Wednesday, March 1, 2017


There are various aids to communication between our physical world and the inner world of    Devas and Gods. One of the most celebrated of these is the crystal. Hindus recognize "crystal power" in the traditional use of gems (most of which are crystals) in temples.    The most famous example is found in Chidambaram, South India.  Here the Siva Lingam for daily worship is a small quartz crystal, while the most celebrated image is the six-inch ruby Siva Nataraj brought out on special occasions. The Sanskrit term for a crystal is sphatika, as in sphatikalingam. It is interesting to note the word Kailasa is derived from Kelaasa which means Crystal and hence the sanctity attached to Crystal or Sphatika Lingas.
Gurudeva, Sivaya  Subramaniyaswami, explains that crystals are a means to transmit thoughts and energies between the Devaloka and our physical plane. Thus a crystal Siva Lingam, such as the very large one installed in the Kadavul Hindu Temple in Hawaii, will amplify the normal interaction of these two worlds brought about by the worship of the image. He recommends a small crystal lingam for a Saivite's home altar which, properly treated and cared for, can facilitate contact with the guardian devas of the home.
Crystals were a big part of the New Life Expo held in San Francisco in recent years. They were put forward for a bewildering number of uses: growing gardens, contacting spirit guides, opening the Saraswara Chakra, becoming successful in business, healing, psychic protection, thought transference, increasing the memory, reading the Aakasic records--to name just a few.
In his book "Cosmic Crystals: Crystal Consciousness and the New Age," (Turnstone Press Ltd., England) Ra Bonewitz gives a typical explanation of crystals: "All of the energies of the crystal are in perfect balance, both the spiritual and physical...When energy passes through a natural crystal, it becomes harmonized with it...It is this tendency of crystals to balance energy that provides the mechanism through which transformation takes place, and this natural tendency of crystals to transform energy applies at spiritual as well as the mundane levels of energy.
"In practical terms, if the energies embodied by the user of the crystal are not quite in balance and harmony, there will be a natural tendency in the crystal to correct and rebalance any energies   which the person sends through the crystal. This, then, is a tendency to focus more precisely the user's energy, and often gives the impression that the crystal has amplified this energy."
Another popular writer on the subject, Deal Walker, adds a more metaphysical explanation: "The crystal is a corridor between the physical dimension and the dimensions of the mind. We can use it to communicate with minerals, plants and animals. We can also communicate with intelligence outside the physical dimension. We can talk to angels, talk to masters, teachers, healers. Many of these have great wisdom to impart. They are eager to do so, but cannot until you have the means to listen. Some people have their inner hearing open and can and do receive. Others need help. The crystal can be the means to enable you to communicate."
Crystal healing involves placing different types of crystals - quartz, azurite, amethyst, Celestine etc.-in arrangements on each of a person's seven chakras (Kundalini). Katrina Raphael says, "Crystal healing will prove to be the most powerful method of healing not only the body, but also in relieving ailments of the mind and heart which cause physical dis-ease."
An exciting development for crystal buffs has been the recent (1986) mining of "awesomely large quartz crystals"-five to seven feet in length and weighing in at 7,000 to 8,500 pounds. Called "The Earth-keepers," they are thought to contain knowledge which will awaken the entire human race to its divine past. One of these would make a sphatikalingam worthy of Tanjore Temple!
 “The Panchamukha Linga found in Nepal, Jambukeswarm near Trichy, Aihole in Western India and some other places expresses the emerging of the four faces of Siva from the four sides of Linga, the fifth Oordhwa Mukha being represented as formless.  Panchaanana is none other than Pancha Brahman hailed in Upanishads.   While this is true of a Linga made of any material, there is a special significance attaching to the Sphatika Linga, a Linga made of quartz. While the abhisheka water is poured on it, the Linga is hardly visible through it, its colorless form being completely lost in that of water which flows over it. When colored substance like Sandal paste or vermillion or a colorful flower are placed on it, it takes on the colors of those substances though it has no color of its own. Thus the Sphatika Linga is taken as the best representation of the Nirguna Brahman of Upanishads, the attribute-less all-pervading Parmaatman who, for our sake, takes on qualities and exhibits Himself as the Saguna Brahman” says HH Chandrasekharendra Saraswati in his address on Moorti Puja or Image Worship.
