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Tripur Rahasya is a holy book on A-Dwait philosophy written by Haritaayan. It is sometimes called Haritaayan Sanhitaa also because he wrote this. It is said that once Maarkandeya Rishi asked Brahmaa Jee to tell him the secret truth. Brahmaa Jee told him that it will be brought to him in the form of a holy book. When Naarad Jee heard this he came to Earth.
In the meantime Haritaayan was worshipping in Meenaakshee Temple of Madurai (Tamil Naadu, in Southern India). Naarad Jee came to him and told him that he had come to see him as what he was doing to present the secret truth to the world. He said that he found himself unable to do so, so Naarad Jee meditated on Brahmaa Jee and Brahmaa Jee immediately appeared there before them and endowed Haritaayan to write four chapters of the book a day. Later Brahmaa Jee and Naarad Jee were the first people to read that book after it had been written.
It consists of 12,000 Shlok distributed in three sections - (1) The Mahaatmya Khand, a section on Greatness of Shree Devee, 6,687 Shlok; (2) Gyaan Khand, a Khand on Supreme Wisdom, 2,163 Shlok; and (3) Charyaa Khand, a section on Conduct. The first two Khand are available but the third one is not traceable. The first section includes prelude to the work and writes about Durgaa, Kaalee, Lakshmee, Saraswatee, Lalitaa, Kumaaree etc Devee and their exploits found in Brahmaand Puraan, Maarkandeya Puraan and Lakshmee Tantra. It mostly covers Durgaa Sapt Shatee and Lalitaa Upaakhyaan.
Tripur Rahasya starts with "Om Namah" and ends with "Shree Tripuraiv Hreem". Om is the well-known symbol of signifying the Supreme Being and Hreem is the symbol of the same as the Supreme Goddess. Thus the whole book is enclosed between these two symbols.
There is a
Sanskrit Sanhitaa on Tripur Rahasya, named "Taatparya Deepikaa",
written in 4932 of Kali era (ie 1831 AD) by one Dravid Srinivas, son of
Vyadianath Deekshit of the village of Mahaa Pushkar in South India.
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Origin of Tripur Rahasya
In the meantime, a Braahman, by name Sumant, living on the banks of the Saraswatee River had a son, Alark by name, who used to hear his mother called "Aayee Aayee" by his father. Being a child, he too addressed his mother "Aayee". He died in his childhood, and his last words on his death-bed were "Aayeei Aayee" only. This sound is however sacred to the Goddess. Having been uttered in all innocence and purity of mind, it conferred unexpected merit on the dying child. He was later born as Sumedh, a son to Harit. He was named as Haritaayan on his father's name. His spirituality developed as he grew up and he sought Parashuraam Jee to learn the highest good from him, who in turn imparted to him the knowledge which he had gained from Dattaatreya. Parashuraam Jee told him also that his master had predicted the compilation of the knowledge of the Highest Truth by Haritaayan for the benefit of mankind.
Once Haritaayan was worshipping Shree Meenaakshee Devee in the temple at Madurai in Tamil Naadu, that Naarad Jee appeared to him and said that he had come from Brahm Lok in order to see what Haritaayan was going to present to the world in the form of an Itihaas (history) containing the Supreme Spiritual Truth. Haritaayan was bewildered to see him and asked him what the Saint expected of him. Naarad Jee said: "There was an assembly of saints in Brahm Lok. Maarkandeya Jee asked Brahmaa Jee about the Sacred Truth. Brahmaa Jee said that it would be brought out by you in the form of a holy book. So I have come to ask you about it."
Haritaayan was at a loss and pleaded inability to reproduce the Sacred Truth learned from Parashuraam Jee. Naarad Jee then meditated on Brahmaa Jee who appeared before them and asked what the matter was. When Naarad put the whole matter before him, he turned to Haritaayan and blessed him, endowing him with the ability to produce the book at the rate of four chapters a day. He also referred to Haritaayan's past and attributed his present inability to remember what he learnt to the casual and undisciplined utterance of the sacred syllable in his past incarnation. Brahmaa Jee further enjoined Naarad Jee to be the first one to read Haritaayan's work when it was completed.
Structure of Tripur Rahasya
(2) Gyaan Khand (Section on Supreme Wisdom) - Consists of 2,163 Shlok. The Gyaan Khand or section on knowledge elaborates on the themes of consciousness, manifestation, and liberation.
(3) Charyaa Khand (Section on Conduct) - is not available.
Shree Tripur Rahasya, otherwise Haritaayan Sanhitaa, begins with "Salutations to Aum" and ends with "Tripur is only Hreem". Aum is well known as the sacred syllable signifying the Highest Being in the abstract; so also "Hreem" is the sacred symbol of the same as the Goddess. The contents of the book are thus enclosed by these two symbols - the most sacred in the Ved and the work is equally sanctified.
In Sootra Bhaashya (the commentary on Brahm Sootra). Shree Shankar has used the story of Samvart as found in Tripur Rahasya, in his commentary on "Brahm" (Sootra), with approval.
The Tripur Rahasya is believed to be an abbreviated version of the original Datta Sanhitaa or Dakshinaamoorti Sanhitaa traditionally ascribed to Dattaatreya. This more lengthy work was summarized by Dattaatreya's disciple Paramaasur, whose disciple, Sumedh Haritaayan, scribed the text. Thus, this text is sometimes referred to as the Haritaayan Sanhitaa. In the Taantrik tradition, the Tripuropasti Paddhati is supposed to have been written by Shree Dattaatreya Jee. This is mentioned in Tripur Rahasya. The summary of Tantra in the Parashuraam Kalp Sootram is also supposed to have been written by Shree Dattaatreya Jee.
Thus Tripur Rahasya is the dialog between Dattaatreya Jee and Parshuraam Jee told by Haritaayan.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 01/24/13