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Yantra and its Significance in Tantra – Part I by Kaulantak Peeth Nepal

Above geometrical diagram is the SRI YANTRA. It is the most famous, revered and most selling yantra in the markets. It is the geometrical diagram of Goddess Lalita Tripura Sundari. It is believed that worshiping the yantra would bring prosperity, wealth and abundance to the worshipper.

Now, the question arises, “How can the geometrical diagram called yantra represent the deity?”. What are the bases for it?. Do a deity possess two different yantras? If a deity has two yantras, how is it possible?, “Can a deity have many yantras as their representation?

To answer the above, let me explain some basis of yantra. ” Continue Reading———–>

 

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why chaos magick is so popular

Well ladies and gents, we’re at war; in a world so close to attaining perfection. The good news is we’re outnumbered one thousand to one. Since those odds are about the same as mediocrity to genius it is both a privilege and a tactical advantage to the elite few. At one time one might have been able to say Chaos Magick was merely a trend, but it’s held on too tightly in the only circles that matter in today’s occult world: the online ones. This is the alembic of ideas forming the world of Hermetics today and tomorrow, where the only accurate pulse of the occult can be taken.

The enemies of chaos magick are the enemies of the occult, and it’s all for the same reasons. They fear losing control. This is the very reason that Tantra seems to be dead or dying in most regions of the world, but it is actually on the upswing in practices such as Chaos Magick and to some extent American Buddhism and Taoism. Freedom and real Magick will never die, no matter how viciously it is attacked. It isn’t difficult to point to the attacks themselves, for our history as occultists is a litany of blame, isolation, betrayal and petty degradation.

The frivolity with which Chaotes treat Magick is the subject of some distress in those more interested in less modern paradigms, but this is a minor complaint considering that the true roots of Chaos Magick are ancient and legitimate. It is an advantage to Tantra that it is framed in the modern, as it stands to lose nothing and finds an audience it would have otherwise lost in the detritus Tantra has acquired, despite its gem-like core. This stands as a virtue in a time when belief systems which are rotten to the core but have acquired some gems, are held up as paragons of virtue by some misguided persons. Catholicism comes to mind, a Church which killed Giordano Bruno, a paragon of Hermeticism (Occult Science) less than five centuries ago. The Italian infestation still has not apologized for that, and even if it did, should any initiate ever believe these lying monstrous worms? Their doctrine of self-sacrifice and exalted misery stands in stark contrast to the axiom “There is no God but Man” and every line of the Book of the Law. 

Religious nicety worships at the altar of group-think, where Chaos Magick does not. Individuality is the ideal in Chaos, not social harmony in and of itself – though freedom is proclaimed as a guiding force towards natural social harmony just as promised to us by Crowley with Thelema. Individuality and anarchistic freedom are the religious virtue of the Chaote, if there is one at all. Diversity is fun – that’s the whole point. This is a good reason for Chaos to be popular with anyone, even if few people really understand or appreciate what freedom is.

This freedom extends to several sore points in the occult where it has been slow to evolve: the secrecy and subsequent stagnation within the orders, and the inessential trappings that have piled up in the traditions outside of the larger orders. The orders have become tombs of old knowledge, stagnating and unimpressive – easily revealed by any serious investigation. The great silence of the orders on current events and the larger discussion of the occult outside of their pet grimoires is strange. This tells us that they all hope if they just leave the Chaotes alone we’ll somehow go away. Chaos is in for the same ride – except it is far more wild and uncontrollable. If you criticize Chaos you cannot help but paint yourself as either irrelevant or afraid, if not merely ignorant on what it is.

Chaos is like Jeet Kun Do is to the martial arts. It’s a modifier, a hack, and it wasn’t quite possible before the founding of America and all that came with it. Freedom of speech – real freedom of speech, including the ability to criticize the most powerful man in the country without fear of penalty, and the complete security of freedom of religion which has been improving year after year with a steady victorious march. 

 

Kaos Star 002 by m1thr0s. The four-fold tree and hidden diamond makes for a Chaos Star one can sink their teeth into.
Kaos Star 002 by m1thr0s. The four-fold tree and hidden diamond makes for a Chaos Star one can sink their teeth into.

The action, dynamism and brilliance of Tantra pairs very well with Western culture, which also values individuality, freedom and innovation. Tantra failed in the East due in part to a betrayal on its own soil – the aversion to the world in India – the world which Godhead created, and in China, the fear of analytical study in Taoism which “made the great miss” and failed to apprehend Science because of its pet preferences.

