The Gurus of India presented many paths to Ascension, as defined as "divine presence-spaciousness" (Kether/Brahman), which is essentially the flow of consciousness through the human vessel in a clear fashion sans the oscillation of the monkey-mind. Though the monkey-mind may be present, the adept's consciousness is like the sky which does not cling to the clouds that pass through, or the adept at least knows how to let such clouds dissolve once the adept has engaged a little "know thyself". Such entails not just thoughts, but the correlating emotions, much of which is embedded in the subconscious unknown to the conscious aspects of the adept, which may plunge the adept through a "dark-night" processes when walking such paths. Swami Vivekananda was an adept who attained a significant degree of "spaciousness", and hence, articulated the numerous structures of Hinduism to assist adepts. A text on point would be his Raja Yoga, which essentially entails having a calm lifestyle that does not overly engage the mind, to settle the mind, to move beyond the mind during meditation for the no-mind states of Samadhi (Sat-Awareness, Chit-Existence, Ananda-Bliss). Such yogic states was provided to Vivekananda via transmissions through his Guru, Sri Ramakrishna. (Streams of Yogic and Mystic Experiences, History of Science, Philosophy, and Culture in Indian Civilization).
India has kept numerous traditions and practices alive, despite the numerous conquests and continuing consistent attempts to negate Gurus and Hinduism in general. Especially in India which still faces massive issues of conversionists, it really has been Indian Gurus which kept the tradition of moving from animistic-shamanic practices of the lower sephriot of the Qabalah, into the supernal triad of "divine-presence" as taught as Self-Realization. As an example, such is continually presented by Nithyananda's ashram, where the author has been more than privy to his ashrams prior legal issues, including extensive lack of evidence based complaints ensuing from hearsay witch-hunts, all from individuals (highly financed) who want to see the organization, and Hinduism in general, falter. As I have found in observing his ashram on and off for the past decade, Nithyananda is simply a channeler for higher aspects of SadaShiva, which matches the Draconian gnosis provided by Bill Duvendack's invocation to Shiva. (Duvendack, Bill, etc., Awakening Lucifer). The Gnosis of Shiva simply being that of one's own Atma-Consciousness stretching the inner boundaries within the vessel. Such can be intense, where Shiva is known as the Lord of the Mad Saints. Moreover, like most that have connected with the "I Am" aspect and conduct transmissions, healings, activations, etc., Nithyananda provides the same to his ashram via having his devotees connect with him as Guru and receive downloads where the adept must also similarly channel SadaShiva. In other words, as proper under tantra in doing puja, the adept must state the invocations from the perspective of Shiva, as shown as Stillness with Multi-Dimensional Unity-Oneness-Consciousness, to properly empower the adept by means of "divine will" (masculine logos) such vibrational prayers or "divine energy" (feminine sophia). Nithyananda's ashram is simply Advaita meets right hand path (agamas) tantra.
However, unlike the dualist programming feels of New Age "Light Language" presented by teachers afraid of the dark and harsher emotions such as anger (tamas-aghora), Nithyananda's ashrams sits for hours with their kundalini turned-on invoking Vedic deities to the inner Havan-Kund-alini. Most in the new age are using "law of attraction" by means of "vision board" manifestation, where they are simply just using the interpretation and motives of the monkey-mind (and it's numerous dualist identity bubbles, including the purity-angelic nonsense) to draft the emotive lifestyle they wish to manifest. In comparison, we have the Vedic Goddess' (Goddess Vak) ability to manifest galaxies via vibrational sound establishing the tradition of mantriks, utilizing both yin/yang aspects as the world of matter is of an oscillating dualist nature. Hence, to allow the human vessel, particularly if clairsentient-sensitivities are developed, to be enveloped in "twilight language", or tantrik mantras holding bija-seeds to sprout in the adepts vibrational field, creates a vibrational powerhouse beyond the monkey-minds interpretive analytical skills. Surrender to the vibrations of the bija to allow the vibrations to move the adept to another higher-wider perspective, and hence, another manifest timeline.
