One of the things that I've noticed in my spiritual development, is that those that I follow regarding spirituality typically shift or adjust based on my private practice in synchronicity, or it's time for me to move on. In other words, "as within, so without". As an example, as I began working with the Draconian Current and Umma Tiamat, I spent time looking for information on general dragon invocation only to find mostly bindings, with very little substantive information outside of the Luciferian traditions. Nonetheless, I took note that the large meditation groups I follow began working with dragons, particularly the "mother" dragon. However, because these groups are "light-workers", instead of the Mother Dragon being black and the mother of demons, she is golden and vomits healing rainbows as guided by the Arcturians, Andromedans, etc., all the beings of the "light" in opposition to Draco of course. The instructor in this meditation group, despite stating that she has anchored in her "I Am" presence, is quite fond of the images in her head, such as Archangel Michael and Mother Mary being "twin flames". Significant monkey-mind psychological conditioning abounds in these "light-worker" communities expressing significant polarity, all the while these teachers are attempting to teach nonduality. Hence, the Saiva saint Abhinavagupta was correct in his Sri Tantraloka in describing the left hand path (vama) as being hire than the right hand path (daksina), in order for the adept to achieve Siddhant. I'm not saying "don't follow these teachers", especially if there is healing to be had and if we are all lending our unique signature energies into the mix. I just wish the depth of understanding was deeper and I'm left wondering if I'm being healed, or reprogrammed by many astral beings who seek to control the adept, including beings who take on the role of Jesus and Mother Mary as described by Aleister Crowley in his astral projection writings. (Magick Book 4).
These light-workers lost in their siddhi delusions may not cater to such information as I have presented, which is a slight summation of Patanjali's assessment in his Yoga Sutras. The adept is to ignore siddhis as they will become a distraction to your reach for enlightenment. I think the same assessment applies to "twin-flame" communities attempting to understand Ardhanareeshwara, communities which are essentially a cesspool of romantic projections and delusions of divinity with messianic life-purpose complexities. Patanjali was a NAGA (reptilian), who taught the nobility (Aryan) of turning the beast that is a human into a God through integration with Self, not this light versus dark polarity, or Disney-type romantic projections of continually looking for something outside of yourself. If an adept calls themselves the "divine feminine" as in the receivership nadi, then I would expect the "divine masculine" counterpart as the doership nadi to reflect back the divine feminine's own psychological mess and understanding. Before transcending the need and want to have a divine counterpart, I would think the twin-flame process of ascension to be quite hellish. To get the divine counterpart, I would argue to try to transcend the divine counterpart, and also, as part of ego-death and shedding identities, stop identifying with your genitals. Be in this world, but not of it. Here, I would recommend Elizabeth Lund as she appears to be the only one I can find on youtube who helps me understand the nadi's through her own extensive personal experiences and the twin-flame concept, in addition to aiming for sovereignty and understanding one's own power.
Since last December, anchoring in the "I Am" has been key. Once the adept has the experience of "samadhi" (no mind), or better yet, the experience of ego death (Ain Soph Aur and above the light; In the beginning was the light, but what was there before the beginning, before time-space/kala-kali) typically described as the "void", then the adept is given the task of clearing their own egoic issues stemming from numerous lifetimes as the monkey-mind (ego) fights back. This is accomplished by simply dropping the monkey-mind COMPLETELY for the darkness of the void beyond the light, which has a transmutation feel helping the adept let go all that needs to be released. In practicing the qliphoth, I think the "void" space is akin to the central BLACK sun, where adepts who are unable to cross the abyss of Daath fall further into the egoic-psychological mess creating arrogance with a megalomaniac-messianic feel such as Hitler, or Pauline Jesus who proclaimed "No one comes to the father, except through me" (John 14:6). As a side-note for the adept, there is a huge difference in emotional upheaval between calmly letting yourself psychology go into the void, typically by and through proctors who have "been there and done that" such as Mooji and Bentinho Massaro who transmit deeper levels of samadhi where the adept is not tied to samsara (present to the moment versus present to the increasing psychological emptiness), and doing a central BLACK sun invocation that unleashes heavy issues within the inner beast or a deeper push into the subconscious.
The inner beast, our own inner animal lower self can either be buried deep within our subconscious (Draconian Current, the primal Self), or it can be harnessed and mastered in working with higher self by and through ego-death practices. In other words, your own inner beast can work with you, or can arise in probably the most inopportune moments to ensure the adept learns their lessons, not necessarily just to create heaven which is an egoic-desire based on monkey-mind conditioning, but to push forth in soul evolution. For adepts who choose this path, a Nightside (subconsious) guide is required, typically an Angel who has already mastered this path of both light (Dayside) and dark (Nightside). The adept must learn to tame their beast and master holding the trident: 1. (g)enerator, (o)perator, and (d)estroyer; 2. awake, sleep, deep sleep; 3. Mother God (feminine principle; Shakti-Energy, brain hemisphere), Father God (masculine principle; Shiva-Divine Will/Consciousness, brain hemisphere), and the synthesis of such producing the Divine Child; and 4. Heaven, Earth, and UNDERWORLD.
In reaching for inner completion, instead of harnessing the trident, many light-workers, and divine feminine's and divine masculines are stuck playing archetypal roles rather than realizing their own fullness. In doing such, duality continues further into denser layers creating further separation, as men are still believed to be from Mars and women from Venus. The near-future may be "female" as many women are beginning groups that look like an attempt at something found within the "Rosary Gates of Ishtar". But the original Goddess, the holder of the original Holy Graal, brings someone with her to usher in the astrological era of freedom, and sorry light-workers, it ain't Pauline Jesus. Look at our mythologies, is enlightenment found in Heaven and Earth, or somewhere else. This should be understood by light-workers who have to conjure their "I Am" presence in their meditations, and have the audience plug in with "positive" e.t.'s, and unplug from "negative" e.t.'s., of course, more western monkey-mind conditioning. I would ask light-workers to look at the anthropological roots as to why Light/White is perceived as good and Dark/Black is bad in western countries, and vice-versa with certain African traditions. Can you imagine someone of color outside of the "Bible Belt" degrading dark or black? Who got to decide that Light/White was positive and Dark/Black is negative, we should ask brother Louis Farrakhan! Don't read too much into my comment, after-all, "All E.T. Lives Matter".
Advaita, and wrathful Shakti mantras (Kundalini colorings) are my bread and butter. Shakti mantras have been on my tongue since the inception of this blog, as it is a practice that keeps me sane and properly breathing as the Goddess adjusts me energetically and physically. In addition, since last December I pushed forward with Advaita, neti neti (not this, not this) to clear everything out of my head and emotional body, where the observer and the observed had become significantly psychologically experienced. Bentinho pushes my buttons and gets me to dig deeper all the while throwing me in the flames of purgatory, while Mooji gently calms the adept into samadhi and helps them walk through their dilemmas from the perspective of "I Am", not a religious or societal monkey-brained conditioned perspective.
A few months back while sitting with a Mooji satsang, an adept asked a question regarding himself as the "seer" and the "seen", where the adept was advanced enough to separate the two, but wanted to know more of the "seer". Before the excited Mooji responded, the questioner, or rather the question in itself (Self-Inquiry), dropped me back into the ego-death experience that I had back in 2015. I was psychologically emptied-out to the point where I was separated from my body and all material forms and simply lingered in an increasing spaciousness. This feeling of "I Am" has the affect of shifting all psychological emotions (happiness, joy, love serotonin-dopamine cocktail, etc.), for the blissful (the proper definition of Ananda) state of just dropping everything. There is NOTHING to cling onto, let it all go. Even titles, such as God, or Divinity, are fruitless in this field as they become egoic traps the monkey-mind can feed on. Literally, this is an equal playing God-field of which everything is a part, including ego. In other words, it's quite stupid to call myself God, or Divine Masculine, etc., as these are all concepts within the video game, where few people actually desire to wake up from the video game.
Now, it has become moving myself into lingering within the void as much as and as blissfully as possible, where I feel my psychology, emotional body, and tension-stress within the physical body drastically decrease at a speed where I'm forced to pace myself. My physical body has been shifting, but more so drastically since last December, where my spine has stretched and moved to be properly placed in my body with my shoulders and hips being naturally moved back, with the rest of my body painfully adjusting requiring frequent salt baths. I'm glad I've had warnings by twin-flame teachers, though such teacher stated that men aren't doing the work and therefore, men aren't going to feel it. Such teachers fail to see the universe as a mirror, despite what they preach. Such teachers also only do "women only" healing groups, and then complain about men. Even though the healing groups I ended up in, I was the only male there showing that these teachers may be correct that men aren't doing the work, but it's another reminder for me that spirituality is a solo path if you're aiming for sovereignty. In my path, I've healed and significantly felt both my regular male ego self and an inner female where the concept of gender is more and more being blurred within me, including sexuality. However, I'm not asking to open up the "women only" groups, as I've had to recently block numerous, if not all, of my close male relatives due to an energy of what has been labelled as "toxic" masculinity. These men also consider themselves "spiritual", though without ego-death practices, spirituality is just "spiritual materialism" (See Chogyam Trungpa). I'm just glad I've found Mooji and Bentinho to help me reach Self and linger in Ananda as my monkey-mind self has perceived numerous suicide timelines since last December, both of which are lessons in letting go. I guess I know what happens to me on the denser Earth, if there is a harvest occurring as described in The Law of One (Ra Materials). The lone wolf has to purge the emotions of loneliness, as the human is mostly a programmed pack animal. Such isn't that difficult, when one enjoys his/her own company, something I'm finding most other people are incapable of doing. Again, Sovereignty!
As I've pushed on in anchoring this emptiness, this blissful-void (there is also a neutral void which can become depressing), I'm constantly trying to assess my experience with others who alleged to be similarly situated for better understanding. Nonetheless, I'm finding many are preaching as opposed to describing their experiences and helping adepts dig deeper without significant dualist ramblings. The direction many of the light-workers I follow has become messianic and preachy due to polarized belief systems plaguing the western mind. The eastern world has the yin and yang and it is typically philosophically understood that we are to integrate both. But the western mind is plagued by the Abrahamic traditions, much of which is simply Jewish/Semitic politics, especially when viewed without the Qabalah. Unlike most of the world who had deities that have both negative and positive aspects, it seems like it was the Temple of Solomon and the separation of demons and angels from the original daimons or 72 names of God that created this extremely polarized ideology, which has become quite fanatical by and through its Christian and Islamic offspring. Let's just say that I've worked with the counterpart of Archangel Michael (Temple of Ascending Flame/Asenath Mason) in walking through Daath, in addition to having done the Enochian calls (Jason Louv) which shreds the ego. My understanding and take on angels and demons is very different than your typical "angel reader" or "demonologist", and Archangel Michael seems to hold different coloring now that I can perceive his shadow (like a Black Knight with some orange under my monkey-mind imagery, orange most likely because of the Ninja Turtles). Nonetheless, having grown up in both Protestant and Catholic education, there has been significant programming of monkey-mind dualist concepts as "purity" and "impurity" where I'm finding the work-product of the Temple of Ascending Flame optimal in deconstruction of Christian ideologies, groups and individuals with ideologies on par with with actual Tantra (Sorcery Texts, not Sex Manuals). Therefore, the left hand path was necessary in purging these judgmental based belief systems, showing it to be a stepping stone above the right hand path. In terms of "purity" and "impurity", well, beauty is in the "eye of the beholder", and, is there not always a "silver lining"? The saint and the sinner, the virgin and the slut, are ONE and the same, holding different expressions of the same One-Consciousness. But, monkey-mind belief system projections of "impurity" and "purity" are excruciatingly apparent with many light-worker preachers, particularly the ones who market their work-product under the banner of "Team Jesus". For those still stuck on the "light", I suggest reading our global mythologies to see who actually wins in the end, not the original Corporation herding human capital that is the Catholic Church and its derivatives. Church and Religion have never been separate. If you actually believe the U.S. is secular, then explain why Obama potentially being Muslim is an issue and the unintelligible support of Israel, a name and land that ancestrally does not belong to the Semitic groups, but was conquered by them. This is what happens when psychologically-conditioned sheep vote. Lastly, Heaven is also a shadow of the original consciousness flowing down the tree of life, another delusion for the monkey-mind to attach onto, where Heaven and Hell have always been political tools.
In terms of Self-Realization, the light-worker communities are moving too slow for my taste, where I'm finding incessant projections as empathic-ally draining, from people who have allegedly done the shadow work. There are those that are working up there own pace, dealing with their own issues and projections by and through global situations. For such, I would recommend my mentor Dr. Lauren Cielo who conducts free weekly meditations, and whose techniques help work with spirit guides and help the adept LET GO. The beauty of Dr. Cielo's meditations, if there is an issue being projected out into the world that creates triggers, he brings it home with healing something within ourselves and the collective energy field, very little external blaming. Nonetheless, despite how many people are talking about Brahman, Kether, Zero-Point Consciousness, very few people are actually ready for Self-Realization, to remove all of their delusions (attachments to samsara), including religious-heavenly delusions. Historically, Self-Realized masters have not set out to save the world as they've come to the realization of the perfection AS IS as it is God's divine play (lila), or the fact that the adept is simply jumping parallel timelines when they amp-up their vibrations. Though Samsara may be beautiful, she will always remind you that the world of forms and your attachments thereof are doomed to fail, as it is "untruth".
One last recommendation, an adept on par with Mooji and Bentinho Massaro (I have found other nontraditional Advaita youtube teachers to be lacking in significant depth, understanding, and mostly darsan; such teachers may be present to the moment, not the emptiness of the void; in addition, such teachers fail to understand/experience that Advaita-Oneness is not the highest as Shiva taught in the tantras), is an adept who I feel would be the step above the left hand path, or Saiva Siddhant. Like most of my favorite teachers, she doesn't need to talk, her mere presence and also her transmissions are more than enough to drive my clairsentience wild. She would be a recent find of mine, the incredible Jivanmukti of Siddhanta Yoga. Jivanmukti has no need for archetypes, religious structures, belief systems, etc. As the adept reaches the void, images of deities, angels, ascended masters are no different than images of festering fecal matter, as they are both images dancing on the smokescreen of consciousness where the monkey-brain places definitions and meanings as such.
Tiamat's creation of "abominations" was in revenge for the killing of her husband, Apsu. The story moving from infinite potential described as "chaos" into the hierarchical order of the "cosmos", appears to be the beginnings of the patriarchal civilizations with Marduk taking lead over the control over the Mesopotamian religions. Hence, the "abominations" are in opposition to Marduk and his army. The same can be found in Tantrik Shakti's, where these "abominations" are the vahana-vehicle of Chamunda. Such is also quite similar to the Shiva-Sati story, with the ashes of Sati creating Dhumavati, or Alakshmi. In other words, "abominations" appear to have arisen to cease individuals in "worldy" religions expressing heavens in transient existence, from becoming further attached to samsara.
Where the religions of the planet become flipped involves the Semitic people adopting the Mesopotamian religion, language, and culture. As has been described by the Sumerian King's List, the ancient list includes names that are not just Sumerian, but Semitic including Sargon of Akkadia, whose legend has him as a baby who was laid in a basket and found floating in a river. Before the Akkadians , the Sumerian's conquered for resources, but Sargon becomes explicit for political control, where "all" countries revolted against him in his old-age where Sargon's reign was plagued with never-ending rebellions. (Oates, Joan. Babylon). Nonetheless, it becomes important to note that the Abrahamic religions are rooted from the Sumerian traditions. In a time where there is no separation of church and state, religion creates laws and taxes/tithing. In order for individuals to pay taxes/tithing to your local establishment, you would have to subdue tithing to all other deities, hence the beginning of Semitic monotheism. (See Professor Jodi Magness, Ph.D. The Holy Land Revealed). In addition, the evolution of the Semitic religion mostly removes the feminine, including the Goddess Asherah, showing an attempt to remove or minimize the feminine as well as any connection to Tiamat, where she is often veiled as simply the "abyss". (See the works of Baal Kadmon). Hence, there is a huge chunk of our history missing, particularly the spiritual link of Judaism to its Mesopotamian roots, which is the foundation of Abrahamic religions. As part of removing the feminine, such removes the lunar aspects of the psyche, or the darker aspects of the Qabalah (Qliphoth), which is associated with the feminine.