It remains to be seen if Tantra’s second wind in this millennium will hold – Chaos magicians make all kinds of mistakes in their thinking today, so much so that one often hears of someone “being attracted to” “considering themselves akin to” or “reading about” Chaos Magick rather than going all in and stating that they are definitely a Chaote. 

The weakness in Chaos Magick is this illusion that it is something entirely new – that it is not in fact founded on the shoulders of giants and a rockbed of steel as far as practice goes. In this it is dangerous because newcomers can flounder without much needed guidance. The ordeals that we know are consistent enough that we can consider them to be real and unavoidable in the human condition. Crossing the abyss is one such ordeal, but there are others, less formally marked.

When push comes to shove you want more than a cool looking chaos star in your pocket, and for some there is little else they take away from Chaos Magick except for the freedom. In that sense its usefulness is limited. It remains to be seen if the movement will progress or stagnate. 

Beyond that the threats to Chaos Magick and Tantra are as real as they ever were 500 years ago in Europe and Asia, within those regions. In America it enjoys immense security with the US Constitution and prevailing attitudes bearing the hallmarks of The American Enlightenment. It holds the key to unlocking the basic inhibitions that tear at the axiom “There is No God but Man”. 

 

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kali ma and a brief introduction to the doctrine of the five koshas

Kali. The ancient name of India’s most powerful goddess evokes images of death and the bloody dismemberment of demons.
       The story of Kali is a parable illustrative of the practice of suppressing the restless mind, that enemy that keeps us from enlightenment and joy. She is called forth by the gods to do battle against a peculiar kind of demon, one which resides within many of us, called Raktabija, (lit. “seed of blood”) Every time the gods slay him, the blood drops fall on the battle field and up springs another wretched demon.
      Siva, deep in meditation, cannot be disturbed, as doing so can cause calamity for the one disturbing him. the gods plead with Parvati, his wife, and she becomes Kali, the fierce aspect. Reddened eyes, fangs, a lolling tongue representing the Shakti energy, black skin, wild unbound hair, naked, riding a lion, she attacks Raktabija by spreading her tongue over the battlefield, drinking all of the blood as the clones are slain.
      Raktabija whines and pleads that she doesn’t fight fairly, similar to how our own mind whines about how life is unfair, with its inevitable rush towards the shaman’s death of enlightenment. She kills him and drinks the last of his blood, and then, drunk on the demon’s blood, begins a rampage across the cosmos.  Siva is awoken by the chaos of the scene and the alarmed demigods urge him to stop her. He hides among the carnage. As she crushes the bodies and tears them apart, she steps on him and annihilates his form, which causes her to immediately transform into an auspicious aspect, as she realizes what she has done to her beloved husband.  She brings him back to life, effectively rebooting the universe.

 

Kali
An attempt at cosmology, from John Zephaniah Holwell (1711-98), ‘Interesting Historical Events, Relative to the Provinces of Bengal, and the Empire of Hindostan, etc.
 
 
 
Brahma, Siva and Vishnu adoring Kali
Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma Adoring Kali India, Himachal Pradesh, Basohli, circa 1740

 

Kali and Siva
above: Kali and Siva from The Mutational Alchemy Tarot by m1thr0s and Izi Ningishzidda
 

Her worship began in Bharat, (India),  as the supreme mother,  one to take comfort in, a loving figure who embodies everything, everywhere, including the forces of nature like death, time and passion.  In the masculine sects devoted to Siva or Vishnu, she is given a high place of honor as the most powerful  weapon of the most high,  and as the fierce aspect of Parvati, wife of  Siva in India’s most  popular  sect. To the Tantric adept, she represents supreme ultimate reality, bliss, ascension to godhead and is the one to whom we must ultimately surrender to safely and appropriately meet the cascading onslaught of an ever changing world.

