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Akulavira Tantra

The yogi should continually practise showering himself with nectar. He becomes free from old age and
liberated and devoid of all disease. He plays within the Ocean of Samsara, dearest one, is accomplished
and independent - Kaulajnananirnaya VII, 20

The Akulavira opens with the following salutation: "Hail to the lotus feet of Shri
Macchanda. I bow to Shri Minanatha, full of the bliss of Sahaja, liberated from the
stain of Maya, supreme, diffused through the universe, in whom all the adharas
are deep and still, born from his own self.
"Now I will declare the supremely marvellous Akulavira, the ultimate secret of
secrets, creating the multitude of Siddhas in their real states. [1]
"By grace of the worlds, this was spoken by Siddha Natha. One who desires it
should conceal it carefully, according to the rule. [2]
"Just as those beings sunk in the ocean of Samsara take refuge with the great
and as all rivers flow into the oceans, [3] So in the Akula Vira all dharmas are
dissolved. [3]."
This text takes a very radical but entirely typical Natha stance, saying that the
Akulavira, elsewhere described as the Parampadam (the supreme part) and the
Sahajanandam (spontaneous bliss), alone gives liberation. It is identical with the
guru. Akula, as Bagchi points out, is Shiva, the witness while Kula is Shakti, the
cluster of energies.

Fools, deluded by Mahamaya, and deluded by the net of different shastras,


follow Buddhism, Somasiddhanta, the Nyayas, Mimamsa, Pancharatra, Vama,
Dakshina and Siddhanta, Itihasa, Purana, Bhutatattva and Garuda, Shiva
agamas, with the false notion that these will bring liberation, the text says. But
they have false notions and are enmeshed in useless discussions which do not
liberate them from samsara. That liberation can only be found in the Akulavira.
(verses 5 to 10).
Nor can it be achieved by piercing the chakras, by concentrating on nadis such
as the Ida, Pingala or the Sushumna, or concentrating on adharas (chakras)
whether in the navel, the throat, the heart, the head, or the top of the skull, this
text says. Pranayama does not bring liberation either, nor thinking of the granthis,
the bindu, or the centre in the forehead. Rasayana (alchemy) does not bring
realisation of Akulavira either.
In a remarkable verse (56), it is said that the path of the Kaula is of two types the artificial (kritaka) and the sahaja (spontaneous). The real or Sahaja is that in
which Samarasa resides.
Akulavira it appears, cannot be defined by texts or schools of philosophy. It is all
knowing, stainless (niranjana), everywhere, and has all the good qualities, facing
in every direction. Once having seen this supreme form, the mind becomes calm.
Puja, going to tirthas, oblations, scents and the entire paraphernalia of the
tantras, does not allow the realisation of Akulavira. Any bad pandit who reckons
that such or other things will bring realisation merely serves to delude confused
and deluded people.
As ghee resides latent in milk, as fire is ready to burst forth in wood, just as scent
is inherent in blooms, oil in the sesame plant, the shadow of a tree in the tree, as
bliss in wine, or as effulgence in a flame, so the Akulavira subsists in the world.
Akulavira is neither dharma nor adharma, it is free of both maintenance and
dissolution, it is neither bound nor that which binds. The Akulavira is very deep
and marvellous, being both above the pinda and devoid of pinda. It is of the
essence of samarasa.
Yajna (fire sacrifice), self imposed restraints, japa (recitation of mantras),
archana (worship), homa and sadhana, mantra, puja, bathing, vows are nothing
whatever to do with Akulavira, which is without supports (niralamba pada), the
peaceful (shanta), free of actions, all nowing, complete, free of both "is" and "is
not", free of dualism and monism, and situated in one's own body.
When the feeling of samarasa exists, "he is Shiva, he is clearly the Deva, and he
is the Moon, the Sun and Shankara. He is Vishakhya (Skanda), he is
Mayuraksha (Indra), and similarly he is Buddha. His self is Devi, his self is the

Deva, he is the pupil and he is the guru. He is the act of meditation, he is that
meditated upon, he is the guru, the lord of all." (Verses 129-130).

