Dr. Chaman Lal Raina
"Mysterious are the ways of nature, which produce vibrations
for accelerating the psychophysical potential in
the embodied soul. Para-Prakrati is evolutionary
process explained in the Kashmir-Shakta school of
thought. The 'Bhawani Sahasranama' establishes
this fact, which brings co-existence in 'Mood-Prakrati
and 'Mool-Prakrati," says a son of the soil
of Kashmir, Pandit Satlal Siboo, who was born on
the 10th day of August 1902.
I was very curious to know the origin of the
seven-vibrations which do influence the 'Sapta-Matrikas'
during 'Matrika-Pujan', I, in my humble way, met
this aged person, wearing pheran, and had the good
fortune to hear to his spoken words in his three-storeyed
house near Habbakadal (Purshayar). This was in the
evolve his spiritual awakening for realising the
self, he had taken voluntary retirement from the
J&K Fire Services and had engaged himself in
Sadhna at his second-floor room, popularly known
as 'Kani'. His Sadhna was unique as he meditated
upon the Ishta-Devi - Sri Ragniya, in the form of
'Prakrati' and Bhuteshwara in the form of 'Pursha'
and then recite the Bija-Mantras.
asked about this style of Sadhna, he would say:
"Sadhna is a process to enlighten every nerve
cell through the recitation of 'Bija-Mantra'.
These 'Bija-Mantras' form the spirit of Shruti
and, through the divine vibration of the absolute,
form the particular facet of Devi or Devta."
His Sadhna would also include worship of an
embossed Sri Yantra in the 'Kadi' tradition as
Shakta method was also known to him.
beauty of Kashmir saints is that they establish
Dharma through human service. We have a chain of
such great saints - Swami Ramji and Mehtab Kak of
Trika Ashram, Nandalal Ji Mastana, Anand Ji of
Vilgam, Swami Lakshman Ji, Bhagwan Gopinath Ji and
others. They showed us the path to reach the goal
as the Kashmiri Pandit spiritual psyche flourished
on the Vedic teachings and Kashmir Siva-Shakta
tradition to understand self.
Satlal Sihoo taught and initiated the Shakta
tradition to those who came in contact with him.
He would also give Bhasma to ailing persons
reciting the Mahamritunjaya Mantra with its
Gayitri for many diseases. During his youth he had
met Angoor-Bhaba of Angoori Ashram and Dhandi
Swami had excelled in the ancient system of
medicine. For some years, he was a practitioner at
the Angoori Ashram's Kralakhud branch but during
the later part of his life, when he had attained a
higher stage of spiritual awakening, he would rely
on Mantra-therapy only.
have the personal experience of his magic touch. I
was ailing for many years as I was wrongly
operated upon for melanoma. I could not be
properly treated at the AIIMS, PGI, Chandigarh,
and other institutions. When I returned to
Srinagar, I just rushed to him. He asked me to
come the next day when it was dawning. Amidst the
dawn chorus, I reached his place and found him
praying to his Ishta-Devi. Just after his prayers
he applied Bhasma on my operated area and recited
some mantras. I got completely cured.
Shakta traditionalist attained Nirvana on the 19th
day of October 1987 but his religio-philosophic
message is still echoing in the hearts of his
devotees. He is also revered in Mukerian (Punjab)
and some other places.