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Old 05-10-2017, 09:21 AM
Divine Consciousness Divine Consciousness is offline
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The best way to worship Mother Goddess Shakti is to meditate on Her.

Beginers may chose breathing passing point in between center of two ears, where nearby Ajna Chakra/ Pineal Chakra exist. assume that on that point Mother Goddess exist. If you have faith in Mother Goddess Shakti, then She definitely exist there. Meditate on that point, I mean meditate on Mother Goddess Shakti on that point.
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Old 05-10-2017, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Shivani Devi

That's wonderful Bindu.

It's a bit difficult for a full-on Shiv Bhakta to worship the Divine Mother after noting everything is Shiva, with Shakti only a manifestation of the Saguna aspect of Brahman and the challenge for me this Navaratri has been to try and find my own personal 'workable model' of the Divine Goddess.

So, I started out with Ardhanarishwara and I could accept that. I could accept the Goddess as being Shive (or the feminine form of Shiva) and yet I wanted to go deeper, so I went into the whole Shri Yantra and made it my avatar.

The triangles pointing downward represent Shiva, as the energies flowing down from the Crown Chakra and the triangles pointing upwards are the energies from the Goddess, flowing upwards from Muladhara and thus, I worship the Goddess in the forms of Lakini, Dakini, Makini and Kundalini herself! The latent power existing within us all and everything is just a representation of Her!

So, with that I went back to joyfully reading Adi Shankara's Soundarya Lahari again.

Om Namah Shivay

Hi Shivani Devi

I second your post. I have had some problems too with this Goddess worship as my mind tends to stick to Shiva...isness.

I have always loved the iconography of Shiva. And also I have repeated a Shiva mantra for decades. Still that path I'm on is a path which worship shakti and Shiva.

I struggle with the concept (and truth) of the fact that Shiva and Shakti are ONE. Worship of Mother IS worship of Shiva. And as you also say that the road to Shiva is through the Shakti. This is said also on paths which are more exclusive Shiva centered paths like Lakshan joo's teachings et.c..

I have alternated with Devi bhakti and Shiva bhakti feeling a bit torn. But slowly the issue have been more blended. I have also practiced the "trick" of worshipping Ardanishwara - the half shiva - half shakti picture.

During navratri I have practiced some devi mantran, but still sticked to an increased effort of my Shiva mantra.
Swami Shivananda in his book about hindu festivals said that increased Japa of your tutelary deity is what his devotees do during navratri.

Here is Shivananda's tips on navratri
3.All are exhorted to do the maximum number of Japa of the Navarna Mantra, Aim hreem kleem chaamundaayai vichche, or the Mantra of their own tutelary Deity.

So I have done much japa of my shiva mantra, but still practiced some chanting of Devi mantran and tuning into her......
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Old 05-10-2017, 12:14 PM
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As for now after Navratri I have felt the need to invoke Durga in every meditation by visualising her beautiful form drawing her shakti into me.
Seeing her as the protective shakti and also as the kundalini manifesting within the body/mind.
I feel the need of doing this now as my life seems to manifest some real life challenges in private sphere. I ask Durga for energy, courage and willpower et.c. to help me out to act with power, dispassion and love....

Sally Kemptons book "Awakening Shakti" is very helpful.
She is a former Swami on my path.

"Om dum durgayei namaha" !

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Old 05-10-2017, 01:15 PM
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Parvati is also Lord Shiva's greatest student!

Without anybody to teach the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra to, we all would be none the wiser as to the content, would we?

Also, I can understand that without Maya (Shakti), Shiva would only be Parabrahman and wouldn't have the saguna aspect (iconography) I also admire....yet it's still rather difficult to separate Shiva from His energies, but yeah, the whole point here is not to. =)

I guess we all have different ideas about how the Divine Goddess appears to us and Durga riding the tiger is amazing and all, but it doesn't quite 'go there' enough for me, nor does Kali...where the Buddhist notion of Kwan Yin comes closer for me in regards, or even the Babylonian Ishtar.

I also keep having a very weird and sneaking feeling that Durga ain't very happy with me making moves on Her 'other half' and She is one I wouldn't want to make angry in any way. lol

Having said that, your picture is very nice, but this is what I feel inside when I feel 'Goddess':

ॐ त्रिपुरायै विद्महे महाभैरव्यै धीमहि तन्नो देवी प्रचोदयात
Om Tripurayai Vidmahe Mahabhairavyai Dhimahi Tanno Devi Prachodayat
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:51 AM
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Nice picture.....

Seems a bit Kali like with the sculls stuff.

My taste for the icons of Shakti seems to shift from time to time,
from period to period.
Probably the Shakti attracts to what is most potent need at the time I guess.

However I have decided to continuing the study of the Spanda Karikas.
A 6 week teaching about the Shakti. Combining meditation and scriptural study.
Here's a pdf of a book on Spanda karikas.


I have also booked a flight ticket to go and see Ammachi, the huggin saint, who is touring in Europe this fall.

So this will be some inspiration for keeping sadhana going I guess.....
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:35 PM
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I have contemplated for hours the great sweetness of Anandamayi Ma pictures in the past. All the images show His deep sweetness. I like especially the above picture, it seems to me the look that Virgin Maria should have.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:56 AM
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Anandamayi Ma is certainly on my top 5 people I would have died to meet while alive.

Her life story and the actual Shakti in her words are phenomenal.

This is a great quote from her describing her experience of life;

paramhansa yogananda wrote about her in his “autobiography of a yogi”. when paramahansa yogananda met anandamayi ma and asked her about her life, she answered:

"father, there is little to tell.” she spread her graceful hands in a deprecatory gesture. “my consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body. before i came on this earth, father, ‘i was the same.’ as a little girl, ‘i was the same.’ i grew into womanhood, but still ‘i was the same.’ when the family in which i had been born made arrangements to have this body married, ‘i was the same.’ … and, father, in front of you now, ‘i am the same.’ ever afterward, though the dance of creation change[s] around me in the hall of eternity, ‘i shall be the same.'”

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