AklvIrtm!
ImCDNdpadke_yae nm>
ImInshjnNd< SvkIyasmuvm!,
svRmaxargMIrmcl< Vypk< prm!,
Awat> sMvyaim AklvIr< mhtm!,
guad gutr< gu< issavsNtit>. 1.
Anhay laekana< isnawen ai;t<,
gaepnIy< yen ydICDn! zat< pdm!. 2.
s<sara[Rvmata< Utana< mhdaym!,
ywa ndInda> sVveR sagre smupagta>. 3.
twa AklvIre;u sVvRxMmaR lyta>,
sVvaRxarmze;Sy jgt> sVvRda u>. 4.
shjanNd< n ivNdiNt sVvRxMMmRsmas&ta>,
AnanNtmlERSta mhamayaNxCDidta>. 5.
zajalen sNtua maeihtaSTyjyiNtta>

(?),

n ivNdiNt pd< zaNt< kaElana< in:kl< gum!. 6.


s<vadyiNt ye keicn! NyayvEzei;kaStwa,
baExaStu AirhNta ye saemisaNtvaidn>. 7.

mIma<s paeta vamisaNtdi][a>,


#ithaspura[ UttvNtu gafm!. 8.
@i> zEvagmE> sVvER> prae] iyaiNvta>,
sivkLpisisRar<tt! sVv papbNxivt!. 9.
ivkLpbla> sVvERiMmWyavada inrwRka>,
n te muiNt s<sare AklvIrivviRta>. 10.
sVvR}< sVvRmas&Ty sVvRtae ihtl][m!,
sVveR;a< isiStSwa sVvRisi t vE. 11.
yasaE AklvIrae Zyte sVvRtaemuom!,
t< ividTva pr< p< mnae inlta< jet!. 12.
zBdprsSpzRgNxEva pmm!
sVvRava tEv lI[a> ly< gta>. 13.
avaavivinMmuR %dyaStmnviRt>,
Svavmitmt< zaNt< mnae ySy mnaemym!. 14.
AklvIrimit Oyat< sVvaRxarpaprm!,
naxarl]edNtu n nadgaecre pQet!. 15.
id Swane n ve c "i{qka talrNke,
n #fa ipla zaNta n caStIit gmagme. 16.
n naick{Qe c n izre nEv mStke,

twa c]uNmIlne c n nasainrI][e. 17.


n pUrkkMke t recke [c] twa pun>,
n ibNedke NwaE llaqe n tu vike. 18.
vezingRme nEv navahnivsRnm!,
n kr[EnaRsn< muEnRmase italuke. 19.
n inraexae n caearae natIta< caln< n ih,
n eYyRerkEv n SwanEv cym!. 20.
n caTmnEv td a< aatItpd< vet!,
@tt! p]ivinRmuR< hetuaNtviRtm!. 21.
n re n c vE inkqe n irtae n c irk>,
n %aen sae=ixk @i> p]EivRviRtm!. 22.
y iv<zaTmkae e; pul naiSt y vE,
y l]< n iv*et AklvIr s %(te. 23.
ySyEv< s<izt< kit! smrs s<izt>,
s a sae hirEz> s ae s c $r>. 24.
s izv> prmdev> s saemaaRikStwa,
s c sa<Oy> pura[a AhRNtbu @v c. 25.
Svy< devI Svy< dev> Svy< iz:y> Svy< gu>,
Svy< Xyan< Svy< Xyata Svy< sVvR devta. 26.

