Ya:kaaranaani nikhilaani thaaniKaalaathmayukthaanayadhishtatheka:
They depended upon the Dhyanayoga(meditation) and by their own Guna saw the secrethidden divine power(sakthy)of Athman.They saw that One which with the Athman of Kala (time)is the base for all the causes .How does the meditating Yogins see it? That is said in next sloka.Sl 4
Thamekanemim thrivritham shodasaanthamSathaardhaaram vimsathi pratyaraabhi: Ashtakai:shadbhirviswaroopaikapaasamThrimaargabhedam dwinimithaikamoham
One axle,three circles,the frontiers with sixteen petals,fifty spokes,twenty smallerspokes,six Ashtaka making fourtyeight,a single rope which is in the form of world(Viswaroopa),three different paths,and desire in two causes-They saw it like that.It is interesting that the vision is a wheel of dharma which is variously called asSudarsana,Srichakra ,dharmachakra,and Kaalachakra.The power of Sakthy visualized asSrichakra is described here.Any Yogin who meditates gets a glimpse of sakthy as thiswheel of dharma.Sankara saw this and wrote his Soundaryalahary in the blissfulstate.Srichakradhyana and Sudarsana Kalachakra dhyana are not different fromUpanishadic teaching since the Upanishad accepts this vision.
ChakramThripurasundaryaa Brahmandaakaaram Iswari:
So said Raghavabhatta inSaradathilakathanthra.Sl5
Panchasrothombum panchayonyugravakraamPanchapraanormim panchabudhyaadimoolaamPanchaavarthaam pancha dukhoukhavegaamPanchaasad bhedaam panchaparvaamdheema:
Waters with five origins,five great turnings called the Yoni,five waves of praana,the firstMoolasthaana which is the five intelligences,five great whirlpools,five sorrows of flows,five ghats and fifty different forms-we know this.This is visualization of samsara or worldly life.The five senses,the five elements,the fivepraana,the five intelligences,the five vishaya,the five sorrows,the five ghats ,the fiftydifferences are there in samsara but she is still a Saraswathy river which teaches you all.If one falls in a river one should know how to swim to escape.In samsara also it istrue.Though dangerous the river is needed and is essential for us.She gives us everything.She is the mother of human civilizations.The devi Saraswathy is Panchasadvarnaroopini(50 varna)and the samsara also is given 50 different forms accordingly.Aperson who had vision of truth,gets the language and poetics to sing the glory of thatexperience also.That is why just after mentioning the Srichakra vision,the DeviSaraswathy as the river is praised.The fifty petals are the fifty Dla in the awakening of thepower called Kundalini and also the fifty varna of them.Thus the thanthric,manthra andbhakthy traditions and poetics and aesthetics and spirituality are made One and the same.In fact the Indian system has an integrated wholistic approach .Sl 6