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Pandit Satlal Siboo

- Dr. Chaman Lal Raina

Pandit Satlal Siboo
Pandit Satlal Siboo

"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.

 Since 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 sixties.

 To 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.

 When 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.

 The 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.

 Pt. 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.

 I 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.

 This 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. 

Source: Koshur Samachar



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