So yeah I'm well experienced with psychedelics, mostly on LSD. When I trip with someone who is very closed to me (gf/friends/brothers) they can tell that I can pull and over amplified their energy and trip. Anyone had experienced this? Aghori Kamakhya.
Do Devi worshipers practice achamana?
Most mantras for such seem dedicated to Vishnu or Surya, are their any Devi achamana mantras?
Or what is Shaktism's view on this?
Jai Mata Di! I’m a born Hindu but recently exploring more about Shaktism after growing up predominately hearing about Ram, Hanuman, Shiva, and Krishna. Stemming from Shaktism, I’ve also been looking into how to be a Hindu without being a part of Brahmanism considering that Shaktism came from Indian indigenous folk practices.
One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with is the idea of impurity especially when it comes to women and menstruation. Growing up, I was always told that women couldn’t do prayers or preform rituals during their periods. Even now, I sometimes feel like I’m sinning by worshipping during my period.
I’ve been drawn to Mother Kali and Matangi Maa and I’ve accepted that my cycle is a gift given by the Goddess and not something to be ashamed of. But I hate being told by others that I can’t chant the name of Maa because of my period. Has anyone else encountered this or what is your view on it?
Hello everyone. I come a predominantly Catholic country. No guru, no centers. I was wondering how I can practice devotion to Adi Parashakti despite these limitations. What practices do you recommend and Online resources to read?
Suggestions of links, texts, articles, and traditional Sutras, Puranas, Agamas and other texts are more than welcome. Thanks in advance!
I'm a moderator on a Shaktism discord. We are a fairly small community, but looking to add members who wish to discuss the history, theology, and practice of worshiping the Divine Mother. We're starting up a discussion of #devi-of-the-week, and welcome all interesting to come and join us.
the wiki page on shaktism has a small section where it says the metaphysical feminine like in shaktism is seen as ultimate source of all things and ultimate reality in vajrayana.
I did some research and this seems to be a correct view in a sense metaphorically.
--- Quote ---Woman and the Dakini
Published as a commentary in Sky Dancer.
'Do not question woman. Adore her everywhere. In her real nature she is Bhagavati! Perfection of Wisdom; and in this empirical world Bhagavati has assumed the form of woman.' Tantric metaphysics are derived principally from the Prajnaparamita sutras, and this prajnaparamita sloka clearly states the tantric view that there is no distinction between the ultimate metaphysical nature of woman and the relative human reality. Woman is the Dakini and is to be worshipped as such. Further, the Prajnaparamita gave Tantra the concept of woman as the Perfection of Wisdom, perfect insight (shes-rab, prajna), which is defined as 'awareness of all phenomena as Emptiness'. However, in Tantra, since 'Emptiness is not separate from form, nor form from Emptiness', this Awareness that is the Dakini is the nondual, gnostic awareness.of which the male principle manifest as form is an aspect. Thus the totality of reality as Awareness can be represented by the Dakini alone, or it can be indicated by the inseparable union of male and female principles. In the latter case the Dakini's perfect insight into Emptiness is in contradistinction to skilful means (thabs, upaya), the Guru's ever compassionate, dynamic motivation that manifests as phenomenal appearances. When the Dakini alone is all-embracing Awareness (mahajnana, ye-shes-chen-po), she is the blissful cosmic dance of illusion. The existential experience of the Dakini is one, but the multiplicity of means to attain that experience, and the different ways of conceiving the inexpressible, create a seemingly complex metaphysics.
After that attempt to clarify basic concepts, it is relevant to ask the question, has woman been arbitrarily assigned these existential values, or do Emptiness and Awareness relate to her essential nature? According to the metaphysical systems that frame the psychological insights of numerous ancient cultures the physiological-sexual and psychological nature of woman is receptivity. The quality of receptivity, 'an enveloping openness', is evident in tantric symbols of the goddess: the lake, the well, the empty vase, and most graphically and ubiquitously, t... keep reading on reddit ➡
For a good while now I've been feeling an affinity for Shakti. I, however, live in a part of England (Somerset) where there're no Shakti groups that I can find, near by. What's the best thing to do, in this situation?
in shaivism godess is vimarsa and shiva is prakasha
in shaktism godess is prakasha and shiva is vimarsa
today many shaktahs promote shaivism and are not true shaktas http://www.kamakotimandali.com/blog/index.php?p=1523&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Who is a true Shakta?
