Prithvi Sasparsha Diksha is one of the most important but free diksha of “Siddha Dharma” which is directly related to Prithvi and “Prithvi Tatwa” which is only imparted to a person when he/she has satisfies the eligibility laid down by the “Siddha Dharma”.
It is purely tantric diksha whose main essence is to perfect ones relationship with the mother earth and also to activate the “Prithvi Tatwa”, be grounded in it and ultimately achieve success in every endeavors of life. The diksha makes the receiver very grounded and down to earth.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, this diksha is the most basic as well as the most ultimate diksha in both “Shaiva and Shakta” tradition but mainly “Shakta” tradition. This diksha is the ultimate basis through which the “Shakta Tradition” operates because of sadhana’s inherent nature of motherliness. The sadhana was first imparted by lord Shiva to Ma Parvati.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Prithvi and Prithvi Tatwa
- 3 Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana and Panchanguli Tantra
- 4 Prithvi, Prithvi Tatwa and Maha Yogmaya/Shakti
- 5 Prithvi Sansparsh Sadhana and Mooladhar Chakra
- 6 Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana and Siddha Dharma
- 7 Why Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana is only performed in “Siddha Dharma”.
- 8 The darshanas of Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana
- 9 Important features of Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana
- 10 Eligibility for Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana
- 11 Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana philosophy
- 12 Main proponent of Prithvi Sansparsha Diksha
- 13 Literature
- 14 Reference
As per “Siddha Dharma”, Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana is made up of two words Prithvi (पृथ्वी) which means earth predominantly and in some cases earth element and Sansparsha (संस्पर्श) which means to be in contact. The synthesis of both words infers that Prithvi Sansparsha means to be in constant contact or to be grounded in Prithvi and also the Prithvi tatwa.
The spirit or the essence of the Diksha is to be grounded in “Prithvi” and cultivating the virtues of the earth in oneself and when it comes to being grounded in “Prithvi Tatwa”, it means perfecting the Mooladhara chakra too.
Prithvi and Prithvi Tatwa
As per “Siddha Dharma”, Prithvi has its direct meaning as earth or the mother earth. It also means the infinite creative potential of the earth to procreate and nurture the whole existence. The Prithvi, therefore, is called a goddess because of her being the epitome of such creative force.
The word Prithvi also implies nature itself. Nature is not physical but invisible. The earth, mountain, rivers, trees, snows, etc. are nothing but its hands and legs. Without empirical grounding, even nature cannot proceed and would lack its luster.
The Prithvi Tatwa is the most abundant element found in this universe. Anything that has matter and space is within Prithvi Tatwa. Earth is also within Prithvi Tatwa but the creative potential of earth gives the earth a unique standing.
Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana and Panchanguli Tantra
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the “Panchanguli Tantra” of “Siddha Dharma” mentions that the whole universe to be made up of five basic elements which are earth, air, water, ether and fire. Those five elements are the five fingers of Panchanguli Devi through which she creates and destroys the universe. The Prithvi Tatwa is the earth element out of those five elements.
The Prithvi Tatwa and Earth should not be confused with each other. Earth is within the domain of the tatwa because “Prithvi Tatwa” is everything that has its base on matter reclaiming its unique standing. Matter is something that has mass and occupies space. Since, matter is clearly visible through the sense therefore it is an empirical reality and not the outcome of philosophical discourse. It is for the reason that the “Siddha Dharma” believes that the Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana keeps the person grounded on reality and makes the person diligent and appreciative of the nature. The sadhana inspires the person to be action oriented alongside essential attributes of motherly virtues like love, compassion etc.. The sadhana also helps to cultivate the attributes of Prithvi like forbearance, sympathy, love etc. inside them.
Prithvi, Prithvi Tatwa and Maha Yogmaya/Shakti
As per “Siddha Dharma”, Panchanguli Devi is one of the forms of Maha Yogmaya herself. To understand the Prithvi Tatwa, one should first understand Maha Yogmaya herself.
The “Siddha Dharma” is the hardcore path of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva and Shakti are two different energies with one common source. They are somewhat like a binary opposite energies which do not have independent existence and both needs one another for their existence. For instance, “Man and Manliness” are two concepts related to a human body and both do not have independent existence. Man’s valor defines Manliness and if no Man, no manliness too.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, Shiva is metaphysical existence while Shakti is the empirical existence. Everything that is matter is within the clutches of Maha Yogmaya because she is building blocks of all matters while Shiva lacks empirical base and is more of a metaphysical existence which is formless and attribute less. Therefore, the Prithvi Sansparsh Diksha is also the basic level diksha of Maha Yogmaya herself and also the Shakta tradition.