Moreover, as Nithyananda's ashram utilizes ancient practices, and seeks to return to and practice proper techniques from the Saiva Agamas (Right Hand Path; Nigama-Left Hand Path), Nithyananda also reads the Akashic records to his audience to return teachings from ancient scriptures to his ashram. From what I've seen, Nithyananda's camp may be the closest to a Harry Potter type magickal revival, moving beyond Advaita as per the tantras. Reading from the Akashic records is a Saiva practice, which most likely may have stemmed from Ancient Lemuria. (Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Lemurian Scrolls). The Akashic records, is creation by and through the Sanskrit alphabet (from Ak to Ksa), or "pure sound vibrations" as described by the channeled material of Ra in the Law of One. To read such records is a wonderful source for "know thyself", where through the use of Archangel Michael (or other record keeper), the adept may work on core issues at the root which will assist the adept in quickly moving through attached-habits and lessen the burden of the emotional backlash of the dark nights. (Recommend: All listed under "My Sadhana" column).
It is important to understand that in Advaita, Guru worship is typically found, as is usually supported by the fact that adepts tend to project significant gratitude to a teacher who has helped them pass a significant threshold in the way they perceive their lives. Moreover, as found through the works of Dr. Lauren Cielo in healing clients, the clients' ensuing bodily euphoria post-healing may be taken as intense loving feelings, which then the Guru-Healer-Teacher must attempt to dissuade any projections thereof. Advaita Gurus know, that attachment to Guru can be a major issue, nonetheless, trust would be required for the adept to psychologically drop (surrender) to the Guru's transmission (gnosis) and ability to handle psychological triggers during the ego-death process. As such, Guru Ramana Maharshi utterly despised organizations, and Nithyananda told his ashram back in 2011 that organization would be his "sin", but necessary to spread the work-product. It is also important to note that most organizations, and the devotees, are typically not governed by the Guru. Some of us would rather meditate than deal with procedural process, as no gold or other externalities can compare to the PhiloSophia Stone of the "I Am". For many ancients, such as the Aztecs, gold is basically decoration and clothing, and maybe an energetic conduit for those alchemists working with metals. Some may know of the inner vibrations of the color of gold, bringing us to "as within, so without", or such could be a programming to collect a resource needed by bloodline-elites tracing back to Mesopotamia. Nonetheless, Nithyananda has attempted to provide "ascension" teachings and transmissions to a "traditional" audience, who are mostly unaware of Saivism as such are typically the practices of those who do not fit the Brahmanic caste system. Hence, your typical Hindu pundit stuck in the folklore of the puranas, fails to comprehend the caliber of Saivism, particularly when the Guru has attained a significant level of Advaita. Most Hindus practice dualist Vaishnava, never realizing that the ten (10) avatars of Vishnu are "ascension" stepping stones to flower as your own "Sri". As stated frequently, Nithyananda's intent has been to show that each adept is Shiva him/herself with multidimensional-unity consciousness, or the "kingdom of heaven is within you" and there are "many mansions".
The current Western World continues capitalizing on Yogic tradition, all the while degrading it to further market radish spirituality ripened with egoic-identity attachments to Samsara, drastically fails in comparison to the caliber of Indian Gurus. Not to degrade any shamanic traditions, as I have noted the blessings (non-intoxicant setting; transmissions and messages) of incredible Huichol shamans who are not conditioned into Western duality, but frightening dualist religious belief-systems have created teachers who will use religious figures to push egoic-agendas under a divine messianic complexity, such as a push for an economic system. I will always be wary of anyone who uses a religious figure, especially Jesus whose entire life was hidden (Essene), where examples, teachings, transmissions, may be easily taken out of context as we've seen with Pauline Christianity. Nonetheless, when teachers express as such, simply understand the intent behind their statements, or motives in terms of bettering humanity, as we are all just adepts walking each other home. The pain of duality had been too hard for many of us, to truly let go for the harmony of duality (yin/yang), as ego-death and shadow-work can be terrifically terrifying. The Essenes were a hidden organization with different practices (baptism), scholars holdings texts predating Jesus by 1000 years and anything older than what the Romans used to craft their agenda via Creed of Nicea, which then pushed the eradication of the "heretics", today known as Gnostics (including Luciferian; Duvendack mentioned above is an Ex-Mystical Christian). The Essenes quietly and humbly paid their taxes-tithing, so they were not bothered by the Pharisees and Sadducees, up until Jesus opened his mouth and debated with them. Some say he was not Essene because Jesus was outspoken, but let's just say we probably know how much it sucks to bite our tongue when we see bullshit, especially wider perspectives. The Roman empire needed to destroy two particular traditions to keep power, which merged with the Cult of Mithra. Does the reader need a hint on which two traditions, wildly taken out of context?
