Mode of worship of different gods in specially drawn lotus figures ||30||
1Narada said: One has to worship Brahma in the lotus at the centre, the lotus-navelled (Vishnu) with all his retinue in the east, the nature (primordial matter) in the lotus in the south-east and the supreme spirit in the lotus in the south.
2(One has to worship) the fire-god (in the lotus) at the south of the supreme spirit, the wind-god in the south-west and west, the sun in the lotus of the moon, the Rg-(Veda) and Yajur-(Veda) in the lotus of the lord.
3-4Indra and other gods are to be worshipped in the sixteen (lotuses) in the second (row) then, (along with) the Sama-(veda), Atharva (veda), sky, wind, lustre, water, earth, mind, ear, skin, (and) eye. One should also worship the tongue, nose, (the worlds) Bhu, (and) Bhuva.
5-7Having worshipped (the worlds) Mahas, Janas, Tapas (and) Satya and (also the sacrifices) Agni§toma, Atyagnistoma, Uktha, Shodasi, Vajapeya, Atiratra, one has to worship Aptoryama, mind, intellect, ego, sound, touch, colour, taste, (and) smell in order in twenty-four lotuses. (One has to worship) the soul, ego, the lord of the mind, (and) the sound principle of the primordial matter.
8-9(One should then worship) the images of Vasudeva and others, having worshipped the (following) ten—the soul, mind, ear, skin, eye, tongue, nose, speech, hand, (and) foot in thirty-two lotuses. One has to worship these in the fourth enclosure along with their attendants and retinue.
10Having worshipped the anus and penis one has to worship the lords of the twelve months as well as the twenty’s ix forms commencing with Purusottama in the external enclosure.
11Among these the Lords of the months are to be worshipped in the lotus of the disc. Then the eight, six, five or four (total twenty-three) principles of the primordial matter (are to be worshipped) in another (lotus).
12-13Then one has to dust in a drawn circular altar. (You) hear. The pericarp should be of yellow colour, and all the lines equal and white. (They) should be two cubits long and one thumb in breadth. Half the length are white. The joints (should be coloured) white, black or dark blue.
14The filaments should be red and yellow coloured. The corners should be filled with red. The yogic seat should be bedecked with any of the colours according to one’s own desire.
15The pathway is decorated with canopy of creepers and leaves. The entrance to the altar (should be painted) white, bright-red and yellow.
16Ornamentation of all the white corners (is done) with blue (colour). It has been said that the altar bhadraka should be filled (with the colours) and in this way the other (altars) are filled.
17The three corners should be decorated with pale, red and black, the two corners with red and yellow (and) the centre of the circle by black.
18The black (coloured) radii (should be decorated) by yellow and red, the circumference with red, the lines outside (being drawn) in white, brown, red, black and yellow.
19The powder of rice (is) white. The dust of saffron is red. It (becomes) yellow with turmeric. From burnt grains (we get) black (colour).
20(It becomes) black with sami leaves and other (leaves). By the repetition of the basic mystic letters lakh times and of the basic syllables four lakh times, a lakh of mystic learning is accomplished.
21Ten thousand times of the science of intellect and thousand times of the hymns (are repeated). The purification of the self by means of a lakh of the basic syllables is done prior to this.
22Then with another lakh, the basic syllable would get established. It has been well advocated that oblation of the mystic letters is similar to the prior service.
23The prior service has been advocated to be performed with a tenth part of the mystic syllables. The monthly austerity has to be performed with the preparatory mystic syllable.
24The left foot should be placed on the ground and the donation should not be accepted. In this way by the repetition, twice or thrice (one gets) mediocre and excellent accomplishments.
25I shall describe the (mode of) contemplation of the mystic syllable, by which (one gets) the benefits got from the basic syllable. The gross form is composed of sound and is laid down as the outward deity.
26The subtle form composed of lustre becomes the mental (figure) made up of thoughts in the heart. That (form) which is beyond thinking, is declared as the supreme.
27The potential of the bear, lion and other forms are principally gross. The form of Vasudeva is declared as that beyond the reach of thought.
28The other forms are remembered always as existing in the thoughts of the heart. The gross (form) is said to be vairaja (belonging to Brahman) and the subtle form would be marked.
29-32The form beyond thought is declared as that of Isvara (the lord). One has to contemplate on the lustrous, undecaying consciousness residing in the lotus of the heart, (namely) the basic letter, the soul of the basic letter of the shape of a kadamba flower. Just a lamp lies obstructed inside the pitcher, so also the lord of the mystic syllable lies restrained in the heart. There are many holes in the pitcher. The beams of the light come out through them. In the same way the beams of the mystic letters come out through the tubular organs. Then uniting themselves with the power of the deity they exist in the body.
33The tubular organs, having come out from the heart, come within the ken of the sense of sight. Among those (tubular organs) the two tubular organs Agni and Soma are (those which) remain at the tip of the nose.
34Then having conquered the wind in the body the reciter of the basic syllable engaged in the repetition and contemplation enjoys the benefits of the basic syllable.
35With the gross elements and subtle principles purified, contented (and) practising yoga (one) gets anima etc. (Remaining) detached and depending on the lord of the soul one gets free from the gross elements and subtle principles and seizure of the organs.