"The early Semitic people of Babylonia, whoever they may have been or wherever they may have migrated from, found a theology ready to their hands in the adopted country, which they took over from its primitive inhabitants the Sumerians, doubtless grafting to it many of the beliefs of their forefathers." (R. Campbell Thompson, The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia). The Abrahamic traditions then produce forth "Angels", most likely in association with the deity "El" (either an aspect of God or an Archon), which appears to be in opposition to the serpentine dragon as represented by Catholic imagery of Angels. In contrast, from Egypt to South America, let alone Naga worship in India, Dragons in Asia, it is important to note that serpent worship may be one of earliest forms of religion on the planet, including some Gnostic Christians who identified the Genesis serpent with Goddess Sophia, in opposition to "the rulers" or "archons" who provided commandments in fear of humanity rising above them. (Nag Hammadi; On The Origin of the World). Taken literally, the serpent is not the one that lies in the Book of Genesis. (See also The Origin of Serpent Worship, C. Staniland Wake). In addition, further generations of Zoroastrian colorings further engrossed dualist religions, further separating what may seem as Asuras (Angels) and Devi's (Dragons). (Bible of Corruption, Adam Daniels). Taken by a historical archetypal understanding, while Angels support a deity resulting in order and commandments, the Serpent teaches wisdom and karma. In fact, the word "Guru" is two (2) words meaning Gu-Ignorance and Ru-Destroyer, where "Ru" is Shiva known as Rudra, the destroyer. It is the destroyer beings who bring wisdom of the illusory construct of creation, not the creator Brahma. Further, before the Asuras were demonized in later puranic lore, they were initially beings of light along with the Devas. However, it is the "rudras", the howlers, that are given the "demonic" colorings. In other words, the archetypal understanding shows that one being traps consciousness in samsara, the other frees it. Nonetheless, unlike the future orthodox religions of Christianity and Islam which has somewhat removed the esoteric elements (Gnosticism, Sufism, etc.), the post-Mesopotamian religion of Judaism has kept its esoterica where you at least have outer (orthodox) and inner (esoteric) development, where the "patriarchal" push may have been a result of harsh (by today's standard) "matriarchal" practices of ancient Babylon.
In esoterica, the serpent is typically addressed as the kundalini, and is usually initially invoked through one of the traditional high priestesses (witches to patriarchal traditions), such as Kali, Hecate, or Lilith (Lunar Goddesses). It is also important to note that serpentine traditions teach the chakra system (Cult of Kubjika), where Western practices have adopted such from the Naga traditions kept alive in Eastern religions. In other words, the Angels were not initially used for inner liberation in the Western traditions, as in the case with "wrathful" shaktis, dakinis, and yoginis in the Eastern traditions. Hence, the building of Heaven on Earth (or astral) or "good vs. evil" plagues Western Ideologies as opposed to the discovery of one's own soul over transient existences (heavens and hells) in the Western ideologies. (Sans Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, Oracles of Chaldea). The Western world seems to be conditioned into light versus dark as further pushed by labels such as "light-workers", where the Eastern world has philosophically been wisdom versus ignorance where the correct label should be "alchemist". Such is further supported by practices of condemning ignorant entities to the lower astral realms as opposed to making them the protectors of the Dharma.
In invoking a "wrathful" shakti, she becomes a yidam or meditation deity, who brings about your worst psychological aspects for clearing via kundalini. Such energies are considered Tamasic, or destructive, and the adept (here would be the Aghoris) typically practices on the fringes of society to keep others safe, among other considerations. Such moves one into more Sattvic vibrations of purity by and through opening up one's subconscious to whatever may be lurking. In effect, due to such psychological deconditioning, one's autonomic nervous system is cleansed altering one's fight or flight response within the reptilian cortex of the human brain, which also tends to drastically minimize the fear response. Further, in invoking Kali, she will destroy everything that is not Shiva, or divine pure awareness as she will remove veils of the illusion-maya, providing for psychic developments known as Siddhis. However, she is also MahaMaya, or the matrix itself, where she can also be used to empower egoic coverings (Qliphoth), where many have stated that it is a "sin" to approach Kali if one is not prepared.
Tiamat will take Kali one step further. Kali may teach one to ride the current, but Tiamat is the current itself where she is often represented as a Dragon for a reason. Tiamat is like the Tantrik practices of invoking "wrathful" deities in the mode of "fight fire with fire". (See Vajranatha.com). Given the potency of Tiamat, the adept MUST prepare their physical vessel and psychology first to handle not only Tiamat, but her Demon-Gods meant to dissolve transient existence (creation) back into the black hole. Such provides the Apokalypsis of the illusory nature of time-space, and hence, our attachments to creation (Samsara). Such is the Left-Hand Path, where an adept returns as a master of both Light and Dark, also known as, Self-Deification, or Shiva who is worshiped by both the Devas and Asuras and also the middle ground between Sattva and Tamasic vibrations, Rajasaic. In effect, while the Right Hand Path raises the kundalini to infinite potential by and through removing the psychological conditioning that keeps an adept tied to "identity", the Left Hand Path further completely destroys the personal self by and through the Demon-Gods, where the kundalini flows back thereafter down to empower the reptilian cortex of the human brain. Essentially, the nature of moving one's consciousness into the void creates a wise sage, one whose "Will" is capable of containing and harnessing, not evil, but chaotic dissolution energies. In effect, one's instinct feels clean, unburdened by heavy psychological conditioning plaguing the background of our decision making, where one returns to primal instincts such as that of a vicious feline capable of love and capable of tearing apart whatever gets in her way, which is the way of divine Will, the original blueprint before egoic colorings.
Nonetheless, such energies are spoken here for Self-Realization purposes (to let go and reach clarity), where to harness such energies for other purposes requires responsibility with some form of code of ethics. Personally, as someone who has had trouble sticking up for himself, I've taken note of the feeling of power and might produced through such invocations and found a use for my own personal development, which has allowed me to viciously "get things off of my chest" creating more expansive space in my high heart, high lung area. As opposed to the axiom "turn the other cheek", this practice is another form of self-love in being able to control one's own life as opposed to external manipulations. Even Jesus had to set things right with the tax collectors in his Father's home.
Further, in studying Enochian Magick, I've taken note that "Angels" don't actually oppose "Demons", but seem to get frustrated with the adepts who do not know how to manage such energies. Demons seems to simply be "distractions". Further, Enochian seems to push the adept back to the Mother Goddess, or the Whore of Babylon, showing that Angels and Serpents maybe more of a balancing act within the human psyche to keep one on the path of Self Discovery and Self Actualization. In addition, Angels are programmed to have a mission showing a lack of free-will, differing from the Nagas with more human like temperaments where an adept should keep Garuda (Bird) around for protection. (See Naga Magick, Denny Sargent). Hence, the practice appears more like using the Angels to balance and harness the serpentine force that pervades all of creation as primordial shakti and rests somewhat dormant in the lower sacral areas producing a Tao effect, as opposed to separate opposing forces of good vs. evil plaguing dualist ideologies.
Going back to the Sumerian story of Tiamat, it also important to note that Tiamat was subdued by Marduk where she becomes the Mansion of Heaven and the slumbering Mother Earth, and quite possibly the soul-consciousness. Her slain Demon-God "Kingu" becomes the blood of humanity (maybe hinting towards reasons for blood sacrifices). Such shows the deep correlation that humanity holds with the original primal energies. Chaos may simply be infinite potential from a higher perspective, but such is a dissolving force for egoic attachments. In addition, Tiamat is also associated with the Abyss, and quite possibly Da'ath of the Qabalah separating the higher trinity of the supernal triad from the lower streams of divine consciousness, including the lower forms of trinity expressed in religions where Solar deities represent Tiphareth, in correlation to Kether above the abyss. The "daemons" expose creation (Malkuth) and heavens (Tiphareth) for what they really are, an illusion, or a distortion of the flow of divine consciousness in the tree of life, where it is noted that the "nothingness" of Ain is higher than "infinite light" Ain Soph Aur, equating to the Tantrik traditions where Vamachara is higher than Daksinacara in order to rise into Saiva Siddhanth as expressed by Sage Abhinavagupta.
For those treading the Left Hand Path, I would recommend the works of Asenath Mason as she appears to provide a holistic approach for the Western occultists. Still, not for the squeamish or "faint of heart". If you can't handle Samashan Kali (and Vajrayogini traditions), Lilith, or Hecate, or transient "monsters", don't even try with Tiamat as this practice is the psychological practice of opening yourself up to the collective subconscious (nightside), which also includes dark fantasies lurking within our shadows. The adept may be devoured by energies taking on "apocalyptic" doomsday feels, particularly being devoured by black serpents, which has the effect of having all transient existence demolished from one's field of awareness by and through exposing deep rooted issues. Just as the Aghoris seek solitude on the fringes of society, such is also necessary with Tiamat's teams as these energies can move further than just the adepts vessel, where the adept at least knows and can harness such energy while dealing with personal shadow issues. In other words, carriers of certain energies tend to trigger those around them. Hence, the psychological move into the void, to be re-birthed as the phoenix/dragon thereafter. Samashan Kali destroys everything that is not Shiva, or pure divine awareness empty of the minds colorings ... learn to ride the current first by cracking open the high heart-throat chakra (throat represents truth, but we've been poisoned from the truth where the throat holds trauma) and solidifying the differentiation between the observer self ("I Am Presence") and ego-personality self, before attempting to ride the Dragon sleeping within the shadows of the lower sacral-root chakra. Solidifying one's awareness with the "I Am Presence" outside of the monkey mind creates a buffer to realign the adept who may empower the ego-identity-self too much. In addition, Self-Realization practices peel back the layers of conditioning, where one may receive a completely different understanding of Kali and Lilith outside of cultural conditioning depending on the level of the adapt. On a lower perspective, these beings may be terrible, on a higher perspective, these beings may be terrific. Self Realization is the Garuda to the Maya aspect of the matrix.
P.S. There's probably a correlation between Lilith (Ishtar) and the elite Bohemian Grove, by and through the Vahana-Animal Vehicle the "Owl", also correlates with the Hindu Goddess/Yaksini of abundance Lakshmi. It makes sense with the elite on this planet seeking power by attempting to harness energies from Mesopotamia and develop Siddhis for control. Such seeks external colorings instead of inner completion and harmony, if Self is excluded. Such is reminiscent of the Hindu Ramayan with the hero Ram representing Sattvic qualities and the antagonist Ravana representing more Tamasic qualities, where both were extremely elevated adepts. Both had to choose between following Dharma or egoic attachments. As the only way for a Hindu to repent for the "highest" sin of killing a Brahmin is to tread the Aghori path, Ram would need to repent as Ravana was a Brahmin. Hence, Ram's sadhana setting the stage for the full atma-consciousness flowering of "Sri" Krishna.
Nonetheless, humanity rather should realize that it has given its power away to those in the knowing, while being psychologically-conditioned by those in the knowing. In addition, the real masters have shown us that virtues such as compassion, loving humility, etc., are what is necessary to properly develop Siddhis, as you recognize your oneness with all (external is a mirror to internal; as within so without), even your opponents. (See Vianna Stibal, Seven Planes of Existence). Tiamat is the womb-void that produces all souls-consciousness, including daemons. To pierce into her is to dive deeply within the depths of the adepts psyche. Though I've left many warnings and safety precautions above, in invoking her and her team, there is no going back as these energies cannot be banished. As the inner layers are being pulled back, the external world will reflect as such which can be quite a negative experience, a "dark soul of the night", or facing a "tower" moment before seeing the light/void at the end of the tunnel. As humanity is learning more and more about it's truth, and how the elite on this planet have sought to subdue certain information, it is my intent simply to provide a holisitic understanding of why someone would tread this path, particularly for an adept seeking wisdom and inner completion.
Under Edit as of 10/27/18
The literature on the Navadurga ceremony thus found is quite simple. There's very little to gather from online sources, and my ever-increasing personal library (including puranas, tantras, etc.,) still lacks proper depth. Nonetheless, the information and experiences gathered affect my perspective, one that is quite different than traditional standards. Below is my discovery, sentiments, and intuition leaving me with a drastically different picture and personal practice as compared to traditional religion. In deciphering through our history, I've had to take constant note that, truth is more important than egoic-cultural colorings, for an actual seeker.
(Navadurga mimics the Christ ascension timeline. However, in Essene-Yogic and other mystic traditions, Jesus was not the full vessel of the Holy Spirit (Spirit: Sanskrit "Atma" meaning "consciousness"; Greek "Psyche" meaning "Spirit") yet, where Jesus still had to face his own egoic-identity issues embedded in his subconscious, while practicing meditation in the Judaean Desert. Similarly, just like Siddharta Gautama sitting under a regular tree, and just like Mohammed who simply astral projected to the vibration of the Archangel, sensory deprivation that moves the mind away from material existence alters consciousness. Meditators will find it easy to grasp this concept, where have you ever had a thought tempt you out of "stillness", especially an enticing one produced by Maya or the Devil? In terms of an actual Christian practice, "what would Jesus do" to find the "kingdom of heaven within"? What about John the Baptist, the guy born near the Dead Sea Scrolls, who would practice cleansing rituals that were strange for the cultural-religious region, but looks a lot like being cleansed in the Ganges. (See Jodi Magness Ph.d, The Holy Land Revealed)? Are we today following modern Pharisees and Sadducees, or are we connected by following his way, his truth, and his life?
Why would Jesus, Siddharta Gautama (contemporary of the Saiva Saint, Makkhali Gosala), and Mohammed practice "stillness" of mind? Most understand karma as the way one conducts themselves in the world. But before one decides to act, one must make a decision to act. Such often entails analysis running through psychological conditioning for one to make a decision. "Stillness" ceases that analysis and aligns one within the flow of our higher expression, or soul-expression, should one's chakra system be clear of psychological blockages. Really, an adept must ask, "how does one actually find, 'the kingdom of heaven within' without sorting through the clutter of the mental psyche"? Cleansing of the chakra system, like the Tibetans' Rainbow Lightbody practice studied by the Roman Catholics and Nazis (First Reich meets Third Reich), is how one becomes the pure vessel for the Holy "Consciousness-Spirit". (No offense is intended, where my life has been blessed by both the Protestant and Catholic Church; Studying Nazi occultism taught me not to trust the history books that are void of "secret societies").
Therefore, Navadurga is the ascension timeline teaching an adept how to evolve consciousness from an individuated ego identity to cosmic-supra consciousness ("Brahman"; "Kether"; "Unity Consciousness";"God") and thereafter beyond consciousness ("ParaBrahman"; "Above Kether"; "Ragnarok"; Void after Nirvana; the Womb of God) into what can only be described in human terms as the other side of the "black hole". She is the teacher of multidimensional consciousness, while the adept remains grounded in material existence by and through the human vessel.
