Founder Shakta Aham Yoga Foundation
Sri Nadanta Anandanatha (Dr. Arjun Karunakaran) was born to PV Janaki Amma and AV Karunakaran Master in Nayar Family called Puthiya Veetiil at Tellicherry which is 0ne of the branch of Meppad Tradition . This family ancestral house had very good practice of Srividya in their traditional style called machil Adiyathiram/buveneswari puja .Nadantas mother was Daughter of Shankaran Nair and Ammalu ammal and grand daughter of KT Appa Nambiar (Srividya initiate from Yogiswarji) .Nadantas father was son of AV parvathy amma and Meppad kammaran Gurukkal ( Siddha from Meppad & odangara Sampradya) . Nadanta was blessed with both fathers and mothers tradition , left his high flying career in MNC to pursue his passion in Srividya sadhana and spreading Shakta matha. Though his academic kowledge was in Computer Applications and Bussiness Administration his professiional experiance lies in banking and insurance industry . His deep love to traditional srividya sampradaya of kali matha with dynamic influence of his grand father Gurukkal of meppad, well known tantric made himself a deep initiate in the tradional shakta tantra and Para prasada srividya tradition of kula system and kalasankarshini kali of Siddha mahartha krama which he is practicing for the last 21 years. By the blessings of kula devata ,Yogeswari (shulini) , kula Guru odunatha of pitru sampradaya , srividya maha gurumandalam of meppad mantrashala and his Guruparampara he esatablished Meppad Madom and installed Guru Datta in Bramara Guha and build anushtana peetam with Srichakra Dyana nilayam , yagna shala and goshala etc to ensure that the knowledge and benefits of Sri Vidya practice and shaktism reach everyone, irrespective of their caste, creed or social status. As per nadanta “It is the birth right of every human being to be connected to the universal mother . Similarly it is the right of a person to become wealthy and knowledgeable. Bramara guhas spiritual practices of Srividya sampradaya connects an individual to the universal mother who in turn showers knowledge ,health, wealth, materialand enjoyment and Liberation ”.
History of Guru Tradition - Siddhachara and Brahmavidya.
Presiding diety of pitru sampradaya is Yogeswari and Guru is Odunatha (krishnatreya/Durvasa muni). Sampradya is purely related to Srividya .Normally Sri means it immedietly connect us to Lakshmi .When we look in to Haritayana Samhita and Brahmandapurana Sri is related to mahatripurasundari , lakshmi has worshipped Tripura and attained the boon from Sundari that she wil be known by Sri . Sri means Auspicious or immense radiance .Tripurasundari is most radiating and auspicious that is why she is called Srividya .She is Also called Brahmavidya because she gives the same brahma jnana which is attained by vairagaya or tapas . She removes all your sorrows by giving Atma jnana knowledge of self even you are in materialy attached world ,"Pashankusha danurbana ya eva veda sa Shokam Tarati" ,hence she is called atmavidya . Srividya can give both material and spiritual fruits when practiced with proper understanding. Attainnig Atma jnana Self knowledge which leads to nirvana even staying in pure material world by fullfilling desires is possible only in Srimahatripurasundari Sadhana. So she is the most randiant and Auspicious and called Srividya and her tradition is Brahmavidya Sampradya.
"Yatrasthi Bhogo na cha tatra Moksha ,yatrasti moksho na cha tatra bhoga
Srisundari Sevana tatparanam bhogascha mokshascha karastha Eva "
Normally first puja is done for Yogeswari durga and then guruparampara ,ganapati and later chakrarchana with makarapanchaka. All mantra moorthies are also worshipped during chakrarchana .This sampradaya started thousands of years back when one Great Guru (avadhuta) who was Brahma vidya upasaka only in a kaupinam walked over the valapattanam river in cannanore district and entered place called Azhikkal, much to the surprise of the local people.On his journey over the river near to valapattanam fort . The great guru called the Raja of Kolaswaroopam as “Ottavalukaran”, meaning the king who has a sword with hole .Kings attandents informed him that a man in kaupinam who has poorva shika has called him ottavalu(sword with hole).The king asked his attendents to bring brahman to his palace. The Brahman was brought to the palace by the army chiefs who belongs Chengunni murikencherry Family of kelu Nayanar. King Asked the Brahman to show hole on the Sword. Brahman pulled one hair from his shikha and pushed it through a minute hole in the sword.“A king should have Sookshma Drishti . Only then he will be able to see and analyse many things around him” uttered the great Brahman. The Raja was not convinced. He thought that the Guru was just a magician who played a trick on him.He told the guru that if he has real powes or “Siddhis” he has to defeat his palace Mantrika who belongs to Yogi Sampradya. The great Guru used his Dhanurveda Siddhi and Every one in the palace felt paralyzed by the magic spell by the great guru.The King felt angry and humiliated but he pretend like having bhakti.In his mind he planned another test for the Brahman.He requested the Brahman to do upacharam to his kula Devata by performing Guruti tarpanam. Normally the vessel used for performing the Guruti tarpanam will be small. After the tarpanam the person performing the tarpanam has to turn the vessel upside down indicating the culmination of the ritual. The king ordered his attendants to get a huge cauldron for guruti tarpanam which was pulled by elephant and kept for Guruti tarpanam.The King thought that the guru will fail miserably in performing the tarpana.Adi Guru of Meppad performed the guruti tarpana to the mother godess of kolaswaroopam chanting a shloka called mantra Gadyam and invoked the goddess and by finishing the tarpana he called Devi “Amme Sri porkali... Chamunda”The mother goddess appeared on the urali(cauldron) and it broke into two . Seeing this the king of kolaswaroopam ,the army cheif , and the Yogis bowed him and praised him as Shiva and became his disciples .The King Praised him and accepted him as his Guru natha . This great yogi spend rest of life on a hilly forest on the banks of river valapattanam. Later two dwijas (boys) from kashi after their upanayanam in the quest of the secret behind gayatri which is called srividya reached Meppad and get initiated in the tradition of kularnanava. They were adopted as children from which the family tradtion started . Later The temple puja was taken care by the matriarchy system . But patriarchal side also gave great scholars , teachers ,sanyasis , avadhoots etc . Last generation they had Prakshananda swamikkal (shishya of ramananda swamikkal of Durveswar mutt ,kasi .prakashanada swamikkal was Guru of Bhagavata ratna kallayi vishnu nampoodiri and author of gayatrimantratha prakashika, Sadhan bodhini abeutiful translation of Bagavat geeta, Shata rudriyam,Tatwanusandhanam, Srutisarasamudharanam and many books published by Sri Ramakrishna Ashram) who was vedanti, samayachri and Aryavaidya. This generation came Swami nadanta anandanatha saraswati (shishya of Amritanandanatha )great practictioner and teacher of srividya .