Strong, Fierce, Naked Woman

 
Sarva Buddha Dakini (Dakini of All the Buddhas) or (Tibetan) Naro Kandhoma, Sino-Tibetan culture, early 19th century, copper alloy, hammered high relief, black and red lacquer, red paint, gilt. Accession number 2011.63. Part of the tantric art exhibit Honored Father-Honored Mother, Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas, USA. Photo by Joe Mabel
Sarva Buddha Dakini (Dakini of All the Buddhas) or (Tibetan) Naro Kandhoma, Sino-Tibetan culture, early 19th century, copper alloy, hammered high relief, black and red lacquer, red paint, gilt. Accession number 2011.63. Part of the tantric art exhibit Honored Father-Honored Mother, Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, Texas, USA. Photo by Joe Mabel
 
 
In the mid 1990′s  I worked for a couple of lesbians, one of whom was a pro psychic. I was a visual merchandiser at their metaphysical shop in Seattle. I first encountered a statuary murti of Kali in bronze at the back of the shop, and, besides a picture of baby Krishna in the ritual room, it was the only murti in the shop. Remembering my upbringing at the beautiful ISKCON temple grounds in Vancouver, Canada,  I knew the proper action was to decorate the altar out of respect for her power.  I went outside and found some marigolds planted by the local city council. This had the curious effect of upsetting one of the two women, who insisted that I shouldn’t be picking flowers, while the psychic defended me, saying I was only trying to show respect. I simply told them  if you didn’t pick marigold heads they would stop blooming so profusely anyways. Kali seemed to know this as well, although her collection of demon heads and transmuted blood dharma may perhaps yield a very different crop.
      I remember my teacher Yashoda when I was five years old telling me the fearsome story of Kali to us girls. The naked and violent woman who killed the demons and saved the world seemed like a difficult bargain, and I didn’t feel too confident in the demigods abilities anymore. When I was much older as an adult, a Buddhist told me only the fierce aspects of deity would be useful in the Kali Yuga – the age of the demon Kali, not the goddess Kali (The demon’s name is pronounced KAY-LEE instead of KAH-LEE).   We were all enthralled by the story – Hindu tales are filled with incredibly wrought imagery and distinctive archetypal riches. At the time I was only familiar with one other strong and fierce woman in stories – the demon Putana who killed infants she babysat in Vrindavan, and who tried to kill Krishna. This image had left an indelible impression on my mind, after all, who could wish to harm the adorable and radiant baby Krishna? This was the Lord of Creation we awoke to worship among splendor, singing and harmony each sunrise at the Ashram.

 

Above: The Death of the Demoness Putana, Page from a dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Krishna), ca. 1610 India (Rajasthan, Bikaner) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Above: The Death of the Demoness Putana, Page from a dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Krishna), ca. 1610
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner) The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Krishna defeats the demon’s plans, and sucks the life right out of her poisoned breast. The beautiful woman turns into her hideous demon form, and it was pictured as above in the book.  It was really horrible to look at then as it is now.  I wondered if this powerful goddess Kali that the great gods had called forth was also ugly – the difference between demon and goddess seemed fuzzy at best. So I asked  about  this  new  terror,  Kali, “Was she ugly?” Yashoda seemed taken aback and answered, “No! She was very beautiful. She was the most beautiful goddess and the most powerful. She defeated the demon Mahishasura and saved the universe.”  This caused me to be quite pensive, because I had to consider the nature of beauty, and why you could both save and endanger the universe in the same story.  I had not yet given a proper accounting to the factor of Siva.

Ramprasad Sen

Kali is the model of the very best mother, the terror of demons, the warm and wet embrace of life.  She conquers all in her mastery of time.  She is death, yet the joyful death of eternal life and rebirth in her ecstasy. The poet Ramprasad Sen, considered a Hindu saint, was very devoted to Kali, whose blackness he likened to the color of the sky or ocean, which appears dark from afar, but when you take in your hands, is clear. His entire life was devoted to the worship of Kali, through song, sacrifice and poetry.  His poetry is beautiful.
 
 
Why is Mother Kali so radiantly black?
 
Because she is so powerful, that even mentioning her name destroys delusion.
 
Because she is so beautiful,
Lord Shiva, Conqueror of death, lies blissfully vanquished, beneath the red soled feet.
 
There are subtle hues of blackness,
But her bright complexion is the mystery that is utterly black, overwhelmingly black, wonderfully black.
 
When she awakens in the lotus shrine within the heart’s secret cave, her blackness becomes the mystic illumination that causes the twelve petal blossom there to glow more intensely than golden embers.
 
Her lovely form is the incomparable Kali- black blacker than the King of Death.
Whoever gazes upon this radiant blackness falls eternally in love and feels no attraction to any other, discovering everywhere only her.
 
This poet sighs deeply, “Where is this brilliant lady, this black light beyond luminosity?
 
Though I have never seen her, simply hearing her name, the mind becomes absorbed completely in her astonishing reality.
Om Kali! Om Kali! Om Kali!