I believe it's possible that the observed tunneling effect is the result of elemental particles moving within the multidimensional universe and then reemerging in a different area of the physical universe. Since each particle of matter (subatomic or molecular) already exists as a multidimensional unit of energy, this process of disappearance is to be expected, not only in physics but also in the real of human consciousness. In a very real sense, out-of-body and near-death experiences are a result of the tunneling effect of consciousness as it moves within the unseen energy levels of multidimensional universe and then returns to its physical form."
I. Goddesses; Vedic/Aryan-Tribal India-Gnostic Western Religion
In a conversation with my late uncle (Hindi: "Daada"), Mr. Jag Narayan, who had always taught us to look for the "higher philosophy" in challenging the pundit status quo, he told me about his childhood experiences with my great-grandfather, a tantrik adept whose three sons by their karmic natures were not ready to handle the blessings of tantra. Born in the late 30s, my uncle grew up in a time where the best he could do to learn scriptures, was to secretly look over the pundit's shoulders as the pundit would read from sacred texts. In the age of information, we have no excuse.
Before his passing, in conversation with Dr. Ol Doinyo Laetoli le Baaba, or as we called him, "Kali Baaba", he had said to me and my family, "out of all of the religions that I have studied, Hinduism has the most esoteric sciences to offer the public. However, there is a lot of undoing that needs to be done". Though the Mother's name has been on my tongue since I was a child, Baaba's words left me with the inclination to discover the archetypal truths beyond cultural, societal, and religious conditioning. Little did I know at that time, but Baaba's few words had the impact of beginning the deconstruction of my own psychology. My Daada taught me to raise my consciousness, Baaba taught me to liberate it.
Based on my research beginning with the few handful of authors Baaba recommended including David Kinsley's immense research, I'm part of the camp that believes the Goddess traditions are heavily more Tribal than Vedic-Aryan. Such includes ceremonies that are contrary to traditional Vedic rituals most likely influenced around the medieval ages with puritanical, patriarchal, and prejudicial leanings against certain practices. The continued prejudice and editing is evidenced today, shown through Professor B.N. Shastri's introduction to his Kalikapurana, where he discusses the disdain he received for not limiting the 'tantrik' elements of the text, a widespread practice throughout Indian puranic literature. Though Hinduism stresses "in search of truth", the banning of controversial books and authors is a common occurence, including banning D.N. Jha's book Holy Cow; Beef in Indian dietary traditions, as well as issues with brilliantly challenging authors like Wendy Doniger, who wrote The Hindus; An Alternative History. The axiom reside, "can one handle the truth", with the amount of psychological conditioning religion, culture, and traditions have embedded into our ancestral DNA, much of human psychology may simply be cognitive dissonance.
Relevant here is a Goddess who seems to fit a more puritanical standard. Her current archetypal symbology shows a lack of a consort (chastity, purity, etc.), in addition she is armed by the weapons of the male deities, in her service of helping the male deities fight a demon. Therefore, she is the pacified lioness, where the feminine archetype is reduced to simply the all loving nurturing mother who is appropriate since she is helping men as opposed to standing on one. Hence, the extreme stress on the domesticated cow archetype, a remnant of Pashupati-Mithraic bull worship representing Taurus. Not to say there is anything wrong with the "domesticated cow " archetype, as the Egptian Hathor archetype lovingly saves the world from burning up from the Sun, she also unconditionally nurtures humanity as expressed by individuals such as Anandamayi Ma and Amma-ji, individuals embodying the mother-archetype who offer themselves to humanity despite religious creed and fears of hell, who will move beyond the body with a pure conscious. Nonetheless, it denies the lioness, the proper pedestal the Goddess deserves, her vahana as shown through the other aspect of Hathor as Goddess Sekhmet. Brahma is the creator of traditions and culture according to the Hindu tradition. But one must not forget that Saraswati does not sit by his side, as much as modern tradition tries to put the two (2) together. The Eastern archetypes of Brahma and Saraswati are quite similar to that of the Western Abraham and Sarah, but probably best explained by and through the Gnostic Ialdabaoth and Pistis Sophia (On the Origin of the World, Nag Hammadi Scriptures), gnostic texts that are likely much older than either prior traditions as found with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
As typically found in researching any religion, the modern interpretation is an evolution of past ancestral understandings, including the archetype that we know today as Durga. Essentially, Durga would be a Goddess ripe to pluck for synchronization into the warrior based Vedic-Aryan system, given her shakti is being "invincible", a potent quality for war. This form of synchronization can then be further expressed through other Goddesses and Gods into the modern religion we know as Hinduism. The cults of Sri Sodashi and Mayon appear to be a drastic influence on the evolution of what may have been just a simple charioteer known as Krishna, as described in the earliest editions of the Mahabharata currently found. Lakshmi appears to be originally Kubera's attendant, a tribal Yakshini related to Ravana's Rakini's, quite how she ended up on Visnu's side is unknown outside of simplistic puranic lore. Lastly, we have the extremely esoteric Matrkas-Mothers where Goddesses are blended with the archetypes of their Vahanas-Familiars, showing Goddess in her terribly terrific forms as the 64 Yogini High-Priestesses or sky-dancing (dakini) "witches" which has caused issues with cultural surroundings.
Nonetheless, the traditions of these groups which may currently fall under the broader context of modern Saivism, as organized and "cleaned-up" by Abhinavagupta, are in conflict with the Vedic-Aryan adaptation of Vaishnavisim. India has produced many philosophical schools, including Adi Shankara's practice of attaining oneness, known as Advaita, quite similar to the Western Hermetic tradition of Self discovery. Nonetheless, as a stepping stone, Dvaita-Vedanta (dualist schools) also arose to help those achieve Advaita, by using a deity to guide one into oneness, the formless. In summary, Dvaita Vedanta typically teaches that the "soul" and "God" are two separate things where the soul must evolve into Spirit, whereas, Advaita Vedanta is the experience that there is only one consciousness. Nonetheless, such dualist schools have broken off from Advaita, leading to belief systems that plague the astral realms of heavens and hells through "thought-forms" known as egregores. (See Stavish, Mark, Egregores; The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human Destiny). For pure Advaita practices without cultural coloring, properly articulated to get to the point and effectively direct consciousness, I recommend Bentinho Massaro, who also best articulates the law of attraction. To further ground Advaita in order to be "psychologically-empty" and in the moment, to be the observer Self as opposed to the mind-body that molds itself to external or thought stimuli, Mooji Baba does not fail.
Further, those who attain Advaita to a certain degree are typically worshiped as having attained unity consciousness, where the then "Guru" becomes one with the disciples to further such connections through kundalini awakenings and activations, such as Swami Nithyananda, who has stated, "I am not here to tell you that I am God, I am here to tell you, that you are God!". Such sentiments are often expressed by Self realized beings, who like the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who sought the blessings of Self Realized Sufi saints, cheekily coined the phrase "Allahu Akbar-Allah is the Greatest". Though I feel Mooji Baba says it best, where in summation he states "I am here to show you who are, beyond what you think you are".
In Saivism, an adept is to find a "Guru" who has attained "Shiva" or "Unity" consciousness. Guru being two (2) words Gu-Ru, where "Gu" means "ignorance", and "Ru" means to "destroy" as in "Rudra-Shiva". Should an adept fail in finding such a siddha-achiever of the highest level in physical form, one is to take the name of the Divine Mother Kali, as spoken of Abhinavagupta in the Saiva Magnum Opus, the Sri Tantraloka. In the practice of developing an egregore, the ability of human intellect to embedded quite a bit of "coloring" to a deity "thought form" to allow that deity to evolve is a common tantrik practice, as found in the Vajra-Yogini practice as described by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, in his Guide to Dakini Land. Hence, Kali being embedded with quite possibly the highest shakti, making her "Adi"-First Shakti. Kali being Adi is proper, where Shiva as consciousness needs the fiery passion of Kali as matter in order to desire to engage the material universes, where in invoking Kali has the effect of destroying everything in the adepts life that is not pure Shiva. The romantic dance of the Cosmos. However, Kali also brings the Consciousness-Shiva out of the transient Cosmos as a Corpse-Shava, understood by the pop-culture reference of the film Spinal Tap where if the dance of Shiva-Shakti is a typical guitar amplifier with maximum setting at "Ten (10)", Kali "goes to Eleven (11)". The return from such Self discovery at "Eleven (11)" produces the psychological Taoist balance of the yin-yang hemispheres of the brain, where such as the Netflix series The Stranger Things, a character named "Eleven (11)" holds psychic multidimensional viewing abilities produces "supernatural" phenomena. In addition, the name "Eleven (11)" holds further significance as an ancient Mesopotamian deity "El" still found in derivative traditions, such as the word "Ang(El)", which is converted to "Al" for the Arabic tongue.
The archetypal Vishnu provides order to the Chaos. He would be the highest Kairos to the Cosmos. Visnu established a hierarchy cocooning process and status to achieve meant to assist humanity's evolving consciousness. However, with advanced philosophy in the hands of evolving humans, such has created caste and a lack of gender neutrality where the generous Goddess Lakshmi seems to be in a perpetual state of massaging Visnu's feet, as further expressed metaphorically through the archetype of Sita. Lakshmi, as a Yaksini and an adept embodying the shakti of "Sri", Lakshmi is identifed with the pinnacle of Mt. Meru under the sacred geometry of the Sri Yantra, where She is simply the Bhoga-Enjoyment after the Visnu oversoul accomplished his Yogic Sadhana. Nonetheless, such archetypes, when not appropriately interpreted, conditions the consciousness of the masses, placing the feminine as a passive nurturing servant to the masculine. Hence, Hinduism historical patriarchal underpinnings are deeply rooted, where women are still viewed as inferior, shuffled into an oppressive caste state named after the Vedic-Aryan word for color-varna, a categorization system created by a group who "integrated" with the Dasyus-dark skinned, flat nosed people. Such evolving human understandings has created further "separation", disguised as Bhakti Yoga in our global traditions, when the purpose of duality was to strengthen the heart chakra to awaken the high heart and move into nonduality. It is to learn to love God first, who through God we learn to love ourselves and recognize our Self, not get fanatical about dogma.
Unlike Visnu under specifically dualistic schools-davaita vedanta, Siva is beloved by all of creation, including its "Chaotic" aspects. There is no hierarchy, there is just oneness which then leads to further transcendence where the Divine Mother takes one into what can only be described in human language as the void, the womb of creation. Where Visnu who with two (2) eyes represents the height and beauty of transient existence, Siva with three (3) eyes represents "in this world, but not of it". In the beautiful Yoruba tradition invoking energies known as Orishas, Siva (or Sadashiva as interpreted in Saivism) would be similar to Eledumare, who doesn't really involve itself with transient existence, thought it pervades it. There are intermediaries, the wonderful Orishas, who are essentially angelic in guiding the adept into higher consciousness as well as helping with transient material issues. Therefore like many shamanic traditions, Shiva is the yogic-meditative tradition of moving your consciousness beyond the material form, then the astral forms, into the void of Self-discovery.
Returning to the Goddess, most tribal Goddesses in India with the knack for blood are synchronized with Kali, who then is synchronized with the Vedic-Puranic-Upanisad "Kalaratri" giving this archetypal Goddess a more profound philosophical understanding. As Kala-Kali represent the space-time continuum that creates our existence known as the grand-illusion (Mahamaya), Kali is the aspect of time that chips away at the moment. However, in invoking the archetype Kali, like the adept Shiva, you do not ask to return to egoic-creation (Brahma) by and through thoughts, but to Self-discovery found through stillness. Like the western Goddess Lilith who did not fall with Adam, but matched the divine vibration through mantra bringing her back to the "All-Father" removing her from material existence. Hence, Kali-Lilith is the "daemon" (Greek meaning supernatural beings between God and humans) mother and slayer where she can support your ego as the nurturing mother (maya) or detach you from egoic transient existence while you can still play (lila) in the illusion (Mahamaya). (See Karlsson, Thomas, Qabalah, Qliphoth, and Goetic Magic). An archetype similarly expressed is with the Goddess Hekate as found through the Chaldean Oracles.
Similarly in Western traditions, angels provide the same shakti-gnosis in occult practices, as found in the practice of John Dee's "Enochian Magick". As a devout Christian with piety practices in the late 1500s, and the occultist to the Protestant Queen Elizabeth, John Dee was not seeking Eastern religion, nor a Goddess. Nonetheless, from the practice of "Angelic Magick", angels take on a dual coloring where "demons" may simply be just obstacles assisting in the cocooning growth process of consciousness, which then leads one to the Mother of all that is, most likely the Book of Revelations Whore of Babylon. Firstly, one must understand patriarchy. A Mother who creates all that is will be labelled a whore, just as a high-priestess will be labelled a witch. As evidence, humanity does not appear to be holding the standard for Father-God creator. Hence, such patriarchal religions veil the Goddess into a passive "virgin", without understand that the esoteric symbol of "virginity" as being an unconditioned crystal clear consciousness. No doubt the practice of Enochian Magick dissolves egoic-conditioning and brings one to the Divine Mother, as has been my personal experience in working with the 30th Aethyr Call. (See Jason Louv).
Nonetheless, patriarchy may have a reason to suppress the feminine, fear. As the Mother of all that is births all that is, it is through the feminine archetypes that we have the creation of the "shadow", as found through the Qabalist "Tree of Life" specifically the pillar of severity. (See the works of Lon Milo DuQuette and Dion Fortune). From the pillar of severity do we have the creation of the Qliphoth. Though it is the left-hand qabalist path, Qliphoth simply means the bark on the tree of life. Hence, the qliphoth is simply ego in material existence. (See Karlsson, Thomas, Qabalah, Qliphoth, and Goetic Magic). The Divine Mother birthing the shadow is further explained in Gnostic Christianity, where Pistis Sophia engaged the process of know thyself engaging her shadow, where she thereafter plunged herself into the depths of matter to bring wisdom. (See Pistis Sophia) However, as Christ the Sophia, she needed help, Christ the Logos. Sophia is Greek meaning wisdom. Another name for Kali is Mahavidya, as she is a Great Wisdom Goddess.
II. TRIBAL PRACTICES; TANTRA
Like other tribal Goddesses, Durga and Chandi also fit the tribal Goddess archetype requiring blood sacrifices. "Harivanash purana (C. A.D.) mentions Durga as the vindhyavasini, dwelling in caves, rivers forests and the wind worshipped by savaras, barbaras and pulindas". [S.K. Tiwari, Tribal Roots of Hinduism p. 30]. From my occult studies, including those requiring animal sacrifice akin to halal meat, the two very obvious and practical ways to open portals between this world and the astral is through sex and death. Sex brings in "life-force", death takes out "life-force". Such allows objects to receive blessings known as prana-pathistha, creating objects of veneration known as amulets proven to be infused with the intended energy, as can be attested by clairsentients. Hence, the reason why practices are continually practiced, as these are not faith-based rituals, as religions based solely on faith are only applicable to well-conditioned minds. Such amulets infused with energies of the Orishas, Nagas, and Shakti, and practices such as yantra, mantra, mandala, are essentially portals, a transportation system to move one's vibration closer to that of the intended deity sprouted by vibrational seeds called bijas. Bijas bring "life" to Sanskrit verbiage, where logical interpretations are void compared to the intuitive experiences fulfilled once such seeds begin to sprout reverberating through one's cellular structure. Such is similarly true with natural objects, such as gemstones that can make a clairsentient's head spin, recognizable when one is in stillness, no faith required.