A unique property of crystals is their "personality." Each has a different vibration and people can relate better to some crystals than to others. People often become attached to their crystals. Walker advises, "Treat your crystal as a dear and precious friend; know it is a living entity. Treat it with love and care and it will reward you with a lifetime of service."
As with any physical object used for mystical purposes, there can be both "higher'" and "lower" intentions in its use. Any method capable of contacting the higher worlds can contact the lower as well. Also, once an object is taken and used for Hindu worship, the worship must be continued or the object must be disposed of through certain rites. It is incorrect to simply ignore it because negative, demonic forces will begin to use the object as soon as regular worship is biased. Western writers often warn about this, saying misuse of crystals led to the destruction of the ancient civilization of Atlantis.
Crystal healing is pseudoscience alternative technique that has a healing powers not based on scientific claim. Crystal therapy involves placing gem stones on the body to draw out negative energy. Therefore it is a metaphysical subject turning inwards and not outwards. Sankha (Conch) and bell in temples vibrate  OM  for long and fill the atmosphere with divine power an act of sustenance aspect of Vishnu. Both Christianity and Islam have adapted the divine sound AMEN and AMINE. They turn inwards and act like crystal but do not have the power, sustenance and merging with the surroundings and atmosphere. There are lots of scientific explanations as to its magical spell as described in my discourse. Any how I am not Sankaracharya. Please go through HH wisdom thoughts sent through Bala our active participant who always enjoys crystal, Tulsi and Rudram beads on his neck  helping him in Bhajan concerts when he forgets a word or two or during his long meditation On Rudra.   I accept whatever Supreme Spirit wills and I  feel no need for external influences or show and I deal with Him on One-to-one basis.
I again feel first I have to focus on aspect of Vishnu with swaadhyaya,   and satsanga and then turn inwards having crystal mala for a sure leap, for  Siva is too easy to please and a situation may arise like Bhasmasura! I don't believe you need an explanation. Siva is good for quick fix, Vishnu is too complicated! It all started with coaxing him with 1000 and odd names. Then other Gods too wanted their Sahasranamams including Saibaba. I am comfortable with “Om Tad Braham tad Vaayu  Tad Aaatmaa tat Satyam Tat Sarvam  Tat Purornamah” .  Our religious authors have even made an artifact out of Sat-Chit Ananda. So we chant Sat-Chit-Aananda Vigrahaaya Namah. I simply repeat after the priest as my parents told me without taxing my brain.
Who recoded Vishnu Sahasranamam? Once way back in 1940s or 50s someone was interviewing Maha Periyava (Swami Chandrasekharendra Sarswati).  That gentleman was recording the interview using a tape recorder. Periyavaa then posed a question.
“Does anyone know which was the oldest tape recorder known?”  Nobody was able to answer. Then Maha Periyavaa asked another question: “How did Vishnu Sahasranamam come to us?” Someone said Bheeshma gave it to us. All agreed. Then Maha Periyavaa posed another question: “When all were listening to Bheeshma on the battlefield, who took notes at Kurukshetra?”
Again silence.
Maha Periyavaa explained… When Bheeshma was glorifying Krishna with Sahasranamam everyone was looking at him including Krishna and Vyasa.  After he finished the 1000 Namas all opened their eyes.  The first to react was Yudhistirar.  He said, ‘Pithamaha has chanted 1000 glorious names of Vasudeva.  All of us listened but none of us have noted it down.  The sequence is lost’.  Then all turned to Krishna and asked for His help.  As usual He said, ‘I also was listening like the rest of you.  What can we do?’ Then all beseeched Krishna to help them recover the precious rendition.  Then Krishna said, ‘It can only be done by Sahadeva and Vyasa will write it down.’ Everyone wanted to know how Sahadeva could do it. Krishna replied, ‘Sahadeva is the only one amongst us wearing SUDDHA SPHATIKAM.  If he prays to Shiva and does dhyanam he can convert the SPHATIKA into waves of sound and Vyasa can write it down.  [I believe Swamiji should have been a  good scientist  before entering into ascetic].