Furthermore, the tantric kundalini yoga explicitly mentions that in Mooladhara chakra lie a dormant Shakti which is coiled like a serpent and in the Sahasrara chakra there is Shiva. The whole essence of the tantric yoga is to merge the kundalini Shakti of the root chakra to unite it with Shiva in crown chakra.
Therefore, the “Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana” is the sadhana of Maha Yogmaya herself through “Prithvi”. Prithvi is also attributed as mother because of her inherent potency to give life and nurture the creation.
Prithvi Sansparsh Sadhana and Mooladhar Chakra
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the kundalini chakra inherent inside the human body which is the hub of inner energy also represents the five basic elements. For instance, the Mooladhara chakra represents the Prithvi Tatwa. It also means that Mooladhara chakra is the chakra which is the bridge between the material universe and the human body. It connects the world with the human.
The “Siddha Dharma” believes that the body deals with the world through Mooladhar Chakra. The Mooladhara chakra is a chakra which controls the sexual function or the power of human to copulate and to reproduce or also to contribute to the creation process. The Mooladhara chakra is also connected to earth element as well as earth because it controls the sexual energies which are the basis of the creation of another human body. It also encompasses within it the creative force like mother earth herself. It is sexual energy that has the potential to create another potential human body. Therefore, the Prithvi Tatwa is intrinsically related to the Mooladhara Chakra as Prithvi also has the potential of reproducing and nurturing the creation. Prithvi therefore is also worshipped as Goddess in “Siddha Dharma’
Therefore, as per “Siddha Dharma”, it would not be a fallacy to say that Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana is the basic diksha provided to Bhairava/Bhairavi which aids them in the activation of Mooladhara chakra.
Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana and Siddha Dharma
As per His Holiness Kaulantak Peethadhishwara, Mahasiddha Ishaputra, “Siddha Dharma” is the path of penance. It is the path to perfection of life and the existence through penance. Penance means the introspection or the research performed through various means like Tantra, Mantra, Ayurveda, Yoga, Chikitsa etc. but “Siddha Dharma” predominantly follows the research methodology of Tantra because it encompasses within it all the other means.
The “Siddha Dharma” believes that its Bhairava/Bhairavi are its real wealth as it exist because of them and non except them. Therefore, it has high expectations upon its Bhairava/Bhairavi to pursue the path of penance through tantra to excel in life. Tantra is the best research means because tantra is all about pursuit of abundance and excellence in whichever field the Bhairava/Bhairavi pursues. Since, the whole world which is empirical in nature is based upon Prithvi Tatwa because every worldly transaction are based upon the needs and desires of Human body which in itself is the epitome of “Prithvi Tatwa”, the “Siddha Dharma” therefore imparts the “Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana” to them so that the Bhairava/Bhairavi can become the master of the worldly transactions.
Why Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana is only performed in “Siddha Dharma”.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, because of it being based on the path of sadhana and penance or gyana marga (not to be confused with the gyana marga of Advaita Vedanta), it is absolutely necessary for the Bhairava/Bhairavi to have a fit body who can face any adversaries presented to them. The “Siddha Dharma” demands the body and stamina of them to be strong because penance needs healthy and strong body because penance is action oriented.
The bhakti can be performed without being physically and mentally strong but penance and tapa can only be performed by mentally and physically strong people. Following are two major reasons for the sadhana to be performed only in “Siddha Dharma”.
Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana and warrior Path
As per “Siddha Dharma”, it is the path of warriors therefore it calls its practitioner as Bhairava/Bhairavis. Since, penance is the path of warriors it demands great physical and mental strength. Strength comes from withstanding adversaries. When one faces adversaries and pushes their limits continuously the person then becomes eligible for the sadhana and “Siddha Dharma” from time immemorial is operated by such souls who have spent their life in penance.
As “Siddha Dharma” being the path of warriors, Bhairava/Bhairavis are given a rigorous workout as physical sewa which helps them to be grounded like the earth. They are given hard workouts as in carrying heavy load and also to extensively travel the up and down hills of Himalaya for their penances. This is a form of practice primarily to strengthen the body and secondly to be grounded as to cultivate the attributes like forbearance.