Further, the Goddess traditions are specifically known for certain practices that are in opposition to puritanical standards, including the panchamakara. However, Shakti Sadhna affects the psyche and physique extremely differently, where one is not invoking a kind gentle compassionate energy, but the more terrifying and terrific forms to get the job of ego attachment dissolution done. These practices are to transcend the egoic attachments to transient existence, particularly through the cleansing of the heavy psychological constraints plaguing our central nervous system, as an adept will find in working with the chakra system. Ego attachment dissolution allows the ego-individuality to taste the liberation-moksha of Higher Self expression, where the wanderings-samsara are no longer on a psychologically conditioned karmic-habit wheel. Contrary to religious practice, ego-destruction is not humiliation disguised as humility before a hierarchical system, nor is it humiliating yourself before a deity. Surrender before a deity is allowing their energies to work with you, where humiliation by and through the law of attraction energies further separate the adept and object of veneration through vibrations of unworthy as opposed to equating a match. To invoke Shiva, one must be Shiva, Shivoham.
Therefore, the adepts in these practices of invoking terrific forms of the Goddess are facing their fears, their attachments, from the position of the divine Mother herself, for healing. Hence, not your typical havan fire ritual, but an energetic experience which can be something quite odd to the ignorant observer. Hence, the consumption of grounding foods such as meat and alcohol, properly moving the Shakti-Prana "vital-life-force" throughout the body where the cleansed chakras have opened the adepts central nervous system, often through mediums such as sensual intimacy, bringing healing throughout the physique. Hence, panchamakara can be seen as the Bhoga-Enjoyment after Yoga. Simple vegetarian meals may not allow the adept to properly ground, when the adepts consciousness has been soaring beyond the body. In addition, an adept may find herself looking for reasons as to why one should come back. Such primal qualities including carnivorous and mating habits have been with humanity throughout known history, the tantriks just realized its spiritual aspects. Though spiritual communities are prevalent with anti-meat and anti-sex sentiments, such organizations fail to understand the purpose of yoga. For such individuals, I would recommend one of my favorite gurus who would in summation say, the problem isn't that you eat meat, the problem is that you identify-with and are attached-to the body that is eating the meat. (See Sri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj, Amrut Laya). Nonetheless, such indulgences should be done from the position of emotionally vibrant "mindfulness", where one can partake each moment with the ability to embed proper gratitude into the object of gratification. Such practices can be found through other examples, such as the Japanese tea ceremonies which prepare the consumer ritualistically to mindfully thoroughly enjoy the subtle nuances of tea, hence, the difference between indulgence and alchemy.
Regarding the use of conscious altering intoxicants used throughout shamanic traditions, cannabis is particularly suitable as the plant of Shiva. Hence, from a mindful perspective, a yogi indulges cannabis the same way a shaman would indulge ayahuasca, particularly to add or activate DMT within the pineal gland for astral exploration as found through the works of the "psychedelic elders" such as Terence Mckenna and the philosopher Aldous Huxley who gave the band The Doors their title from his book, The Doors of Perception. Shiva as consciousness allows the adept to explore consciousness. On the other, Shakti as prakriti-matter, the material existence, gives us wine to attach us and delude us into material existence, her maya shakti. Hence, the reason why alcohol, meat, and sensuality, all objects that affect the hormonal (im)balance of the human body, may be ritualistically used to ground one back into material existence. One needs karmic-relevance in materiality for one to exist in materiality, and passionate desires can easily become a "karmic-relevance". Such explores the dual aspects of substance use, where such practices may be used to elevate or delude consciousness. Obviously, such practices are typically counter-culture driving such rituals to be hidden, something to note when considering what the hidden-essene cult was practicing for at least 350 years before Constantine "converted" and killed of the "heretics". (See the works of Edgar Cayce and Dolores Cannon in exploring the Essene further). As such, practices of attempting to attain higher consciousness may be widespread, such as the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Woman, who brought seven (7) sacred rites and the Sacred Pipe-Chanunpa to the blessed protectors of Mother Earth, the sharing of a subtle intoxicant to ground everyone onto the same conscious level for ceremonial intent. Essentially, you can choose to enter the kingdom within and be in Spirit, or create your empires and stories in the material realms of transient existence. Nonetheless, before one commits to external ritual with the potential for societal drama, one must consider a meditators sharpened awareness with the ability to pinpoint areas within the physique, and the use of a heightened "imagination" with the ability to conjure certain emotions and therefore release a hormonal cocktail for euphoria, one realizes that all gratifications are sourced from within, including new nuances not typically experienced from external stimuli. Simply, most minds are conditioned to seek such pleasures externally, further conditioning the ability to obtain such euphoria on external circumstances, when all of such really is a product of one's sensory consciousness. Therefore, the need for many practices in conflict with the surrounding culture, area actually best suited to be conducted internally, with the purpose of ceremonial ritual as simply stabilizing and serenading an active mind.
On an intuitive level, such practices considered outside of "traditional" sensual boundaries, such as that of the founding Mormons, may be enacted with the understanding of "soul contracts", where from a Spirit "Not-Matter" level, sensuality is simply an exchange of information particularly when one is guided from the impulses of the heart, the divine will. Such practices will allow for karmic-soul expressions, which may be inhibited by following traditional standards forcing an adept to thereafter reincarnate to learn from such expression on a loop where the adept will most likely be reconditioned into continuing culture, further creating a dance on the wheel of samsara. Further, sensuality, particularly that of the sacral-connective-creative chakra, is the most culturally conditioned, where it appears ancient cultures viewed anything but bisexuality as odd holding drastically different "moral" standard for sexual expression. Such conditioning may be for practical purposes, where most ancient cultures have some form of incest including the Abraham-Sara bloodline continuation belief system similar to Egypt, where humans had to consciously evolve and condition consciousness to realize that incest produces genetic issues. Therefore, such practices are karmic-cleansing, with the goal of transcending one's animal nature in mind, not logical conscious development to navigate the material world. Nonetheless, such understanding of the conditioning of the human-consciousness, also shows conditioning in other areas based on cultural leanings, such as the conditioning into the human psyche of the male and female separate archetypes, where human psychological has shown to be anything but "black and white". However, one looking to "tantra" for sensual gratification needs to realize the psychological-meditative aspects and purpose of tantra, for sense objects have an incredible natural effect of "stilling" the mind making one "mindful" of the moment. However, one may need to pass through base desires in order to transcend such, bringing one back to one's Dharma, for bottled-up emotions and desires have a way of disturbing a mind attempting stillness, as some of our Master's have described.
Nonetheless, through the evolution of human consciousness, today we have practices such as Kriya Yoga as taught by Yogananda and Yogiraj Siddhanath Satguru, as well as running Microcosmic/Marcosmic channels as taught by Mantak Chia and Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang, or the spiritualist movement who also runs channels as taught by one of my mentors Dr. Lauren Cielo (Golden Rose Psychic), and lastly Vianna Stibal's Theta-Healing. As a sidenote, when can debate the authenticity of a psychic reading, but a psychic teaching others to be "psychic" is another story where one cannot doubt their own experiences. The purpose of Kriya Yoga as the "householder" practice, is that it holds all forms of yogic practices in a few simple techniques. (See J.S. Stevens, Kriya Secrets Revealed). In practice, kriya yoga assists an adept whose life consists of activity, including denser activity such as animal-emotion consumption, continue living such life but yet achieve the anti-karmic meditative goal of stillness. Such practices of grounding oneself to the Earth, releasing one's energetic baggage, and moving vital-life force through certain channels affecting the chakra system, holds the effect of transmuting beliefs-conditioning embedded into one's lightbody-merkaba. Such practices make one "senstive", which includes purging heavy emotions from one's energy field acquired from indulging in "denser emotions". These meditative practices may result in opening of the crown chakra, or the "channelers portal", in addition to other siddhis where certain primal practices may evolve or become obsolete, so long as the intended goal is achieved. As an example, the process of prana-prathistha may look more like re-chi or shakti-pat, where a ritualistic adept known as a sadhak evolves siddhas as they move closer into supra-consciousness.
Nonetheless, those with an open crown, "mediums", are known to allow messages from other aspects of oneself to come forth, such as noted from Bashar-Darryl Anka, Story Waters & Roger Hanson, Tom Kenyon, Lazaris, Abraham Hicks, and Kimberley Maxfield (Beings of the Light), where channeled messages have been known to influence science fiction including the series Star Trek. Particularly Story Waters & Roger Hanson, whose channeled messages and artwork hold the ability to energetically shift and transport the audience, making one comprehend the actual definition of the Sanskrit concept of Upanisad, where Jane Roberts Nature of the Psyche provided me with two (2) weeks of extremely vivid long-drawn out dreams during the duration of reading the material. Hence, the rishis-seers of our ancient records have never left humanity as one can further assess while reading material such as Seth Speaks, A Course in Miracles, or the The Law of One. In addition, phenomenal abilities to shift one's psyche, by and through modes such as editing of akashic records, such as Viana Stibal's "Theta Healing" and Tamra Oviatt's "Sacred Activations" have been reaching a wider audience. The number of individuals publicating such abilities has been increasing, as evidenced by the number of increasing monthly "energy reports" or "readings" arising on youtube discussing the rise in consciousness known as "ascension", including the phenomena called "light-language" where in terms of cranial activity can only personally be described like The Jimi Hendrix Experience. One may wonder if the phenomena of "light-language" is what is described in the tantras as the language of the ancient Yoginis-Goddesses, "twilight", given potential correlations with Indian Goddesses and the Pleiades star system (See Munya Andrews, The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades; See also the works of Arthur Avalon). In a world being filled with extremely clairsentient beings, inner-alchemists who identify as "empaths" and such, who are now providing intuitive messages to a world that is conditioned to be obsessed with the religions that are based solely on logical-material world based understandings, is quite rebellious and as history has taught us, can sadly still be quite dangerous as many truth enablers often fear facing execution with their story then manipulated for public conditioned-mind consumption returning us to the delusion of material existence continuing the established mode of hierarchy.
This bring us to the evolution of the Goddess tradition that we currently know and celebrate as Navadurga.
The primitive form of Durga is the result of sycretism of a mountain-goddess worshipped by the dwellers of the Himalayas. This goddess was worshiped by the tribals as a war-goddess. As her votaries advanced in civilization the primitive war-goddess was transformed into the personification of the all destroying time (Kali), the vegetation spirit into the primordial energy (Adya Sakti) and the saviouress from Samsara (cycle of rebirths) and gradually brought into line with Brahmanic mythology and philosophy."
III. Navadurga Introduction
Two of the highest aspects of divinity that I've experienced are the gods Shiva and Parvati...In the dream I was standing in front of the god Shiva and the goddess Parvati and I was very excited. They were emanating the most amazing divine energy. They used my sacred name and my regular name to address me, and said, 'Dearest Vianna, you are here! We welcome you. Vianna, there are many people will like your work here, but not all of the people in India are going to be open and accept what you teach'.
It is extremely important to note that the different forms of yoga in Hinduism is simply a modern attempt to categorize the many different practices in India, where all practices should lead to the experiences of samadhi as articulated by Swami Vivekananda. One such form is Bhakti or devotional forms of spirituality. My main critique for these groups is that "Bhakti Yoga without Jnana Yoga can result in religious fanaticism". Hence, you have religious Hindus who will murder a Muslim for eating beef, as if the atma-consciousness in the cow is different than the atma-consciousness in the chicken or the plant, when it's all just consciousness. This is due to generational blind conditioning into traditions and culture, all of which further attach an atma-consciousness even more into transient existence. If you enjoy culture and traditions, it gives you a reason to return, an issue should one not understand transcendence. Such ideologies and practices lead towards pride, arrogance, and "spiritual materialism" as coined by Chogyam Trungpa, all of which are simply "golden-handcuffs" mistaken as jewelry (See Amrut Laya). Though logically one may seems superior based on spiritual certificates and titles, such creates the "Herr Mannelig" effect where those not of certain standards are looked down upon despite their proper attempts. Therefore, Bhakti Yoga is to expand the heart chakra to activate the high heart, not get fanatically lost in dogma fighting over which superhero or doctrine is superior.
The Bhakti movement of India seems to be established around 5 CE, where the ancient but evolving man-deity "Krishna" was gaining ground, as he's beloved by both Vedic-Aryan synchronized into the Visnu pantheon and the Tribals as an infusion of Sri, Mayon, and quite possibly many other tribal deities as his story developed. As a sidenote, Krishna is rooted in ancient deities and possibly an oral tradition as he was Megasthenes transplant into Greece as Herkules, or Hari-Kaula meaning family of Hari, during the Hellenic period. Though, it is unclear how much was understood about "Krishna" as much was not written in India during this time period. Nonetheless, 5 CE is also significantly after the time of Jesus and the creation of the Anti-Gnostic organization known as Roman Catholicism, where the die-hard Roman Mithraic worshiping Constantine needed to save a failing empire. Hence, those that nailed him to the cross, allegedly "washed" their hands clean, crafted the modern Biblical tradition via the Creed of Nicea, which still influences Protestant derivatives, outside of the esoteric Protestant movements such as Rosicrucianism. Hence, Roman Catholicism looks nothing like Judaism or Gnostic Christian practices, where the Roman empire has managed to subtlety remain alive to this day, housing one of the largest libraries on the planet while feeding the masses one book, a political move to keep Church and State together. Interesting enough, traditionally the Pope is to be considered an "incarnation" of god by the parishioners carrying on the divine right to rule. Nonetheless, with the Church needing to expand as found throughout historical colonialism, 5th CE is also around the time Christian missionaries were travelling to India, and targeting those at the lower-end of the caste system. Lastly, 5 CE is also around the time of the puranas, where India has not preserved much in writing prior to such periods, at least within public knowledge (preservation issues may be do to intrusion). Given that may different philosophical groups have entered India before much of "ancient" Indian literature, including Jewish colonies during the Hellenic period, Hinduism seems to have much in the way of synchronization.
The similarities in terms of practice between Christians and modern Hindus seem quite similar. Attending a Catholic High school, the religious mass was quite relaxing as you would hear angelic voices pipe through the choir, followed up with biblical reflections meant to dive one deeper into being a better human being. Same is true in attending a Protestant elementary, though the speeches were quite more "boisterous". Nonetheless, the pattern was quite similar, bhajans-choir and scripture reflection. However, prior to the Bhakti movement of 5 CE, the Vedic tradition was highly ritualized with homas-fire ritual, etc., showing a differentiation in practice. Given that lower-castes and out-castes, were forbidden from doing Vedic rituals, entering into certain Temples, and reading certain texts that would resulting in extreme punishment, it can easily be argued that lower-caste Hindus adopted "Christian" forms of practice in order to satisfy their own personal longings without actually converting. Hence, Christianity may have influenced the evolution of Hinduism much earlier than Swami Vivekananda, who walked around with a copy of Thomas a Kempis', Imitation of Christ.
As part of attending Catholic mass, which serenaded the audience with the burning of frankincense (higher consciousness; anti-depressant) and myrrh (death), the church held substantial Catholic artwork including flowing stained glass windows that visually brought the audience to the Christ "Ascension" story. Just as the Christians have the timeline for their savior, Hindus have created a yogic timeline for teaching humanity how to achieve Self-Realization, or the kingdom within, by the Saviouress. Hence, with the numerous influences that composes Hinduism, you have NavaDurga or the Nine (9) Days expressing the adept's sacrifice of ego-consciousness into pure spirit, as taught in mystery schools as Self-Realization or communication with the Holy Guardian Angel (See The Sacred Book of Abramelin the Mage).