yazen tu aven pu;ae avyet! sda,


taza< )lmaVaeit na kaYyRivcar[at!. 27.
ASyEv ih ih namain p&wGUtain yaeigi>,
Anam tSy igyNte aiNt}anivmaeihtE>. 28.
xMmaRxMmRsmaiaivkLptmZDaidta>,
ten muiNt s<sar< nrk< yaeins<klm!. 29.
AklvIr< mht< yda pZyiNt sVvRgm!,
s baa_yNtre inTy< @kakar< cracrm!. 30.
inStr< inraas< pdedivviRtm!,
sVvaRvyvinMmuR< inlRy< inVvRkarjm!. 31.
AinguR[< zaNt< tvatIt< inrnm!,
sVvR}< pirpU[R SvavEvm]ym!. 32.
kaYyRkar[inMmuRmicNTymnamym!,
mayatIt< inralMb< Vyapk< sVvRtaemuom!. 33.
smTv< @kUt ^hapaehivviRtm!,
AklvIr< mht< AiStnaiStivviRtm!. 34.
n mnae n c vE buinR icNtacetnaidkm!,
n kal> klnazinR izvae n c #iNy>. 35.
n Ute g&te sae ih n suo< >omev c,

n rsae ih n suo< >omev c. 36.


n rsae ivrsEv n ktae n c jayte,
n CDay n c tapStu n zItae n c %:[van!. 37.
n Zyte mn St %dyaStmnviRtm!
n sIma Zyte t n c itWy n cihvih. 38.
AEtmcl< zaNt< s<gdae;ivviRtm!,
inrakl< iniVvRkLp inb ml][m!. 39.
Anaw< sVvRnaw %Nmna< mdviRtm!,
Aing&FmsiNx Swavr< jmev c. 40.
JvlJJvlnUMya c AapaeEv twEv c,
sVv smrs< pU[ AklvIrNtu kevlm!. 41.
ySyE;a sm!,iSwta mui> s muae vbNxnat!,
n tSy mataipta v baNxv< n c devta. 42.
n y}< naepvas n iya v[Redkm!,
Tyva ivkLps,"atm! AklvIrly< gta>. 43.
n jpae naRn< an< n haem< nEv saxnm!,
Aivezn< naiSt hetNt&gu naednm!. 44.
inymae=ip n tSyaiSt naepvasae ivxIyte,
ipt&kaYy n kraetait tIwRyaatain c. 45.

xMmaRxMmR)l< naiSt n an< naedkiya,


Svy< Tyj sVvRkaYyaRi[ laekacarai[ yain c. 46.
smyacarivcar ktka bNxkain tu,
s<kLp inkLp ye caNye ikl xiMmR[>. 47.
ve yaegI inracarae pzucarivviRt>,
isiivivxakar patale c rsaynm!. 48.
Ty] ya lBx< n g&Iyat! kdacn,
sVvR pazjal AxaemagRdayk>. 49.
@te;u maecna naiSt AklvIrivviRta>,
ywa ta> n janiNt Svad< kqumxurSy tu. 50.
twa AklvIrNtu n janiNt Svavgm!,
ywa midra mhaNtSy kiwt< nevzkte. 51.
rSyprmanNdmitgu< sugaeiptm!
laekana< c ihtawaRy isnawen ai;tm!. 52.
iniVvRkLp< pd< zaNt< y lIn< praprm!,
mae]Sy tNmhaSwan< mpivviRtm!. 53.
tEv s&ipe[ punSt ly< gta,
ikNten bnaeen sVvRbNxivviRtm!. 54.
AklvIr< yda lBx< tda ik< kaEilkE> mE>,

l_a tu mae]savm! AklvIr< mhaphm!.55.


kaElmageR yae siNt tka shja twa,
k{fil tka }eya shja smrs iSwta. 56.
eyRerkavSwa ktka sa=ixIyte,
tt> s patyed UmE muamEinRyaeigtE>. 57.
Aate ptne caNye k[Rjapen xUpkE>,
@tt! saXyimd< tv< @td Xyan xar[a. 58.
AnekE> kMmRs<"atE> nanamagRivavnE>,
ivkLpkllaeaeya %+aNta aNtcets>. 59.
id zaeken sNta Vyasa mhayE>,
h;Riv;adsMpa zaeCymana mumuR>. 60.
tav+miNt s<sare kLpakLpERva[RvE>,
dGxbIje;u s<UityRwa nEv jayte. 61.
mUliDe ywa v&]e n raeh< iv*te,
AklvIrgt< i< nanaavanubNxnE>. 62.
n bXyte ywa ivmle rs< ivly< gtm!,
tdklvIre c sve aaOy yt>. 63.
itimre[ ywaCDmuidtak n pZyit,
A}anmnStd aiNtjalivmaeihta. 64.

