SadhanaShakti
November 30, 2018

panta kathara tois katharois – to the pure, all things are pure!

Excerpt from the book ADHYATMIKTA QUOTE Legend, as mentioned in yāmala texts like Rudra and Brahma, attests to a story, with slight variations, wherein Vasistha, son of Brahma, practiced severe austerity in Blue Mountains, Nilachala, at the site of the celebrated temple of goddess Kāmākhyā. Unable to succeed in his sādhanā in spite of strenuous effort, an angry Vasistha asks Brahma for a different mantra, or he would curse this Mahāvidyāḥ. Brahma stops him from uttering the curse and then describes Tārā as a Supreme Shakti who saves from all dangers, as lustrous as ten million suns, as soothing as…
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ShaktiTantra
November 19, 2018

DESCRIPTION OF DEVI KAMAKHYA AS PER TANTRA-S

"prabhinnāńjana sańkāśam nīlasnigdhaśiroruhām şađavaktrām dvādaśabhujām aşțādaśavilocanām pratyekam şațasu śīrşeşu cańdrārdhakřtaśekharām" Kameshvari's complexion is like split-coryllium, Her hair is black and smooth; She has six faces, twelve arms and eighteen eyes. Each of Her six heads are adorned with crowns, each having crescent moons as crest-jewel. "maņimāņikyamuktādi křtamālāmura: sthale l kaşțhe ca vibhratīm nityam sarvālańkāramaņđitām" Her throat and breasts are adorned by gemset & pearl jewelry, and each of Her other limbs are decked with ornaments. "pustakam siddhasūtrańca pańcavānastu tam tathā khařgam śaktińca śūlańca vibhratīm dakşiņē: kare With Her six right hands Kameshvari holds a book, a sacred chord, five arrows,…
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Shakti
November 16, 2018

MAHĀDEVĪ THE GREAT MOTHER

MAHĀDEVĪ THE GREAT MOTHER - Serpent Power by Arthur Avalon Some worship predominantly the masculine or right side, of the conjoint male and female figure (Ardhanārīśvara). Some, the Śāktas, predominantly worship the left, and call Her Mother, for She is the Great Mother, the Mahādevī who conceives, bears, and nourishes the universe sprung from Her womb (Yoni). This is so because She is the active aspect of Consciousness, imagining (Sṛṣṭikalpā) the world to be, according to the impressions (Saṃskāra) derived from enjoyment and suffering in former worlds. The quiescent Śiva-aspect is by its definition inert. It is because of this…
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ShaktiTantra
November 16, 2018

DESCRIPTION OF DEVI KAMAKHYA AS PER TANTRA-S

"prabhinnāńjana sańkāśam nīlasnigdhaśiroruhām l şađavaktrām dvādaśabhujām aşțādaśavilocanām l pratyekam şațasu śīrşeşu cańdrārdhakřtaśekharām ll" Kameshvari's complexion is like split-coryllium, Her hair is black and smooth; She has six faces, twelve arms and eighteen eyes. Each of Her six heads are adorned with crowns, each having crescent moons as crest-jewel. "maņimāņikyamuktādi křtamālāmura: sthale l kaşțhe ca vibhratīm nityam sarvālańkāramaņđitām ll" Her throat and breasts are adorned by gemset & pearl jewelry, and each of Her other limbs are decked with ornaments. "pustakam siddhasūtrańca pańcavānastu tam tathā l khařgam śaktińca śūlańca vibhratīm dakşiņē: kare: ll" With Her six right hands Kameshvari holds a…
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Shakti
October 30, 2018

Shaktiman and Shakti

It must not be thought that, although Prakriti becomes conscious Shakti in manifestation, it is in any of its forms the ultimate object of worship. Worship, however, implies a duality. And although essentially the worshipper and the worshipped are the same - and it is the realization of this Unity which is the end and aim of worship - yet Shakti in manifestation cannot but be the object of worship so long as the Ego has its individuality, which is made of the stuff of Prakriti. It is, therefore, that in spiritual culture the Tantra postulates two Shaktis - Vachaka…
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KaliShakti
October 24, 2018

Prayer At The Feet Of Srī Srī Kālīkā

  PRAYER AT THE FEET OF SRI SRI KĀLIKĀ May the Maha-Devi who is called Kalika, Because She is without beginning or end, Whose Body is imagined to be blue of colour, Because like the blue sky She pervades the World, And because She is Cidghana Sattvagunamayi. Who is imagined to be black Because She is colourless and above the coloured Gunas, Whose hair is dishevelled (Muktakesi) Because though Herself changeless She binds infinite numbers of Jivas by bonds of Maya, symbolized by Her dishevelled hair and because She makes liberated (Mukta) Braha, Visnu and Mahesvara who are Kesa. Who is…
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SadhanaShakti
October 17, 2018

APARAJITASTUTI – Hymn to the Invincible Devi

The Chandipath is divided into three sections - charitras - each being equivalent to one of the three Veda-s: Rig, Sama, Yajur. The 3rd Charitra is the domain of Maharasraswati, and has given rise to some of the greatest theological and metaphorical interpretations of Shakta doctrine. The Bija of this section is Klim, which is representative of the Ananda aspect of Saccidananda. That of course takes nothing away from the battle stories, where we find some of the most terrifying forms of Devi appearing. Because maybe, constant Ananda is the toughest of all things to attain and needs the intervention…
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SadhanaShakti
October 13, 2018

THE SLAYING OF MAHISASURA (a liberal translation from the original text)

As he saw the army being slaughtered, Ciksura, the great asura general went ahead in tremendous fury to battle Ambika. He rained showers of arrow on the Devi just as clouds shower the summit of Mount Meru. But easily shattering those volley of arrows, the Devi, in turn, killed Ciksura's horses and charioteer. Like lightning She slashed through his flag and bow, cutting them in half, and wounded the asura general using swiftly dispatched arrows. With his bow broken, chariot wrecked, horses and charioteer slain the asura now picked up his sword and shield and rushing at the Devi, struck…
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Shakti
October 12, 2018

Devi Stuti: Symbolism of Madhu and Kaitabh

One of the most beautiful sections of the #Caṇḍī Pāṭha is the stuti to the Devi done by Brahma, so that Vishnu can fight with the Asura-pair named Madhu and Kaitabha.  The names Madhu and Kaitabh most easily remind us of madhu - honey, and a play on the word kITa - insect, a honey-bee.  These insects of the genus Apis are known in commonly for their remarkable single-pointedness in gathering honey and work as a perfect symbol of all such people who are satisfied in their trapping of daily life, going over the mundane routine day in and day…
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SadhanaShakti
August 9, 2018

Siddha Kunjika Stotram

The modern text of the Chandipath that comes to us is an aggregate of various stotras and parts which were added over time, around the core of the 13 main chapters and which are helpful for sadhana. At the very end of the text we have the Siddha Kunjika Stotram which is often regarded as a subtitute for the whole text. Understood in the right context the Kunjika is an integral part of Chandipath, but it does not replace the necessity of the main text, for each section of the Chandipath has its own power and utlity and taken together…
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