Hey guys. I created a discord for Shaktism and the goddesses of Hinduism. Please do join, we are currently looking for mods and memebers! :) Jai maa Kali! Har Har Mahadev! Here is the invite: https://discord.gg/nP2ZyKG
Hey guys, I created a discord server for Shaktism. You are welcome to join, we currently need members and mods. :) Hope to see you soon! https://discord.gg/nP2ZyKG
Hey, I'm looking for some sites and resources for texts (Puranas, Upanishads etc) related to Shaktism as well as practices and doctrines etc. Could someone point me in the right direction? Peace.
I would like to know the relation between Mother Kali and Mother Durga. Are they one and the same? I know Mother Kali is one of ten mahavidyas..Where as Mother Durga is a form of Mother Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva. I am really confused by the presence of so many Devis in Shaktism.
I’ve just found blogs for a lot of worshipped saints and for Sri Krishna. But I wanted to see if there are any Shakta blogs I can follow. There used to be one called Shakti Sadhana I believe, but they’ve made their blog page private and I can’t get in at all anymore.
Basically the guy who made the page had two main sadhanas that he’d posted and anyone could choose to follow them (one was centered around the Devi Mahatmyam and the other was centered around the Lalita Sahasranama). He had a page about his guru as well and people shared their experiences and Shakti worship in general.
What is the Shakta approach to morality? I know there are Tantrik Shakta sampradayas that focus upon transgressive behavior but what about non-Tantrik Shaktism or non-transgressive Shaktism?
What sort of approach is used for morality in these forms of Shakta?
To start, I've always felt more comfortable around women, I am closer with my mother more than anyone else, around 80% of my friends are women. Two of the religious experiences I've had (These two have made me feel like there has to be some divine energy of some sort, I just don't know what it is) were related to female deities. So I am thinking of looking into Shaktism. What are some ways to start? I love reciting mantras, what are some beginner Shaktist ones? I have always liked Kālī, and recently Durga, would those goddesses be suitable for beginners? I am unsure of what belief system I will end up choosing, I am honestly pretty confused. So I don't want to make any promises or vows to any deity.
I saw this mentioned in a post today so I wanted to make a list here for people in the future. Thanks to /u/Narasimha93 for the list.
I understand that Shiva is considered the supreme being in Shaivism, while Vishu is considered it for Vaishnavism.
Who is the supreme being in Shaktism? Mother Kali?
Also, one last question, how do people personally choose which sect they want to associate themselves with? How does someone consider Shiva as the supreme being, while others say it is Vishu? Are there writings that are personal for Vishu and Shiva?
I am going to buy the Bhagavad Gita soon and learn more about Hinduism. Ram Dass as inspired me to study it :) Thank you for answering my questions though. I am in the U. S. so my exposure to the religion is small. Are there any other books I should consider reading other than the Gita?
I am gender queer. I see in myself both masculine and feminine aspects. Many others see the same in me, though they may want to ignore one aspect because they feel that I should only show one aspect. I see Brahman as both aspects together as two halfs of a single whole. Shakti is Shiva and Shiva is Shakti. They have different roles, perhaps, but the left arm and the right arm are part of the same being. Ardhanarishvara is my preferred way of viewing Brahman. But I am still very ignorant, and am a beginner among students. In my isolated living environment, I feel that following an established tradition and school will allow me to learn easiest from my position. But Shaivism and Shaktism do not seem to hold Ardhanarishvara in the same esteem as I. They recognize Ardhanarishvara and their counterpart as equal, but I don t see how I can best reach moksha through devotion to Ardhanarishvara. Please help me if you can, and please educate me on any mistaked or misconceptions. I am ignorant, but do not wish to remain so.
edit I seem to be confusing people. I do not favor Ardhanarishvara because I think it is queer like me. Ardhanarishvara and genderqueerness are not related. I am not searching for a stream that is specifically open to genderqueerness. I figure that once I decide on a stream, I can find a guru that understands that my body is trivial and that my soul has equal amounts of Shiva and Shakti. I favor Ardhanarishvara because when I look into myself, I see two halves made whole. I see Brahman the same way. I cannot see Brahman in a one-sided manner, as a Goddess whose masculine is herself, or Shiva being Shiva even when Shakti. Ardhanarishvara is the one that demonstrates most clearly to me that one cannot exist without the other, one is not more strong than the other, and that they are complete together. I mention my queerness to demonstrate that I have an understanding of two being one, not that I see Ardhanarishvara as queer or want to make things queer to make me feel better.
