About nadanta anandanatha saraswathikkal - 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 Para devata inspired him discover his hidden self. Swamijis strong traditional practice is rooted in the shakta sampradaya which follows kaulamarga. Born in Veera shakta kula tradition, Shoolini 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 Sri janaki Amma taught him basics of spirituality and initiated him into bhakti marga, was initiated by his mother into sreekrishana sadhana,mali bhagavata parayana and Subrahmanya sadhana .He was blessed by Guru guha the Divine master (Guru) of his mothers family tradition. Nadantas Father Sri Karunakaran master Initiated him in to Navaratri Ardhana . 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
Nadantas basic education started in chinmaya bhalabhavan, this 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 and also for his Urdwapundraka on his head with sandal wood paste . Nadanta later 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 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 inside to sharabeswara by the age of 15 yrs and got darshan of Family Naga. During his college years he started loosing his bhakti marga and during his tech education he met major two wheeler accident . His second janama began by hearing the name kollur and his durga pedant with the stains of blood was given back to him . mean while he lost his father his guru and his freinfd, The worst happened to him physicaly ,financialy and mentally which brought him in to great vairagya which made him great Sadhaka. Later he became great Gayatri upasaka by finishing mahapurascharana. He choosed the path of mantrikam which was family tradition and also learned Ayurveda from his fathers elder brother Sreedharan vaidyar .Nadanta practiced kerala mantrika of meppad which belongs to 18 sampradaya, kaplingodan vayi of panchamoorthies, kalladikoduvayi of mlavara moorthies , vannamoyi and peruvannamoyi to shabar mantras of north and finally ended up into Brahmavidya tradition.
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 , surrendering 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 . Nadanta 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 later some guidance from krishna pitarar. He was also blessed the darshan of avadhoot down the temple. later he learned veeramarga from his Grandfathers paramapra and practiced it at Meppad kalari temple , from grandfathers second son ( fathers elder brother) he learned Dhanwantari sadhana, practiced little Ayurveda and Siddha .He also aquired wisdom from kerala shankara parampara , 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 private bank , and he have worked with MNC in sale management, HR & channel develeopment .He qiut his job as Manager level in 2010 and turned completely into spirituality.
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 Poornabhishekam .with divine blesings Higher deekshas where obtained from siddha mandal Astrally . Lord Dattatreya himself came in the form of unmatta and gave him manuscripts of urdhwamnaya dyana and mantra. Nadanta practiced sadhana using vijaya,brahmanda kapalam, 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 kriya 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
nadanta rebuilted meppad madom for his shishyas .After installing Dattatreya in Bramara Guha nadanta first remembered hi karana guru for Srividya Ganganandnatha from baskaracharya Lineage , 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.Even though madom was rebuilted for students , goddess liked to remain as Gupta and Dattaguhalayam slowly became a place for nadantas gupta sadhana , slowly students started vanishing and nadanta became alone for some period . 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 place 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 a great experiance of siddha yogi. This is the place whwere Nadanta used to share practical knowledge of 23years 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
History of Guru Tradition - Urdwamnaya Peeta
Normally Sri means it immedietly connect us to Lakshmi .When we look in to Haritayana Samhita and Brahmandapurana Sri is related to mahatripurasundari , lakshmi has worshipped Tripura and attained the boon from Sundari that she wil be known by Sri . Sri means Auspicious or immense radiance .Tripurasundari is most radiating and auspicious that is why she is called Srividya .She is Also called Brahmavidya because she gives the same brahma jnana which is attained by vairagaya or tapas . She removes all your sorrows by giving Atma jnana knowledge of self even you are in materialy attached world .Pashankusha danurbana ya eva veda sa Shokam Tarati . hence she is called Atmavidya .Srividya can give both material and spiritual fruits when practiced with proper understanding. Attainnig Atma jnana Self knowldge which leads to nirvana even staying in pure material world by fullfilling desires is posible only in Srimahatripurasundari Sadhana. So she is the most randiant and Auspicious and called Srividya and her tradition is Srividya Sampradya.