Akle vIre c sMae sVvRmetiinZyit,


dixmxe ywa sipR> kae cai iSwtae ywa. 65.
pu:pe gNxiStle tEl< v&]e caya smaita,
m*mXye ywanNd< dIpe a smaita. 66.
pmXye c k{fLya ATymev c,
rawaRklvIre c tTsVv ivinyaeijtm!. 67.
ava=avaidsm!,yuE> TyyERigaecrE>,
AklvIr< n janiNt ktkEmaeRihtaTmn>. 68.
pazjalinba mhamayivmaeihta>,
n janiNt pd< zaNtmicNTy< inTysMv>. 69.
sVvRVyaipavSw< Swanv[RivviRtm!,
sVvRUtiSwt< ekmXyy< xeyviRtm!. 70.
s c sVvRgtae av> iSwre pU[aeR inrNtre,
t mnae ivlInNtu Acl< vtNmym!. 71.
mnaev&iStwa icNTy< iK]a tNmyta< gta,
ywa itit tvSw> izvin:klmVyye. 72.
tda tNmyta< yait inMmRl< inl< pdm!,
AklvIr< mhtmekvIr< c sVvRgm!. 73.
lR< surisana< yaeignIna gaecrm!,

keicd vdNtId< xMmRimd< zaimd< tp>. 74.


Ay< laekimm< SvgRimd< saXyimd< )lm!,
#d< }an iv}an< zuazuimd< prm!. 75.
}ey tvkq y Xyan xar[a,
tdasaE yaeignI ek> naNyStu ih itIyk>. 76.
AnagtNtu gtEv n hCDe c itit,
n Ut< n iv:y iSwitlyvijRtm!. 77.
n cah< ictEdaeR;E> ilte n kdacn,
nah< ki me ki bae n c baxk>. 78.
n mui vE n c n mume mae]Sy c Sp&ha,
gCD<iStn! Swpn! jaan mEwune=ip va. 79.
ydairzaekE ivivxER][EStwa,
icikTsa nEv kVvIRt #iNyawER> kdacn. 80.
Aacret! sVvRv[ERStu n tu y< ivcaryet!,
@v< s crte yaegI ywar{ye tazn>. 81.
ip{fbxa nanaiSt AvSwa muoRvasnam!,
saemzUNyStwa via[aymviRtm!. 82.
Ameyinraas< xar[aXyanviRtm!,
yen jNmshai[ ya s<pUijtae gu>. 83.

te liNt mha}an< AklvIrNtu mae]dm!


yaeignIraik[Ice ySy i> suinla. 84.
AklvIr< mht< gMIr< ghnamym!,
ip{fatIt< yda }eymip{f< ip{fviRtm!. 85.
pdVyninMmuR< ivml< sttaeidtm!,
tine tNmyaTman< ivNdte at< pdm!. 86.
ictatIt< vet! sae ih yaegs<yaegviRtm!,
inVvaR[< vasnahIn< t&aTm c inramy>. 87.
ten lBxa n sNdehae=mla mlCDedna>,
tSy vRte i]< tSyEv sVvRsVvRgm!. 88.
vedisaNtzaai[ nanaivxain izoain c,
tain sVvaRi[ maehain kayezEinRrwRkm!. 89.
iv*ahoarStaStu giVvRta> kgit< gta>,
AnweRn c sNtua bNwawRicNtka>. 90.
AklvIr< n ivNdiNt ktkEMmaeRihtamn>,
giVvRtan< ktae }an< NwkaeiqztErip. 91.
kpURrkmadIna< vtaMbUlmev c,
orvvit tar< sVv tSy inrwRkm!,
AklvIr dehSw< yda pZyit sVvRgm!. 92.

