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Śri Cakra Nyāsa

When one meditates that the virtuous one is in her heart, as bright as vermilion, it is said that she causes delusion, desire, subjugation and attraction – Vāmakeśvarīmatam IV, 42

The following lengthy and complex nyāsa is translated from Nityotsava, a work based on the Kalpasutras, and written by Umanandanatha, a disciple of Bhaskararaya (Bhasurandandanatha), an 18th century devotee of Śrī Vidya who wrote an extensive commentary on the Lalitāsahasranama (Thousand Names of Lalitā).

This last work is in English translation in the Adyar Library series. Bhaskararaya also wrote a work called Varivarahasya, also in English translation. (See bibliography).

The Śrī Cakra Nyasa identifies the different elements of the Śrī Yantra with different parts of the human body. As the devotee touches the particular part of the body, she or he visualises the particular aspect and at the same time pronounces a mantra, linked to the particular matrikas or letters of the Sanskrit alphabet.

For a full understanding of this complex nyāsa, look at the other sections on Śrī Vidya on this web site, in particular, Lalitā and the different mandalas of the yantra. The translation of the Bhāvanopanishad, along with the prayoga or practical application, is also worth having at hand.

Śrī Cakra Nyāsa

After completing the daily declared practice of Śrī Devi, and given ritual offering (upachara), mantra, and holding a flower between folded hands, the devotee should meditate firstly on the form of the Śrī Cakra on the head.

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to the collective deities of the Cakra: the Prakata, Gupta, Guptatara, Sampradaya, Kulakaula, Nigarbha, Rahasya, Atirahasya, Pararahasya Yoginīs. These should be diffused over all the limbs.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Gam hail to Gaṇapati. Right thigh.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ksham. Kshetrapala. Right shoulder.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Yam Yoginīs. Left shoulder.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Vam Vatuka. Left thigh.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Lam to Indra. Big toes.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ram to Agni. Right knee.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Tam Yama. Right side.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ksham, Nirriti. Right shoulder.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Vam Varuna. Head.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Yam Vayu. Left shoulder.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sam Soma. Left side.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ham Ishana. Left knee.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ham Sah Brahma. Head.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Am hail to Ananta. Muladhara.

Nyāsa of the Cakra Bewildering the Three Worlds

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to the Cakra Bewildering the Three Worlds. Diffusion
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to the First Line
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Anima Siddhi. Back of shoulder on right.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Laghima Siddhi. Tips of right fingers.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Mahima Siddhi. Right thigh joint.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ishitva Siddhi. Tips of right toes.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Vashitva Siddhi. Tips of left toes.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Prakata Siddhi. Left thigh joint.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Bhukti Siddhi. Left hand finger tips.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Iccha Siddhi. Back of right shoulder on left.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Prapti Siddhi. Root of tuft of head.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Sarvakama Siddhi. Back of head.

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to the Middle Line of the Bhupura. Diffusion.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Brahmi. Big toes.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Maheshvari. Right side.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Kaumari. Head.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Vaishnavi. Left side.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Varahi. Left knee.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Indrani. Right knee.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Chamunda. Right shoulder.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Mahalakshmi. Left shoulder.

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to the Inner Line of the Bhupura. Diffusion.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Sarva Sankshobhini. Big toes.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvavidravini. Right side.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvakarshini. Head.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvavashankari. Left side.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvonmadini. Left knee.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvananknsha. Right knee.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvakhechari. Right shoulder.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvabija. Left shoulder.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvayoni. Top of head.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvatrikhanda. Big toes.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Tripura, the Lady of the Cakra Bewildering the Three Worlds. Am Am Sauh.

These Prakata Yoginīs in the Cakra Bewildering the Three Worlds, with their mudras, with their Siddhis, with their weapons, with their Śaktis, with their vehicles, with their attendants, are all placed in the heart.

Nyāsa of the Cakra Fulfilling All Desires

Aim Klīṃ Sauh hail to the Cakra Fulfilling All Desires (diffusion)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Kamakarshini Nityakala (back right ear)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Buddhyakarshini (right shoulder)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ahamkarakarshini (right elbow)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Shabdakarshini (back right hand)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sparshakarshini (right thigh)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Rupakarshini (right knee)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Rasakarshini (right ankle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Gandhakarshini (sole right foot)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Chittakarshini (sole left foot)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Dharyakarshini (left ankle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Smrityakarshini (left knee)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Namakarshini (left thigh)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Bijakarshini (back left hand)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Atmakarshini (left elbow)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Amritakarshini (left shoulder)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sharirakarshini (back left ear)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Aim Klīṃ Sauh hail to the Lady of the Cakra Fulfilling All Desires (in heart )
These Gupta Yoginīs in the Cakra Fulfilling All Desires with their Mudras &c. (are declared)

Nyāsa of the All Agitating Cakra

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hrīṃ Klīṃ Sauh hail to the Cakra (diffusion) Agitating All
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Ananga Kusuma (right temple)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ananga Mekhala (right shoulder joint)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ananga Madana (right thigh)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ananga Madanatura (right ankle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ananga Vegini (left thigh)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ananga Ankusha (left shoulder joint)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Ananga Malini (left temple)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hrīṃ Klīṃ Sauh hail to the Lady of the All Agitating Cakra (heart)
These Guptatara Yoginīs in the Cakra with their Mudras &c. (are declared).