Back to the East, when Alexander the Great (Student of Aristotle) reached India, he took note of the individuals the Greeks labelled as "GymnoSophists", and sent some of his team members home to tell the Greeks that the Greeks were living incorrectly. He had noted the abundance and luxuriousness of India including her palaces, but had stated that the Indian People would rather walk around naked philosophizing. Alexander kept an Indian Guru with him, Kalanos, who Yogiraj Siddhanath has addressed as Babaji under the name as correctly pronounced Kala-Agni (Time-Fire). (Yogiraj Siddhanath, Babaji). Under Kalanos guidance, Alexander continued his sadhana until his death, leaving the world his last spiritual message, by leaving his hand dangling out of his coffin. Such expresses, though one can conquer matter, what is the purpose if the adept leaves with nothing. Be in this world, but not of it.
When it comes to the Ascetics for modern times, I have not heard of anyone outdoing The Walking Shiva of Varanasi, Trailanga Swami. The reader can further research this Siddha, and connect with His ascetic spiritual Daughter Shankari Mataji through the mantra found in Paramanad Saraswati's Trailanga Swami and Shankari Mataji. Nonetheless, he was known to be a well-accomplished Siddha, who also confirmed the siddha-abilities of Sri Ramakrishna to an audience who simply thought Ramakrishna was nuts. One of Trailanga Swami's devotees, was also the Tantrik Aghori-Bhairavi (Witch) who provided Smashan (cemetery) Kali Diksa for Ramakrishna to practice Left Hand Path Sadhana (cleanse, harness, and utilize the central nervous system to properly handle Tamas vibrations). Nonetheless, as has been shown by Trailanga Swami, the ascetic path holds significant validity, where such was also shown by Jesus, Siddharta, and Mohammed.
Traditionally, the Hindu adept was to take on asceticism during the fourth and last stage of one's life, where one is ready to retire from society. Such seems appropriate, where the adept is of the age of having lived out certain desires and can then retire to practice techniques to help the adept let go of samsara, or a deconditioning. As stated above, Vivekananda discusses a particular lifestyle in his Raja Yoga, to mainly subdue the monkey-mind's activity, to have the body reach a sleep-like state resting perfectly in a properly positioned asana, to make sure the state of "no-mind" or samadhi is undisturbed. Such results in an ego-death process, where the adept may face a "dark night of the soul" while doing "shadow-work" of clearing the subconscious. Thereafter, the adept would need to transcend "heavenly" or "highly desired" attachments to samsara, or egoic-identity bubbles such as culture, creed, caste, gender, etc., all of which are simply clouds in the sky of the adepts consciousness which the adept clings onto in their dance with the delusion-maya. The quickest route for those who would want the blessings of such asceticism, will simply just need to be around an Advaita Guru who has accomplished "divine-presence spaciousness" to a significant degree. In Saivism, Guru must be Shiva himself, or the adept must seek Kali Ma's assistance (Kundalini). Advaita Gurus all teach the same thing, which are not teachings at all, but pointers to direct the monkey-brain to drop for the moment where the adept can linger in the spaciousness of the background to the thoughts and emotions. Such is quite similar to the mind-gap thoughtless feeling, when asked with a Zen adage, such as "if a tree falls in the forest, but no one is near to hear it, does it still make a noise" or the sound of "one hand clapping". To sit with an Advaita Guru, is the crack-cocaine form of practicing Zen-Buddhism. Though, many Advaita Gurus may still need a Guru to move beyond certain identified conditioning's, where the adept must use discernment where the Guru should hold significant clarity in presenting the "Primal" True Self. Really, these Advaita camps and Gurus should just unify and have the same damn conversation, over and over, until more and more spaciousness is opened up within everyone (competition is over when soul signature is uniquely expressed). Nonetheless, any Advaita Guru who can provide what I call the "Samadhi Blanket" has attained a significant level to assist other adepts, where the rest is simply pointing out and talking each other out of subtle conditioning to be absolved by "divine presence". (The ones I enjoy: Bentinho; Mooji; and Fred Davis).
