Soma Maṭha Yantram
A yantra is a mystical diagram which utilizes awareness of the mystical effects of colors and shapes to altar consciousness. The Soma Maṭha Yantra is the mystical symbol of the Maṭha, revealed to Swamiji in his meditation. As a symbol for the Maṭha, the yantram has great mystical significance. Meditating on its form or worship of the yantra bestows unique spiritual benefits of healing, nourishment, peace, and spiritual realization.
The Colors, Shapes, and Spiritual
Meditation on the Yantra
Meditation on this yantra brings mental peace, and encourages deep healing from all types of dis-ease; it builds happy, positive emotions, strength, ojas, resistance to dis-ease and immunity; it helps reduce anger, anxiety, depression, heat and pitta. It has a calming and grounding energy which gives a person stability. It is also is useful for healers to develop healing abilities and for connecting with herbs, plants, trees, and nature in general. Meditation on this yantra helps unlock the ability to communicate with plants and the intuitive knowledge of the healing powers of plants. Animals in the wild, instinctively eat the right healing herbs when they are sick. Humans have this innate knowledge of herbs also, but they have lost touch with nature. This yantra bring a person in unison with nature. It helps a person to surrender the instincts of the ego for spiritual transformation. Worship of the yantra or dedicated practice meditating on its inner energy like the Soma of Vedic rituals will lead to bliss, immortality, and spiritual awareness.
Each of the four Mathas to be built by Swamiji has been assigned the task of helping to teach and preserve one of the four Vedas. The Soma Matha teaches the Atharva Veda. The Manatra of the Soma Matha and its Yantra is from the Atharva Veda Samhita (8-2-15).
The mantra relates to plants, which are sacred to the Soma Matha, and to the Sun and Moon (Soma). It invokes the mystical power of plants to stimulate spiritual awakening. It also encourages reverence for the sacred plants and nature which have been used and abused by people. In this way it heals peoples consciousness and connects them to nature. This mantra is good for spiritual realization, because it balances the Solar and Lunar nadis and directs awareness into the sushumna nadi. It may be used to bless plants, gardens, or seeds for planting, or to bless herbal medicines. It means:
"May the sacred plants be auspicious to you, having honored them who rise from bellow the Earth to the above the Earth. May the plants grow well in the same way that the enlighten consciousness rises over the world. Honoring the plants makes the Earth from which they grow sacred. May the Sun and Moon, created by the formless infinite protect those who rise above the world by honoring the plants as sacred."
The Name: Śhuklabhadra Soma Pīṭham
Under the Mantra the Official Name of the Monastery is written in Sanskrit; "Śhuklabhadra Soma Pīṭham." Śhuklabhadra is the name of the spiritual lineage of which the Soma Maṭha is one of four branches. Soma is the name of this specific branch of the Śhuklabhadra lineage. The name śhuklabhadra means “pure, auspicious light” and refers to the light of spiritual illumination which dispels all darkness and trouble. One traditional name for a spiritual center is a maṭha (said like something like mutah). The Sanskrit word “maṭha” can refer to a hut (perhaps where a teacher lives), a Temple, a cloister for monastics, or any ashram or center for spiritual teaching. This word can be used broadly to describe almost any type of spiritual organization (though there is usually a connotation of some sort of Guru giving spiritual teachings). In this case the word “pīṭham” is used in place of the word “maṭha.” The Sanskrit word “pīṭha” means “a seat or a chair,” and when used to describe a spiritual institution, it implied that a living teacher is carrying the spiritual energy of that lineage and occupying a symbolic and often literal “seat” of spiritual authority of the lineage. In this concept the spiritual energy of the lineage is built by the efforts of successive teachers who each in turn, by their qualities of selflessness and compassion for people strive humbly to bring spiritual energies from the inner realms to the physical realm for the benefit of the public. Each time one Guru trains and ordains a successor, the energy of all the previous Gurus in that lineage is transferred to the successor upon ordination. Spiritual knowledge is beyond logical comprehension and can not be attained by reading books. To unlock the mystical secretes of nature, a teacher is necessary. These teachings are traditional given in the East in specific time-tested ways through spiritual maṭhas and pīṭhas. The title “pīṭhādhipati” therefor refers to the person occupying the seat of authority in a spiritual institution. The Soma pīṭha is currently occupied by Śrī Gaṇanāthāmṛtānanda Svāmījī. Similarly the word “maṭhādhipati” is used to describe the spiritual head of a Maṭha. These titles indicate not only a person’s qualification as a spiritual teacher, but more importantly their role as the head of a spiritual organization.