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Here, I hesitate to write about it candidly.
But, since you persist, I am posting an outline of it — for whatever it is worth. Trust this helps your task. A Siddha is one who is said to have attained superhuman powers Siddhis or Jivanmukthi It could also be perfection? Such a Siddha with a divine body divyadeha is Shiva himself Maheshvara Siddha. He is the perfect One, who has transcended the barriers of time, space and human limitations.
For a Siddha, the world is a play-area Lila kshetra in which he experiences the absolute as he does the world. He, therefore, seeks Jivanmukthifreedom from human constraints and weaknesses; and, not Moksha the total liberation from existence. A Siddha is thus, a death-defying, wonder-working wizard. He is in the world; and yet, he is out of it. For a Siddha, the world has gently slipped away, even as it still remains. A Siddhawho is pureis also compared to Brihaspathi the counterpart of Kavya Usanas — Shukrathe Guru of the light-filled worlds of the gods and demigods.
There have been various traditions of Siddhas: Though there are many classifications among the Siddhas, there is no strict demarcation between the various the Siddha Sampradayas. The titles, Siddha, Mahasiddha, Natha and Yogi are used by all interchangeably.
Four of the Mahasiddhas were women: Manibhadra, Lakshmincara, Mekhala and Kanakhala. By and large, typically, the Siddhas were saints, doctors, alchemists and mystics all at once.
The number is matching with the number of Siddhi or occult powers.
Goddess Kubjika and Her Immense Depth
Thus, the eighty-four Siddhas can be seen as archetypes representing the thousands of exemplars and adepts of the tantric way. That is, their goal was to deliver the body free from ravages of age khbjika disease; to attain a sort of Invincibility.
And, it always stays in liquid form. It is highly sensitive to heat; and expands tanrta as its temperature rises. That is the reason it is used in thermometers. Once the Mercury is energized and maintained in proper conditions, it stays energized for a very long time, without dissipation.
Mercury in purer form was imported from Roman regions.
In India, there is an abundance of traditional literature about alchemical and clinical mercury; and about the many ways it can be prepared, purified and handled. Several classical works praise solidified kubjija, and talk about the various processes of its purification and solidification to perfect it into a glorious Rasa. Because of its popular appeal, Mercury is called by various names, such as: Mercury is also associated with Moon: It is also related to Amrta Rasathe elixir of immortality and to Soma offered to gods.
Mercury occupies a very important position in the Siddha ways of training and also in Ayurveda, the science of life. In the Indian traditional literature there are copious references to Mercury, to its properties, its virtues and its supposed magical powers.
Tsntra are elaborate descriptions of various processes of purification and solidification of Mercury in order to render it perfect, into an exalted essence. Generally, Rasayana is taken as the way or the procedures of Mercury. As a method of treatment, Rasayana is a way of cleansing the body samsodhana cikitsa; and, a rejuvenation therapy for replenishing the bodily fluids rasa and supplementing other substances dhatus of the body.
The treatment is also termed as kshetri-karanapreparation of the body for absorbing the medicines per se. Here, Rasa or Rasa-bija — the essence in a substance — is used to influence and enhance the health of vital bodily fluids or its constituents in the body.
The Rasayana line of kybjika aims to arrest physical and mental decay. This is a part of sets of detailed procedures, regimen, meant to ensure a prolonged healthy and happy life.
Ayurveda claims the clinical use of systematically purified and treated mercury can stimulate cerebral functions without agitating the mind; improve concentration, reduce fickle mindedness; and, enhances memory power. And tabtra it renders the person vigorous, disease-free, enabling him to enjoy a long youthful life.
Mercury in Siddha traditions. The wonderful and exhilarating elixir-like benefits of Mercury-treatment seemed to have excited the Siddhas, inspiring them to speculate on achieving a sort of an amazing immortal body. That prompted Siddhas to explore the diverse and manifold possibilities surrounding the applications of solidified Mercury.
Ayurveda thus, it seems, paved the way for Alchemist Siddhas to speculate on the immortality of the body and to concoct an enabling elixir. Attaining immortality then became the life-ambition and the goal of many Siddha traditions. According to Siddhas, Mercury is a poison for the uninitiated who partake of it or its compounds improperly. Mercury, they said, has always been a part of the nature; and, has not poisoned either the air, the waters or the earth.
Kubjika: Tantric Goddess with a Hunchback – Fierce. Feminine. Fabulous
It is only its abuse that brings forth its deadly effects. Even the combination of the so-called poisons — neither too strong, nor too weak- when properly prepared, can act as nourishing medicine. The medicinal blend of poisons Visha in prescribed proportions can energize the body, invigorate its functions and generally act as a tonic.