Bhairava/Bhairavis are warriors who are grounded on Prithvi as well as Prithvi Tatwa because Prithvi is the source of all strengths. The strength that we have in our body comes from the energy or prana provided by the plants. The plants absorb the prana from the earth and humans absorb it from the plants. Therefore, being constantly grounded on Prithvi, the Bhairava/Bhairavis ultimately taps into that infinite source of energy of the Prithvi and that energy then propels them to achieve everything in life.
Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana and Himalaya
As per “Siddha Dharma”, another equally important reason for Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana to be practiced by “Siddha Dharma” is its relationship with Himalaya and Maha Himalaya. Himalaya and Maha Himalaya is nothing but the highest place of mother earth or Prithvi. Beyond Himalaya, there is no Prithvi in this earth.
Himalaya and Maha Himalaya is the work place of the “Siddhas”. “Siddha Dharma” is Himalaya centered dharma. Himalaya is the land of extremes. It requires extreme strength and capabilities for a person to cope up with the stillness yet ever changing environment of Himalaya. Only those people who can go to extremes and adapt with the extreme environment of the Himalaya are primarily eligible for being a “Siddha”. The whole essence of the diksha is to empower an individual to adapt with the extremities of the Himalaya.
Furthermore, Himalaya is the source of civilization because great civilizations are always near great river banks. Most river banks of the Indian sub-continent have their origin in the Himalaya. Himalaya is such a unique place which is nothing but Prithvi yet it gifts the water to the civilization. It is the great reservoir of ice which is the source of water and life for the Indian sub-continent. The siddhas also value the sadhana because it carries with it the essential attributes of Himalaya.
Prithvi Sansparsha Diksha and lord Shiva.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, it lays such emphasis on this very sadhana because even Lord Shiva, the ultimate god is portrayed sitting on the top of Mount Kailasha. Lord Shiva being the highest reality of this universe is portrayed as meditating on a top of Mount Kailasha which explicitly mentions his firm connection with the “Prithvi”.
Secondly, it also means that he is the lord of Prithvi because of him being metaphysical yet being grounded on Prithvi. It also means that Lord Shiva’s “Shivatwa” also encompasses the virtues of mother earth like drinking poison. Mother earth is the highest epitome of forbearance. She like lord Shiva also drinks all the poisons that the creation gives to her and in return conserves and protects the creation.
Prithvi Sansparsha Diksha and Prithvi Sadhana
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana is the sadhana of Prithvi or the earth. The Prithvi Sadhana is performed to perfect ones relationship with the earth or nature and secondly to cultivate the virtues of mother earth inside.
The whole process of Prithvi Sadhana is achieved through Prithvi Sansparsha Diksha. When one is grounded in Earth, one is always successful because the person is backed by reality. The grounded person is more of a pragmatic person who are result driven. The receiver of the diksha transforms to believer of positive action and less being indulged in philosophical discourse which in return transforms the person as a warrior in every endeavor they pursue.
Lastly, as mentioned somewhere above, Prithvi Sadhana is the sadhana to achieve the perfection to adapt to the environment of Himalaya. If a person can adapt in the extremities of the Himalaya, the person can adapt to any environment.
The darshanas of Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana
“Siddha Dharma” prescribes four essential path to the perfection of the sadhana. They are as given below.
As per Astika Darshana of “Siddha Dharma”, earth is considered to be mother goddess Maha Yogmaya herself. Therefore, in this sadhana procedure, earth is praised and worshipped. The earth is also considered holy and is treated with utmost respect.
The Astika Darshana followers live in earth with completely harmony. They do not do anything that hampers the earth. Everything they do is within the prescribed limited deviation of the use of resources.
As per Nastika Darshana of “Siddha Dharma”, earth is considered not as goddess but as a pinda or matter. Just like a human body, the earth is one great body. The Nastika Darshana believers have the opinion that both being the same entity but in different shapes are in equal footings with each other. Therefore, they respect earth as they respect another human.
The difference between Astika and Nastika is that the Nastika believes that the natural resources available in earth are made for human use. Therefore, they advocate sustainable use of natural resources of earth. Even being a nastika, the respect towards the earth they do not advocate any human actions that leads to deterioration of earth like global warming, pollutions etc.
Even greatest proponent of Nastika School Maharishi Charvakha valued earth before gods. Since, earth is the source of all pleasures therefore deteriorating the earth would bring a great pain in human life.
Yoga and Bhakti Darshana
As per Yoga and Bhakti Darshana of “Siddha Dharma”, they believe that the lord is inside everything. They view the earth to be the outer crust of the lord. Therefore, they treat everything holy because of the lord inherent in it.
