Category: Articles on Tantra

Turning Life’s Poisons into the Nectar of Soma

Shiva as the Drinker of Poison Shiva is the great ecstatic deity of Yoga, the supreme Lord of the highest inner energy and transformation. He has the deepest experience of bliss (ananda) as his constant state of being. He is the foremost drinker of the Soma, the amrita or mystic nectar which is the delight

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Chidagni: the Goddess as the Fire of Consciousness

Ma Kali gently tended the coals of my inner fires, stirring the flames of Agni to manifest every magical colour, permeating the very spanda or creative pulsation resonating throughout my being. At an innermost level, Agni is the fire of consciousness, Chidagni, the awareness of the supreme Brahman, the ultimate Existence in itself. Chidjyoti, the

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Vedic Light and Tantric Energy Yogas

  By Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) Tantra and Veda: One Tradition   A number of writers and teachers, particularly in Western academia, have tried to divide the two great traditions of India of Veda and Tantra as different or even contrary. Some Yoga teachers have uncritically taken up this view as well. Vedic

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Why we must worship Goddess Kali

As the transforming power of time, Ma Kali can usher us into a new era of global peace and understanding, but we must first let go of our ignorance and arrogance. Ma Kali is the most misunderstood of all Hindu Goddesses, though she is often regarded as the most powerful. Ma Kali’s dark and fierce

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Shiva and Shakti Yogas

Yoga means unification, which is first the unity of all the dualities and contraries that constitute the energies of life. Yoga philosophy teaches us to understand and transcend duality, but this rests upon harmonizing the dualities within us in a transformative state of balance. Shiva and Shakti as the dual cosmic principles are an intrinsic

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Goddess Durga is no myth or superstition

Ma Durga is the ultimate iconic form, present in every expression, movement and mood, natural and supernatural.   India is the land of the Divine Mother, honouring her wonderful names, forms and manifestations on all levels of existence, great and small. India as a country is revered as Bharat Mata, Mother India, through Vande Mataram,

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The Shiva Linga and its Meaning

Note an expansion of this article in the book of David Frawley: Inner Tantric Yoga: Working with the Universal Shakti (Lotus Press, September 2008) The sexual symbolism of Tantra, like the subject of sexuality in general, has always engaged the human mind. The modern mind seems to be obsessed with it as well. Many people

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Kali as the Yuga Shakti: the Power to Create a New World Age

From Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess: Lightning Dance of the Supreme Shakti, by Shambhavi Chopra (Wisdom Tree Books2007) As the great power of time, Kali’s Shakti creates the different Yugas or world ages that humanity passes through during the long cycles of cosmic evolution. Kali is the Goddess of eternity watching over all our

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Mantra Yoga & Shakti Mantras

  Shakti Bija Mantras Adapted from book Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound Copyright David Frawley 2010 Besides the mantric power of letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, there is another series of powerful bija or single-syllable mantras, which consist of several vowels or consonants. These come under the term ‘Shakti mantras’, as they are commonly used

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