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The Divine Mother Goddess
Khajuraho, India
Photo of the Divine Mother by Pramod Kapoor from Khajuraho, Lustre Press Pvt. Ltd.,  1995, New Delhi, India p. 31


The Feminine Principle in Yoga

from The Myths and Gods of India by Alain Danielou
pp. 253-257


The feminine principle in Yoga is called shakti, the all-pervading energy of the universe. Once manifestation has taken place, the energy appears as the substance of everything, pervading everything. It can be represented as the power of Shiva, of Vishnu or of Brahma or as their combined form, Ishvara. As the power of Ishvara, the energy becomes the Supreme Goddess Bhagavati, the Resplendent One.

The energy can be conceived as the power which appears in the neutral Immensity from which existence and the three basic tendencies appear to arise; it is then called Illusion or Maya. From the point of view of cosmology this power when manifest, is called Nature or prakriti.

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Energy is the source of everything, not only the origin of the phenomenal world, but also the conscious plan of its creation and the principle of knowledge or perception through which its existence can be known. Thus the Goddess is also represented as consciousness or as knowledge. She is the source of all, the universal creator.
"The gods, approaching the resplendent Goddess, asked her, 'Who are you?' The Goddess replied, 'I am the form of the Immensity; from me the world arises as Nature and Person (prakriti-purusa).' " (Devi Upanishad 1-2 [478])

She is realized in the microcosm as the ultimate goal of Yoga.
"In the principial-aperture, (the brahma-randhra, behind the forehead) each man finds me, the lady-of-the-spheres (Bhuvaneshvari), who am the shape of the principle, beyond the Fourth [unmanifest] stage." (Bhuvaneshvari Upanishad. [480])

The prehistoric cult of the mother goddess can be found in all religions, some latent, ready to spring forth. Some of the peoples who came to be integrated into the Hindu fold had always worshiped the divine Mother. Among the Shaktas, who are the worshipers of the goddess, the source of existence, considered female, is the main representation of divinity. God is woman.

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For those who seek pleasure or those who seek liberation, the worship of the all-powerful Goddess is essential. She is the knowledge-of-the-Immensity (brahma-vidya); she is the mother of the universe, pervading the whole world." (Karapatri, "Sri Bhagavati tattva.")

Descending from the earliest prehistoric Shaivism, the eternal couple Shiva-Shakti represented in the male and the female emblems, the linga and the yoni, pervades the whole of later Hinduism. The linga embraced by the yoni forms the central object of worship and tends to reduce to a minor position all the other ways of representing divinity.

 


Nepali woman
& linga-yoni
statuary

linga
Siva lingam
yoni
repetition


Linga-yoni
statuary

collection

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LINKS:

Sri Anandamayi Ma

The Supreme Shakti of the Eternal, that intensely divine force which holds together the universe in one body, which has given birth to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva which has been descending on this earth from above through the hearts of all the Gurus of the world, for human upliftment.

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Yeshe Tsogyel

I came in to the world sitting in half lotus posture. I opened my eyes wide in adoration. My body was free of the womb's impurities and my complexion was red and white. I had a complete set of teeth that were conch shell white in color and my hair fell down to my waist. When my mother offered me the cusomary knob of melted female yak butter, I sang:

"I am an apparitional being, a yogini,
And after eating immaterial essences for so long,
The memory of coarse food has vanished,
But I will eat to complete my mother's happiness...:"

In the tantric tradition, the desireless blissful wisdom is called 'the Sky Dancer', feminine wisdom, the Dakini (a female Buddha). Yeshe Tsogyel, consort of the great guru Padma Sambhava, is the most famous of the enlightened women of Tibet.

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Amma

She came into the world smiling as if prophesying the joy and bliss she was to bring to the world. Living from moment to moment in a constant state of supreme happiness, she dedicates her life to the uplifting of suffering humanity through the simplest of gestures – an embrace.

"Compassion and acts of selflessness take us to the deeper truths and lead to liberation".


Mother Theresa

A saint, a precious jewel and golden heart of the Catholic Church, universally respected for advocacy of human life and dignity. Her faith was clear and uncompromising and her love for the Lord Jesus profound.

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."

" When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed."



Sri Karunamayi

Revered in India as an embodiment of divine motherly love, her loving words of spiritual guidance, her healing touch and divine knowledge remove suffering from the heart of humanity.

"To become one with the Mother, learn to love everything in Her Creation, all the creatures, even the small blades of grass."

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Kuan Yin

The Taoist and Buddhist goddess of compassion, a Bodhisattva who “hears the cries of the world and comes." She remains in the world and works for the welfare of all sentient beings until they are enlightened. Listen for her voice in the "rocks, willows, lotus pools or running water, the chime of bronze or jade, the sigh of wind in the pines, or the prattle and tinkle of streams.

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Tenzin Palmo

In 1964 English born Diane Perry, in pursuit of In 1964 English born Diane Perry, in pursuit of ‘perfection’

Just over a decade later, after battling with blatant sexism within the monastic order, she secluded herself in a remote cave, 13,200 feet up in the Himalayas, cut off from the world by mountains and snow. There she engaged in a twelve-year intensive retreat.

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The Feminine Tao

The introduction to David Hinton's translation of the Tao Te Ching says,

"It is a joy to imagine that the earliest of the sages woven into Lao Tzu, those responsible for the core regions of his thought, were in fact women from the culture's proto-Chinese Paleolithic roots."

The Spirit never dies
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry. (chap. 6, Tao Te Ching)

The Tao Te Ching advocates "female" or Yin values, emphasizing the fluid and soft qualities of water (which can overcome the solid and hard), and "having without possessing".


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Women's Early Eastern Spirituality

Early Women Masters in Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto & Zen

Salutations to the goddess who dwells in all things as
the energy of infinite goodness,
salutations again and again.

Salutations to the goddess who dwells in all things as
their innermost nature,
salutations again and again.

Salutations to the goddess who dwells in all things as
the light of consciousness,
salutations again and again.

from Tantric Praise of the Goddess

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BOOKS AND ITEMS:

The Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin by John Blofeld, 1977 Shambala

The Music of Durga Ma
"The central channel through which your kundalini flows is your magic flute. The key-holes of your flute through which the melody is played are your chakras. My flute, played by God, produces this music." — Durga Ma

The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
by Anne C. Emmerich, a Catholic nun, relates her visions of the life of Mary from her conception to her assumption.

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
The work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés bridges science and art, psychology and poetry, mythology and psychotherapy. In all these roles, she acts in the ancient Latina tradition of a cantadora--"keeper of the old stories."

The Tibetan Spirit Shop's commitment supports the artisans who create traditional works and shares the grandeur of the Tibetan and Buddhist religious cultures. It returns to those cultures financial resources needed to maintain their traditions.

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Green Tara
The Karuna Collection
Detail from a Tibetan Thangka recovered in Dharamsala,
India, 2002

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