Concept development through Classical Dance format by Dr. Uma Anantani
Vedic literature is the epitome of the highest human consciousness. It reflects at its finest, the intellectual understanding by man about the universe. This smruti-shruti-sahitya has survived through the centuries in faith as the mystic relation of man and his Maker and is beyond all the sciences – hence beyond comprehension. The relevance of Vedic ideology is most profound in the current time as it is beyond caste and creed, beyond race and religion and also beyond time and space.
The omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent Param Purusha is all pervading Reality. From Him has been created the space from where the air, fire, water, earth, vegetation and all beings and Purusha himself along with the moon, Sun, the directions and bhu, bhuva, and svaha (earth, space and heaven respectively) has originated. The magnificent Parabrahma is ‘tatjalan’– tat + ja + la + an, i.e. the cause of shrusti, samhara, sthitiand this is the Absolute Truth from where it is born (ja) and it goes back (laya) to the original source.
The all pervading one makes His presence felt like a thread in a garland of gems. He encompasses the Universe and its activities with His Tripada, Triguna-s, Trideva, Triakshara and all. He is the Absolute Reality.
However, without the active participation of Shakti, who is the embodiment of energy as also the cause of all being, Purusha stays motionless – ‘vina shakti shiva shavah’. This universal understanding is represented through yogic and tantric manifestation known as Kundalini Yoga. Adi Shankaracharya celebrates this mystic quality of existence in his poetic work, Saundarya-laheri. Paratpar Shiva along with his consort Shakti resides in all the seven Kundalini Chakras.
In Sahastra Chakra, all the possible akshara-s vibrate in the thousand petals as sattchidananad i.e. the truth. In Agya Chakra, they represent the most enlightened conscience in ‘aum’. In Vishuddha Chakra, they are all pervading akasha. In Anahata Chakra at Hridayakamala, they represent vayu. At Manipura Chakra, Swadhisthan Chakra and Muladhara Chakra, they represent agni, jala and pruthvi tatva-s.
The devotee meditates upon the two opposites of existence, lasya and tandava represented by Shakti and Shiva respectively. And after visualizing their soulful Universal Dance, the bhakta’s spirit is aroused into the thousand-petalled lotus above the head by passing through all the chakras from below even as he blissfully celebrates the beatitude and auspiciousness of his existence.
Tat-sat is Rasadhwani’s humble, collective effort to transcend the in-transcendable vast spectrum that is Vedic Philosophy.