My name is Heeral Shah and I'm presenting the Siddha Chakra Mahayantra which is the most auspicious and most versatile yantra in the Jain religion.
At the heart of the Siddha Chakra is the Aryandrapad. There are the principal nine elements of the Siddha Chakra yantra including the Aryandrapad. The Aryan means the one which is enlightened, the enlightened soul, who shows the world the path of religion and he proclaims to each world. Siddha - Siddha means the liberated soul.
Jain religion believes that anyone can become a God, it doesn't believe in a creator, even you and me can be liberated by detaching ourselves from all the karmic bound edges. Acharya is the preceptor, he is the one who holds the control over four folds of Jain community. Upadhya, or the learned person, he is the teacher. He teaches Jain religion to others and gives the charity of knowledge. Sadhu is the community of Jain nuns and Jain monks. The Jain nuns and Jain monks have taken four vows and they put the religion in practices. They form opinions throughout their lifetime.
Darshan means purest faith in God, religion and the teacher. Without faith everything is useless, therefore the purest form of faith is very necessary for becoming liberated. Dhan means purest form of knowledge, knowledge leads to the path of salvation. Charitra - the purest form of conduct, is called charitra. In order to practice kinya and have faith, one has to put it into practice so charitra is the purest form of conduct. Thapa means the purest form of peerless. Peerless detaches the soul and leads it to the path of salvation.
The outer circle is the divine mantric words which the one worship is during the worship of the Siddha Chakra yantra. This circle is 48 qualities of soul. When one worships the Siddha Chakra Mahayantra we understand somehow it is detaching itself from all the worldly pains and inflow of good thoughts. One soul gets 48 qualities of soul and becomes enlightened. This circle is the footprint of this principal nine elements and we worship the footprints of the nine elements. This circle is the 16 deities of knowledge, female and male. This circle is the guardian deities of Tirthankaras - these are the four guardian deities of the Siddha Chakra yantra. These are the eyes of Siddha Chakra. When one worships the Siddha Chakra yantra the eyes of the soul get opened, the soul becomes enlightened.
The Siddha Chakra Mahapuja or the Siddha Chakra ritual which is the most versetile and most well known ritual in the Jain religion, was first performed by King Shripal and Queen Mayana to celebrate the completion of Ayambil Oli. Ayambil Oli is a kind of penance, eating tasteless food and pure boiled water for four and a half years and it relieves the soul of the coming bondages.
The Siddhachakra Yantra depicts our whole religion, the principal nine elements and the whole dharma, the whole religion is presented in this Siddha Chakra. The Siddha Chakra means - 'siddha' means liberated and 'chakra' means release of karmic bondages. When we worship the Siddha Chakra one soul becomes liberated of karmic bondages.
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