Archives for: October 2010

shAkta siddhAnta – 14

The truth is that the evolution of mahAmAyA into four-fold vAk e.g. parA or sUkShmA, pashyantI, madhyamA and vaikharI and the obscuration of the inherent divinity (shivatva) of every human soul under the veil of mala or original impurity working from th… more »

mahAsimhAsaneshvarI

shrImAtre namaH prAsAda parameshvarAya namaH Sri Jayaraman sent us this beautiful picture of parAmbA as mahAsimhAsaneshvarI, with all her anga, pratyanga and upAnga deities. On the top portion one can see the following protective dig-devatAs: 1. sh… more »

Non-duality

mahAvidyA madhumatI

In the age of kali (kaliyuga), some vidyA-s are said to be nirvIrya and incapable of granting siddhi. Some other vidyA-s are said to be alpha-siddhi prada i.e. capable of granting limited success in achieving perfection (interestingly yAmala tantras inc… more »

svasthAvesha

स्वस्थावेशं च तेनैव कुर्यान्मन्त्रजपं त&#23… more »

The Fasting Regimen of the Zhonghuang Jing

- Based on Stephen Eskildsen's translation of the text The Zhonghuang Jing is a Taoist text of obscure origin and uncertain date. Its main text could date back to the fourth century or earlier. The lengthy commentary attached to the main text was writt… more »

Nrsimhotsava

As the devoted are all set to prepare for the auspicious devI navarAtras, we should note that the chaturdashI after vijayadashamI is celebrated as nrsimhotsava by many shAktas. On this day, one begins with the worship of pAtALa nrsimha, AkAsha-bhairava,… more »

Tranquility and Insight - 4

There is a reason for combining tranquility and insight. Without tranquility, the mind stirs, like water, and cannot settle in tranquil absorption. Such a mind cannot attain a true understanding of its inherent purity. Insight devoid of tranquility is u… more »

Akshobhya Bhairava

समुद्रमथने देवि कालकूटं समुत्थितम् | सर्व&… more »

shArikA parameshvarI

अघोरव्याधिनाशी च सर्वदुःखविनाशिनी | अष्ट&#… more »