Then, both Sahadeva and Vyasa, sat in the same place,   where Bheeshma had recited the Sahasranamam.  Sahadeva started the dhyanam to recover the sound waves from the Sphatika. The nature of Sphatika is that it will capture sounds in a calm environment which can be got back with proper dhyanam of Maheswara who is Swethambara and SPHATIKA. VSN says Easwaro Uvacha!  So, the world’s earliest tape recorder is this SPHATIKA which gave us the wonderful Vishnu Sahasranama.   When Maha Periyavaar explained this all were stunned…  From the Sphatika recording, the grantha (script) came to us through Vyasa.
If you've got a quartz watch, piezoelectricity is what helps it keep regular time. If you've been writing a letter or an essay on your computer with the help of voice recognition software, the microphone you spoke into probably used piezoelectricity to turn the sound energy in your voice into electrical signals your computer could interpret. If you're a bit of an audiophile and like listening to music on vinyl, your gramophone would have been using piezoelectricity to "read" the sounds from your LP records. Piezoelectricity (literally, "pressing electricity") is much simpler than it sounds: it just means using crystals to convert mechanical energy into electricity or vice-versa. 
I would like to recall your memory to my earlier discourse on World’s first gramophone plate recording.  I would not like to go into its detail here  other than reproducing the World Press report which I did not refer at that time but later added as an Appendix on the Blog. Please refer to my discourse:

 “When Edison invented the gramophone record, which could record human voice for posterity, he wanted to record the voice of an eminent scholar on his first piece. For that he chose Prof. Max Muller of Germany, another great personality of the 19th century. He wrote to Max Muller saying, "I want to meet you and record your voice. When should I come?"
Accordingly, Edison took a ship and went to England. He was introduced to the audience. All cheered Edison’s presence. Later at the request of Edison, Max Muller came on the stage and spoke in front of the instrument. Then Edison went back to his laboratory and by afternoon came back with a disc. He played the gramophone disc from his instrument. The audience was thrilled to hear the voice of Max Muller from the instrument. They were glad that voices of great persons like Max Muller could be stored for the benefit of posterity.
After several rounds of applause and congratulations to Thomas Alva Edison, Max Muller came to the stage and addressed the scholars and asked them, "You heard my original voice in the morning. Then you heard the same voice coming out from this instrument in the afternoon. Did you understand what I said in the morning or what you heard this afternoon?"
The audience fell silent because they could not understand the language in which Max Muller had spoken. It was `Greek and Latin' to them as they say. But had it been Greek or Latin, they would have definitely understood because they were from various parts of Europe. It was in a language which the European scholars had never heard.
Max Muller then explained what he had spoken. He said that the language he spoke was Sanskrit and it was the first sloka of Rig Veda, which says "Agni meele purohitam." This was the first recorded public version on the gramophone plate.
Why did Max Muller choose this? Addressing the audience he said, "Veda-s are the oldest text of the human race. And "Agni meele purohitam" is the first verse of Rig Veda. In the most primordial time, when the people did not know how even to cover their bodies and lived by hunting and housed in caves, Indians had attained high civilization and they gave the world universal philosophies in the form of the Veda-s.”
When “Agni meele purohitam” was replayed the entire audience stood up in silence as a mark of respect for the ancient Hindu sages. This verse means:
 Oh Agni, You who gleam in the darkness, To You we come day by day, with devotion and bearing homage. So be of easy access to us, Agni, as a father to his son, abide with us for our well-being."
(Source World Press reporting on first pamphlet published by HMV about its first recording.)

“Harih Om! Agnimeelae puroehitam yajnasyadeva mritvijam | hoetaara(g)m   ratnadhaatamam Harih Om!”                             
Hail! & Glory! To Agni Deva! He, the Lord of the Yajnyas in Whom all our karmas culminate; He who is to be worshipped without fail at the junction of each seasonal time cycle of the year; He who has been present from time immemorial before the commencement of life of every Jeeva (Aatman); He who is helpful to every one for no reason; He who delivers the food offered in the sacrificial fires to the respective divines; He who grants the sublime knowledge and divine happiness that are like precious gems in life; He who stays at the tip of life and draws and attracts the devotees to Himself, I pray to that great Paramaatma who is in the form of Agni and I sing in praise to His endless and eternal glories.