As a sidenote, though I have not made the astrological assessments of Navadurga, it is important to note that frightful beings called bhutas, preetis, vetals, etc., (Ghouls, Spirits, Vampires, etc., ), are the vahana-vehicle of the Tribal Goddess Chamunda, often synchronized with Durga. Pitru Paksha, or the tradition of honoring the ancestors where the veil between worlds is thinnest, takes places right before Navadurga (autumn). In essence, the vahana-vehicle is helping bring an adept to the Goddess. Therefore, it becomes important to note that this is the tradition of nonduality, rising above both the right-hand and left-hand path, into unity consciousness.
IV. Navadurga 2018
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Navadurga 2018 concluded yesterday, where I spent the past few days invoking each of the nine (9) Goddesses with an attempt to achieve "stillness". The importance of "stillness" is best expressed by Swami Vivekanada's literature on Raja Yoga, describing steps to achieve Samadhi, a state beyond thought. Essentially, you turn the body and mind off, where your consciousness can move beyond the hustle and bustle of transient existence into pure bliss-ananda. Through meditation, an adept can astral project into the star system, for "as within, so without", through a practice called "remote viewing" by the U.S. government. (See Lyn Buchanan, The Seventh Sense). Such gives understanding to the Oracles of Delphi, when stated, "know thyself and thou shall know the universe and God". The Goddesses and Gods of the astrals, when properly labelled as such, are most likely masters who attained unity consciousness and further gradations. Like Archangel Michael, such beings may assist an adept with chakra clearings to help bring an adept deeper within into the void (Nirvana, Ain Soph Aur) to be absorbed into the ocean and spit out on the other end (Ain Soph, and Ain).
When we contemplate the mantra given by our guru
The first seven Goddess Archetypes are also associated with the typical seven (7) chakra system starting from the root moving to the crown. Like how Goddesses were synchronized into the ancient Vedic-Aryan system, so were the shamanic concepts of the "Kundalini". Kundalini, it's practice and terminology comes from the tribal Goddess Kubjika (possibly synchronization with Kamakya), representing Self-Fulfillment or Inner-Completion (the cycle of Kundalini moving prana-upward, then apana-downward from the crown). (See the works of Mark S.G. Dyczkowski). Hence, the chakras and kundalini may not necessarily be an ancient Aryan-Vedic practice, where those who stressed an oral tradition at the time of the Rg Veda may have looked at those who drew weird geometric designs on the ground as witchcraft. (See Alain Danielou, While The Gods Play).
Nonetheless, it is best for the adept themselves to correlate the Goddess Archetypes with the Chakra System to forge their own neurological pathways and understandings of their own body. Therefore, I recommend the free youtube energy channelings of Ellaeenah JadeFire, to help cleanse any blockages as well as Kriya Yoga based practices with an attempt to understand why a particular Goddess is associated with a Chakra (or Sephirot for Qabalists) and how she may assist in guidance and healing. Lastly, I recommend Elizabeth Lund (House of Idems) for personalized channeled meditations catered to your specific chakra needs, including the more esoteric chakras for the more advanced adepts.
This is the manifestation of Parvati into the world, Lady of the Mountains, Mother Nature.
An understanding from the ancient Samkhya tradition, a tradition that predates Yoga, the feminine Shakti represents Prakriti, or matter giving us physics on how atoms come together by and through vibrations we call gunas. Nonetheless, the understanding of the gunas is approached from a feminine intuitive perspective of the masculine logical scientific "string theory", feeling into the emotional qualities of the three gunas as: 1. Rajas as active; 2. Sattva as harmonious; 3. Tamas as destructive. As a sidenote, the other side of Samkhya is the masculine Shiva, representing Purusha, giving us psychology or the understanding of spirit-consciousness. (Sarawati, Swami Niranjanananda, Samkhya Darshan.) The merge of Purusha-Prakriti, Shiva-Shakti, Spirit-Matter, and the balance thereof, provides us with the archetypal religious symbols of the equilateral cross, the hexagram, lingam-yoni, and the yin-yang. Purusha is further described as the "cosmic man" through later Indian literature, quite possibly a synchronization evolving into cosmic-consciousness.
Hence, as the predecessor to Yoga, the scientific tradition of Samkhya provides an understanding of the polarity of the universe. Scientific in terms of physics (outer studies) and psychology (inner studies), these scientific concepts were anthropomorphized or syncronized into religion. It is Samkhya ideology which gives spirituality it's scientific appeal, a study often degraded by dualist traditions who do not recognize the feminine and masculine polarity dancing throughout the universe. Hence, the friendship (conversations) of Nikola Tesla and Vivekananda, Einsten and Tagore, and the writings of Erwin Schrodinger, Carl Jung, Wilhelm Reich, J. Robert Oppenheimer, etc., psychologists and physicist attest to the brilliance of these yogic practices. The correlation between consciousness and matter is evidenced by the controversial "double-slit experiment", which provides us with a better, but still utterly confusing interpretation of the quantum world, where western-students of matter are attempting their best to discredit consciousness. Such students engage an understanding of prakriti solely, where Tesla astral projected for E.T. communication, and Einstein would astral project into his "imaginary" laboratory not having the funds to attain proper tools. Let us not forget the illiterate but yet brilliant mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who obtained his knowledge from none other than the Goddess by drawing tantrik sacred geometry, yantras. History is full of such individuals where apparent information tends to be ignored such as the esoteric organizations, teaching, and arts such as alchemy being practiced by well-known individuals throughout our unacknowledged history including Da Vinci, Newton, and Bruno. What were these game changers actually practicing? Nonetheless, other sciences who lack such background, are essentially lost in the illusion, studying the illusion, leaving us the old adage of the "blind leading the blind". Though Darwinian Evolution is a proper understanding of the natural worlds need for "natural selection", such understanding of biology lacks psychology, the evolution of human consciousness that moved humanity away from the "natural" world.
Shailputra is simply the observation, study, and admiration of material existence. She observes Adam, Atom, as a smaller limited consciousness evolve and get to know itself by a process called Self-Realization into the Purusha or "cosmic man", also known as Atum in old ancient Egypt. Therefore, just like the seeds of a plant hold the blueprint of the plants flowering, so does limited-consciousness hold the blueprint to flower into cosmic-consciousness.
Shailaputra is the student of the spiritual and physical sciences. Here, Shailputra begins the process of "know thyself".
Brahmacharini is where Parvati takes up yoga to attain Self-Realization.
The Vedic tradition will place these adepts in white, and create some sort of ritual-homa. However, it is very important to note that Parvati did not attain Self-Realization by and through the traditions of Prajapati-Daksha who created culture and tradition on behalf of his father, Brahma. She was trained by her future consort Shiva, who is counter-culture, or "ulta-backwords" as the mystical Bengali Baul poets will sing. Quite similar to Ibrahim v. Nimrod under the Tower of Babylon story, the egoic-creator of culture serving a god vs. counter-culture wanting mankind to ascend.
Further, according to puranic lore, Vedic tradition originally notoriously opposed Shiva. Hence, the marriage of Sati/Parvati and Shiva can be seen as the attempted marriage of two (2) different ideologies/cultures. In certain esoteric lore, both Brahma and Siva originally had five (5) heads, where Shiva decapitated Brahma's fifth (5th) head due to Brahma's arrogance (inappropriate behavior projected towards Saraswati or the puritanical "safer" fire pillar story). In the Vedic tradition, killing a Brahmin is the ultimate sin, with Shiva here being the guilty party. To repent, Shiva carries Brahma's skull into the fringes of society creating the tradition of Aghora. Hence, the fifth head maybe symbolic of the Tantric-Aghoric tradition (5th Veda?), obviously not taught by Brahma, and often shunned by dualist schools, including Vaishnavas who fail to recognize that their Rama also killed a Brahmin, Sri Ravana. How else is Rama to fight his own inner demons to flower as the full consciousness of "Sri" as Sri Krishna? In addition, Ravana's Kala Maha Indrajaal is quite more enlightening than the Ramayan, which makes one wonder who actually flowered, was it Ram, or was it Ravana who had his ego chopped off by Ram-Laksmana, or all mentioned as a unified oversoul, two-sides of the same coin. To separate Ram and Ravana is to further conscious duality often objectively shown through something plaguing orthodox religion, the "hero's journey" forcing external conduct, when the proper "hero's journey" is internal psychological alchemy bringing one to Self realization. You can follow the ten (10) avatars of Visnu externally, or you can sit "still" like Shiva, Siddharta, Jesus, Padmasambhava, Mohammed, and plenty of others.
Therefore, Parvati's practices may be more Tantrik in scope, then the Brahma created culture that pervaded her home-life. Such is logical where the ideal goal is to deconstruct psychological conditioning by and through the breath, as opposed to learning and developing cultures and traditions. Again, much of what is placed on-top of such yogic techniques and traditions seems to have simply become "spiritual materialism" [See Chogyam Trungpa]. Nonetheless, Parvati (more particularly Sati) being raised in a dualist environment may have properly grounded Parvati to walk through the "valley of the shadow of death" of her own and collective subconscious. Therefore, the right-hand path seeks to ground in the light, where thereafter, the left-hand path seeks to liberate fears and attachments for moksha-liberation.
Brahmacharini represents the aspect of Parvati before marriage. Here, Parvati can be portrayed as sixteen (16) year old Sodashi/Sri Vidya (Mahavidyas). Hence, the Soundharya Lahiri as penned by Adi Shankara himself may be fitting for this evening as a courtship with the kundalini energy. Further, as has been my experience, mantras presented by an awakened being tend to affect the mental neurons differently, which is properly known as darsan-blessing. As a warning, the vibrations emitted from these mantras tend to be on the hormonal end, where the adept typically can mix energies within the Taoist lower Dantien through techniques such as "embryonic breathing". (See Jwing-Ming Yang, Qigong Meditation.) The lower dantien places extreme importance as being the sacral chakra area, where despite western medicines attempts to be "anti nutritional detox", western science is now beginning to understand the link between gut health and consciousness. (See Clapp, Megan et al. “Gut microbiota's effect on mental health: The gut-brain axis” Clinics and practice vol. 7,4 987. 15 Sep. 2017). Nonetheless, the flow should be upwards, prana, as opposed to downwards, apana. Nonetheless, sexuality (internal arousal) should only be added into these practices when the chakras (nervous system) can handle that type of high octane shakti where one can properly face their inner psychological demons. Should an adept listen to this hymn, ask Kundalini Devi (in the form of Brahmacharini/Sodashi/Shakti/Divine Feminine Principle, etc.) to take you only as for as you are ready, where an adept may need to take the necessary precautions to ground oneself back to matter. Nonetheless, for a more holistic approach, I would recommend the energy work of Panache Desai to properly cleanse and balance the nadis for ascent. Further, ancestral and past-life karmic issues are embedded in the chakra system, including sexual trauma and external conditioning affecting our creative and social-connection chakra, the sacral. Hence, I would further recommend the work of "hacktivator" Ellyssa Campbell of Dynamic Intention for extensive inner-core work. (See also Sacred Activations). Essentially, don't play with a loaded gun. Once the channels are cleared, the central nervous system uncluttered, then techniques such as "Ankhing" named after the Egyptian "Ankh" allow an adept to move the vital life force in a healing fashion (Melchizedek, Drunvalo, The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, V.2). (See also books by the "Bihar School of Yoga" for proper yogic techniques).
In addition, with practices akin to Kriya Yoga, as a side effect of chakra clearings, one tends to release significant muscular tension around the spinal column, which may cause the spine to strengthen and stretch into proper positioning. Such allows for a tube-like sensation to occur that extends from one's crown down towards the perineum, sometimes called "pranic-tube". The pranic-tube aligns one with higher aspects of oneself to further receive messages, healings, downloads, etc. Such seems to be the intended purpose of practices such as the practice of Hatha Yoga, where muscular tension is released, spinal column aligned and stretched, nervous system relaxed, all preparation for the actual yogic-yoking practices to move beyond the material body and move consciousness into samadhi as articulated in Raja Yoga.
Lastly, the Saiva practice of mantra, yantra, and mandala, is quite a potent practice when an adept invokes a feminine shakti, often integrated into one's kundalini as an aspect of the divine feminine principle. Particularly the more destructive, terrific forms of the Goddess, the Goddess holds the ability to destroy ego, or thoughts distracting the mind away from the formless Shiva-Consciousness. Therefore, the practice of mantra sows bijas-seeds that can bring an adept right into the Raja Yoga states as described by Swami Vivekananda, which I can attest regarding the mantras of Kali. Though word of caution, one really needs to develop Bhakti-Love of the destructive forms of the Devi-Goddess, before such invocations, as one must not be frightened by Her symbolism. Should fear arise, invoke Her beloved Shiva.
Hence, Brahmacharini represents the adept or sadhak-vira, just like Siddharta Gautama sitting under a tree, or Jesus and Mohammed sitting in the dessert or cave. Here, sensory deprivation yogic techniques are used to move beyond the typical senses, bring clarity to consciousness, in order to realize who you are outside of the body and outside of the astral-planes of existence, while kundalini shakti releases your material transient attachments. In addition, it is rumored that when one is in their final karmic-lifetime, they take up the worship of Sodashi as she is Tripura Sundari, the most beautiful in the three (3) states of awakened consciousness.
Chandra is the moon, the archetype representing the inner world, including the three states of consciousness. This is confirmation that Parvati is practicing meditative tantrik rites, as the moon is typically associated with the left-hand path. Hence, the crescent moon typically lingers near the tantrik Goddesses' (Dakini, Yakini, etc.; Vajrayogini) forehead. The ultimate goal of engaging the inner world is to move beyond the astrals, into the formless, quite possibly the goal of our globes latest major religion, which is symbolized by the Love of Chandra. Such interpretation seems appropriate given the ancient Tribal practice of stone worship, and the ability for meteorite-tektite stones, such as moldavite, to hold intense pulsations that pull one's consciousness upward, provided they are not negatively programmed.
Here, Parvati achieves at least the beginning of Self-Realization known as Turyia (See Siva Sutras). As found in Saivism, Turyia is to be awake during the three-states of consciousness: 1. wake; 2. sleep; and 3. deep sleep. To be "awake" is to awaken to the Grand Illusion-Mahamaya, and realizes it simply to be a play-lila. This paves the way for the ultimate flowering of the "Sri" essence. (To be awake like Neo in the Matrix.; GodSelf). (See Panache Desai)
Nonetheless, though this appears as a mental state to "achieve", it is actually consciousness' original healthy expression, before psychological conditioning. Such psychological conditioning also includes the grahas, or pull-of-the-planets, as shown from one's astrological road-map printed at the time of one's birth. As a practice derived from ancient Sumer, astrology has been quite similar between East and West with slight variations in calculation, with the Western world evolving to include aspects such as Dark Moon Lilith. (See Laura Walker, Oracle Report). In addition, astrology has been used throughout our history by noteworthy leaders, and was even used by Zoroaster's esoteric group, "the Magi", to locate the Christ. However, as discussed by Vedic astrologer and Kriya Yoga master, Sri Yuketswar to Swami Yogananda, astrology only has an effect, if one has not returned to their original state of consciousness, by and through the resolving of the conditioned mind and return to Self realization (Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi). Hence, the planetary pull of one's astrological chart seem to be only guides for one's Self discovery, where such aspects have no pull thereafter.
Hence, Chandraghanta represents Parvati clearing her chakras from transient ego existence (ego-death), awakening her third-eye (astral projection, etc.), and moving into Self-Realization (Unity Consciousness and the Void). As awakening the third-eye is the ultimate weapon against delusion-maya, the comparable archetype may be Bagalamukhi (Mahavidyas) as she moves above the powers of even the Cosmos.
