The daily routine of Maharaja Rameshwara singh, the king of Darbhanga (Mithila Region) was an extraordinary occultist and sadhak. He was an exponent of the science and technology of occult secrets. Maharaja used to get up at 2 AM and do the complete reading of Durga Saptashati sitting on his bed itself. After that, he would complete his bath by 3.30 AM and perform Vedic SAndhyavandan along with Sahasra Gayatri Japa. Thereafter, he used to offer Pindadaan of one maund (approx. 40 kgs) of rice. He used to complete the daily worship of Parthiv Shivling in the Brahmamuhurta and then proceed to the temple of Goddess Bhagwati. Here, he used to perform Tantric Sandhya and do the Patrasthapan according to the tantric rites. After that he used to perform the worship of Goddess Mahakali, Aavaran Puja, Japa, Panchang Paath; and then offer pushpanjali along with Kakaradi Sahasranam. After that he performed the Pujan-Tarpan of Kumari, Suvasini, Batuk and partake the mahaprasad and be ready by 10.00 AM.
After taking rest for an hour, he used to perform and supervise his royal duties from 11.00AM-3.30PM. Then, he used to take bath; perform Vedic Sandhya and Gaayatri Japa and complete Pathiva Puja during Pradosha time. During the night, he performed ‘Sngopang Nisharchan, 108 Brahmins collectively chanted Durga Saptashati and 51 Brahmins performed the Rudrabhisheka. Even otherwise, there used to be continuous reading of Saptashati, Vedic and tantric japa of Gayatri, Rudrbhisheka without any break during the day. The king who had converted his entire life into Maha Anusthana was well-read and great scholar. He was an expert in English, French, Bengali, Hindi, and Sanskrit. He was a master of the science of Tantra. In addition, he was well-versed in Vedanta, Sankhya, Yoga and Vyakaran.
He was a generous king who gave whatever was asked of him by the needy. He was a just king who loved by his people. He had n ardent desire that people should be aware of the scientific aspects of Tantra. That is why he organised a conference of all eminent scholars of Tantras during the autumn of the year 1908. Scholarly Brahmins, great sadhaks and scientists attended this conference. Pt. Prakashananda Jha of Vaidyanath Dham, Pt. Shivachandra Bhattacharya of Kashi, Srividya sadhak Pt. Subramanyam Shastri, John Woodruff, the president of Agam Anusandhan Samiti, Kolkata were amongst the prominent participants. It was John Woodruff who gets the credit for taking the knowledge and secrets of Tantra to the western world. Alone with Sir John Woodruff, Ivan Stevenson, a great doctor from Britain and scientist by name William Hopkinson had also come. On this occasion, Maharaja of Patiala Bhupendra Singh, who was a friend of Maharaja Rameshwar Singh had also come. He had also become sadhak of Goddess Shakti. Maharaja himself was taking his guests to all the nearby place called Mahishi is the Bhagawati Ugratara Peeth.
The responsibility of presiding over the conference was entrusted to Pt. Shivachandra Bhattacharya, who had given special guidance to the Maharaja in Tantra-Sadhana. He was also the Guru-initiator of John Woodruff. It was the Maharaja who had inspired John Woodruff to get initiated into Shakti-Sadhana by Pt. Shivachandra Bhattacharya. Panditji was telling – “Tantra is the science of study and research of energies that flow within an individual and in the entire creation. Tantra believes that each and every atom of the universe is energised by Shakti. It is a different matter that this energy flow is sometimes dormant and at others active. This energy manifests itself in infinite forms. But there are 10 fundamentals energy streams that are also called ‘Dasa Mahavidya’.”
Pt. Shivachandra Bhattacharya, the pre-eminent scientist of Tantra was revealing these facts. He was telling that the energy that flows in the universe flows in the individual in the form of the prana. It is through these energy streams that the universe has been created. He then requested Maharaja Rameshwar Singh to speak on the topic of streams of prana that flows in the individual’s body. He also announced that the flows of energies in the universe will be explained by Mahapandit Subramanyam Shastri. Maharaja accepted this command of Pt. Shivachandra Bhattacharya hesitantly and got up to speak. He was looking extremely majestic and grand with his round face, bushy moustache, towering height, wheatish complexion and a tilak with ashes in the middle of his brow.
He spoke thus –
“The five pranas and five uppranasi described in the Vedas are the Dashamahavidyas present in the body of individual which connect him to the universe.
(1).The first Mahavidya resides in the reproductory organ in the form of Mahakali – Apana and its upprana in the form of Kurma (tortoise).
(2).Shodashi and Bhuvaneshwari – Prana and its upprana resides in the heart in the form of Naga (snake).
(3).Bhairavi and Chhinamasta reside in throat in the form of Udana and Devdatta.
(4).Dhumavati and Baglamukhi reside in the navel region in the form of Somana and Krukal.
(5).Maatangi and Kamala reside in the brain in the form of Vyana and Dhananjaya.
Maharaja paused for a while and then said – “I have had the vision of Mahamaya in all these forms as I have described till now.”
Everyone present was stupefied at the knowledge that Maharaja shared from his experiences. After Maharaja has taken his seat, Acharya Shivachandra Bhattacharya signalled Mahapandit Subramanyam Shastri to deliver his talk. A few years ago, he had initiated Maharaja in a special diksha called Samrajya Medha of Tantra Sadhana. He had a brilliant voice.
He began to speak in a serious tone:
“In this vast universe, the energy of Adividya MAhakali is active from midnight 12 O clock till sunrise. This is the Adimahavidya. Mahakal is the bhairav and he is worshipped during the Maharatri. The bhairav of Mahavidya Tara is Akshaumya Purush. Her energies are active during sunrise and the best time for worship is Krodhiratri. The bhairav of Shodashi, Srividya is the five-faced Shiva whose power is active during the Divyaratri. The bhairav of fourth Mahavidya Bbhuvaneshwari is Tryambak Shiva. The time of sunrise is the period when this power is active. The upasana is done during Sddharatri. The fifth Mahavidya is Bhairavi and her bhairav is Dakshinamurty. The active period is after sunrise. The upasana is done during kalaratri. The sixth Mahavidya is Chinnamasta and her bhairav is Kabandh Shiva. The active period is during the afternoon and the upasana is done during Veer Ratri. Seventh Mahavidya is Dhoomavati and her bhairav is Aghora Rudra. He is active post-noon. The upasana is done during daarun Ratri. Eighth Mahavidya is Bagalamukhi and her Bhairav is Ekavaktra Maharudra. The active period is in the evening and upasana is done during Veer Ratri. The ninth Mahavidya is Matangi and her bhairav is Matang Shiva. The first phase of night is the active period and upasana is done during Moha Ratri. Bhagwati Kamla is the tenth Mahavidya and her bhairav is Sada Shiva. The second phase of the night is the active period and upasana is done during Maha Ratri. It is with ten Mahavidyas that universe has been created and hence this is also called the science of creation (Srushti vidya).”
In this way, several expansive discussion took place during the conference till evening. After seeking Maharaja’s permission, John Woodruff and his scientist friends examined Maharaja using several instruments. After their measurements, they had to announce that the levels of pranic electricity and bio-magnetism in a tantra sadhak were extraordinarily higher than those found in a normal person. On hearing this, Maharaja Rameshwar Singh laughed and said – “ Actually this is the result of union of the visible with the invisible.”
– Pioneers of Scientific Spirituality ( Dr. Pranav Pandya )