 

Historically

Achieving the perfection of the body of light is part and parcel of achieving union and perfect harmony with Kali. This is exactly what her yantra is telling us.  Kali and Siva comes from a very ancient class of archetype, probably prehistoric.
       In recorded history in the Vedas she is called upon to win wars and defeat enemies of the worshiper, not unlike Inanna’s role in ancient Sumer, the Graeco-Roman Cybele, Egypt’s Sekhmet, or Persia’s Anahita. While Inanna, Sekhmet, Cybele, Anahita and Durga both share certain characteristics of the archetypal mother goddess humans have identified – association with lions,  might and stunning beauty, the goddess Kali differs slightly, she is both more alien and more personal at the same time.
      Kali’s  lover  characteristics  are understated,  we  don’t  see  her  in   the  act  of  creation  that  we know.    She  is  depicted  tearing demons  apart,  having  a heyday with tearing even their already lifeless corpses apart so that  the gods begin to panic.   This is  when she kills her husband,   Siva who has thrown himself into her path in an attempt to stop her rampage and stabilize the world.
      In this act we are shown  an aspect  of   Kali named Dhumavati in  the  Mahavidyas doctrine of the 10 aspects of Devi, meaning literally “She who widows herself”.  After crushing his chest she brings him back to life, and at this instant becomes one of her ten aspects – Tara, an auspicious creatrix. Kali is defined by care that takes extreme measures, not by her delicacy. Indians have tried to convey her vision, which encompasses all of femininity in one terrible, powerful image.
     In another version, Siva hides among the piles of demon corpses and shape shifts into an infant. Upon hearing his cries, Kali  stops to breastfeed the child, showing her role as the mother, unable to resist the maternal instinct.
     Known as the great mother, Kali is said to nurture universe before birth and after death.  The same goes for the tiny microcosm of a human soul.  She is the one who takes care of us when we die and before we are born. Of what relevance is she to us in our day to day life then?
     The spirit, our spirit, which is unborn, is always in Kali’s direct realm and within her powers to mend and rejuvenate. Experiences which try the heart and bring us towards her, tipping the balance of karma in our favor in return for earthly injustices committed against us.
      Kali and Siva predate the Vedas and the presence of Brahma and Vishnu in India, a remnant of an older time period where Tantra was popular under the ruler-ship of the Vratyas – the native India’s female counterpart to the male Hierophants of the Rites of Eleusis. It’s not clear when the marriage of Kali and Siva occurred, or whether the religion was always as it is today – with worship of the yoni and lingam central to the theology. This is certainly a response to the importance of the sexual act in spirituality.
 
 
108 Siva Lingams
A stone sculpture depicting the yoni and 108 siva lingams. Photo: Pratheep http://pratheep.com/
 
 
 Kali is intrinsically linked to the 64 current, as she is the supreme goddess from which the 64 dakinis emanate and surround Siva. Temples dedicated to the Tantric worship of Siva and his consort have him at the center, surrounded by the dakinis, sometimes in a courtyard as at Hirapur, pictured below. Dakinis were linked with the sky and flying, and so the temple had no roof.
 
 
64 Yogini Temple
Chausath Yogini temple known as Mahamaya temple. Photo Credit: Soumendra Barik
 
 
 
One example of matrimonial revisionism occurring  in history was the story of Nergal and Ereskigal in Northern and Southern Mesopotamia.  Nergal was an Northern war god, identified with pestilence, and as the sun, and especially the noonday sun, a terrible thing in the arid and hot Iraqi plain. Ereskigal was a Sumerian chthonic deity, the ruler of the underworld and a powerful force in her own right, who could bring the dead back to life en masse, (think zombie apocalypse) a trick which she threatened the sky gods with from time to time. Both Ereskigal and Nergal were much too powerful to ignore or diminish, and so a marriage was arranged through storytelling and repetition.  The tale remains as one of the great tales of the ancient world. Such marriages help us to identify the character of particular nations.
      Similarly, we can identify Kali by her marriage to Siva – whether or not it was a revisionist accounting of prehistoric beliefs.  Siva is the destroyer, who can annihilate whole universe.  Kali is brought in only for special cases where absolute unbridled ferocity is necessary, in the case of the major demon that the triumvirate cannot stop.
     In Saivism, Siva and Sakti are said to be joined like two cotyledons in a seed. When Kali steps on Siva, the masculine force of heaven, and kills him, they are united and the powers of creation and destruction are at their peak. The reason for this is because Kali is the one who waits after death. Siva interrupts and closes the infinite cycle of destruction by entering her realm completely with his death.  It only lasts for a moment, but that moment is golden. Kali reveals Siva’s unlimited power in a way like no other image.
 