To move beyond Advaita, as Guru Adi Shankara had found after transcending Deities for Self Realization, the blessing of the Goddess Sri Sodashi arose, providing the mantrik with an arsenal of vibrations to anchor in the energies of "celestial heaven" or Mt. Meru via the Sri Chakra. Moreover, Tantriks-Luciferians have established that the Goddess' blessings are required to move back down the Qabalist Tree of Life/Death, where moving downwards from Binah/Satariel, the Goddess is sought quite possibly to clear the occult chakras located at the back of the skull. (Recommend: Ms. Elizabeth Lund; See Also the Grimoire Tree of Qliphoth, Temple of Ascending Flame regarding Kali Ma). Hence, traditionally and continuing esoterically, Advaita Gurus under the tantrik traditions took Gnosis significantly deeper as Shiva has described in numerous tantrik texts. Moreover, for the Western New Age teachers competing with Gurus, so far, it has only been Nithyananda's camp that has provided Sri Yantra/Chakra activation, and powerful mantra dikshas to the masses more powerful than your gemstones (at least synergy 12), while the the New Age camps are merely "talking" with slight energetic transmission/variations from entities/egregores/thought-forms. For Nithyananda to call himself "Shiva", would be a lot like this adept, who since 2014 has used mantra to move into and match Kali Ma's vibration, which includes her constantly guiding me, cleaning me, and shockingly protecting me by teaching me malediction practices. It's one thing to go back to typical samsaric life with slightly wider creative abilities, it's another thing to go back to samsaric life where the deceased of your professional clients look over your shoulders when doing work. I'm not bragging about being Kali Ma, as it sucks walking around being ego-death to people. Nonetheless, the temple ashram life is excruciatingly intimidating to me, where I find much of it may be drastically unnecessary. However, during the Sri Yantra activation webinar, Nithyananda asked that his ashram become "progressive". I feel Nithyananda may be the last of the traditional Gurus as humanity steps into its shoes. From my seeking, the purports of Gurus should be Ego-Death, to assist adepts get-over themselves, to see/feel/be wider perspectives, where all else seems to be "permission slips" as such. Nonetheless, like other Indian Gurus, Nithyananda has actually made his presence known within my bedroom, and has actually provided me with special mantrik dikshas outside of the typical webinar activation. Hence, he is the real thing, but adepts should be warned and protected from Vashikaran.
(However, thank you for the Gurus-Teachers who keep it "real" and disclose where they are at in their process, as we are all each others stepping stones, mirrors. I have had difficulty in understanding what's happening inside of me, mostly because I am not to understand "logically". But I've pushed it with LHP practices in terms of Mantra, where I'm attempting to "scientifically" understand "visions" and "energy manipulation" in contrast to the simplicity of just being spacious with "Self" and what is to become of this adept's human vessel via means of Yoga thereof, where I'm coming to believe that anything is possible once I am able to sort through numerous delusional trappings that block inspiration. For those who have a preference for Higher Self in contrast to the Lower Self, well, if you still eat tangible-food, you also have within you the ability to upgrade the meal, if you understand that "it is not the spoon that bends". In addition, megalomania is something adepts of the LHP have to consistently "check-themselves" regarding as the adept begins to feel vibrationally "empowered" particularly as the inner beast holds a bit of a predatory nature. Once the "fight or flight" response has released much of the psychological baggage, we'll just say, beasts don't have heavy psychological conditioning known as karma when they are unleashed. Hence, the reason why Thuggees worshiped Kali Ma, and followed a different moralðical standard befitting their Tamas nature. However, I see megalomania as an issue that can arise well beyond LHP practices. These adepts must embrace the wisdom of power as a high-vibrational field can create quite a glamour).
