Not long ago, I posted Minibit called, The Code of Pashupati – Mystical Minibit. The following will give you some background on it’s origin and use:
The code of Pashupati, a great yogi of pre Vedic times, is stated in sutras by Bhagavan Lakulisha (Swami Kripalu’s guru) for the purpose of remembering and reviving the original teachings.
Pashupati is a name of Shiva meaning “lord of the fettered”: Sanskrit, pashu (bound beings) + pati (lord or master).
Lakulisha, an incarnation of Pashupati and the twenty-eighth incarnation of Shiva, is of the discipular lineage from the First Master mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the First Master of all lineages.
Sutras. A sutra is a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by an ancient classical author. A sutra can be a short phrase or even one word.
Code. We usually think of a code as “a system of words or symbols for the purpose of preserving secrecy,” but in the case of these sutras, “a set of practices and actions” also applies to what is being preserved.
In the case of my writing things down for you to read, remember that scriptural injunctions forbid revealing inner meanings of any “code” to anyone who is not “qualified” to receive the teachings, so they are never explicitly written. This is why contact with a teacher is imperative at certain junctures in one’s sadhana. Hence the tradition of gurus and oral teachings (see articles on “Gurus and Disciples”). The teacher will relate such teachings at the proper time to the qualified student. A qualified student refers to one who reaches certain stages of sadhana as indicated by the student’s conditions and meditation experience.
The Pashupata Sutram and the Pashupata Code in general, speak of how one would live, obtain sustenance, practice and act, and the subsequent benefits. That this code is meant for those with previous yoga experience who wish to commit to full time yoga sadhana, seems apparent. On the other hand, some of these practices can be taken up under less ideal circumstances, and though this may not take you to final liberation quite as quickly, the results will be money in the bank. Otherwise, I would not bother you with them at all.
The Pashupata Sutram (Pashupata Sutras) is an esoteric work. Esoteric teachings that are written down are always in code. I do not mean the kind of code you can break by deciphering letters the way contemporary Bible scholars are trying to do. The only way these sutras can be deciphered is by advancing to the point that you naturally enter into certain stages and gain understanding through your own experience and the grace of God and guru, at which point there will be a shift in your perception and your sadhana. You could try to bootstrap it, but I can almost guarantee you that, even if you are a genius and extremely blessed, there would probably be missteps which, at certain points in sadhana, can be utterly disastrous to you and perhaps even to others.
The following is an example of the first few of these sutras. They are the same sutras as in The Pashupat Sutras – Mystical Minibits in which I kept as closely as possible to literal translations. I have done the same here though, due to the magic of Sanskrit, the wording is slightly different. Different takes understanding makes.
Keep in mind that the point of a sutra, or even a string of sutras, reminds one of a teaching. Don’t worry about understanding them completely. They will gradually make themselves known through sadhana over time.
At this point in sadhana, since it has been asked how to reach the end of pain and sorrows, we will clarify the prescribed practice of the Pashupata Yoga of Pashupati for the purpose of union of the individual soul with God.
Ash-bath three periods of the day
Three ablutions (purifying, cleansing), dawn, noon and sunset, by means of ash-bath.
Sleep in ashes
Lie down, rest or sleep in ashes.
Re-bath, re-bathe, or after-bath. Take ash-bath after rest or sleep. Bathe repeatedly.
Until there is enough purity and ash-bath ceases on its own during the ablution period, or even for good.
Eventually, you become a bearer of the mark, or sign. The effect is a sign of the cause. You hold the proof . . .
In a house
And your home becomes a temple. It has become a sacred place by this practice bearing the fruit of purity.
Surrendering only to God with laughter, songs, dance, muttering and sound of dun-dun . . .
[A good player] surrenders repeatedly to God with laughter, songs, dance, sound of dun-dun, muttering and gifts/offerings . . .
While on the right side of the image of the Great Player,
The right side indicates ascension, urdhvareta, upward flow of the Life Energy and the Great Player is God, thus indicating that this is what makes you a “good player”.
With one garment,
The Sanskrit is ekavaasaah. Eka means one. Vaasaa means cloth, dwelling place, physical form, fragrance, state, situation or condition. I’ll let you work it out. HINT: All these translations are correct.
Or without any garment
Or with none of the above.
So now I have done yet another translation and a little commenting on these first eleven sutras. If you are bothering to study them or contemplate them, you might want to compare these translations with the translations of the previous Minibit from a few weeks ago and see what you uncover. Over time, all this will come together for you as long as you continue sadhana as I have explained it to you. Meanwhile, have fun playing detective.