 
jasmine multiflorum
Jasminum multiflorum
English: Downy Jasmine. Photo: Atamari
 
Kali translates as “The Black One”,  while Siva is called Mallikarjuna ” The Lord White as Jasmine”.  In Western Hermeticism, Kali with Siva would represent the union of the fifth element’s  two parts, Black Akasha and White Akasha.  Kali is represented by the Red Hibiscus flower. This is used in offerings to her throughout India and outside in her many foreign temples and shrines. The medicinal properties include lowering blood pressure and they contain a high content of vitamin C.
 
Hibiscus
Red Hibiscus ‘Psyche’ in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) during Spring. Photo: Aravindan Shanmugasundaram

 

 

 Sri Krsna as Kali

It is not without coincidence that Krsna’s name means “black” as there are two reasons for equating Krsna with Kali. The first is that Krsna is repeatedly named as the supreme god, as Kali is in Shakti belief.  Kalya is given as Krsna’s name when he is represented as the popular Jagganath (literally “Lord of the Universe”) form, a small limbless idol with large white eyes and a red painted smile accompanied by his brother Balarama and his sister Subhadra. This form of worship is very old. Originally the idols were comprised of Jagganath and his consort, until the white skinned Balarama was added to appease Saivite sects.   In Tantra, Krsna is said to be a Lila expression of the goddess Lalita Tripurasundari, the red goddess, underscoring her importance.  (lit. “She Who Plays” – another of the ten devi forms called the Mahavidyas) She is considered as a red flower in all forms.

published before 1923 and public domain in the US.
Jagganath, right, with his elder brother Balarama and sister Subhadra. British Museum. Artist Unknown, India
Kali is famously said to be the goddess who does not give us what we expect. Instead she gives us what we need. This goes for all life, everywhere, which it is her task to sustain indefinitely. So what we get is an archetype that transcends  earth into outer space and exists outside the boundaries of time. She cares about us only inasmuch as it balances whole universe. If she did not care about entire universe in respect to individual wants, she would not be known as the Great Mother.
      We find that the TwinStar behaves in much the same way, given the limited amount of time with which we have had a chance to observe its effects on viewers. It goes straight for your weakest link, and pushes you through the dharma, sometimes violently – especially if you do not have right thinking or right actions.  We have observed that sometimes it does not want a viewer examining it, other times it does. People say remarkable things about it, then seem to completely forget what they have done or why Abrahadabra is important. It happens so frequently – and never to long time participants – that it has become a comedy routine we all sort of laugh about when a newbie jumps on board and begins waxing poetic about the TwinStar. Like the devotees of Kali, they are in for far more than they bargained for, as it sets to work absorbing their dharma.
      To those of us who have seen the sparkling effulgence of the TwinStar in action, the power is on par with Siva’s tandav, and it would seem a good match with Kali’s ancient sigil. A few weeks ago m1thr0s decided to revisit Kali’s yantra, as a gift for his young daughter. What he found was an extremely important marriage between the Tetractys and the Kali Yantra, which pushes the Body of Light topic into the spotlight.

     Her yantra parallels the doctrine of the five koshas, which is of immense importance to students of the Body of Light,  so she is more than a simple adjutant of the most high consciousness, although this is half of god.  She is an important teacher pertaining to the map towards star consciousness, which as  of yet we don’t know very much about. Below is the image of the TwinStar and the Kali Yantra. Note the five rings which I will talk about in later curriculum from The Abrahadabra Institute – these are the koshas, the layers of the Body of Light.

Warning…the image you are about to view will accelerate your dharma!

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Above: Kali Yantra TwinStar by m1thr0s 2013

In the Vedas, most importantly to be understood for this image we are viewing, Kali is named as the black tongue of Agni, the fire god. Agni’s importance cannot be overstated. He is the first god mentioned in the oldest Indian text, the Rig Veda. The Hermeticists refer to Fire as the first element. (At least in the tetragrammal system where fire=spirit). I’m proposing that the TwinStar can be primarily identified with Agni and with the secret alchemical formula for fire in this image, Kali reveals the true nature of the TwinStar.