Nonetheless, many are extremely glued to samsara and the oscillation of the monkey-minds thoughts-emotions roller-coaster, where such adepts will have extreme difficulties in hearing the pointings of Advaita Gurus. The monkey-mind will fight back, as triggers abound, and humans are typically "full-of-themselves" where many are simply not ready for ego-death beyond shadow-work. Such gurus, or rather Western anti-Gurus, are typically opposed to Lunar practices as they have built a career on shadow work and an "angelic egoic-identity bubble" keeping such adepts perpetually running from what their monkey-mind interprets as dark. Such adepts have merely combined ancient practices with limited understanding, and convoluted such with dualist egoic personal agendas, all the while not realizing they are flocking sheep to their new ignorant religion. Wheel them in with healing abilities, and a new "religion" with "reverends" to tithe before is born. Despite numerous Western teachers stating not to go to India, or sit in a cave, etc., such teachers have yet to drop the monkey-mind, distorting the integrity of actual spirituality in separation of spiritual materialism. Nonetheless, such is not exactly inaccurate as the context of the teachers comments needs to be assessed, where through Guru Lahiri Mahasaya who channeled Babaji, we are provided the householder practices of Kriya Yoga where the adept can "be in this world" with enjoyment, and also "be not of it" in terms of transcendence.
As taught by the ethereal Babaji who is equated with Lord Shiva, Guru Lahiri Mahasaya began the Self Realization lineage that includes Sri Yuketswar (A Siddha who kept his passion of Astrology), Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi), and Sat-Guru Yogiraj Siddhanath. Such entails Kriya Yoga practices, that are essentially designed to assist the adept clear the mind, proper breathing techniques to return to the natural ways of breathing, and running inner "channels" to move the flow of energy which often has an internal cleansing process. (See JC Stevens, Kriya Secrets Revealed). Hence, such practices are akin to traditional Saiva practices (See Vijnanabhairava) as well as Taoist Alchemical practices (See Yang Jwing-Ming, Embryonic Breathing; or anything Mantak Chia). Such techniques not only help direct the mind, lead chi-shakti through awareness around within the human vessel, charge the bodies battery at the sacral-lower dantien, but release numerous psychological blockages increasing the adepts sensitives and subtle psychic senses, as the adept begins the process of becoming a Siddha. The Indian Cult of Kubjika further provides the chakra system, where today, most follow a seven (7) chakra system, which are essentially ways to engage seven (7) different aspects of the psyche, which is tied both to the bodies nervous system/organs/ganglia as well as the more ethereal bodies as in such practices will have a transmutation effect thereof. Further, the practice of Kriya Yoga and other forms of yoga, assist in preparing the body and the spine by releasing "knots", which adjusts the spine for prana (upwards) kundalini flow.
Hence, depending on the culture and the arising practices and belief systems, the householder practice was a method of allowing the adept to engage societal day-to-day realities and agendas, all the while consistently running channels throughout the body that tackle numerous areas, from psychology, bodily health and mental stillness, and an overall better energetic flow. It was a way to become a Siddha, without having to disengage from samsara through ascetic practices. Here, the author would recommend Dr. Lauren Cielo's work product, where through the use of spirit guides, the adept can consistently ground (release into grounding cord), and run both Cosmic and Earth energy, where such techniques are easily adaptable to combine with other models to craft the best personal techniques for the adept. Running such channels, proper breathing, etc., is a way of allowing the adept to "let go" and be more anchored within the spaciousness of oneself as opposed to being "present to the moment", which actually has the effect of being "present to the moment" as a heightened standard with a clear head and deep breath as the adept continues to "let go". In other words, as the adept continues to release into the inner spaciousness, an outward heightened clarity arises anchoring the adept more presently into the moment. Therefore, such techniques are quite useful in combination with Advaita, where the inner calm produced by such practices will assist adepts in sitting with Advaita Guru's to properly hear subtle pointings, as heightened concentration may be required. Nontheless, the Householder path is the path where adepts can engage samsara, and explore Siddhas on the path to ascension.
