“Kaulantak Peeth” is the land of the Siddhas and it has widely been known by the name “Siddhashram” i.e abode of the Siddhas, “Gyanagunj” etc. It is an extended area of the Himalayas where Guru Mandala resides. It is the Guru Mandala who is responsible for all the spiritual upliftment of the world. Whenever the Guru Madala feels that the society needs a new spiritual direction, it then sends its representation to the world so that the spiritualism can be revived. Kaulantak Peeth is incomplete without the presence of Guru Mandala. It is through them that Kaulantak Peeth becomes lively and worthful. Kaulantak Peeth devoid of Guru Mandala is only an extended barren land of the Himalayas and its outskirts.
Introduction of the Peeth
- 1 Introduction of the Peeth
- 2 Topography of Physical Kaulantak Peeth:
- 3 Some notable mentions in scriptures:
- 4 Guru/Sishya lineage:
- 5 His Holiness, Kaulantak Peethadhiswara “Mahayogi Satyendra Nath Ji Maharaj”:
- 6 Some notable Peethadhishwara:
- 7 Works of Kaulantak Peeth:
“Kaulantak Peeth” is predominantly a tantric Peeth but is also the abode of various other oriental wisdowms like Yoga, Karmakanda, Mantra, Ayurveda, Yuddha and Sastra Vidhya, Jyotish etc. Tantra holds the most prominent place among the wisdom forms. Tantra is practiced through “Kula” or “family”. There are more than 250 Kulas in the Himalayas which practices Tantra. “Kaulantak Peeth” also means (kula + antya) i.e the place where all Kulas end. It is like the Crown chakra on the forehead. The crown chakra has thousand spokes and similarly the Peeth also has the thousand mountain peaks. If Earth and Human body is to be compared, the crown chakra is the pinnacle of human existence while as the “Kaulantak Peeth” is the pinnacle and ultimate place of the whole civilization. Systematically, there is no difference. To reach the crown chakra, the “Kula Kundalini” has to pass through many chakras and when the “Kula Kundalini” shakti merges with the Shiva in Crown Chakra, the “Kula Kundalini” ends and only Shiva remains. Similarly, this whole earth is like a human body and there is this “Tantra Kula”. The “Tantra Kula” is practiced everywhere in the globe but when it reaches the “Kaulantak Peeth” i.e the crown chakra of the globe, it ends there and it isn’t just confined to the “Tantric Kula” but a search beyond that. The real penance then starts.
The Peeth is present in both physical and the invisible form. The physical form is the extended area of the Himalaya while as the invisible form is the hidden invisible kingdom inside the physical Himalaya.
“Kaulantak Peeth” is only made up of mountains and hills and the nature. It is symbolical as it means that the Peeth is as old as the Himalaya and the nature itself. With the inception of Himalaya, “Kaulantak Peeth” came into existence. Himalaya and “Kaulantak Peeth” is inseparable. The Peeth is not artificially or arbitrarily created idea for commercial purpose, it is explicitly mentioned in the Scriptures. In the Ramayana it is mentioned as “Siddhashram”, in “Kalki Purana” and “Bhavishya Purana” as “Sambhalgram” i.e the land of Shambhu. It is also known by the name “Kullutaa or Kulut” which is the traditional name of the place “Kullu”. In fact, Kullu got its name from “Kaulantak Peeth”, with the time lapse the word “Kaulantak or Kulantak” degenerated into “Kulluta or Kulut” and then to modern day “Kullu”. Kullu is the major gateway of “Kaulantak Peeth”.
Topography of Physical Kaulantak Peeth:
“Kaulantak Peeth” is a vast area of the Himalaya which encompasses both the mountain ranges and outskirts of the Mountain ranges that starts from the mountains of Russia, passes the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan then to Hinglaj Goddess in Pakistan, Kashmir, the Kullu, Manali of Himachal Pradesh, the whole of Nepal and Bhutan, the major area of Mt. Kailasha and Mansarovara lake and beyond, it then stretches to the mountains of Burma and ends there. The whole area as described above is “Kaulantak Peeth”.