Hi, my sister moved from Australia to London about a year ago. Before she left she was quite into a lifestyle of yoga, meditation, art and veganism. Once she established herself in London, she moved into an Ashram and begun studying at a Yoga School. We would talk regularly about her learnings and I could see how passionate she was becoming about her spirituality and practice. I deeply love and will always support my sister, and my following questions don't come judgement, rather allaying fears.
As part of her spirituality she speaks alot of 'shakti' and 'shanti'. She also talks about men being masculine and women being feminine. Where my concerns are, are her comments around the highly erotic and sexualised events she has participated in. She spoke about being a human fruit platter. About filming erotic massages (also non erotic massages). About being encouraged to wear lingerie and dance around the men whilst they did a particular yoga practice.
I have no issue with her doing what she likes; her body, her life. And I am proud of the dedication she has directed towards her faith. I just want to see if anyone knows more about this level of spirituality and if this faith usually involves this level of sexuality or she is being caught up in something untoward?
I will be visiting her in July and plan to visit the ashram, learn and understand her faith more. But until then would love to hear people's thoughts.
I know many of them are henotheists, but from what I gather, a lot of them have one god they prefer over another, and that Vishnu is the preserver while Shiva is the destroyer. While we're at it, why is Brahma not as widely worshiped?
Hi everyone! I'm still learning the ropes of Hinduism but I've become interested in Shaktism. There is a problem though; there is no temple near me that teaches Shaktism. So my question is is can I teach myself Shaktism? If so what are some books I can read?
Aside from Shiva, how are other male devas viewed in this sect? Are they still revered, but as subservient to Devi? What ethics does this sect subscribe to?
could someone please give me some advice i feel drawn to devi and i want to know the practices of shaktism i do puja regularly but thats all
I am reading a trial copy of Shakti: Realm of the Divine Mother and wanted to share a few thoughts and lessons from the book as I work my way through it. This post and thread will be edited, so please check back and feel free to contribute.
From the book:
Brahman is the uncaused cause of everthing, the one source of all qualities and forms, though in itself it has no qualities and no forms. From this base standpoint, Hinduism- gives us the freedom to worship God in whatever shape appeals to us. We are each given liberty to accept any form of the divine that appeals to us as our personal aspect of reality dearest to our heart.
My take: I find this very appealing. My specific faith springs from Pagan roots, and this concept is very much present, Each souls views the divine as they choose, whether this presentation is learned or found through a personal journey. All gods are one god, aspects of the same divine energy.
The book also makes mention of energy without form being able to take any form. I find this valid. We believe that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed, it is logical that the energy of the divine would exist as it is, transformative and regenerative but not able to be created or destroyed.
Personally I am naturally attracted to Maha Kali in her motherly and destructive aspects. It was later that I came upon Shakti I still lack much understanding of likely both.
Hopefully I can share my journey with you all and learn from you.
Namaste all! I'm a Westerner who has been drawn to worship of the Divine Mother, in her forms of Kali and Durga, and I wanted to share some experiences I have had in my journey to Her. To that end, I've collected these experiences in a blog I've written over the past five or so years. Here is one of my finest entries to that blog:
While I am very Taoist in leaning, I regularly get the feeling that I should delve more deeply into Shaktism, finding out more about what it's all about and its various schools. In particular, I'm interested in the tantric elements of Shaktism; especially as I am already experienced with mantra. I was therefore wondering if anyone, could please recommend any online resources that could help me understand this Hinduistic branch, more than I do now!
Obviously the three sects worship different Gods, but what are the actual differences in the way they see the world? I understand that they consider the deity that they worship as "supreme", but what does this actually mean?
For example, Shaktism considers Devi to be Brahman, and everything to be a manifestation of her. Shaivism and Vaishnavism (unless I'm mistaken) consider Brahman to be equivalent to Shiva or Vishnu respectively.
But since Brahman, the unchanging reality, is viewed quite similarly across the different sects, does saying that it's Shakti, Shiva, or Vishnu mean anything?