Adi Siddha Gurukkal of Meppad practiced Divya yoga marga practice and had his Samadhi was in yogagni (the yogic fire). The temple (mantrashala) and the secret Brahmavidya Gurmandal pratishta is build at that place .His Kula Devata ,and upasana moorthies are also secretly still worshipped at the temple which is called as meppad kalari or Meppad mantrashala.There are other stories related to odunatha, odanganara and Parashurama .The relation and the practice of srividya with Chirakkal Raja family continued till the time of chirakkal Ramamvarma valiya raja and Meppad Valiya Raman Gurukkal. Nadantaananda natha saraswati / Ananda battraka got connected to this tradition through his grand father Meppad kammaran gurukkal who was born in this tradition and later became the Disciple of Brahma Sree Madhavacharya Swamikkal a yogi of Srividya tradition (paripayi sampradaya and from panniyottillam). Swami nadanta reloaded meppad sampradaya and para prasad srividya tradition which follows the Tripurasundari rahasyam and kularnava kriya padhatti of urdwamnaya
Meppad kammaran gurukkal granfather of Nadanta was great tantric who was born in Traditional Shakta family who great sadhaka of Yogeswari durga and Srividya ,he was famous practioner of Mantrikam (ashtakarmas)and Vaidyam( Ayurveda ).Its heard this family was brought/given rights by Parusharama. Very yong age he was well versed in sanskrit and practiced mantra ,tantra ,yoga etc . He took poorna deeksha in srividya under Madhava acharya swamikkal. Under the Dynamic influence of his uncle who was great tantrik and other gurus like Madhavaswamikkal , Veshala swamikkal , Yogiswara swamikkal one mandalam he sat inside the Meppad mantrashala/mantrika kalari for attaining siddhi. Last day astabhairavas came in front of him and tried to stop his japam. Devi appeared in the form of shoolini Durga and told bhairava he is her son and blessed him with siddhi. He travelled different places to learn different tradition and met different gurus. Till the age of 40 he practiced many vidyas and became great tantric.He married at the age of 40yrs. To protect dharma he has shown many siddhis .He was also very good healer. Helped many by removing foreign energies from them (bhada mukti). he also stopped and removed lot of unwanted practices which caused trouble for the society.He has done lot of Peeta pratishta. In deep meditation he was blessed with formula of ayurveda medicine called maharasnadi which was very famous in his place. As per the request of his bhaktas he travelled to different parts of country to do spiritual services. What ever dakshina he got he used for the public like building school, making ayurveda/siddha medicines. For his daily living he cultivated everything in his farm. he planted paddy, arecunet , coconut etc . His name reflects even in kerala Educational Rule. Is also heard later he was completely into Divya marga , followed pure yogic path and and not into ideal worship like his Guru Nijananda Yogi disciple of brahmanda swami shivayogi.
Meppad gurukkal Lived his Later ages in ParvathyNilayam as Grihasta Avadhoot . This house was three storage building with big wel and a big Goshala.This house was also support for many poor family, every day parvathy amma used to serve food for poor in the back courtyard of the house. Gurukkal had huge paddy feild where he cultivated paddy and other items fom which they used to contribute apart for the poor. Nadanta also was grown up here. Gurukkal was sitting in the courtyard and little Nadanta was playing . Gurukkal asked whos son is this . His wife parvathy Amma told this is karunakarans son. Karunakaran was Gurukkals 8th child. Gurukkal asked to bring the child and he sat him on the lap and laughed by hugging him, juice of beatel leaf dropped on the head of nadanta . The first blessing or deeksha happend here. After few days Gurukkal had his Samadi
School Bulided By Meppad Gurukkal for the Public. Gurukkal walked house to house and compelled every body to join school . majority of females was not educated at the time in the village. Girls where given chance to get educated by Gurukkal . He compelled and forced the families to send their children to get educated. He gave Akshara abyasam to the Maha vidya upadesham to the deserved.This was one of the school which was famous for Navaratri aradhana , vidyarambam , Saraswati puja and Grantha Puja. After kammran Guurkkal , His Elder Son continued the short version of Aradhana . Before his death the manuscript kept for this was given to Nadanta as he was shakti sadhaka.