Bhairava/Bhairavi is the tantric term for people, both male, and female who are the followers of the tantric path of Siddha dharma. In yoga, a yoga practitioner is called yogi, in Vaishnava, the worshipper of the lord is called Bhaktas similarly in Tantra Bhairava/Bhairavi are those who have voluntarily chosen the path of tantra and have been accepted as same by His Holiness Kaulantak Peethadhishwara Mahasiddha Ishaputra.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Bhairava/Bhairavi as a sobriquet/reference
- 3 Siddha Dharma and Bhairava/Bhairavi
- 4 Procedure for being Bhairava/Bhairavi
- 5 Standards and levels for being a Bhairava/Bhairavi
- 6 Termination of the reference/sobriquet Bhairava/Bhairavi
- 7 Claims of being a Bhairavi/Bhairavi for reference
- 8 Bhairava/Bhairavi is not delegated authority
- 9 Free Bhairava/Bhairavi Diksha to be conducted every year
- 10 Bhairav/Bhairavi title to be the subject of yearly review and scrutiny
- 11 Types of Bhairav/Bhairavi both reference and title
- 12 Hierarchy of “Siddha Dharma”
- 13 Duties prescribed by the primary and secondary hierarchy
- 14 Criticism and complaints from the Bhairava/Bhairavis
The word “Bhairava” is derived from the word “भय” (fear) and रव (subdue). The synthesis of both words gives the meaning that Bhairava is the destroyer of fear or one who subdues fear. Bhairava is the male tantric practitioner while Bhairavi is the female practitioner.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the Bhairava/Bhairavi has a dual meaning. Primarily, it means the tantric deity manifested from Lord Shiva and Shakti and secondarily it means tantra practitioner.
Thirdly, the “Siddha Dharma” considers Bhairava and Bhairavi the same and one. Since, Shiva and Shakti form ardhanarishwara (half man half woman), similarly Bhairava and Bhairavi are one and the same. The Bhairava is the manifestation of Shiva while Bhairavi, the manifestation of Shakti. Therefore, “Siddha Dharma” doesn’t discriminate between Bhairava and Bhairavi.
Bhairava/Bhairavi as a sobriquet/reference
As per “Siddha Dharma”, Bhairava/Bhairavi is sobriquet/reference and it is also a tantric post which is only achieved through “Bhairav Diksha”. It is used as a reference purpose in the meaning that they have subdued fear and desire that is inherent in them. Our mind is run through triggers. The most essential triggers of the mind are fear and desire. Fear and desire is also a source of pain and pleasure. The ultimate fear in the universe is the fear of death and the ultimate desire in this world is the pursuit of happiness or pleasure. A Bhairava/Bhairavi walks in the path to tantrically master both and transcend them i.e. to attain the “Gunatita” state (beyond attributes).
The Bhairava/Bhairavi sobriquet/reference is given not because they have already mastered both fear and desire in them but because they are in the path of doing so. Therefore, the sobriquet/reference doesn’t reflect accomplishment rather it reflects the path they purse. They can either accomplish or wither away. It is up to their dedication to perfect it.
Siddha Dharma and Bhairava/Bhairavi
As per “Siddha Dharma”, it calls everyone as Bhairava/Bhairavi and not by their names because it recognizes them to have chosen the “Siddha Dharma” path for their development. The choice is made through the free consent because “Siddha Dharma” never either forcefully or through duress empowers or initiates people into the path of dharma. It only initiates those people who choose the “Siddha Dharma” through their free will and then consent to accept the moral standards of being a Bhairava/Bhairavi. The final authority of accepting someone as Bhairava/Bhairavi ultimately resides upon “Siddha Dharma” but if any doubt persists in acceptance, the final authority is His Holiness Mahasiddha Ishaputra.
Procedure for being Bhairava/Bhairavi
The “Siddha Dharma” doesn’t ask anyone to become their Bhairava and Bhairavi. The sobriquet/reference as Bhairava and Bhairavi are only achieved when they take a proper initiation from the hands of His Holiness Mahasiddha Ishaputra. The “Siddha Dharma” through International Kaulantak Siddha Vidhya Peeth trust (IKSVP) based on its MOA (memorandum of association) and AoA (articles of association) legally organizes monthly Diksha camp and courses.
The IKSVP then publishes the schedule of Diksha camp in its website and social media portals. The advertised or published material doesn’t mean that it is an offer for people from our side but an invitation to treat. The people who wish to join us makes offer to us and when we agree to their offers, we ask them to proceed to other formalities and when the formalities are completed, individuals are allowed to join our courses and camps and after the successful conclusion of their camp, they now receive the sobriquet/reference as Bhairava and Bhairavi so that we can reference them in the course of conversation.