xMmaRxMmR)l< naiSt naedk< tIwRsevna,


n iya sTyEv< va kmRka{fe n avna. 93.
n tSy kMmRkMmaRi[ laekacarai[ yain c,
cirta> smyacara jnEaRiNtivmaeihtE>. 94.
AklvIr< n janiNt ik< iviz< kt> iSwtm!,
ktka bNxna laeke kiLpta kpi{ftE>. 95.
sm!,kLpivkLp klakMmaRi[ yain c,
isyae ivivxa laeke patalm! c rsaynm!. 96.
Ty] yda lBx< n ivg&Iyat! kdacn,
sVveR te pazba AxaemagRdayka>. 97.
n cEtEMmuRi> sm!,sare Akl< bIrviRta>,
ywa midrmanNd< kiwt< nEv jayte. 98.
tdklvIraOy< Svsm!,ve*inraep[m!,
n janiNt nra mUFa> sarat! sartr< prm!. 99.
tavd aiNtivmuGxaTma yavl< n ivNdit,
ictatIte yda yaegI s yaegI yaegicNtk>. 100.
ivra vasna ySy t&aTm c inramy>,
tavd miNt maehaTma nanaavanubNxnE>. 101.
yavt! smmekTv< prmanNd< n ivNdit,

muoaR[a< c ywaza< kmarIsurit< ywa. 102.


AklvIr< ivNdiNt kWymanE> kmairka>,
idzvezaivinmuRLt< Swanv[RivviRtm!. 103.
inrakl< iniVvRkLp< inguR[ suinMmRlm!,
Anaw< sVvRnaw madaeNmadviRtm!. 104.
"ninivfinsiNxSwavre jme;u c,
jle Jvlne twa pvne UMyakaze twEv c. 105.
svR smrs< irtmklvIrNtu kevlm!,
n }at< yen dehSw< s mu> sVvRbNxnat!. 106.
n tSy iyabNxen n ve*< n c vedna,
n y}ae naepvas n cYyaR n iyaedy>. 107.
n v[aeR v[Red AklvIr< ydagtm!,
n japae nacaRnIna< n haemae nEv saxnm!. 108.
naiveznNtSy mpUjacr[aedkm!,
inyma n tSyaiSt ]epIQe c sevnE>. 109.
n iya nacRnaka*EnR tIwaRin tain c,
inralMbpd< zaNt< twatIt< inrnm!. 110.
sVvR}pirpU[R Svaven ivlyte,
kaYyRkar[inMmuRmiciNtt Anamym!. 111.

mayatIt< inralMb< Vyapk< sVvRtaemuom!,


Svdehe s<iSwt< zaNtmklvIr< t(te. 112.
smStmekdaUt< EtaavivviRtm!,
AklvIr< mhtmiStnaiStivviRtm!. 113.
mnaebuiicStica nEv Svcetna,
n kalklna cEv n zi n ceiNy>. 114.
n Ute g&te sae ih n >o< suomev c,
n rsae=ixrsSEv ktk< nEv karkm!. 115.
n CDaya natpae vinR c zItae:[vvedna,
n idn< raiimTyumudyaStmnviRtm!. 116.
n mnae Zyte t naedXvRmXy< c }ayte,
A]ae_ymclm! zaNtmIz< tvin[Rym!. 117.
yazen tu aven pu;ae avyet! sda,
taz< )lmaaeit na kaYyRivcar[at!. 118.
@v klsavmvaCy< prmam&tm!,
AgMy< gMyte kSmad aiNt}anivhaeihta>. 119.
n re n inkqe cEv Ty]< n prae]ta,
n irtae n irae va inpu[ae naip caixk>. 120.
@tt!p]ivinMmuRae hetuaNtviRt>,

ktkEMmaeRihta mUFa> kMmRka{frtaStu ye. 121.


