“Kaula Sannyasa – the important phase of the spiritual journey from ignorance to eternity”: Shri Yogini Ma Shivagni Nath
After a long time, we had the opportunity to have a conversation with Shri Yogini Ma Shivagni Nath but this time with a new name and avatar, as she revealed her Sannyasa Deeksha experience. We had met her after a long time because of lockdown and in this period, she had spent some time in Maharashtra, and in the process, she took one of the most complicated yet beautiful sannyasa of Kaula Siddha Dharma, Kaula Samhara Sanyasa.
One of our reporters also had the opportunity to witness her Deeksha first hand. We were constantly in touch with her in the lockdown period. She had revealed to us beforehand that she was undertaking a sannyasa Deeksha on the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima on 5th July 2020. It was more auspicious because it was also “Siddhi Laxmi Jayanti” and also Lunar Eclipse. We had received her permission to witness her sannyasa because she mentioned to us that the sannyasa that she was undertaking was different from all other sannyasa. It was Kaula Siddha sannyasa. As per her, Kaula Siddha sannyasa has three different forms, shristi, sthiti, and samhara and she undertook one of the most complicated sannyasa, the Kaula Samhara Sanyasa Deeksha.
In the Deeksha ceremony, our reporter witnessed a big idol of Shiva and Shakti, Swachhand Bhairava, and Ma Kurukulla. Besides the idols, there was a big throne of her rajasic guru. In front of her throne, there was a havan kunda, a tarpana kunda and in the midst of it was one of three sannyasa yantra. Just above the sannyasa yantra, another sannyasa yantra was hanging. The yantra was made of plywood, round in shape, and on both sides of the yantra, the mantras were written in tankari script. On the other end, there was an enclosed area enclosed by a red veil and in it, the ultimate sannyasa was to be undertaken.
The first phase of the Sannyasa Deeksha was all about rituals or karmakand. Shri Yogini Ma Shivagni Nath could be seen wearing a rajasic dress of the Kaula Siddha dharma which was a compulsory dress code for sannyasa. In front of her, there was a white conch shell and a vessel where the water of tarpana poured. We also came to know that the use of a white conch shell belonged to the Shakta tradition of sannyasa. The Samhara Deeksha was to be held under the shakta tradition. In the rituals, we could witness her pouring water from the conch shell and the process is called tarpan.
After some while and a worship ceremony, she entered the enclosed area by the red veil which was a little transparent, and inside it, we could witness another sannyasa yantra. We came to know that the yantra as samhara yantra and since she was undertaking Kaula Samhara Sanyasa Deeksha therefore, the samhara yantra was installed. There she took some vows and undertook the sannyasa.
After the sannyasa, a homa and hawan ceremony was conducted and with it, the Sannyasa Deeksha was concluded. The event spanned for a few hours and with the conclusion of the Deeksha, her life had taken an important turn because the Samhara Deeksha that she undertook was very rare and rarely available to the sadhakas. The prerequisite for the sadhana was that the person undertaking had to have experienced grihastha (household), be successful in the material world, and have had all forms of material and social experience. The person should also have fate backing them. Shri Yogini Ma Shivagni Nath ticked all the boxes and with the successful conclusion of sannyasa, she transitioned her life from a regular sadhaka to one of the most revered positions in Kaula Siddha dharma, a Kaul Yogini sannyasin.
Later, while in the conversation, we had asked her about her sudden acceptance of sannyasa because it is one of the ultimate things one could ever undertake in one’s life. Furthermore, the embracement of sannyasa at a tender age is also an important feat that she achieved in her life. She replied that she undertook the sannyasa primarily for two important reasons, the first one was for the service of humankind and humanity. The service of humans can only be performed through wisdom, that wisdom that can minimize human suffering and devour all the dependencies prevalent in society. The second purpose is purely for altruist purposes. Altruism is living life for others. A person when undertakes Kaula Sannyasa devours all personal relationships and then treats the whole humankind as their relatives or friends. The person then harbors no ill feelings towards anybody or any sects.
She further added that Kaula Sannyasa is an important phase of the spiritual journey from ignorance to eternity. Kaula Siddha sannyasa also differs from other sannyasa offered by other sects because their idea of sannyasa is not deeply rooted in tantra but renunciation. Kaula Siddha sannyasa is based on the universe and its momentum. Furthermore, a Kaula Sanyasi doesn’t renunciate at all instead they embrace higher virtues and leads life accordingly for the betterment of the creation. She told us she will reveal to us more in the coming days.
Shri Yogini Ma Shivagni Nath informed us that she shall again be absent for some time so that she could finish her sannyasa sadhana. She wants to finish it as early as possible so that she could commit to her vows of sannyasa. We asked her when she shall meet us next for a talk to which she replied very candidly, “as soon as I finish my sadhana.”