Standards and levels for being a Bhairava/Bhairavi
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the Bhairava/Bhairavi also has its level and stages. There are three stages of Bhairava/Bhairavi. They are as
Jigyanshu (जिज्ञासु) or seeker
As per “Siddha Dharma”, it is the first step of being a Bhairava/Bhairavi. People who receive initiation for the first time fall in the level of jigyanshu. The achievement of both ten dikshas and minimum 1 year affiliation, they are considered as jigyanshu because the 10 Diksha period and minimum ten months period is their probation period to decide if “Siddha Dharma” is compatible with their temperament, lifestyle, philosophy etc. or not.
The “Siddha Dharma” gives supreme freedom for the seekers to choose their path for themselves. It doesn’t ask the seekers to pursue further dikshas. The decision is made by the individuals within their own capacity of conscience. Normally, we do not reject seeker in their probation period but only if they perform actions which defeats the spirit and purpose of “Siddha Dharma”.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, only seekers who have transcended the seeker period are eligible for “Bhairav/Bhairavi” diksha which is discusses somewhere below. Any people failing the probation period are not entitled for Bhairav/Bhairavi diksha but only the reference/sobriquet as “Bhairava/Bhairavi”.
Nath (नाथ) or master of their senses
As per “Siddha Dharma”, when the seeker level is surpassed and if the individuals decide from their own conscience to pursue “Siddha Dharma”, they are free to do so or if they wish to opt out, they are similarly free to do so. The “Siddha Dharma” doesn’t advocate or favor any people nor inspires people to choose us. We let the seekers make decisions based on their own conscience.
After the completion of ten dikshas or after the completion of 10 month probation period, the individuals can affix “nath” to their names. The “nath” suffix in the name is not to be confused with the “nath” suffix of Nath lineage. We hold no alliance to them. We only share common gurus and gurumandala.
Normally, “Bhairav Diksha” for individuals who have completed ten diksha is organized but it ultimately rests upon the authority of “Siddha Dharma” to pursue it or not.
The “Siddha Dharma” also gives supreme freedom for the individuals at this level who are affiliated, to either accept or renounce based on their free will and conscience.
Siddha (सिद्ध) or perfection of “Siddha Dharma”.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, after completion of both, minimum thirty five dikshas and the time span of 36 months or 3 years in affiliation, the “Siddha Dharma” then recognizes individuals as “Siddha”. The “Siddha” is a term not to be confused with siddha or the perfected being but one who has perfected the siddha dharma.
In the above levels, the individuals have to achieve both minimum diksha level and minimum time of affiliation. For instance, if a person is affiliated with “Siddha Dharma” for 4 years but has only reached nine diksha then the individual falls in seeker level.
The “Siddha Dharma” calls the individuals of the three levels as Bhairava/Bhairavi in good faith and not because they have attained the state. It believes in good faith that all individuals have the potency to attain the state of Bhairava/Bhairavi and therefore uses the word in good faith to respect the potency of all individual related to “Siddha Dharma”.
Termination of the reference/sobriquet Bhairava/Bhairavi
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the sobriquet of Bhairava/Bhairavi is always done in good faith and not in the form of achievement and title. It is done to respect the inherent spiritual potency of all humans. But “Siddha Dhamra” also terminates the sobriquet of Bhairava/Bhairavi when it feels that the individual performs an act that defeats the whole purpose of good faith and respect.
Secondly, it is the norms to call individuals who are initiated as Bhairava/Bhairavi because that is the term used but it doesn’t mean that the individuals will now possess the capacity to perform acts under the authority of Bhairava/Bhairavi outside and under the umbrella and tutelage of “Siddha Dharma”. It also doesn’t mean entitlement as Bhairava/Bhairavi. Therefore, even the reference as “Bhairav/Bhairavi” is exhausted if the individual fails the probation period.
The “Siddha Dharma” does not provide any sorts of authority to individuals to perform any acts on its behalf or behest unless specified by us in our online portal or website.
Claims of being a Bhairavi/Bhairavi for reference
As per “Siddha Dharma”, any individuals who have been initiated can call themselves Bhairava/Bhairavi for reference purpose only for conversation purpose within the IKSVP because it is how it refers the individuals. The hierarchies do not use the words like brothers, sisters, uncle, aunt, mister, master or through some ranks like carpenter, plumber, magistrate, peon, loader, laborer, chief minister etc. but only Bhairava and Bhairavi because of equality among everybody.