"Yatrasthi Bhogo na cha tatra Moksha ,yatrasti moksho na cha tatra bhoga
Srisundari Sevana tatparanam bhogascha mokshascha karastha Eva "
Meppad sampradaya Tradition started thousands of years back when Siddha yogeeswar who was Brahma vidya upasaka only in a kaupinam walked over the valapattanam river in cannanore district and entered place called Azhikkal, much to the surprise of the local people.On his journey over the river near to valapattanam fort . The great yogi called the king of Kolaswaroopam as “Ottavalukaran”, meaning the king who has a sword with hole .Kings attendants informed him that a young ascetic in kaupinam and hairs tied up with ezhuthani peirced in hair has called him ottavalu(sword with hole).The king asked his attendents to bring ascetic to his palace. The ascetic was brought to the palace by the army chiefs who belongs Chengunni murikencherry. Family of kelu Nayanar. King Asked the ascetic to show hole on the Sword. Ascetic pulled one hair from his shikha and pushed it through a minute hole in the sword and with a gentle smile “A king should have Sookshma Drishti , Only then he will be able to see and analyse many things around him” uttered the great yogi. The Raja was not convinced. He thought that the ascetic was just a magician who played a trick on him.He told the ascetic that if he has real powers or “Siddhis” he has to defeat his palace Mantrika . In the fight between palace mantrika and ascetic , The great yogi used spelled danurvidya mantras and just put kilakam with the ezhutani by which Every one in the palace felt paralyzed by the magic spell by the young ascetic.The King felt angry and humiliated but he pretend like having bhakti. In his mind he planned another test for the young ascetic .He requested the young ascetic to do upacharam to his kula Devata by performing Guruti tarpanam. Normally the vessel used for performing the Guruti tarpanam will be small. After the tarpanam the person performing the tarpanam has to turn the vessel upside down indicating the culmination of the ritual. The king ordered his attendants to get a huge cauldron for guruti which was pulled by elephant and kept for Guruti tarpanam. The King thought that the guru will fail miserably in performing the tarpana. Ascetic performed the guruti tarpana to the mother godess of kolaswaroopam chanting a shloka called mantra gadyam and invoked the goddess and by finishing the tarpana he called Devi “Amme Sri porkali Dushta nigraha Chandi, Chamunda”The mother goddess appeared on the urali(cauldron) and it broke into two . Seeing this the king of kolaswaroopam ,the army cheif , and the and others bowed him and praised him as Shiva .The King Praised him and accepted him as his Gurukkal . But the yogi vanished from there. Searching the young ascetic, king finally found him in kanavam forest. He was living with his brother another young ascetic in hermitage . King went and met him with honour and asked him to support him to protect his kingdom from enemy threats he was facing . Elder ascetic yogi send his younger brother who also was the yogi to help the king , the younger won with his magical power and war tactics saved the king . Theses ascetic brothers actually introduced double stranded urumies .The king gave them dana of the place where they lived . But later want some ot that back because present kottiyur was situated in that land .But the ascetic who were Brahma kshatriyas told that they will never give the dana back or the king has to fight and get it back . Later They brought new dyanasty to take care of the present dana place and this was the rise of kottayam raja vamsa . After that they vanished from there and laterspend rest of life on a hilly forest on the banks of river valapattanam. present meppad madom is the place where the elder ascetic lived and meppad kalari is where he vanished in yoga agani. Nadanta rebuilded meppad mutt and practiced meppad tradition.
Last two prominent spiritual Figures from the tradition was Shri Kammaran Gurukkal( Shishya of Madhava Swamikkal) , Prakshananda swamikkal (shishya of Shri Ramananda swamikkal of Durveswar mutt ,kasi .Prakashanada swamikkal was Guru of Bhagavata ratna kallayi vishnu nampoodiri and author of gayatrimantratha prakashika, Sadhan bodhini a beautiful translation of Bagavat geeta, Shata rudriyam,Tatwanusandhanam, Srutisarasamudharanam and many books published by Sri Ramakrishna Ashram) who was vedanti, samayachri and Aryavaidya. They are followed by Swami nadanta anandanatha saraswati (shishya of Amritanandanatha )great practictioner and teacher of srividya .
The relation and the practice of srividya with Chirakkal Raja family continued till the time of chirakkal Ramamvarma valiya raja and Meppad Valiya Raman Gurukkal.
Meppad kammaran gurukkal granfather of Arjunan gurukkal was great tantric who was born in Traditional Shakta family who great sadhaka of jagadatri and Srividya ,he was famous practiced Mantrikam (ashtakarmas)and Vaidyam( Ayurveda ).Its heard this family was brought/given rights by Parusharama. Very yong age he was well versed in sankrit and practiced mantra ,tantra ,yoga etc . He took poorna deeksha in srividy under Madhavacharya swamikkal of Parippayi Sampradaya and one mandalam sat inside the Meppad mantrashala/mantrika kalari for attaining siddhi. Last day astabhairavas came in front of him and tried to stop his japam. Devi appeared in the form of shoolini Durga and told Ashta bhairava he is her son and blessed him with siddhi. He travelled different places to learn different tradition and met different gurus. Till the age of 40 he practiced many vidyas and became great tantric.He married at the age of 40yrs. To protect dharma he has shown many siddhis .He was also very good healer. Helped many by removing foreign energies from them (bhada mukti). he also stopped and removed lot of unwanted practices which caused trouble for the society.He has done lot of Peeta pratishta. In deep meditation he was blessed with formula of ayurveda medicine called maharasnadi which was very famous in his place. As per the request of his bhaktas he travelled to different parts of country to do spiritual services. What ever dakshina he got he used for the public ,like building school, making ayurveda/siddha medicines. For his daily living he had paddy ,cocnut and Areconut farming .He also had big gaushala where he collected milk for making ayurvedic medicine. His name reflects even in kerala Educational Rule
Meppad gurukkal Lived his Later ages in ParvathyNilayam as Grihasta Avadhoot . This house was three storage building with big wel and a big Goshala.This house was also support for many poor family, every day parvathy amma used to serve food for poor in the back courtyard of the house. Gurukkal had huge paddy feild where he cultivated paddy and other items fom which they used to contribute apart for the poor. Nadanta also was grown up here. Gurukkal was sitting in the courtyard and little Nadanta was playing . Gurukkal asked whos son is this . His wife parvathy Amma told this is karunakarans son. Karunakaran was Gurukkals 8th child. Gurukkal asked to bring the child and he sat him on the lap and laughed by hugging him, juice of beatel leaf dropped on the head of nadanta . The first blessing or deeksha happend here. After few days Gurukkal had his Samadi
School Bulided By Meppad Kammaran Gurukkal for the Public. Gurukkal walked house to house and compelled every body to join school . majority of females was not educated at the time in the village. Girls where given chance to get educated by Gurukkal . He compelled and forced the families to send their children to get educated. He gave Akshara abyasam to the Maha vidya upadesham to the deserved.This was one of the school which was famous for Navaratri aradhana , vidyarambam , Saraswati puja and Grantha Puja. After kammran Guurkkal , His Elder Son continued the short version of Aradhana . Before his death the manuscript kept for this was given to Nadanta as he was shakti sadhaka.