Upon meet, the Ascetic Trailanga Swami looked at the Householder Lahiri Mahasaya, and complained that he personally had to give everything up as an ascetic to receive Shiva's blessings, whereas Lahiri Mahasaya gave nothing up and Shiva gave him everything. Nonetheless, looking at the essence of the practices behind both arenas, both are quite manageable where Advaita will handle the ascetic aspects of Self-Realization and Kriya Yoga handling the householder transmutation techniques of Self-Actualization, where both practices can be easily sought and explored through numerous means found in the age of information.
Nonetheless, the adept must use discernment in assessing a Guru-Teacher ("Destroyer of Ignorance"), particularly those who hold "healing" or other forms of "energetic" adjustments, where such abilities can be used to "flock a herd" for a new pyramid scheme "re-legion". There is only the adepts consciousness (Shivoham) and ensuing vibration (Shakti), all else should simply be tools and guidance in helping the adept pull back the layers of not only moving beyond the mind, but placing the mind in harmony (Tao). The whole purpose of Mantra is to harness the numerous potentials of the Mind, as the mind is placed in a vibration well-beyond what is felt in mundane humanity, and also becomes a push to further the states of Samadhi (at least with Tantrik Goddesses associated with the Kundalini-Shakti), allowing the adept to fall deeper within themselves, deeper into the rabbit hole. Such also has an external effect, with the adage "as within, so without", where external samsaric-reality becomes more malleable, based on one's vibration. a vibration which is the aftermath of the adepts thought-emotional processes (including unknown subconscious), after-all, "thoughts create reality".
First and foremost, the sanctum of the Goddess is always protected by Bhairava and his hell-hounds. You can either fearfully turn away, rack up the courage to face your demons, or be devoted to the Goddess where she just hands Hari-Kaula the leash holding Cerberus. Such is the borders of all Goddess Yantras, protecting the Goddess' play within her inner sanctum, where her inner mysteries are unveiled to those willing. The mysteries of creation, of samsara, of why consciousness (light) chooses to manifest in the material (matter) realms are unveiled as the energy of Binah (Babalon; Love-Sick) entices Chokmah (Beast; Intuitive Impulse) to play the game. A missing link within the psychological equation of E=mc^2, or the patriarchally inclined religious trinity.
The origins of the Ten (10) Wisdom Goddesses, known as MahaVidyas based on culture, are syncronized in Goddess Sati-Parvati, the Mother of All That Is, and consort of the Lord of the Lords/Beasts/Poison. Nonetheless, the names in themselves hint towards different roots, where Goddess Chinnamasta simply means "from China", and is the inner Goddess of Lord Padmasambhava of Tibetan Buddhism. Nonetheless, these Goddesses in sync with Parvati are showing that they are of a specific current articulated separately based on the archetype. In other words, the collaboration thereof is ripe, where the original cult most likely attempted to collect the ten most powerful Tantrik Goddesses they could find from all traditions to create one powerful magickal system. In original roles, such Goddesses were kept secret, as villages did not want "competitors" obtaining the ability to harness such energy, as still found today through secretive shrines.
Nonetheless, the system of the Mahavidyas is an incredible system where ancient yogis looked for, not just the most powerful aspects of Shakti, but the most diversified. In the West, we may have the Enochian Magickal system (Angel Magick), but such is still an attempt to synchronize the split-dual harmony of Angel/Demon into Daemon within the human vessel, and has thereafter brought adepts to the Goddess. The West is overtly convoluted with Angel versus Demon, God versus Devil, Dark versus Light, where Angel "channeled" readings often look quite Santa Clause with adepts stating "I only work with the highest beings of the light". Such readers often use tarot cards or other occult systems, and then forget who provided such to humanity. With the Goddess, there is no more hiding, particularly since the adept needs to be initiated (diksha-darsan) and thereafter guided by the inner Goddess through the depths (subconscious) and heights (conscious) of all (turiya) of her Glory. Hence, through all of my spiritual practices, I do not state "love and light", as such are meditative states found when ego-identity is dropped, not a logical statement to express a human monkey-mind sentiment to interpret the context of one's position. (For actual experience, see Bentinho). In my rituals, I ask for my "highest and best guides", in other words, whoever is at the "top of the food chain" in getting the job done for my own Self-Realization as best and quickly as possible, regardless of the vibrational aspects (gunas) where adepts need to remember that Ram had Laksman study Ravana before his passing in the Ramayan. (See Ravan, Kala Maha Indrajaal). Hence, Solomon's Ring given to him by Archangel Michael to harness the usage of Demons. Further, Siddharta meeting Maya or Jesus meeting temptations of worldy Samsara distracting him from the Kether within. In terms of tantra (Saiva), these masters taught that it is after the yoking with the divine within (yoga), that we have enjoyment (bhoga). Enjoyment being Siva (consciousness) enjoying Shakti (energy) to the fullest (matter; yin/yang).