Just as the Greeks have the cosmic orphic egg, Hindus have "Brahmaanda" or the egg-anda of Brahma. Given that Navadurga is about the feminine, Kushmanda is the womb for the cosmic orphic egg. From spirit-purusha, the Goddess returns to matter-prakriti where she creates through vibrations known as gunas. To assist in such massive creation, she uses her shaktis of MahaSarawati, MahaLakshmi, and MahaKali with the masculine will-power counterpart, to harness such energies for creation.
After Chandraghanta moves into the void and returns as unity-consciousness, she is known as Kushmanda who is now creating "all that is", or becoming Self-Actualized, through the Saiva understanding of the law of attraction and vibration, spandasakti. Here, Parvati as full consciousness, returns to the material-transient existence as Queen of the Universe as she has full control over her field of awareness, as consciousness over matter.
Kushmanda's archetype is befitting with the Goddess Bhuvan-"Ishwari" (Mahavidyas), the Queen of the Universe seen as the energy of Sodashi incarnate. She would be the shakti of Visnu, who may be a derivative of Anu of ancient Sumeria, giving us the Mesopotamian title "Ashera" meaning Queen of the Universe to the Akkadians and even the ancient Semites. (Visnu as Anu, See Barbara Marciniak). Such becomes important to note when considering that modern religions may be traced back to ancient Sumer who crafted the idea of crafting humans in "gods" image (See The Fourth Kind).
Kushmanda represents Self-Actualization after full Self-Realization, expressing a beauty and love only a Queen can express when Consciousness is liberated. Just as her divine masculine counterpart is the Devadevam-God of gods, she is the Aztec Coatlicue, the Mother of God.
5. Skandamata (Kotravi-Tribal Goddess)
Skandamata is the aspect of Parvati, who took Skanda's six (6) heads and merged them into one (1). Raised by the Pleiades (Kartikeya), Skanda was solely born of Shiva's seed (Purusha-Consciousness-Spirit; Upward Triangle of the Hexagram) and not Shakti's womb (Prakriti-Physics-Matter; Downward Triangle of the Hexagram). Hence, he is pure-spirit, but anti-matter, where most religions propagate material creator gods. It is important to understand something that the early Gnostic-Christians new, which is that there are "Archonic" beings who will take on the many different names of "God" in order to control and manipulate humanity. Hence, some of these early Christian groups believe the gods of Genesis are simply "mundane deities", or extra-terrestrials who simply terraformed Earth. Such becomes highly plausible when studying ancient Sumer and Mesopotamia, showing the seeds for many of our planetary religions as further described in the Biblical-Tower of Babel representing mankind's ascension vs. archonic control.
Parvati herself gives Skanda the title "guru of gurus" when Skanda teaches Shiva the proper meaning behind the vibration "Aum", the orgasmic sound when purusha-consciousness-shiva and prakriti-matter-shakti collide for the "big bang", the natural pulse of one's inner-core. As "The Guru", Skanda is known as Sanat Kumara. Shiva at his highest is SadaShiva with five (5) heads, four facing the four corners and one unknown face looking upwards. Sanat has six (6) heads, which my intuition believes is SadaShiva helping those downward. For those lost in the material worlds of transient existence, Sanat is "anti-matter" who returns dense Matter back to Spirit. Hence, this archetype is not a creator archetype, but an anti-creator. In other words, he would fit the proper definition, sans dogma, of "Satan".
"Satan" is Hebrew for "opponent" or "adversary", where many Rabbi's have hinted at the Biblical "Satan" as being opponents of the Jewish people. It is further important to note the evolution of the word Satan as used in Jewish-Christian-Islam, is derived from Mesopotamia and Sumer given that the ancient Semites merely adopted the Caananite-Phoenician culture including language (Scheindlin, Raymond, A Short History of the Jewish People). Hence, the ancient understanding of "Satan" may be significantly different compared to the Dante Alighieri description plaguing modern religion. Such is contrary to the Christian "horned god-lord of the beast" who holds a "pitchfork" and is identified with a "serpent", and is called a devi(l). Such most likely is derived when Zoroastrianism took on more dualist colorings in later historical periods, where it became the Asuras (Avesta-Aryan: Ahura-Mazda & Vedic-Aryan: Varuna, and Mithra) vs. the Devis (modern Hindu deities; Siva, Visnu in opposition to Indra). Both Aryan traditions originally held both Devas and Asuras in high esteem, where it was in later literature that they were polarized. It is important to note that Mithra, the roman deity who Constantine used to craft his future religion, comes from Aryan-Zoroastrianism, where it make sense to craft your "adversary" to look like a Devi. Actual Biblical passages of satan and hell are extremely minimal to nonexistent, where these traditions have had to look elsewhere to craft their opponents (including the deities of the conquered groups as evidenced when studying the roots of demons in demonology).
In further East meets West, Sanat Kumara is also closely tied to the Middle Eastern esoteric group, the Yezidis, as represented by Melek Taus, the peacock angel. In terms of symbolism, the peacock represents the full flowering of spirit consciousness ("Sri" or the energy of "Mt. Meru"), as wonderfully depicted by Sri Krishna. Melek Taus is also considered to be a "fallen" angel, a Prometheus who brought fire to humanity against the will of the creator gods. Hence, the neighboring groups who share the same heritage regarding angels have targeted the Yezidis calling them devil-worshipers as they go against societal traditions-culture and have practices such as gnosis contradictory to blind-faith religions. (See Russell, Gerard, Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms.) Hence, to invoke Sanat Kumara is to destroy one's ego-self, our attachment to material existence, in order to return to atma-spirit, Father-God, God as the formless beyond Prakriti (ParamaAtma).
Skandamata helps those who are similarly walking the Dharma, like a Vajrayogini, especially for those that are lost in delusion. Like a "Lucifer", a rebel angel, Skanda holds the light and reminds those walking in the dark of the "Holy Father". Nonetheless, for the harsher energies that Skanda must remove, his mother Kotravi like most tribal Indian Goddesses loves red wine, the perfect duo. Because of the repetitive puranic lore of an Asura-Demon being given a powerful boon, and the Devi-Angels looking for help, Skanda's purport is quite similar to Durga's, to kill a demon. Hence, similar to Durga, Skanda is considered the Hindu God of "war", and is sometimes portrayed similar to Archangel Michael, in being the closest to God. (See Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Lemurian Scrolls). Why the concept of a "fallen" angel? How else are these beings to understand the plight of humanity other than to attempt themselves to reconnect with the "Father" again. As the Yezidi's seems to articulate, a fallen angel is not "evil", but simply an essence that lost its connection, "fallen". Such angels hold the ability to reconnect as opposed to this perpetual hell which holds no Biblical basis. Should there be an actual "devil" or "archon" as called by the Gnostic Christians, the channelings of Napoleon Hill in his Outwitting The Devil best describe this energy and the way it works, in terms of manipulating well-conditioned minds by and through education, nationalism, and religion. For a real experience on archonic-god beings, have your "j/j-seals" psychically removed, disturbing energies that limit one's sovereignty, where I recommend Ellysa Campbell of "Dynamic Intention".
Actual "Satanism" does not rely with the hollywood philosopher Anton Lavey with his The Satanic Bible, but rather with cults such as "Fraternitas Saturni" who understand the astrological aspects of Saturn-Shani and its correlation with karma. As S. Edred Flowers states, Saturnus is the "governor of the revealed world and lord over life and death, and over the light and darkness. Saturnus is seen as the breaker of cosmic order and unity - thus he instituted death, causing regeneration and change to come into being. One of the ways in which he broke the cosmic order was in the revelation of divine secrets to mankind. For this he was punished. Thus in many ways Saturnus is identicial with Prometheus of Greek tradition, and is certainly to be identified as well with the Serpent of Paradise"(Fire and Ice). In Vedic astrology, Saturn-Shani is the student of Kala-Kali Bhairava, space and time. In Qabalist terminology, Saturn represents Binah, the sephiroth over the abyss and quite possibly the "mystery" of Da'ath. What may have been the "original" Sun, Saturn is prominent in most traditions including the noted holiday Christmas-Saturnalia where the Catholic church has used such symbolism since its inception rehashing the teachings of the masculine-era of the age of the dying god, Osiris, who was also cut-up and spread about (Sati). Nonetheless, such implies that all, regardless of the left-hand or right-hand paths differentiation, are attempting to be free of karma. Therefore, minimizing to ending suffering is the goal of every proper path, where the lack of a historical separation of a church and state, where priests were essentially politicians, has created a religion from the perspective that the masses should "humiliate" itself before a political egregore, regardless of the "religious" name used to identify such a thought-form.
In addition, the occultist Crowley coined the often misrepresented motto, "Do What Thou Wilt" in addition to the often edited-out portion "Love is the Law", where the cryptic Crowley is simply saying to follow one's divine will after locating one's Higher Guardian Angel (Self-Realization; See The Book Of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage). In enacting one's "divine will", one furthers manifestation via the concepts of "law of attraction" by and through following one's heart, or Joseph Campbell's "follow your bliss". Mystical writings, in the hands of conditioned-minds produces riot, where Crowley's statement is still today often represented by orthodox dogmatics as a license to commit any expression, when truly such statement is simply a rehash of "the kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven", a common orthodox Christian prayer. In looking beyond religion into the many different aspects of society, a well-conditioned mind is quite easy to manipulate, including distracting from the Truth by demonization and other "NLP/MK Ultra/etc." tactics that have ingrained concepts of dualistic religion creating fears of hel(l)vegen, politicians pinning compassionate liberals versus pragmatic conservatives, race wars which appear to be following the script of Hollywood's companion "helter skelter", and gender separation having consistently embedded such archetypes into the human psyche repressing the feminine aspects of all of humanity. Such is reminiscent of the ancient Roman Stadiums, sports entertainment used by the Roman leaders to distract the masses away from a failing empire, where visual heroine appears to be the best arrow in the mind-conditioning quiver. Sedate the masses, pin them against each other, and those that created the conditioning walk away clean as the unknown players behind the global game of chess. Returning to terminology and dogmatic interpretations, here it is important to note that the concept of Hel(l) has been adopted by Christians, as Christian texts are moot in description. Further, even the term "Hel(l)" is an adoption from Norse terminology, where the concept of the Norse "Hel", meaning "grave", is drastically different than the Christian Hel(l) where the Norse were ignorant of a punishment in an afterlife (McCoy, Daniel, The Viking Spirit). An adept must ask, the animal-body is necessary for sensory stimulation, so how does one "suffer" without a vessel with the inability to release the required hormones for fear and pain, in a Hel(l). The adage, "think outside of the box" should apply here, but of course, some hold a belief-conditioning that corpses shall rise again, even with the understanding that Jesus traditionally did not return after ascension in his "recognizable" form.
Therefore, Skandamata represents the aspect of shakti that ensures what is ready to let go does not sow seeds to sprout again. She is the aspect of time that destroys to ensure constant evolution for an adepts intended goal.
Katyayani would be the one that resembles Durga the most, as in the buffalo demon slayer. However, Katyayani also plays a dual role where her mantras, as provided on other websites, are geared towards marriage. Katyayani is also found in the Vaisnava tradition, under the Srimad Bhagvatam, where Katyayani was worshiped by the gopis (cow-herd girls) so that the gopis may "marry" Krishna.
Katyayani is probably the fiercest form due to this being her battle image, with the following Kalaratri being the most frightening. In addition, the term "Katyayani" and the word "cut" as established through "Kolkata/Calcutta/Golgatha" shows sacrifice. In the yogic sense, this would be sacrificing the ego (finite consciousness), so that one may be a pure vessel for the divine (supra consciousness). Hence, Katyayani resembles Dakshina Kali in the Navadurga pantheon, as the Ego-Slayer, a saviouress who cuts our attachments/sins away.
A byproduct of yogic awakenings is the dance of the Goddess Kundalini. All shaktis are merely attempts to engage the Kundalini energy slithering serpent at the bottom of the spine. Firstly, the two (2) nadis should be cleansed, the masuline and feminine, where then the adept will have proper spinal flow in the susumna. The conclusion of such results in the "alchemical marriage" as articulated by western occultists and depicted by the medical caduceus also known as the Staff of Hermes (the Hermetic Tradition and the Upanisads are the same; Self-Discovery).
Therefore, Katyayani represents yogic completion with both "ego-death" and the "alchemical-marriage", which I feel is more properly portrayed as Chinnamasta (Mahavidyas). She would be a "twin-flame" Goddess, where her archetype invokes the balance and unification of the nadis, also known as Ardhanarishvara (unification of Shiva-Shakti; Consciousness/Spirit and Matter). Unification of the nadis would be marriage to divinity. In terms of an external romantic marriage, well "as within, so without", but that depends on one's soul expression and divine blueprint. Nonetheless, the reason why Ramakrishna would worship his wife Sarada Devi as Goddess Sodashi. For unification of inner polarities, I would recommend the activations of Jen McCarty (Mata-Hari Ji).
Oddly, like Shiva's highest form as Sadashiva, Arhanarishvara is not widely venerated, where such worship was kept in small cults. Nonetheless, master Adi Shankara, wrote a powerful hymn known as the Ardhanareeshwar Strotam in honor of the divine union that is properly placed for Katyayani prayer.
Kala-ratri simply means time-night, or nighttime. Nonetheless, the metaphor runs deep as this phase is the "Dark Night of the Soul" an adept faces, well articulated by St. John of the Cross. [Collected Works; ICS].
After Katyayani shreds one's energy field to pieces, what is to come of all the remaining "blood". As physicists would state, energy is never destroyed, just changes in atomic structure. So how do we ensure that each of the drops relinquished from our chakra system, our vital-life-force, are not seeds waiting to re-sprout Karma? The divine mother voraciously devours our karma drop by drop to transmute.
Kalaratri is best suited as Smashan Kali, one who is fond of cemeteries. In terms of the three (3) vibrations that gather to create atoms known as gunas, such is how mother nature forms herself. Smashan Kali would represent the guna tamas, the harsher tones of existence. She is the kundalini turned on to the maximum, where you have to face your issues to move beyond tamas into sattva (Dakshina Kali). Balance of the two (2) results in raja (Maha Kali). Another befitting archetype would be the Goddess Bhairavi (Mahavidyas), who like Kalaratri seems to work on purging harsher energies within one's energy field-consciousness. While Sodashi is the most beautiful within the three (3) states of consciousness, well, you have Bhairavi on the other end.
The result of Smashan Kali is the removal of harsher energies from the energetic system that leaves one feeling fresh, with the heart of an innocent child. As Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3; NASB). Moreover, the Kundalini energy under the guidance of this archetype burns away fear, allowing the adept to maintain "stillness" in returning to their day to day activities with a new "lease on life". In addition, one's autonomic nervous system associated with the "fight or flight" response appears to be minimized where one approaches circumstances from a place of objectivity as opposed to emotional projections. Though labelled as "lizard brain" by pop culture, Carl Sagan was more than intuitive (and a proponent of Cannabis). As Sagan reports, "[d]eep inside the skull of every one of us there is something like a brain of a crocodile. Surrounding the R-complex is the limbic system or mammalian brain, which evolved tens of millions of years ago in ancestors who were mammal but not yet primates. It is a major source of our moods and emotions, of our concern and care for the young. And finally, on the outside, living in uneasy truce with the more primitive brains beneath, is the cerebral cortex; civilization is a product of the cerebral cortex.” (Cosmos p.276–277).
Further, the goal is "ascension", which has been alluded to by mystics overtime preserved subtly throughout our diverse cultures and backgrounds. Even modern day pop culture attempts to assist in seeding such conscious evolution, such as the band Tool who in their song 46 and 2 allude to the "metamorphosis" occurring "within" due to "shadow-work" evolving human DNA.
