A middle-aged shipbuilding engineer-cum-yachtsman from Russia was rendered fear-conquering Bhairav Mantra by his oriental guru on the banks of river Ganga in Varanasi on Wednesday.
And the oriental guru who rendered the Vedic mantra 'diksha' was none other but veteran Vedic scholar and Kundalini Yoga Guru, Dr Vagish Tripathi, who reportedly delivered telephonic Sanskrit lessons to pop-diva Madonna in late 1990s for the music album 'Ray of Light.'
A native of St Petersburg, Vsevolod Polikarpov, a shipbuilding and model making engineer-cum-yachtsman was rendered Bhairav Mantra diksha by his guru at a special Vedic ceremony at Tripathi's riverside residence at Shivala locality.
The three-hour ceremony coordinated by a local priest began with Viniyog followed by pranayam by Yoga practioner Russian (where he meditated with Matrika mantra) and Nyas.
Further during the colourful ceremony where both oriential guru and Russian disciple were dressed in ritualistic fatigues, the ritual of Shuddhi (purification) led way to Ganesh-Gauri, Navagrah and Bhairav pujan making way for Dr Tripathi to whisper all-powerful Bhairav Mantra in his Russian disciple's ear.
Explained Dr Tripathi while talking to HT, "Bhairav mantra helps it's practitioner conquer fear and consequently imbibe positive vibes and spiritual power. Vsevolod (who was renamed as Vasudevanand Nath today) has been rendered Bhairav Diksha, after he has successfully attained knowledge of Sanskrit and Kundalini Yoga and it's expected that from now on he lives and breathes by practising the power Bhairav mantra."
While the oriental guru expected the Bhairav Diksha to be the trigger for Vsevolod's to attain more spiritual power, the Russian disciple said it's practice will serve a different purpose - enhancing his memory which was compromised in a street-fight in Russia five years ago.
A martial arts practitioner, Vsevolod informed, "My skull was fractured in a street-fight five years ago which also compromised my memory to some extent. Sanskrit study and Yogic meditation, particularly Kundalini Yoga learned from Dr Tripathi two years ago helped me revitalise my memory strength and now recitation of Bhairav Mantra will not only let me conquer fear and negativity in life, but also further tone up memory."
"Once fully toned up mentally, I plan writing fiction novels for which the imaginative power and creativity will be spurred and toned up by the Vedic mantra," he added.
The Russian who met Dr Tripathi in 2008 at Varanasi has learnt advanced Sanskrit and Kundalini Yoga from him and returned a few days ago for Bhairav Diksha.