'Kleem' - The Seed Mantra for Spiritual Development

Lord Brahma explains the significance of kleem in the Brahma Samhita.
Cambodian sculpture of Lord Brahma (ca. 9th-10th century) at the Musée Guimet, Paris, France. Photo:Vassil.

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Durga Devi's jurisdiction is limited to the material expansion of the universe, while 'kleem' generates spiritual energies linking one to the Supreme Divine through the grace of Yogamaya-devi.

The Gayatri mantras given at the Brahmin initiations meant for spiritual emancipation start with the 'kleem' invocation.

In Vrindavan dhaam at Mathura, Durga-devi's temple is across the Yamuna river in acknowledgement of the reality that Maya-devi cannot enter the pure spiritual realm of Hari-dhaam.

  • At the same time, the reality is that Durga-dham is where we are and this is our learning-ground as well as our liberation ground.

Where one acknowledges and approaches Durga-devi with the proper understanding and a spiritual connection, spiritual karma is generated because spiritualists are directly under the jurisdiction of Yogamaya and not Durga-devi for all things and specially for the purpose of liberation from karmic bindings.

The 'material' benefits of a spiritualist (healer) are in fact generated by super karma.

Thus the wealth and opulence a spiritualist, although appearing in the material zone of Durga-devi, are spiritual in nature and do not have binding-karma consequences. This is how a spiritualist (or empowered karma healer) converts material benefits to the spiritual.

These spiritual gains are permanent and do not deteriorate unlike material karma generated gains. Eventually a sufficient balance of pure spiritual karma liberates one from the repetitive cycle of birth and death.

The kleem mantra generates this super karma.

Lord Brahma's description of the universe, Hari-dham, Devi-dham
The Brahma Samhita is a hundred chapter work by Lord Brahma, the architect-builder of the material universe. In it he speaks about creation and his role and relationship with the Supreme Divine--Govinda, Krishna--one who attracts all the senses, the all-attractive One.

Brahma's Authoritative Information about Devi-Dham
Being the architect-builder of the material universe Lord Brahma is a naturally authoritative source of information on the subject. In the 5th chapter of the Brahma Samhita, Lord Brahma describes the geography of the material and spiritual universes.

The lowest universe is devi-dham, consisting of 14 planetary systems, where we of the earth planet are in the 7th planetary system, or the middle zone. Here Durga devi presides with her potency of maya, illusion.

Above this zone is Sivaloka where a portion is called mahakaal-dham (place of the space-time-matter continuum).

Beyond these material zones is the transcendental hari-dham or vaikunthaloka, the place of the Supreme Lord, full of love and light. Here Yogamaya arranges for all souls to interact with Sri Krishna without their being aware of His Supreme position. Thus Yogamaya keeps the souls in some kind of 'illusion' or ignorance about Krishna's real position, while allowing them to connect to Him with the heart energy--such a heart connection is available through the Reiki and KQ Force healing modalities.

The great Vaishnava Acharya Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakur describes this in his commentary to the Brahma Samhita thus:

    "The potency of Devi-dhama, in the form of the extension of Maya, and that of Sivaloka, consisting of time, space and matter, are the potency of the separated particles pervaded by the penumbral reflection of the subjective portion of the Divinity.

    But Hari-dhama is ever resplendent with transcendental majesty and the great splendor of all-sweetness predominates over all other majesties in Goloka. The Supreme Lord Govinda by his own direct and indirect power has constituted those respective potencies of those realms."
    --Purport to Brahma Samhita 5.43

Worship of Yogamaya's servant Durga-devi
Yogamaya is the mystic potency of Krishna who arranges to connect living beings to Him. Maya (Durga-devi) is the shadowy form of Yogamaya who keeps the living beings in illusion regarding their real potential and focused instead on playing the role of a controller and material gains. Naturally, this constantly leads to disenchantment with the material universe as it is regularly demonstrated that one cannot be a controller nor keep any of the hard-won gains permanently.

The purpose of worshiping Durga Devi is to attain to the service of Govinda (Krishna), relief and freedom from the punishing wheel of karma, while also receiving material benefits in the present.

Mostly people are bothered only about immediate relief and material benefits, and this suits the universal arrangement as it is Durga-devi's job to keep the individual in the material experience until he learns that the material world is not his natural place of existence.

  • Durga-devi has jurisdiction over the illusioned and bound souls, while Yogamaya has overriding jurisdiction over those who are spiritually connected, such as Reiki or KQ karmic healers.
  • Deliverance from material existence is possible only by Govinda himself in His aspects of 'Hari'--who defeats all obstacles, or 'Mukunda'--one who gives 'mukti' (liberation) from the bindings of karma, repeated cycles of rebirth and the associated karma syndrome.
  • Most importantly, this deliverence is conveyed through His empowered representatives who initiate and connect others to the spiritual ('brahma') energies. (Click here for spiritual empowerment seminar schedules.)

Kleem and it's special significance
The first mantra of the navratri involves the desire fulfilling kama-beej sound of 'kleem'.

  • This pivotal kleem sound invokes in the individual the desire, movement towards and action of service to Sri Krishna. This is the beginning of true human emancipation and freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death, old age and disease.

The 3rd sloka of the 5th chapter of Brahma Samhita talks of the kama-beeja (kleem /klim) mantra that fulfills all desires. Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakur explains this beeja (seed) mantra, as for example--

  • '(kleem) krsnaya govindaya gopijana vallabhaya sva ha' is the mantra which is generated from the seed--'kleem'. This becomes the central pivot for the movement of the hexagonal form of the mantra of 6 words.

Meaning of the kleem mantra

  • The mantra means that one who wants to enter directly into the pastimes of Krishna will have to practice transcendental service to Him as well as cultivate knowledge related to Him.
  • Entering directly into the pastimes of Krishna is not possible for the materially conditioned being, therefore he has to be liberated from binding karma. By the meditative worship of this mantra in knowledge, one awakens the transcendental desire of love and service for Krishna.

Empowerment needed for this to work
The first step towards this is to get connected by a spiritual master to transcendental energies such as the KQ Force, Reiki, and so on.

Those who worship the illusory form of Yogmaya--Durga-devi are entangled in the impermanent manifestation of material opulence. Worshiping Durga-devi with the understanding that through her we are accessing Yogamaya and the one she worships--Sri Govinda, we can move rapidly towards being karma-free.

  • Empowered spiritualists and karma healers access this benefit directly, while those who are not so connected receive little if any spiritual benefit. This is the importance of being connected to the Divine through spiritual empowerments.
  • Hence, in the context of worshiping Durga Devi invoking klim (Krishna) especially during the Navratris, the perfect understanding is that approaching the material form of Durga Devi with a spiritual empowerment and knowledge, one approaches the transcendental form of Durga devi or Yogamaya whose primary purpose or object of desire to serve is Krishna.
  • Yogamaya-devi then connects one to the object of her worship--Sri Krishna. Connecting in this way from Durgadevi to Yogamaya devi through this mantra one can achieve a spontaneous flow of love for Krishna--'krsnaya govindaya gopijana vallabhaya sva ha'--embodied in the seed mantra sound of 'kleem'.
  • This finally leads to liberation from the bindings of matter to be in the Hari-dham zone by cultivating transcendental service to the Divine and knowledge of the Divine.

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