Every male irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, wealth, and political affiliation etc is called Bhairava whoever the person is because in “Siddha Dharma”, all men are Bhairava and nothing more or less. Similarly, all women irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, wealth and political affiliation are called Bhairavi because of equality. When both men and women come to “Siddha Dharma”, we assume they have shed all their worldly affiliation in search for wisdom. So, “Siddha Dharma” calls them Bhairava/Bhairavi. Furthermore, as mentioned before, the “Siddha Dharma” also doesn’t differentiate Bhairava and Bhairavi. Both are one and the same and also equal.
Therefore, whoever claims to be Bhairava/Bhairavi of “Siddha Dharma” simply implies that they were once initiated with us but it doesn’t mean they still are. Bhairava/Bhairavi is a reference word when calling and doesn’t imply any sorts of delegated authority from “Siddha Dharma”.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the word Bhairava/Bhairavi nowhere implies delegated authority, power on behalf and behest of the dharma. It doesn’t imply that they have received powers and authorities and they can carry out their propaganda in the name of “Siddha Dharma”. Reference to individuals as “Bhairava/Bhairavi” doesn’t necessarily mean delegated powers.
If individuals carry out any duties in the name of Bhairava/Bhairavi of “Siddha Dharma” and if they perform either merits or criminal works, they are themselves the bearer of the results and it falls within the domain of their own personal liability because “Siddha Dharma” doesn’t delegate powers to its Bhairava/Bhairavi to perform its works unless specified.
Free Bhairava/Bhairavi Diksha to be conducted every year
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the Bhairava/Bhairavi diksha will be conducted either by organizing camps or through sookshma diksha whichever the “Siddha Dharma” and IKSVP finds convenient. Only seekers who have completed both ten diksha and minimum one year probation time will be eligible for the diksha.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the title of “Bhairava/Bhairavi” can only be used without review or scrutiny by individuals when they have successfully been initiated into all fifty two Bhairava/Bhairavi diksha. Furthermore, every Bhairava/Bhairavi are evaluated based on their performance of prescribed duties to the dharma, devotional work, adherence of norms and rules. If the authority of “Siddha Dharma”, His Holiness Mahasiddha Ishaputra feels that any Bhairava/Bhairavi is not par with the standards then he can use his discretion not to impart the Bhairav Diksha to individuals who fail to maintain standards.
Bhairav/Bhairavi title to be the subject of yearly review and scrutiny
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the title of Bhairava/Bhairav is subjected to review and scrutiny every year. Referencing individuals as Bhairava/Bhairavi and entitling them as “Bhairava/Bhairavi” are two different subjects. The former is reference only but the latter is the title. Reference is done with good faith respecting all humans inert spiritual potency while title implies that the “Siddha Dharma” believes the title holders have reached a spiritual level beyond the level of seeker and who are willing to take their sadhanas and dikshas seriously. The review and scrutiny of reference level is performed accordingly.
As a form of review and scrutiny as the use of “Bhairav/Bhairavi” title, every year different form of Bhairava diksha is given to individuals free of cost as per their spiritual level. Only individuals who take yearly Bhairav/Bhairavi diksha can use the title. The validity of title is one year. The title is automatically continued with the next Bhairava Diksha. The rights of using title as “Bhairava/Bhairavi” automatically exhausted by individuals who fail to take subsequent yearly “Bhairav Diksha.”
To use the title “Bhairava/Bhairavi” permanently or without the subject of review and scrutiny, an individual should receive all fifty two dikshas of Bhairava. This would literally take an individual fifty two years to be entitled as “Bhairava/Bhairavi”.
But “Siddha Dharma” believes that the time period allotted depends solely on the dedication of sadhaka. If Mahasiddha Ishaputra believes that the person is eligible to be entitled Bhairava, His Holiness shall use his discretion to shorten the allotted time or anoint any person as “Bhairava/Bhairavi” subjected to the acceptance of gurumandala.
Types of Bhairav/Bhairavi both reference and title
As per “Siddha Dharma”, it has enlisted three types of Bhairav/Bhairavi
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the “Ongoing Bhairava/Bhairavis” are those individual both for reference or for title whose status are still intact and who are under yearly review and scrutiny. They are the one who are eligible to join monthly camps, offer their devotional service etc. They have to abide by the duties prescribed by the “Siddha Dharma” as failing to abide by the prescribed duties either makes you “Ex-Bhairava/Bhairavi” or “Banned Bhairava/Bhairavi”
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the “Ex-Bhairava/Bhairavis” are those individuals who through their own discretion opt out of the prescribed duties of the “Siddha Dharma” or for reference purpose, who do not surpass the seeker stage. The “Bhairava/Bhairavi” who fail the yearly review and scrutiny also will be termed as “Ex-Bhairava/Bhairavi”. The Ex-Bhairava/Bhairavi should quit by not burning bridges as “Siddha Dharma” allows them to rejoin.
