichara puja is completely anticlockwise for nirvana. Srishti and sthithi archana is also practiced according to the age and adikara , where others don’t do that. Panch panchika starts from eshanadi , means from eshana ( nort east corner). Finally leads to Paradevata avarana karma which is not any where followed. This is followed by sampradaya pushpanjali and manadala archana where dasamahavidyas are worshipped . finnaly visualising your body as prapancha ,universal body. Here above the bindu pancha shoonya is also worshipped as Mahachandakali avarana . Srishti sthithi samahara anakahya and bhasa are done according to the stages of sadhana at meppad . meppad has both dakshinamoorthy and anadabhairava influence .
The pancha makaras and three bhavas of the tradition .
Pashu bahava is the first one which is called dakshinachara . sadhaka starats his journey by pashu bhavaafter shaktabhishekam purely in dakshinachara which is a practice by anaukalpa (substitutes acoording to shakta tantra). The he enters into veerabhava after kaulabhishekam or poornabhishaekam where he practice the real panchatattwa to overcome some higher hindrance for Samadhi. From there into karma deeksha he reaches a stage od Divya bhava which is the third bhava which leads higher knowledge and make his soul divine through kauliki kriyaa and merges into para state , where he don’t practice any exteranal rituals . just diving deep inside in the ocean of knowledge which leads moksha . he leaves everything completely detached .in deep silence by consuming his tounge is meat and oozing out of amrita fromhis body is wine for him and he only called kaulika. Other who still get attached to panchatattwas and claims its only way for enlightment is called paghanti kaulikas. The journey from jiva shiva to parashiva through three bhavas of panchamakara and different three upayas like anavopaya, shaktopaya ,shambhavopaya and finaly Guru upaya is Nadantas tradition. Tradition follow the most secretive sadhana called Anuttara. Nadanta started from stula ropa sadhana to Mantratmika roopa and now practices chaitanya roopa to enter into Turiya roopa