Nyāsa of the Cakra Bestowing All Good Fortune (Sarvasaubhāgyadāyaka)

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Haim Hklim Hsauh hail to the Cakra Bestowing All Good Fortune (diffusion)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Sarva Sankshobhini (middle of f’head)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarva Vidravini (right of f’head)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvakarshini (right cheek)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvahladini (right shoulder)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvasammohini (right side)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvastambhini (right thigh)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvajrimbhini (right leg)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvavashankari (left leg)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvaranjini (left thigh)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvonmadini (left side)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvarthasadhini (left shoulder)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvasampattipurani (left cheek)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvamantramayi (left f’head)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarva Dvandva Kshayankari (back of head)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Haim Hklim Hsauh hail to Tripura Vasini, Lady of the Cakra Bestowing All Good Fortune (heart)
These Sampradaya Yoginīs in the Cakra Bestowing All Good Fortune, with their Mudras &c. are declared.

Nyāsa of the Cakra of all Objects of the Sadhaka (Sarvasiddhaprada)

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hsaim Hsklim Hssauh hail to the Cakra of All Objects of the Sadhaka (diffusion)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Sarvasiddhiprada (right nostril)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvasampatprada (right corner of mouth)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvapriyankari (right breast)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvamangalakarini (right testicle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvakamaprada (right of penis)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvadukhavimochini (left of penis)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvamrityuprashanani (left breast)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvavighnavasini (left testicle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvangasundari (left of mouth)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvasauhhagyadayini ( left nostril )
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hsaim Hsklim Hssauh hail to Tripura Śrī, the Lady of the Cakra Giving All Objects to the Sadhaka (heart)
These Kulottirna Yoginīs, in the Sarvarthasadhaka Cakra, with their Mudras &c. thus are declared.

Nyāsa of the Cakra of All Protection

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hrīṃ Klīṃ Blem hail to the Cakra Giving All Protection (diffusion)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to Sarvajna (right eye)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvashakti (nose root)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvaishvarya Pradayini (left eye)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvajnanama (left shoulder root)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarva Vyadhi Vinashini (left thigh root)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvadhara Svarupa (left knee)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvapapahara (right knee)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarvanandamaya (genitals)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarva Raksha Svarupini (right thigh root)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sarva Ipsita Phalaprada (right shoulder root)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hrīṃ Klīṃ Blem hail to Tripura Malini, the Lady of the Cakra of All Protection (heart)
These Nigarbha Yoginīs, in the Cakra of All Protection thus (are declared)

Nyāsa of the Cakra Destroying All Disease

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hrīṃ Shrīṃ Sauh hail to the Cakra Destroying All Disease (diffusion)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Am Am Im Im Um Um Rm Rm Lm Lm Em Aim Om Aum Am Ah Blum hail to Vashini, Devata of Speech (right of chin)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Kam Kham Gam Gham Nam Klhrīṃ Kāmeśvarī (right of throat)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Cam Cham Jam Jham Nam Nvlim Modini (right of heart)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Tam Tham Dam Dham Nam Ylum Vimala (right of navel)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Tam Tham Dam Dham Nam Jmrim Aruna (left of navel)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Pam Pham Bam Bham Mam Hslvyum Jayini (left of heart)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Yam Ram Lam Vam Jhmryum Sarveshvari (left of throat )
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Sham Sham Sam Ham Ksham Kshmrim Kaulini (left of chin)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hrīṃ Shrīṃ Sauh hail to Tripura Siddha, Lady of the Cakra which Removes All Disease (heart)
These Rahasya Yoginīs in the Cakra Removing All Disease, with their Mudras &c. thus are declared.

Weapon Nyāsa

The four weapons, in order, beginning from the East, should be placed in the heart triangle.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Dram Drim Klīṃ Blum Sah hail to the All Crushing Arrows(behind the triangle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Dham the All Bewildering Bow (right side of triangle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hrīṃ the All Subjugating Noose (front of triangle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Krom hail to the All Paralysing Goad (left side of triangle)

Nyāsa of the Cakra Giving All Siddhi

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ Hsraim Hsrklim Hsrsauh hail to the Cakra Giving all Siddhi (diffusion)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to the first section, which is the Kamarupa Pitha and which is Kāmeśvarī (front part of triangle)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ to the second section, which is the Purnagiri Pitha and which is Mahavajreshvari (right part)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ to the third section, which is the Jalandhara Pitha and which is Mahabhagamalini (left part)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ hail to the Root Mantra, the Oddyana Pitha, and Mahatripurasundari ( in centre of triangle )
Then one should place, in order, the 16 vowels and the 16 Nityas:
(Kāmeśvarī Mantra) hail to Kāmeśvarī Nitya. Similarly one should place the remaining 14 Nityas, placing the Root Mantra and Shodashi in the centre.
These Atirahasya Yoginīs, in the Cakra Giving All Siddhi, with their Mudras &c. thus (are declared).

Nyāsa of the Cakra Consisting of Bliss

Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ ka e i la hrīṃ ha sa ka ha la hrīṃ sa ka la hrīṃ hail to the Cakra Consisting of Bliss (diffusion)
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ ka e i la hrīṃ ha sa ka ha la hrīṃ sa ka la hrīṃ hail to Śrī Lalitā (centre of heart)
These Parapara Rahasya Yoginīs, with their Mudras, Weapons, Siddhis, Śaktis, Vehicles and Attendants, should be placed in the Cakra Consisting of Bliss.
Aiṃ Hrīṃ Śrīṃ ka e i la hrīṃ ha sa ka ha la hrīṃ sa ka la hrīṃ hail to Śrī Lalitā, Lady of the Cakra Consisting of Bliss.
Then, in the heart, the Yoni Mudra should be displayed, and having recited the Root Mantra once more, one should do hand and limb nyāsa.

Artwork is © Jan Bailey, 1975-2021. Translations are © Mike Magee 1975-2021.Questions or comments to mike.magee@btinternet.com

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