However, external coupling is not required for divine union and can be a samsaric distraction, as "relationships" are simply limited mental contractual-agreements based on past-memory used to assess and dictate momentary conduct and relation, also based on cultural-biological agreements, as opposed to being fully anchored in what the present moment is offering and the unpredictability of the human potential. As an example, do you perceive others by and through an interpretive monkey-mind, with filters of gender, politics, past-conduct, etc., blocking your ability to heighten your senses and perceive from a wider playing field? Or, is the adept fully anchored in the inner Self, allowing samsara to ebb-and-flow, and adjusting one's samsaric self in harmony thereafter aware to a wider array of expressions. It could be gently calming an aggressive behavior, or, it could be flaring the worst of all rudra-tantrums such as in throwing the charlatan tax-collectors out of the House of the Lord, fully expressing the plethora that is human vibrations irrespective of memory-based plot-line "characters". Internally, the adept is karma free as the ebb-and-flow remains oscillating in front of consciousness, as higher consciousness takes the wheel and drives, without a monkey-brained analytical thought directing the vessel. To let go, be, and ride the energy, is to tame the beast, a Goddess riding on a Lion. For those looking for divine coupling, Jesus, Siddhartha, Mohammed, etc., typically didn't take their girlfriends out to the fringes of society to practice sadhana. Like being in a "sensory deprivation tank", the mind itself will unfold as it looks for concepts and transient existences to grasp onto, as opposed to anchoring in the depths of the spaciousness within oneself. (See Also, History Channel's Alone). Such needs to be articulated, as tantra has been significantly egoic-ally misinterpreted, where according to such texts, to approach Kali without Self-Realization as goal is to use her energy for sinful purposes, or further delusions in samsara.
As such, while others choose dualist representations and philosophical systems providing a heaven and hell oscillating agenda disguised as "oneness" or a one-deity monarch, the Mahavidya's provide a Universal schematic showing the universal expressions of energy. Such includes unconditional love of Goddess Tara, found through egoic letting go and letting God, as well as the love-sick Babalonian Helen-of-Troy type love of Binah as Goddess Bhuvaneshwari (Semitic Ashera), which excites consciousness of Chokmah to play the game in the first place. The height of heaven is not just the material domains of the Yasksini Lakshmi, but it is the ability to be the most beautiful in all three (3) worlds as Goddess Sodashi, or the pinnacle of Mt. Meru. In synchronization with Lakshmi, the Goddess Kamala is present to assist in the material realms, by having an additional cleansing "wrathful" aspect to prune the adept as "wrath" is the best vibration to flush lower denser energies. The depth of hells would not be some punitive damage arena as consistently fantasied within the West, but would be the misery of Shakti (energy) without her Shiva (consciousness) falling further into the density of the material realms (matter). Such is expressed by the smoky remnants of the great apocalypse ("MahaPralaya"), found fuming from the ashes of the universe (Sati) as Goddess Dhumavati, the Lilith Old Hag archetype cast-away from A(B)rahma. Like Rama's consort Sita, Sati provides an evolutionary obstacle for consciousness not just for (A)Brahma, but his adversary as well, Shiva. As Goddess Dhumavati would teach, true hell is not punitive damages, but the misery experienced from a loss of love, and the societal degradation of such females in patriarchal lineages as they appear to be cursed. She becomes an energy to assist adepts walking through their abyss, a companion whose not going to preach to you, "love and light", but is willing to walk with you in your own psychotic mess in understanding "know thyself", not run from it, but raise it to the awareness of "divine presence" to discern the Truth thereof and henceforth actually experience the Taoist alchemy of "love and all shades of light".