Hence, Kalaratri is walking through the "dark night of the soul", where the Kundalini energy reaches the crown chakra, or at least works on the worst of the lower chakras, which can be an intense period for an adept. This is where Siddharta Gautama would be tempted by maya, or the dense aspect of illusion that creates delusion. Similarly, this is where Jesus faced his own inner demons as they are solely reflections of consciousness residing in the depths of our own subconscious, which is connected to the collective-consciousness. Such is the yogic path of transcendence, in order to rise above and be sovereign, or as Jesus would say, "I am the way ..." (John 14:6; NASB).
8. MahaGauri (White) & Kaushiki (Black)
Intuitively, it seems proper to place Mahagauri as the aspect of Parvati who has accomplished her "dark night of the soul". Just as Mahagauri helps those on the right-hand path, the dark skin of Mahagauri is said to become another Goddess, Goddess Kaushiki, which may be more on the left-hand path. The practice of Advaita is unity, hence, unification of the right hand and left hand paths, where I feel very little importance is provided to Kaushiki in puritanical dualist standards (and obviously fear of the dark-side). Nonetheless, the tantras clearly articulate the left-hand (vama) to be the stage above the right-hand path (daksina), which then leads to Siddhant. After all, enlightenment is not lighting a candle in broad daylight, but in the dark of one's own subconscious-collective unconscious.
Very little is known of Kaushiki, and my estimation is based on very few websites lacking in proper citations, etc. Nonetheless, Kaushiki is referenced as Dhumavati (Mahavidya) on one website, though lacking in proper articulation as to why. Nonetheless, Dhumavati makes sense since it is MahaGauri who weds Shiva, not Kaushiki leaving Kaushiki as a widow. It is from the ashes of Sati that Dhumavati is created (and my belief of the inception of Bhutas, Preetis, etc. to dissolve Dakshas Yajna). Dhumavati is the miserable old hag archetype, the widow. Without Shiva (consciousness-awareness), Shakti (Prakriti-Physics-the Matrix-MahaMaya) has no reason to dance (lila) by and through the dance of the gunas. Hence, Dhumavati is pure matter, no spirit, the opposite of her grandson Skanda. My intuitive imagery of Dhumavati is quite like that of the Norse-Aryan Valkyrie, who may be warriorress' lost in battle or the widows of warriors taking the deceased to Valhalla. Like Skanda, the "guru of gurus", Dhumavati is the guru of the Das-Mahavidyas. Hence, to invoke Dhumavati, especially when one is "miserably" walking through the dark night, is to bring "wisdom" to your misery and help you achieve psychological "stillness", as Dhumavati is the void beyond consciousness (Shiva), the Upanisadic-Hermetic Valhalla. Such imagery is quite impressive given that the vahana-vehicle of Goddess Dhumavati is none other than Odin's ravens, one of Mother Natures greatest alchemists. It is also important to note that the bija of Dhumavati's mantra is the same as Durga's, Dhoom. Hence, Skanda is the guru of pure spirit, Dhumavati is the guru of pure matter or the black dot in yang.
Further, Kaushiki Amavasya (New Moon) is very important in Bengali tantra, as the day where heaven and hell commingle. Kaushiki Amavasya is important for the Goddess Tara (Mahavidya-Tibetan) who is black in India, but often white in Tibet (among other colors). Tara is specifically celebrated at the Tarapith during Kaushiki Amavasya accepting both Vedic and Tantrik rites, and is noted for it's own Ramakrishna counterpart, Bhamakhepa the tantrik madly sane-saint. Though Kaushiki Amavasya may not be related to Goddess Kaushiki directly, where Kaushiki may simply mean the "dark-new" moon, the dualist nature of black and white is befitting.
In addition, Kaushiki is also labelled as Mahasaraswati on certain websites, though without further articulation. It is established that Saraswati is often identified as Matangi (Mahavidyas), which can make sense to depict Saraswati as an archetypal "black" Goddess as opposed to an archetypal "white" Goddess, or both where she is the swan capable of extracting water from mud. Brahma is forever chasing Saraswati, like Orion chasing the Pleiades. For Brahma to reach the energy of perfection (Saraswati), there would be no point for Visnu (manager-beautifier) and Shiva (destroyer-transcendent). Hence, it makes sense if Saraswati hides among outcastes under the guise of Matangi, away from the Brahmins. Such dualistic nature describing the ebb and flow of existence, often depicted as the differing shades of the eternal moon, is consistently depicted throughout numerous traditions, including Goddess Pele who creates and destroys as the byproduct nature of a volcano. Nonetheless, the harmonious balance of dualistic forces in this sense produces "diamonds", which can be best expressed by the beauty of the heart of ancient Lemuria and her Children.
From a meditative perspective, I take note of a fellow Self-seeker Aleister Crowley (reincarnation of Edward Kelley, John Dee's skryer re Enochian Magick; also See Jack Parsons, and L. Ron. Hubbard by and through Jason Louv) who stated, "my adepts stand upright; their head above the heavens, their feet below the hells". Just as Crowley struggled through the dark, he at least passed the torch to his bretheren. The archonic-material-mundane-egoic-gods may condemn one to an astral hell, but the Divine Mother has always loved you, even at your darkest. If you understand that Bhutas-Ghosts are the Divine Mother's "Cult of Fire", you will understand that you have nothing to fear, for love is everything, like a rabbit safely playing in the dark. This is the invincibility known as nonduality, mastery over mindstates. This is Mother Goddess, the natural wonder, the master alchemist that leads one to Soma (One with Uma).
Similar in one's assessment of Skanda, one must remember these are not dualist schools of teachings plaguing humanity, of good versus evil, saint versus sinner, and the many colorings thereof. The devil, as shown in the tarot, a complete divination system holding universal archetypes, is simply one's obstacles or delusions while in egoic-material (qliphoth) existence that exist for one's conscious evolution. The devil is simply your karmic-mental attachments externally showing up for you to alter your perspectives to reach a higher wisdom. The true "evil" in the world, is the conditioned-consciousness, where one's true-vibration and alignment can easily be manipulated by external fanatical influence. It is where logic is subdued through mental conditioning and belief systems, blocking the intuitive hemisphere of the brain to truly speak and guide logic, where one is then on a cyclical-habit lost on the wheel of Samsara-Wanderings. (See Napoleon Hill's, Outwitting the Devil.)
The Divine Mother is Kaushiki veiled as Saraswati, the Goddess Isis veiled as the Madonna.
She is love of thy Self.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mind enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."
Siddhidhatri is granting of siddhis-accomplishments. Siddhis are yogic "achievements" or psychic abilities where one understands Self (Self-Realization) and manifestation through Self (Self-Actualization). Nonetheless, Self-Realization is the goal, where people normally stop their growth at the development of basic Siddhis, inappropriately portraying themselves as "masters" and "gurus", which becomes a karmic attachment. Hence, the reason Patanjali stressed transcending the siddhis in his Yoga Sutras.
Nonetheless, Vianna Stibal in her incredible Seven Planes of Existence, properly describes "virtues" that one must attain in order to enact such "siddhas", including the virtues of compassion, service, tolerance, and forgiveness. It appears that such virtues can only be established when the adept is challenged in "walking through the valley of the shadow of death". Such is notable given who Jesus actually frolicked with, as opposed to the religious scholars of the time. Like Saraswati-Matangi, where will you find Jesus today, in the Church? Further, it is typically when one faces hardships in their life where growth and progress is forged, often astrologically found through the aspects of Saturn-Shani in one's chart, showing that contrast exists solely for conscious development.
Therefore, the ability to actually obtain and manage siddhas goes back to, Bhakti Yoga, as I've best found in the Vaishnava Bhakti movement, particularly Swami Prabhupada's ISKCON who follows the lead of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. With the occult concept of an egregore, and the understanding of the evolution of such a deity through tantrik practices, the character of Krishna has evolved to embody the highest philosophies of the Upanisad-Hermetic Self-Realization schools, where like Shiva the yogi, Krishna is turiya-awake to the three states of his consciousness. In addition, he embodies the most beautiful shakti of the three states of consciousness as Sri-Vidya, the flowering of the most beautiful wisdom. While Shiva-Moses-Jesus-Siddharta-Padmasambhava-Mohammed and countless others taught us to raise our consciousness into "unity-consciousness" and thereafter the formless beyond, to reconnect humanity's consciousness to the original state before the "fall", Krishna-Dionysus-Jesus (the Peter "Pan" of Ancient Lemuria) shows us the flowering of such consciousness in material existence. Shiva is the formless, Krishna the form as the evolution of the multidimensional oversoul known as Visnu. If one cannot love "all that is" being lost in the dualist concepts of heaven and hell, good and evil, one creates a God. But in developing Bhakti for that God, one falls in love with "all that is", and realizes that there is nothing but God, consciousness. Like the the fanatical bliss of the Hare Krishna's chants, or the Sufi Dervish swirling in bliss, how else does one awaken the high heart other than consistently implanting the image of the divine within such quarters. How else does one take a proper breath bringing one into stillness, without breathing from the root into the topmost of the lungs of the high heart chakra. When the high heart is cleared with the divine beloved firmly implanted, with also a crown open to the light of one's higher wisdom and expression, such produces avatar consciousness.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father." (John 14: 12; NASB)
Siddhidhatri is the understanding that the divine feminine principle known as Shakti inherit in all of us, which holds the ability to grant gnosis, or telepathic realizations and unity consciousness. With the cleansing of the two (2) nadis, you have a proper balancing of the masculine and feminine brain hemispheres, the marriage of logic (Christ the Logos) and intuition (Christ the Sophia). You have inner-completion where the adept becomes whole.
Therefore, Siddhidhatri is the final marriage and balancing of Shiva-Purusha-Spirit and Shakti-Prakriti- Matter, and the Kamala-Lakshmi (Mahavidyas) who grants blessings to her devotees by and clearing away blockages to intuition by and through one's own Kundalini shakti.
Siddhidhatri is the bhoga after yoga, when one is consciously lost in God-Consciousness and manifesting thereof.
...the core task of Sadhana is to bring about the union between the individual soul and the supreme soul. And the primary rule in order to effectuate this object is Vayu Dharana, which is practically accomplished through breath-control or pranayama.
Like the ancient Sumerian Inanna (predates the Rg Veda by roughly 2,000 yrs) who went down into the underworld and came out an immortal after facing seven (7) judges/gates of underworld, and just as Mary Magdalene was cured for her seven (7) demons as stated in mark 16:9, we have Parvati who teaches humanity to follow suit. Also, a Goddess of War, Inanna was stated to have authority over the Harrapan Civilization (See the works of Zecharia Sitchin; Barbara Marciniak). That make sense when you see the vahana-vehicle of Goddess Inanna.
My gratitude's to the historical collective-energy who has kept these symbols alive with a passion. Though I may have offended plenty with my anti-establishment, pure atma-expression moksha-liberation ideals as embedded most beautifully in the shakti of MahaLiberty, crafted by an organization that is attempting to climb thirty-three (33) steps on that inner-stairwell as depicted in the apotheosis of Washington akin to the Goat of Mendes ... as the masculine, there is only one that I hope to have done justice to, that is the divine feminine principle. Our beloved High Priestess, through stillness she proved she was invincible, even after she cast herself into the fires after the priestly caste, the gods and goddesses, and the alleged warriors, akin to Salem, disrespected Her beloved Guru who Loves All of Creation. What really happened at the Tower of Babel, where Humanity tried to Ascend? Who is the real "Nimrod", the mighty hunter and Lord of the Beast, and why is this other god, afraid of such? Though I prefer blueprints, what were the masons, not "free" to build? Did the real masters give us commandments, or did they teach us the way the universe works through Karma so we can logically understand what we have intuitively always known? What would Jesus do, smite someone, or Forgive when the status-quo humiliates Him the most, and then usurps His Holy Name. Someone doesn't want you to know the Truth when Humanity's Towers fall, but do not forget that from such pure-atomic-dust, can evolve a Star.
The ceremony of Navadurga is the ritual act of showing that it is through stillness that we become invincible. It is the reminder that the Goddess never left us, even after Her great sacrifice. As Sri Vidya-Pistis Sophia, she will return again and again to bring wisdom when consciousness is struggling as an individuated-ego-identity lost in her maya-illusion-matrix. She is the love that the sacrificial dying god of the Age of Pisces has been searching for, to birth a new age where we take the best of all of our traditions, the Tanakh/Bible/Quran studied with the Qabalah, the Vedas studied with the Tantras, the Exoteric studied with the Esoteric, and individually empower each sovereign human being, an individuated aspect of highly evolved consciousness. Intellectual intelligence meets emotional intelligence, the yang and the yin.
Navadurga is the liberation-moksha of one's spirit-consciousness while in prakriti-material existence, despite your creed, caste, gender, etc. It is the discovery of one's own conscious-Self, the kingdom within, where “to not let the kingdom become a desert within you ... and those that believe in this kingdom will never leave it, not even if the Father wants to banish him” (Secret Book of James, Nag Hammadi texts). Such is how information is to be revealed, inspiring awe-like reverence, as a remembering, and realizing, leading one to their personal Apokalypsis.
When one brings in more and more conscious awareness into the ego-identity that is the human vessel sans its numerous identifications, including the lighter photons that make up the lighter layers of one's subtler forms coined as the "noumenon" of "phenomenal" existence, by detaching from material-transient-samsara-matrix-physics-atomic existence, one realizes that it is one's own Vibratory Unique but Connected Self that Generates from your lower chakras, Operates from your middle ones, and Destroys with your higher ones, both material and intangible transient existence. Despite what "permission slip" you use on your journey of Self discovery, remember that the goal is to remember who you really are and who have always been. True spirituality is not learning something new, but the hatching of the hidden gems within you in your journey of discovering your highest and best version of you. Bringing your True Self and its Expression into the animal-human body and its entrapping within transient existences, is to do what Avatars do.
Navadurga is the Harmonious Connection between "Spirit and Matter", where "Thy Will is done on Earth as it is in Heaven", where "as Above, so Below", for in the Cosmos, every Man and Woman is a Star.
Navadurga is the Guru of the Avatars, for it is in Stillness that we become Invincible, a message for the Children of God and Goddess. After All, Her Secret Name unknown in the ancient texts, is to be Invoked First before the Masculine, His Most Beloved "Sri Radha".
Feel Her Seed-Bija of ruthlessly cutting Away Your attachments via your Own God-Given Kundalini. Feel Her Vibration Enveloping You and Reminding You that You have Always Been Invincible! Whether She's holding a sword to Protect You, or Cut You, Remember that She Always Loves You! If You're afraid of the sword, do Not worry, Her Students Taught that Compassion and Forgiveness is the Best Way to Karmicklly Let Go. But Be Aware, for the Tongue is Mightier than the sword!
Om Kring Kalkiye Namah!
(I Cut away All of material forms and transient existences that keep me away from the Truth of Wisdom).
Om Dhoom Durgayai Namah!
(In my own egoic-death of losing my identity to any form, in being one with the formless, I realize that my Consciousness is Invincible, as I meditatively linger in Sat-"Conscious of Existing", Chit-"Having some feeling of Presence", and Ananda-"Bliss of Letting Go and Letting God").
(I Am Pure Unblemished Consciousness ,an Aspect of Infinite Awareness! I Am The Multidimensional Holy Spirit and Much More Than ... That!)
(Please do not mind, the numerous amount of name-dropping in this piece was from personal study and experience, not for commercial purposes. Therefore, in my citations, I did not ask anyone for permission. All apologies if harm was done, and a simple request will have your information removed. It takes a village, well, at least it did for me. Blessings and a very warm thank you.)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -James 1:1 (KJV).