In Himachal Pradesh, the river Tirthan separates Kaulantak Peeth with Jalandhar Peeth. The areas of most of the Uttarakhand, Punjab falls in Jallandhar Peeth. The area that is enclosed by the Bipasha river or Vyasa river is known as Kullu or the starting point of Kaulantak Peeth. The whole of Nepal is Kaulantak Peeth. The Pashupati Nath area of Nepal is located at the eastern side of the Peeth. The Hindu Kush mountain range is also believed to be one of the areas of Kaulantak Peeth.
Some notable mentions in scriptures:
Some of the mentions in the scriptures are as follows:
१) कुलूतः कुहुका ऊर्णास्तूणीपादः सकुक्कुटः ।
माण्डव्या मालवीयाश्च उत्तरापथवासिनः ।।
(वामन पुराण – 13/43)
२) ततः कुलूताधिपतिश्चापमानम्य सायकै: ।
दशभिस्तोमरं भित्वा षष्ठया विव्याध पाण्डवम ।।
(महा. कर्ण पर्व – 12/35)
The prevalent assumption is that the Kulanta Peeth was the name of Kullu before Kulluta. According to the Kulanta Peeth Mahatamya scripture, the introduction of “Kulanta Peeth” is given as follows:
अथातः संप्रवक्ष्यामि कुलांतं पीठमुत्तमम ।
यत्पीठं समाश्रित्य मुनयो सिद्धिमागताः ।।
अर्जुनस्य प्रसादाय दाधार शवरं वपु: ।
विपाशा च नदी यत्र नदी च यत्र पार्वती ।।
(कुलांतपीठ महात्म्यम 1/3,4)
The above verse from “Kulantak Peeth Mahatamya” literally translates as “Now I will explain the best Peeth of all the Peeth, “Kaulanta Peeth”. The Peeth, under its shelter, the great sages achieved perfection and the place where lord Shiva took the avatara of the nomad jungle tribe as “Shabar”to bless Arjuna. The place where Vipasa and Parvati River flows”.
जलन्धरस्य शैचान्ये हेमकूटस्य दक्षिणे !
दशयोजन विस्तीर्ण योजनत्रयविस्तृम् !!
उत्तरे व्यास तीर्थश्च दक्षिणे बंधुको गिरि: !
विपाश पश्चिमे भागे पूर्वे पशुपतिः स्वयम् !
अधिष्ठातृ च शबरी इन्द्रकीलम् पर्वतम् !!
The above verse translates as, “At present, it is located at north east of Jallandhar Peeth and southern area of “Hemkut Mountain”. The holy place of Vyasa is in its north, “Bandhuko Mountain” on its south. The holy Vyasa River flows at the western part and Pashupati is in the eastern part. The presiding deity is the Goddess Shabari and its most important mountain is the “Indrakilam Mountain”.
Kaulantak Peeth is by default a Tantric Peeth but it also specializes on various other disciplines as mentioned above. Tantra is practiced in “Kulas” i.e “the family”. Therefore, the Peeth harbors different Kulas and the Peeth provides freedom to the “Kulas” to practice and perfect their sadhanas. Out of all the Kulas, some few people are selected and they compete with each other to become the “Peethadhiswara” or the “face” of the Peeth. The current Peethadhiswara is, His Holiness “Kaulantak Peethadhishwara Mahayogi Satyendra Nath Ji Maharaj” (Ishaputra).
His Holiness is from the “Kaula Siddha” lineage. Every lineage and “Kulas” directly traces their source to Lord Shiva. Therefore, “Kaula Siddha” lineage traces its root to Lord Shiva. The legend says that the first Peethadhishwara of the “Kaulantak Peeth” was Lord Shiva himself. He then initiated Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu to the “Kaula Siddha” lineage. Lord Brahma sent his manas putra, “Sanakadi Rishi” to Lord Shiva for their education. It is believed that the “Sanakadi Rishi” were the first primitive Kaula/Siddhas and they also form the Eighty four Siddhas. Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu then initiated the “Sapta Rishis” and then they initiated other Rishi Munis to the “Kaula Siddha” lineage, passing down from Nava Nath to Eight four Siddhas and in the process to “Mahasiddha Shree Siddha Siddhanta Nath Ji” and then to His Holiness and then to we all Bhairava and Bhairavis.