Therefore, the Mahavidya system is quite impressive in its stretch to assist adepts in harnessing many different aspects of Universal energy. The most powerful weapon in Vedic scriptures, the Brahmastra, is secretly none other than the energy of Goddess Bagalamukhi who stills the moment by grabbing the face realigning the adept. Through Goddess Matangi, you have a non-judgmental Goddess Saraswati, where cultural pioneers are typically found on the streets, not in the systems. Lastly, you have Goddess Bhairavi, who is none other than the tantrik adept who has reached that Inner Black Flame via the Serpent (Draconian), and has purged until she can handle sitting on the Black/Golden Lion (Lyra). Such Black Flame is represented by the Yoni-Temple of the Shakti-Pitha of Goddess Kamakhya, whose location is named after Goddess Kubjika, the tradition which provided us with a system of cleansing the chakras, and is the only temple particularly for the Mahavidyas. The location of which, is further rooted in ancient practices of the Assam people, which may hold commonality with ancient Tibetan Bon practices, Spirits which became protectors of the Dharma under Lord Padmasambhava. Such further indicates towards a deeper goal in working with the Goddess, to realize one's true nature, one's true essence outside of monkey-mind conditioning. In addition, the Yoni, as found through working with Goddess Guhya Kali, is a meditative gateway to return the adept before time-space and incarnation into samsara, consciousness before falling down the Qabalist tree of life post Binah. Hence, Goddess Kamakhya, the grounds for Indian Black Magick, is way to flush harsher energies from the human vessel through her "wrath", in addition to digging deeper within the subconscious for "know thyself", or what is more commonly seen, a way to find love.
Moreover, to truly ride the lion, the Mahavidyas would be further aspects as found through the larger group of Sixty-Four (64) Yogini. Quite possibly one of the most feared traditions as can be gathered from the visual depictions of such temples with Goddesses garnished with fierce animal faces, statues found within circular structures with open roofs to allow the Goddesses to fly into the temple, as opposed to the Brahmin designed human-vessel shaped temples. As a Bhairavi can properly mount the Lion, where the animal vessel is under harmonious-control, the powerful creative sexual component of the Sixty-Four (64) Yogini can be utilized within stillness, as the Yogini will assist the adept in allowing such sexual sensations to flow up the pranic tube and out of the crown chakra for a delicious and quite cleansing/healing experience, leaving the central nervous system at ease to accept gnosis thereof. The Sixty-Four (64) yogini experience is one of the calm and spaciousness of Self-Realization meeting the ecstatic heights of Self-Actualization, or bringing higher consciousness down into the nervous system.
The Goddess is path to understand and harness the human potential via the subconscious. Though it is the masculine will that governs, controls, dictates, it is the feminine that en-souls, manifests, and dances the play of samsara for consciousness' evolution (yoga; know thyself) and enjoyment (bhoga). The Wisdom Goddesses' assist the adept in walking through all aspects of their journey, and with Goddess Sodashi, a silver-lining is always found as shown through how Sri Krishna danced among what could be considered obstacles. "As within, so without", use your own consciousness (will) to master your own energy (vibration-energy) using nondual Universal Wisdom to manifest the adepts own divine play, where such Goddesses deserve the capital letter "G" for God, as they have a proven record of saving and returning adepts home to Truth.
The Mahavidyas are my main team of guides with Goddess Kali as my initiator, and my main intent is to share the blessings that they have brought me, for others. Moreover, I'm really pushed to assist others put power back into their own hands, particularly those who have been dis-empowered, where adepts can truly enjoy their expression outside of psychological conditioning and limitations in their strive to "know thyself". Moreover, I'm hoping that the time of the veiled feminine is done. Some of us prefer Her naked riding a Beast.
Combining my love of philosophy, mythology, and the occult in pushing my abilities to work with such "permission slips" for my own Ascension. As I have discovered, true power is found in the ability to walk each other home. This is where the inner stairwell becomes the inner sanctuary.
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Yoga Is Restraining The Mind Stuff (Citta) From Taking Various Forms (Vritta).