The power of word, or rather, the power of sound has been known to be a powerful force to the ancients. Particularly in the Eastern traditions, practices such as mantra, the repetition of certain sounds, are known for their abilities to alter and expand consciousness. Further, sound is often related to creation, with wavelike vibrating molecules creating an orchestra that gives the appearance of particles, which further gives the appearance of creation.
In Vedic philosophy, sound through speech is personified as a Goddess, Vak. Through syncretization with Tantrik philosophy, particularly of the Samkhya Tradition, a scientific school of consciousness exploration, the Goddess is often identified with Prakriti, or the laws of nature. Prakriti, is nature herself, not only of objects but the movement of objects, while the masculine Purusha is simply the conscious observer of Prakriti. Therefore, the beginning of creation, where the vibration of molecules create our universe is the result of sound, something that the ancients understood as the feminine.
"You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." ―Morpheus, to Neo (The Matrix)
Every now and then, mainstream media gives us hints about something bigger than what we've been "officially" told. GaiaTV has given us Hollywood Decoded, where those ignorant of occult symbolism and meaning can finally grasp what a certain few have known for some time, while people fight over petty differences like pawns on a chessboard. As if we really are our individuated personalities separate from the next soul.
However, there are a few who seem to grasp even deeper depths beyond occult knowledge, typically only known to yogis who have discovered the emptiness of our form, our senses, our perception, our discrimination, and our consciousness, as described by the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in the Sutra of the Heart of Highest Wisdom. As quantum physics have shown, there is significant empty space between our atoms, and nothing really touches each other, like a holographic illusion. In other words, mass is an illusion, a dance between energy and the speed of light. The problem? We're attached, deluded, and drunk off of this illusion, which leads us into a cycle of suffering known as the wheel of samsara.
To grasp that emptiness beyond the illusion, the neti neti of yogic self-inquiry, to move beyond the story personality to the "fragrance in the air", is to take the most potent red pill.
Thank you Jim Carrey for taking the red pill in a blue pill world! I love you for your films like "The Truman Show", and "Bruce Almighty", etc. Though, I kinda hate you for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".
P.S. For those saying he is engaging "spiritual ego", I strongly suggest researching what "ego" actually is from Self-realization schools as well as going to the traditional advaita vedanta texts. Ego is your persona, your story, your role within the illusion, not the arrogance definition propagated in the West that has gotten mixed in with the spiritual concept. Further, Mr. Carrey appears to be living and expressing his truth and the wisdom he has gained, as opposed to simply playing the expected role of a celebrity. If you're going to play the game of the illusion, you might as well do it from the position of know thy self, something which lies beyond the personality.
The Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine have taken different meanings based on the numerous spiritual teachers, all attempting to understand the human dynamic. Society, religion, and therefore our parents have all played a major role in shaping what it means to be "masculine" or "feminine", where certain colors, interests, emotions, are often given a gender dynamic. It seems that there was a masculine and feminine archetype, and humans based on their gender have sought to embody solely their own genders archetype. But such may have evolved into the shadow aspects of both the masculine and feminine, pushed forward by patriarchal leanings.
Religion is at the forefront of creating this programming, where individuals are to play the roles of their gender archetype. The whole "god made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" comes into play, with a deeper meaning stretching so much further than just simple sexual identity, yet these connotations pervade in every society-religion that takes issue of anything blending the male and female dynamic. In other words, this programming isn't just found in the Abrahmic traditions.
In the esoteric works, before there was Adam and Eve, there was Adam and Lilith. Lilith being the first female, created at the same time as Adam, and wishing to be seen as an equivalent. Adam wanting to be superior denies Lilith, forces others to do the same by crafting her as the mother of demons, and thus patriarchal superiority is born. The same is somewhat found in Hinduism, where the embodiment of shakti herself, Sati, is denied by her father, Daksha, as the creator of Hindu Culture. Daksha is a devotee of Visnu in opposition to Shiva, where Visnu's feminine counterpart is often depicted as passive and in support of Visnu. Whereas, Shiva's feminine, Sati-Shakti, will stand on Shiva when need be as Ma Kali. The smoke arising from Sati's sacrifice at Daksha's yajna creates the Grandmother form of Ma Kali known as Ma Dhumavati, the Mother of misery and bhutas, ghosts. Like Lilith, Dhumavati is somewhat in opposition of the patriarchal culture where those in these religions have often been told to stay away from such beings.
As a male, we're taught to deny these "feminine" emotions, pursue the Marlboro Man alpha male strength, where the only option in dealing with these "feels" is some form of intoxication. From my experience, this isn't just a programming that males hold, but one that is also similarly pushed by many females, all as part of the societal-religious programming. I know my ex-girlfriend called into question my masculinity when I couldn't always be the "rock", and similar dating profiles have held the metaphors of being an "ocean" looking for her "mountain". Many may say they appreciate a masculine willing to dive into their own depths, but let's just say actions speak louder than words, when really, the archetypal male/female programming describing what each gender should embody runs deep in humanity, as has been pushed for eons.
Given the significant amount of time that I've spent diving into meditation these last few years, where much of my external life has been at a standstill, I've come to understand that what is on the other side is more real than this physical delusion. Goddess mantras to fierce tantrik deities that dissolve my programming to crystallize Self, has brought an influx of feminine energy where such possessive energy has made me "feel" feminine when I meditate. In fact, under deep meditation, I would sometimes identify more-so with a feminine form, which has helped me come to understand that consciousness is unlimited in its capabilities where we ourselves subject our consciousness to the limitations we place upon it.
History is a tricky situation. What we have deemed historical facts can be twisted into a narrow-minded perception of what really occurred. Just as numerous witness to an accident can have numerous differing stories, so history can be seen from the eyes of the author, inclusive of numerous biases and prejudices. Just as the recent attempt in Arkansas to ban the historical works of Howard Zinn, who sought to portray history from the oppressed perspective, or the lack of extensive Indigenous/Black/Mexican history (which play a major role in U.S. History) in the U.S. public educational system (but yet the Jewish Holocaust is given extensive breath every year, quite possibly to support a particular country which is evidenced by the fact that U.S. history completely ignores what Japan was doing in Asia), we can find such historical manipulation probably in every country. Imagine what history looks like in the Russian educational system, or in N. Korean, essentially in any country with major political/governmental sway over its people. Essentially, those who win the wars write the history books.
My interest in history deals not with politics, but in spirituality, mysticism. When certain groups came into power, they sought to suppress other groups, other information, and definitely what we would call alternative spirituality. Hence, the creation of secret societies who had to hide their names, their beliefs and practices from the political-orthodox control. Though, such groups require initiation in a hierarchical nature to see if an adept is worthy of such information, including the group called "secret" or "Essene" by the outsiders in viewing John the Baptist and possibly Jesus himself, they at least were not persecuted by the political sway where they sought not to fight and argue with others. But to establish an orthodox religion where such secret groups may take power and influence away from the social-elite, historically, that was a threat to be solved as has been found throughout the globe.
In viewing history, just as raising Indigenous/Mexican/Black heritage and influence in U.S. history can make the colonizer uncomfortable, where the colonizer looses such prestige from having their voice the only perspective taught, such is found also in my ethnic India. Historically, India is land of numerous traditions, and what is deemed "Hindu" is essentially an attempt to synthesize numerous traditions. Though many practitioners enjoy the fact that such differing traditions can enjoy the differences, where a Vaishnava can worship with a Shaiva (as an example), but to actually climb in a particular path would require choosing. Hence, India is reach with numerous paths, where it should be recognized that an adept should be able to explore and find a spiritual home to develop. Such rich diversity brings beauty, but it also can bring numerous prejudices where those following a path may not agree with another lifestyle.
In studying the numerous spiritual traditions, I'm lead also to recognize the historical perspectives of India. Given my love for the Tantrik groups, especially with a Goddess leaning, sadly much of such traditions is lost in history due to Brahmanic conquests. Not only has the Brahmanic tradition historically sought to subdue such groups, but they attempted to place a Brahmanic influence into such traditions including the feared Yogini cults, as a means of control or domination. Such would be like the Roman Catholic Church attempting to influence the Gnostic traditions, or "Romanicize" the Protestant movements who sought to drift away from Roman Pagan influences. To study India from the perspective of Tantriks, Jains, Adivasi's, etc., a completely different perspective is shown, akin to studying U.S. history from the perspective of Indigenous/Mexican/Blacks of the U.S. As an example, the Mauryan empire is the most extensive Brahmanic-Hindu empire, bringing the Hindu Dharma to much of the Southeast Asian world. However, such empire was built on extensive warfare, where Chandragupta would dress as an ascetic Tantrik monk to win the hearts of the villagers, then viciously conquer them. Such was allegedly under the guidance of the famed Chanakya, who we historically know very little about. Chanakya was credited for writing the political treatise Arthashastra, but such text was written hundreds of years after Chankaya under the pen-name Kautilya, where very little of Chankaya is actually known. In addition, Chandragupta converted to Jainism as repentance for his sins of conquest, much like his later grandson Ashoka the Great converting to Buddhism after his vicious conquests.
Just as Howard Zinn was opposed regarding U.S. history, much like Oliver Stone is opposed for his historical portrayals differing drastically from what is taught in our educational systems ("The Untold History of the United States), researchers such as Devdutt Pattanaik and Wendy Doniger are targeted for their portrayal of Indian history. Mr. Pattanaik's research and work is massive, where he holds the intellect and bravery to critique areas that do not fit the historical evidence, dive into deeper meaning for spiritual truths, and holds the brilliance to see ties across numerous cultures. Nonetheless, as anyone can see from his facebook page, that he has numerous "haters" of the same ethnic and religious background. Moreover, such hatred does not present proper historical/spiritual information or other evidence as rebuttal, but only personal smears. Through such means, no growth is found on either end, with Mr. Pattanaik being presented with new information he did not consider, or the criticizer attempting to challenge their own established beliefs. Ms. Doniger's work is shed in the same light, raising numerous questions that Brahmin's are not prepared to answer. Hence, her mass censorship in India.
In viewing "A History of India" by Professor Michael H. Fisher (Greater Courses), it is interesting to note that Muslims did not have such a vicious conquest of India, or more particularly of Hinduism. Growing up, the elders would tell me that the Muslims invaded India, destroyed temples and build their mosques over them. In Professor Fisher's lecture, the sultans/mughals only destroyed temples of their enemy neighbors for political reasons, where such rulers not only kept, but maintained the Hindu shrines in their own territories. As I later discovered, Mr. Pattanaik seems to support the theory that Islam invasion was not as destructive as often portrayed as discussed in his article "Did Arrival of Muslim Invaders A Thousand Years Ago Destroy Hindu Culture?". Nonetheless, with the world ripe with anti-Islamic sentiments, Mr. Pattanaik's detractors took to facebook to spew Hindu superiority being the most advanced civilization in the World without outsider influence. It seems such haters do not understand Sumer and its correlation to the Indus Valley, the lack of Brahmanic-Vedic evidence in the Indus Valley, or the influence of Zoroastrian, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Semitic, East African, before Hindus started writing down their major texts. Much of the major writings of Hinduism occurred hundreds of years after the Hellenic period. Such detractors seem to be ignorant of such history, or fail to present well-welcomed contradictory evidence.
In my own research of Hinduism to shed more light into my own spirituality, I was left with numerous questions that are still left unanswered. For example: 1) When did the ban on beef arise since Goddess cults are known to be carnivorous, and why is it a bigger sin to eat with outsiders/foreigners than to eat beef (Mahanirvana Tantra); 2) Why was the Mahabharata written before Avatar Krishna's story where Krishna was just a simple charioteer not an Avatar (and was the Bhagavad Gita a real event in the Mahabharata given the late timing of the writing of this text); 3) Was Radha a real individual given how late her story and cults arose, and was she Krishna's Auntie as discussed in the earliest writings; 4) Are there any truths to animal sacrifices as described in the Yajur-Veda, and why do Brahmins today oppose this sacrifice if it is not Buddhist/Jain "ahimsa" influence; 5) In praising the Vedas, why is it that Varuna or Indra are no longer worshiped, especially with the lowly status given to Visnu; 6) Is Shiva really Rudra, the deity worshiped only to be kept away; 7) The Jains have very different versions of the Mahabharata and Ramayana, which is accurate; and 8) Who came first, Krishna Kaliya or Hercules Hydra, since the Hellenic period occurred prior to the completion of the Mahabharata, which arose before the story of Krishna (Though Megasthenes may answer this, I have more research to do). The list goes on, those presented are off the top of my head and many more arise as go down further into the rabbit hole.
In researching the above information, especially Radha coming from a household that has sheltered devotees specifically of Radha, the historical information and perspectives can be heartbreaking. In further researching, Brahmins can only respond with the illogical "it is maya that deludes you and makes you ask these questions". Such responses do not answer the question, nor does it hold a proper understanding of Maya. These comments remind me of my mother shouting at me as a child for asking questions she could not answer, or like the immense film "The Believer" portraying a Jewish kid who asked too many questions leaving him ostracized, and further, becoming the Jewish opponent. As I continue my studies and my own spiritual growth, I'm finding that just as much as I grow, there is significant letting-go that also needs to occur. People so blindly, under the guise of devotion, hold on to certain belief systems and structures, despite the evidence presented. Moreover, any mystical experiences presented thereof, could simply be based on the adepts filters, or the collective conscious programming. If we constantly program our neurons with Jesus or Krishna, then altered-experiences will give you Jesus or Krishna (not to say it doesn't spiritually work based on our intention, however, it is through our programs/permission-slips the divine presents itself).
With that said, much of the way we react or respond to information that contradicts with our long-held beliefs, our persona, appears to trigger the flight or fight response as opposed to analytical assessment. From looking at the global sentiments of today, this appears to happen on a mass scale where only a few tend to tread this path of shattering paradigms. As I continue diving into the esoteric works of many traditions, including India, as well as placing such information in proper historical context to get a better grasp of such teachings, I've been left constantly reassessing what I've been raised to believe.
Many hold to such notions and beliefs because it is a part of their tradition, culture, heritage, and Hinduism does have much to brag about in terms of accomplishments and spirituality. However, in the light of Self-Realization, one is not what is portrayed in the material realm, neti neti. When it comes to the atma, we are not this body or its story. Hence, the soul is not the tradition, culture, heritage, but in fact, can be an obstacle as many are deluded by the external material world. In addition, many are further deluded by their beliefs, which can blind one from the truth. When deep in meditation, with the cessation of thought, one is not Hindu or any other limiting identity, one simply "is". That is the essence of nonduality or Advaita Vedanta, an Indian philosophy adopted by many Hindu groups.
It's important that we hold the ability to interpret our history and spirituality with the readiness to grow and mold with the truth. The original religion of India was not "Hinduism" which has led to Hindutva nationalist beliefs, where nationalism has sought to praise one way of life, often to the detriment of another. The original religion of India was Sanatana Dharma, The Path of Truth, where adepts sought for the truth through their teachings and experiences, trial and error, not through a blind-belief system leaving little to no growth. Those that seek the truth go against the grain, against the status-quo, and are often crucified for such. The ability to drop one's identity and belief systems for a greater truth is a daunting arduous task, which can often lead to isolation as one no longer follows the group. People are all too ready to defend their programmed beliefs, as opposed to acknowledging contradictory information. Therefore, it seems the question we should be asking ourselves before seeing the truth, is if we are ready for it? I feel like, with the advent of the age of information, where knowledge is easily expressed through social platforms and ancient religious texts are a few computer clicks away, unlike any prior generation, humanity should start preparing for the truth, and it may not be what our parents' generation taught us.
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions