Exploring the Mahavidyas, Dakinis and Devatas.

Kali Devi as a Vortex

She is the terrible one who has a dreadful face. Her hair is disheveled and she wears a garland of freshly cut human heads. Her ear ornaments are the corpses of children. Her fangs are dreadful, and her face is fierce. Her breasts are large and round, and she wears a girdle made of severed human hands… 

Tara Devi has many forms. She “emancipates the universe” and ‘destroys the veils of ignorance.’ She Who is Fearsome With Upward Flaming Hair. Tara the War Goddess. Who is Peaceful by Day and Wrathful by Night, the daytime form is the ever popular Green Tara. The nocturnal manifestation is white and corpulent… 

shodashi dreaming

She has a body like pure crystal. She shines with the light of the rising sun. In her four hands she holds a noose, a goad, arrows, and a bow. She is seated on a throne like a queen, she wears many jewels, the crescent moon adorns her forehead, she has heavy breasts and a thin waist, and has a large bull as…

mahavidya goddess chinnamasta

Chinnamasta (aka Cinnamunda / Mirita) conveys the idea of reality in the contrast of sex and death, creation and destruction, giving and taking. She is probably the most stunning representation in the Hindu pantheon of the truth that life, sex, and death are part of an interdependent, unified system…

She who is fierce in the three worlds: heavens, atmosphere and earth. Her primary role in the cosmic process is destruction. She has three eyes and is lovely in her various ornaments. She is the Destroyer of Enemies. She is often seen accompanied with a giant black jaguar, or a majestic lion. She wears vibrant red…

Dhumavati is ugly, unsteady, and angry. She is tall and wears dirty clothes. Her ears are ugly and rough, she has long teeth, and her breasts hang low. She has a long nose. She has the form of an angry widow. Her eyes are fearsome and her hands tremble. She rides in a chariot that has a banner with a crow emblem… 

She has assumed a serious mood and is maddened with intoxication. Her brilliance reflects the golden hue of her body. On her forehead is the crescent moon, which is yellow in color. Bagalamukhi (aka Idris) is strongly associated with supernatural or magical powers, with the ability to immobilize…

Matangi devi is erotically powerful. Her name literally means “she whose limbs are intoxicated with passion.”  In one version of Matangi’s origin story there is clear emphasis of sexual tension between husband and wife, where Parvati asks Siva for permission to return to her paternal home and Siva’s reluctance…

She is resplendent like the rising sun and wears a bright moon disc on her brow. She has three lotuslike eyes and has a smiling face. The name Kamala means ‘she of the lotus’ and is a common epithet of the goddess Laksmi or Sri, who is said to be adorned by lotuses and to be lotus eyed and surrounded by lotuses…

She is subtle and spacious and vast as the sky. Her body is blue, the color of infinite space, reflecting the limitless expanse of her awareness. Separation is an illusion, in truth we are connected with all that exists in a vast web of communion. Nairatmya (aka Swan Devi) embodies this realization. She is the Lady of…

Kurukulla is a ‘Female Tathagata’, a primordial mother, a female Buddha. As such, she also figures as a meditational deity in the highest and most esoteric division of Tantric practices, the Highest Yoga Tantra class, whose goal is the attainment of Buddhahood in the present lifetime. Because Kurukulla is a fully…

vajrayogini dakini skydancer

Her dancing, leaping, and soaring poses proclaim that she is fully alive and joyously free. She displays Buddhahood in female form and revels in the ultimacy of her attainments. Her glowing red body is ablaze with the heat of yogic fire and circled with flames of wisdom. Vajrayogini (aka Tantra Mother)…

Bhudevi Mahavidya

In the beginning the Sun, Surya, appeared in the heavens. Sages offered soma so that the world might be created. The sun then created the three worlds. Shodashi was shakti through whom created them. Having created the worlds by empowering the sun, Shodashi took appropriate form to direct the triple world…

She dwells on a forest glade high on a mountainside. Her beauty reflects the lure of the forest. Her skin glistens with emerald light; the healing sap of trees flows in her veins; her limbs are robust and supple as saplings. She adorns herself with natures finery: feathers, flowers, fruit, and berries…

Bodhima (Visvamata) and Kalachakra adopt a striking pose, locked in passionate embrace, lovingly gazing at each other. The intimacy they share and the dazzling display of arms create a dynamic tour de force. Kalachakra is time and everything is under the influence of time, Kalachakra knows all. Whereas …

Prajnaparamita

She is the perfect wisdom that never comes into being
And therefore never goes out of being.
She is known as the Great Mother…
She is the Perfect Wisdom who gives birthless birth to all Buddhas.
And through these sublimely Awakened Ones,
It is Mother Prajnaparamita alone
Who runs the wheel of true teaching.

The Shakti Cluster of Planetary Tantra

shakti cluster diagram by john lash

Meditation with the Shakti Cluster

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