The “Kaula/Siddha” lineage is not a recent lineage established by any wandering saint. It even predates Lord Krishna. The Kaula/Siddha lineage is mentioned in Bhagawat Geeta as well.
“अश्वत्थ: सर्ववृक्षाणां देवर्षीणां च नारद: |
गन्धर्वाणां चित्ररथ: सिद्धानां कपिलो मुनि:” Geeta 10:26
“Amongst trees I am the banyan tree; of the celestial sages I am Narada. Amongst the Gandharvas I am Chitratha, and amongst the Siddhas I am the sage Kapil.” Geeta 10:26
Lord Krishna while explaining Arjuna, he explicitly refered the “Kaula/Siddha” lineage in the form of Kapil muni. Kapil muni is considered as the best among the Siddhas. Just like Gandharva is also a lineage, similarly “Kaula/Siddha” is also a lineage from time immemorial and not an artificial construct religion of the Kali yuga.
His Holiness, Kaulantak Peethadhiswara “Mahayogi Satyendra Nath Ji Maharaj”:
He is the current head of the “Kaulantak Peeth”. At this day and age, he is synonymous with the Peeth. It is through him that “spiritual discipline” is being revived. He with his compassion imparts the wisdom of the Peeth to few selected Bhairava and Bhairavis. He is the Guru’s of Guru and he is the only “Siddha Guru” left today. With the blessings of his Guru “Maha Siddha Siddha Sidhanta Nath” blessings and through his relentless hard work and sadhana he is the current head of the Peeth.
He descended to the physical world on 23rd August 1983 at Larji, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is the place of confluence point of three rivers i.e Tirthan, Bipasha and Parvati. He was spotted by his guru “Maha Siddha Siddhanta Nath Ji Maharaj” and then he was initiated into the “Kaula/Siddha” lineage at a tender age. It might be a coincidence but the date he was initiated to “Kaula/Siddha” lineage it was the start of a new year that means it was 1st January. So every year he celebrates 1st January as his Diksha parva. His Holiness also followed the same tradition and he started giving initiation from 2nd January publicly.
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Some notable Peethadhishwara:
There have been some notable Peethadhishwara in the past which the world doesn’t know. It is not known because it has not been revealed to the public. The “Peethadhishwara” have significantly contributed to the Peeth by adding some of their own research and sadhanas. Some of the notable peethadhishwara are :
He is the eternal Peethadhishwara of Kaulantak Peeth. He was given the duty of care taker of the Peeth by Lord Shiva himself. It is his through his guidance that the Peeth has reached to us till today. He is one of the leading Guru Mandala of the Peeth. He is also the guru of “Siddha Kakbhusundi Ji, who is also one of the Siddhas of amongst the Eighty Four Siddhas.
It is believed that Maharishi Lomesh is first worshipped by any Siddha if he/she wishes to enter the invisible Kaulantak Peeth. There is a temple dedicated to him in Rewalsar and it is the place where the boundary of Kaulantak Peeth starts. It is also the place which has the invisible door of Kaulantak Peeth. For a Siddha to locate and see the invisible door, Maharishi Lomesh blessing is 1needed.
He is also one of the eternal Peethadhishwara of Kaulantak Peeth. Though he is the also one of the head of the “Kaula/Siddha” lineage and he is proficient in all the discipline, his main expertise is Yoga.
Mahasiddha Dattatreya is a very compassionate Siddha. Time and again he always manifests himself in front of the worthy aspirants to guide them the way towards the Sadhana. He is believed to have been one of the Yoga Guru of Mahasiddha Goraksh Nath. He also manifested before Aghori Kinna Ram and initiated him into the lineage of “Aghora”. He also manifested before Maha Siddha Nagarjuna Nath and initiated him to the path of “Alchemy”. Maha Siddha Nagarjuna Nath is also amongst the Eighty four Siddha. He also manifested before “Baba Balak Nath” and taught him everything and initiated him to the path of sadhana. He is the Guru of “Baba Balak Nath”, who is also one of the Eighty four Siddhas.