As per the Tantra Darshana of “Siddha Dharma”, they view earth in a very unique way. They primarily analyze the earth from neutral perspective and they first learn the earth thoroughly. They first master the panch tatwa and they prescribe pragmatic solutions regarding peoples problem with the help of the earth. They also emphasize in travelling to different topography of earth and using the topography of the earth for their development.
As per the Karma Darshana of “Siddha Dharma”, earth and we humans are directly related to each other so we humans are duty bound towards earth. We have the duty towards earth to protect it, not to endanger it through human actions, to conserve it and to live in perfect harmony with it. It simply is a duty based approach towards earth.
Important features of Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the most important feature of the sadhana is that after every actions performed in the sadhana, the sadhaka has to pray so that the earth attains peace chanting “Prithvi Shanti” or may peace prevail in earth. Besides, below are following important parts and features of the sadhana.
- Different dhyana techniques with visualizations related to hills, seas, surrounding, mountains, volcanos, clouds etc.
- Prithvi Tatwa yoga.
- Guhya daihik tantra mudras (secret bodily tantric mudras)
- Guhya hasta mudra
- Prithvi Mantra practice
- The three tier Prithvi Pranayama process
- Prithvi Asanas
- Prithvi Yantra worship
- Prithvi Matrika mala
- Prithvi worship and avaran worship
- The praises of Prithvi goddess
Eligibility for Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana
As per “Siddha Dharma”, only those Bhairava/Bhairavis are eligible for the sadhana who constantly offer their physical service to various works of the dharma. The second criterion is based upon their willingness to follow protocols and to obey the directives of the “Siddha Dharma” as mentioned.
“Siddha Dharma” believes that the diksha cannot be imparted to everybody but only those people who have given their physical sewa and some other related sewas which the gurumandala thinks appropriate.
Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana philosophy
Earth centric philosophy
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the philosophy of the sadhana is basically centered on the concept of Prithvi or Earth. The sadhana can also be considered as a quantum leap towards the idea of better earth, to be in the perfect harmony with the earth and similarly cultivate virtues of earth like forbearance, motherhood, nurtureness etc. within ourselves.
Sahanshilata Darshana (forbearance)
As per “Siddha Dharma”, another equally important darshana of the sadhana is “Sahanshilata” or forbearance. Forbearance is the ultimate wisdom to cultivate inside an individual. Forbearance is the mother of tolerance and earth is the epitome of ultimate forbearance as she forbears everything from the changing shapes of amoeba to deadly hazardous human actions such as global warming etc.
With the perfection of sadhana, the practitioner also perfects forbearance and lives peacefully both in his/her inner and outer life.
As per “Siddha Dharma”, another equally important philosophy of Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana is Feminism. The feminism is not to be confused with modern day feminism. Feminism here is interpreted as femininity like nurture, care, love, family etc. Since, the whole creation may be unique and different in capacity yet the whole creation is the children of one single mother and she nurtures all of her creation equally being biased to none.
The Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana perfection would cultivate the needed feminine virtue like endurance, forbearance along with care, compassion, love etc. If all the people of the world had femininity in them, the world surely would love the creation and contribute to making the world a better place to live.
Main proponent of Prithvi Sansparsha Diksha
As per “Siddha Dharma”, the sadhana originated from lord Shiva and he imparted it to Ma Parvati. Ma Parvati imparted it to various rishi/munis and siddhas. The siddha who infused it in the lineage and tradition of “Siddha Dharma” was Mahasiddha Kalagulma Kalpa. He extensively propagated it.
Later, when all the sadhanas had gone to hibernation, Mahasiddha Matsyendra Nath revived it and infused it again into the “Siddha Dharma”.
As per the “Siddha Dharma”, the main literature of Prithvi Sansparsha Sadhana is “Prithvi Kalpa Granth”. The text is the magnum opus of all the texts which deals with earth. It deals with earth holistically. Following are few of the topics discussed in the book.
- The origin of earth
- The topography of earth
- The history of earth
- Life in earth
- Medicines and gems in earth
- Humans and the earth
- The three modes of nature (satwa, raja and tamas) and earth
- Various climates in earth along with countries and their surroundings
- Ambrosia and poison in earth
- The caves of earth
- The day and night of earth, moon and constellations
- Political system of humans
- The inflow of siddhas, wisdoms and science in earth
- The battle of dharma vs adharma in earth
- Aliens in earth
- Gods and avataras in earth
- Earth as goddess
- The philosophy of earth
- The praises of earth and various earths
- The adornment of earth
- Prithvi awaran sadhana
- The future of earth