n te;a< mui> s<sare nrke yaeins<kle,
AklvIr< mht< yda pZyit sVvRgm!. 122.
sbaa_yNtrEkTvm! sVvREv VyviSwtm!,
inStr< inraas< pdCDedivviRtm!. 123,
, sVvaRvyvinMmuR< iniVvRkar inMmRlm!,
AZy< inguR[< inTy< ini[Rraex inlm!. 124.
n Xyan< xar[a nEv n Swan< v[Rmev c,
n reck< pUrkEv nraeat kMkm!. 125.
n caNtmaidmXySw< n stae v&irev c,
aahkinMmuRNwatIt yvet!. 126.
@tE> sVvERiVvRinMmuR< hetuaNtviRtm!,
sbaa_yNtrEkTv< sVvREv VyviSwtm!. 127.
smrsanNpe[ @kakar< cracre,
ye c }at< SvdehSwmklvIr< mhtm!. 128.
ySya vz< iSwt> kit! smrs< rss<iSwtm!,
s a s hirEv s EverStwa. 129.
s izv> zatae dev> s c saemakRzr>,
s ivzaOyae myura]ae AhRNtae buxmev c. 130.

Svy< deiv Svy< dev> Svy< iz:y> Svy< gu>,


Svy< Xyan< Svy< Xyata Svy< sVveRrae gu>. 131.
sVvR}> sVvRmas&Ty sVvRtae ihtl][>,
sVvRyaeignI tSwa sVveR isaSc t vE. 132.
sVv sVvaRRwk< cEv sVvR}an t vE,
ywasaE mhawR AklvIrimit Sm&tm!. 133.
zBd> SpzaeR rsae p< gNxae v*ai[pm c,
sveR Ira tEv ye lIna> ly< gta>. 134.
naxare Xyeylye c n nadgaecre pre,
n id naik{Qe va ve "i{qkrNyae>. 135.
n #fa ipla cEv su:m[ c gmagmE>,
n naice k{Qe c n izre ibNke twa. 136.
c]uk[aeRNmIln< nEv< naiskainrI][e,
n pUrke kMke cEv recke c twa pun>. 137.
n ibNedNwaE c llaqe n c cNma>,
veze ingRme cEv izoa ^dXveR n ibNke. 138.
n krEnR srEmuRE> nakazae vayum{fle,
n cape cNsuYyeR c avaave smagme. 139.
AnaEpMy< inralMb< p]ap]ivviRtm!,

A}anmlStaTma mhamayivmaeihta>. 140.


zaaweRn ivmuFaTma maeihta iv;ae jna>,
n ivdiNt pd< zaNt< kEvLy< iniZy< gum!. 141.
s<OyadySc ye keict! NyayvEzei;kaStwa,
baEarhNta ye keict! saemisaNtdi][a>. 142.
mIma<sa pra vamdi][kaEilka>,
#ithaspura[ain Uttv gafm!. 143.
@te cEv sma> sVveR keict! va=ip iyaiNvta>,
ivkLpisida> sVveR tinR c pi{fta>. 144.
ivkLpbhla> sVveR imWyavadinrwRka>,
n te muCyiNt s<sare AklvIrivviRta>. 145.
yain kain c Swanain igirnRgrsagrm!,
sVvR s<iSwt< inTy< Swavre jme;u c. 146.
pUtaTmk< sVveR yt! ikit! scracrm!,
izva*devpYyRNt< sVv tEv s<iSwt<. 147.
$z< yaeign< :qva %pspRiNt ye nra>,
gNdE> pu:pE xUpE oanpanaid][E>. 148.
tpRyiNt c ye aiivxEScEvaNtraTmna,
te=ip bNdE> muCyiNt muimagIR n kaif][>. 149.

heNiv:[u ArhNta bumev c,


iv;aOyae myUra] ye c \;yStpaexna>. 150.
devaidae nreNa ye caNye mae]kai'][>,
te sVveR mae]imCDiNt AklvIrNtu mae]dm!. 151.
AwaNy< s<vyaim iavSwa< Svag>,
pUv ya sVveR ANvymageR TvkaEilke. 152.
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na s<zy>. 153.

n jraSte;a< n m&Tyu n zaekae >omev c,


sVvRVyaixhrEv n punRvs<v>. 154.
AklvIr< iSwt< idVy< isnawsadt>,
sVvRt> sVvRda zu> sVvRt> sVvRda u>. 155.
#it mCDeNpadavtairte kamipSwane yaeignIsadaBxm! AklvIr<
smam!