Maha Siddha Matsyendra Nath:
The whole “Kaulantak Peeth” as well as the “Kaula/Siddha” lineage is incomplete without the mention of him. He is revered highly by our lineage because he revived the lineage. He descended down from the Himalaya to the society to uplift the Dharma. Without his effort, the society would have missed a great direction. He revived the “Oriental Wisdom” to its current status as of today. He revolutioned every discipline and then he imparted it to the society.
He is like the bridge between “Kaulantak Peeth” and the society. He opened its wisdom to common people, to the folks, to the woman, to the prejudiced sects without differentiating anyone based on culture, caste, creed and gender. Without him, the modern day “Kaulantak Peeth” is incomplete. He is also one among the “Nava Naths”.
Such reverence is beyond religion too. He is also held at a very high esteem by the Vajrayani Buddhist as “Avalokeshwara”.
Maha Siddha Goraksh Nath:
Just like the sage “Kapila” is best among the Siddhas, similarly “Goraksh Nath is best among the Naths”. He was a very instrumental figure to have helped his Guru, “Maha Siddha Matsyendra Nath” to spread dharma in the sub continent. He was mainly known for establishing modern day Nath sect with the main focus on Yoga and “Shabar Mantra”.
He revived the “Shabar Mantra” discipline and spread the knowledge of Yoga. He is also believed to be the Guru of “Maha Siddha Vichar Nath” or “Bhrathari Nath” who is also amongst the Eighty Four Siddhas.
Maha Siddha Goraksh Nath is also one of the Nava Naths with his Guru Maha Siddha Matsyendra Nath.
In Tibetan Buddhism, he is revered as “Gorakshipa”, “Pa” translates as Nath. He is also the “Kula Guru” of the Royal family of Nepal.
Maha Siddha Siddha Siddhanta Nath:
He is the Guru of His Holiness, the current Peethadhishwara of Kaulantak Peeth “Mahayogi Satyendra Nath Ji Maharaj”. The modern day Kaulantak Peeth is also incomplete without the mention of him. He is best among all Guru’s because it is through his sacrifice and constant maneuver in his teachings that he was able to transform a village boy to “Maha Siddha” and also transform him to “Kaulantak Peethadhishwara”.
Based on the stories that we Bhairava and Bhairavis hear from His Holiness, we can surely infer that it was through his orders and guidance that His Holiness came down from the Himalaya to give us the teachings of the lineage. He is like the director of any movie who is the controller of all the aspects of the movie but is not revealed. Similarly, he is the director of all the teachings and initiation that we receive but he doesn’t reveal himself to us. Without his compassion, we are nothing but a leaf that falls down every autumn to degrade.
He is the unseen force of the Peeth and through his blessings the Peeth has never lost its direction and never shall it in million years to come.
Works of Kaulantak Peeth:
The Peeth’s main aim is to revive all the Oriental wisdoms or the Santana wisdoms. It also works relentlessly to promote and spread Sanatana lifestyle, Sadhanas and various Sanatana disciplines like Yoga, Tantra, Mantra, Karmakanda, Jyotish etc for the betterment of all the living beings of the world.
It conducts monthly sadhana camp for those who are selected to pursue the path of sadhana. The selected procedure is very secretive and not revealed to anyone. It is believed that only those people get selected who are selected by Guru Mandala. So, the process is unknown and is so abstract that nobody can decode it. The first sadhana camp was conducted on January 2nd, 2012 and it has already conducted more than fifty sadhana camps in the span of six years.
It has pursued the goal of reviving and promoting our culture by conducting monthly sadhana camp in his birth state of Himachal Pradesh. People from all over India and the world visit every year to Himachal Pradesh for the divine sight of His Holiness. In the two days camp, the conclusion of the camp is always done by doing a local dance “Nati” which is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva himself. The camp promotes the local dance “Nati” as well as the traditional music system of Shehenai, Dhol etc.
It has also worked in the linguistic field by promoting “Tankari lipi”, the official lipi of Kaulantak Peeth. The dialect is also recognized by the Himachal state to be one of its languages. His Holiness has also written small introductory book about “Tankari Lipi” by explaining various variations of it at different places.
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