Individuals who willingly quit the “Siddha Dharma” in good faith not causing harm to the dharma and others are also termed as “Ex-Bhairava/Bhairavis” but after they quit, if they are found spreading propagandas against IKSVP and “Siddha Dharma”, they would be banned for life.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the “Banned Bhairava/Bhairavis” are those individuals who have been banned by the “Siddha Dharma” in serious breach of their duty. One who perform wicked acts against the other Bhairava/Bhairavis like fraud, theft, misleading, criminal activities, inciting other Bhairav/Bhairavis to perform particular action which is not favorable for them etc will be banned by the IKSVP and would be labeled as “Banned Bhairava/Bhairava” and black marked so that the general public can be protected from those individuals who would use the name of “Siddha Dharma” to carry out their activities.
Furthermore, the individuals who bad mouth the hierarchy of “Siddha Dharma” both primary and secondary hierarchies, for instance abusing or cause to be abusing the guru mandala, devi/devtas etc. and also abusing Jyestha/Kanistha Kaulantak Peethadhishwari, His Holiness etc which is enlisted somewhere below will be banned from the “Siddha Dharma” with no chance of ever returning back.
The “Banned Bhairava/Bhairavi” has no ties to the “Siddha Dharma” whatsoever.
Hierarchy of “Siddha Dharma”
The “Siddha Dharma” follows and is solely based upon hierarchy. The supreme hierarchy of the “Siddha Dharma” is the hierarchy of lord Shiva, Ma Kurukulla and Gurumandala which includes Rishi/Munis, Siddhas etc. They are the primary hierarchy of “Siddha Dharma”.
The secondary hierarchy of the “Siddha Dharma” in this empirical world is as given below in sequence.
1) His Holiness Mahasidddha Ishaputra – Kaulantak Nath
2) Her Holiness Mahasiddha Priya Nath – Jyeshtha Kaulantak Peethadheeshwari
3) Her Holiness Ananya Nath – Kanishtha Kaulantak Peethadheeshwari
Duties prescribed by the primary and secondary hierarchy
As per the “Siddha Dharma”, the duties prescribed by “Siddha Dharma” are the duties prescribed by the primary hierarchy of Gurumandala and Rishi/Munis. Some of the duties prescribed by the primary hierarchy which are to observed compulsorily are
- Duty of every Bhairava/Bhairavi to respect the secondary hierarchy of the “Siddha Dharma” because the secondary hierarchy is chosen by the primary hierarchy for propounding dharma and spiritual educations to the Bhairava/Bhairavis.
- Duty of every Bhairava/Bhairavi to be presented before the secondary hierarchy in “Kaulachari Vastra”, the maroon color dhoti with yellow borders.
- Duty of every Bhairava/Bhairavi to prostrate before the idols of primary hierarchy as well as secondary hierarchy through “Guhya/Kaulachara Pranama”. It is a special salutation of reverence to the hierarchies.
- Duty of every Bhairava/Bhairavi to not question the hierarchy at all. Every Bhairava/Bhairavis are free to leave or disconnect them through their conscience from “Siddha Dharma” if they do not accept the hierarchy.
- Duty of every Bhairava/Bhairavi to never abuse both hierarchies of Siddha Dharma because that constitutes a grave sin.
- Duty of every Bhairava/Bhairavi to comply with rules and norms prescribed by the secondary hierarchy of His Holiness.
Criticism and complaints from the Bhairava/Bhairavis
As per “Siddha Dharma”, it is open to “constructive criticism” from its own Bhairava/Bhairavi but the process for criticism is to file a complaint and post it in the complaint section that the IKSVP prescribes through complaint box anonymously or in written form. The criticism and complaints shall be reviewed and if the “Siddha Dharma” believes that the acceptance of constructive criticism and following it is for the benefit of itself then it shall follow it immediately.
If the Bhairava/Bhairavi chooses social media portals for complaint or criticism then their status for reference or title as “Bhairava/Bhairavi” shall automatically be revoked and will be banned because internal matters are to be solved internally. If they do not avert to internal solution prima facie then their intention of defamation is well established and they are banned as recourse to sanctions.