And, in some ancient temples e. It converts from visha into amrita. Rasa Siddhas and Natha Siddha. The Siddhas therefore became engaged in developing a branch of chemistry or proto-chemistry known as Rasa-shastra science of Mercury or generally the Rasayana-shastra.
The most important innovation of the Rasa Siddhas and the Natha Siddhas was the method they crafted for attaining Siddha status and Siddha powers.
They claimed that dedicated humans through practice of Yoga, Tantra and Alchemy can become Semi Divine Siddhas, provided they rigorously followed the prescribed disciplines. Apart from the Semi Divine Siddhas, there is another classification of Siddhas into three strands ogha: Among these, the human-kind Siddhas sought an ageless physical body svarna deha ; the perfect sought a perfected siddhadeha or indestructible vajradeha physical body; and Maheshvara Siddha sought to attain an ethereal divine body divyadeha of an integrated nature.
Otherwise, the dividing lines among them are rather unclear. These two groups, in particular, — Rasa and Natha Siddhas- interacted with a third group that flourished mainly in the Nepal region though it is likely the cult was initially based in the western Himalayas. This was the Pashima-amnaya the westwarda Shakta cult devoted to a Tantric goddess Kubjika. They too were engaged in alchemy. She is variously addressed in her Tantras as: The hallowed mother Kubjika has six faces.
She is adorned with serpents: Karotaka as a waist band; Takshaka as a mid-riff ornament; Vasuki as garland; txntra, the venomous cobra Kulika as an ear ornament. She holds in her arms as skull, a king-cobra, a crystal-bead rosary, skull-topped rod, kubika conch, a book, a trident, a mirror, a straight sword, a gem necklace, an ankusha goad and a bow.
She is of fair complexion like a young jasmine flower. The yantra of her worship is.
Kubjika Tantra Text
Apart from kubbjika traditional goals, the one other interest that Natha Siddhas and Rasa Siddhas shared with the Pashima-amnaya Siddhas was the mystic doctrine and practices involving sexual fluids — male and female. In the Taittiriya Upanishad 2. But, elsewhereRasa is the fluid element essence that Vedic sages identified as the juice of life and of non-death a-mrutawhich sustains both the gods and the humans.
Rasa, as essential element, in its many forms is both manifest and dormant. In Ayurveda, Rasa stands for vital body fluids. Its treatment Rasayanathe Rasa or Tanfra — the essence in a substance — is used to influence and enhance the health of bodily fluids or its constituents in the body. According to Tantra ideology, male and female vital fluids, semen and uterine blood, are power-substances Shakthi dhathu because their combination gives rise to life and vitality.
These Rasas are even identified with gods and goddesses whose boundless energy was kubjlka portrayed as sexual in nature. Usually the god invoked in this context was some form of Shiva and the female was some form of Devi. Those ardent followers- the TantricsSiddhas and others — who aimed to attain the status of second — Shiva sought to realize their goal through the conduit of wild goddesses who then were identified with their human consorts generally known as Yoginis.
With the advent of the great scholar and Tantrik Abhinavagupta ca. The cult of the Yoginis, ritual reproductions, offering and consuming sexual fluids etc were refined and re-defined.
Then came the Siddhas of Natha Pantha, who brought into fore the Hata yoga, a rather violent method of exertion. Matsyendranatha was the pioneer of this School of Natha Siddhas. Ukbjika preached the doctrine of Six Kubjikw of transformation.
But, the secret part of it was the belief in lubjika transformation of the sexual fluids into a sort of potent power, the amritathe nectar of immortality. According to this sect, the combination of male and female sexual fluids brings into existence an explosive power that is truly unique.
No other elements or fluids in the whole of the universe have the power to create life. And, that is remarkable. For the Natha Siddhas, persuasion of that tnatra of creative power became the route to attain Siddhis miraculous powers and Jivanmukthi liberation while in the body.
They were followed by a third group, the Rasa Siddhas, the alchemists who coined the phrase: They, in principle, adopted the doctrine of Natha Siddhas regarding the power of sexual fluids. But, they lent it a rather unexpected twist, that of metallurgy.
The mantra-s of the kubjikA-mantra-mAlA | mAnasa-taraMgiNI
Here the male fluids came to be identified with the eighth metal, khbjika Mercury, Rasendrathe King of Rasas, the shining liquid amazingly volatile, as if having a life of its kubijka. Mica which is cold was the element of air; and regarded the female counterpart of Shiva, the Shakthi. Therefore through the union kubjlka mercury and mica, male and female, Shiva and Shakthi or Yang and Yinthey sought to obtain a married metal which controls the elements Earth solidsWater fluids and Air mental aspects in the body.
But, it increases the element Fire, the invigorating heat in the body. An important finding that the Rasa Siddhas came upon was that purified mercury, through a special process, can be made to devour or digest meaning, assimilate an enormous amount of other metals without the swallowing grasa mercury gaining appreciable weight.