Sakthi is an important principle, almost a mantra, and the worldwide resurgence of the worship of the Goddess. Sakthi is the prime focus of Tantric Yoga, one of India’s greatest traditions, which contains a comprehensive worship of the Goddess through beautiful and profound rituals and meditations.
Tantra affords us a direct means to access Her power and presence through a tradition that has never lost connection to Her grace. Yet Sakthi, like Tantra, is a subject that is commonly misunderstood. Sakthi is not simply about the feminine. Shakti relates to all cosmic energies and the union of all opposites. Sakthi represents the extraordinary and cataclysmic powers of the magical Conscious Universe in which we live, on all levels of matter and mind, nature and spirit, the individual and the collective.
Sakthi is ultimately the power of the Absolute or ‘Pure Consciousness,’ called Para-Shiva, the ‘Supreme Shiva’ in yogic thought. Shiva is the cosmic masculine principle that compliments Sakthi as the cosmic feminine force. So any real examination of Sakthi must also include an examination of Shiva.
Shiva and Shakti’s cosmic forces form the basis for the divine powers or deities that rule over all the different processes within the universe. So any objective examination of Sakthi must also look into the role of these deities, the great Gods and Goddesses of the living world. ParaTan Inner Sakthi Yoga examines Sakthi in a broader context as the power of universal awareness. It explores Sakthi as the underlying source behind all the forces of nature, from physical forces like electro magnetism to spiritual energies like the Kundalini.
In Tantra, one worships Sakthi (Power), God in Mother form as the Supreme Power, which creates, sustains, and withdraws the Universe. God is Mother to the Tantrika who worships Her Lotus Feet.
At our Mahavidya Temple in Tamil Nadu, we have installed three of the Maha Vidyas and four Sri Chakra representing the other Goddess, as the beginning part of the journey towards self-empowerment, the first of its kind in Tamil Nadu, South India.
Tantra Teacher Training and The High Priestess program’s primary focus is to help all know or understand themselves, thus promoting a stress-free life filled with love and grace.
Dear One, Tripura is the ultimate, primordial Shakti, the light of manifestation. She, the pile of letters of the alphabet, gave birth to the three worlds. At dissolution, She is the abode of all tattvas, remaining Herself – Vamakeshvaratantra
The Earth Square or Bhupura; This mandala represents the enclosing walls or fence of the zonule of a practitioner. The Chakra Ruling the Three Worlds’. She has four arms, is the color of crystal, is adorned with pearls, and holds a book, a pot, and a beautiful lotus. Her Vidya is Am Am Sauh.
Sixteen Petals; ‘Fulfiller of Desire.’ Her vidya is Aim Klim Sauh. She is described as ornamented with all gems, carrying a book and a rosary.
Eight Petals; ‘All Exciting Chakra.’ The Sakthis in this mandala is called the Very Secret Yoginis. Her Vidya is Hrim Klim Sauh.
Fourteen Triangles; The Chakra Bestowing All Good Fortune’ Her Vidya is Haim Hklim Hsauh.
Outer 10 Triangles; this mandala is called ‘The Chakra Bestowing All Objects to the Sadhaka.’ The Sakthis are called the Kula Kaulas.
Inner 10 Triangles; ‘The Chakra Protecting All’ Her Vidya is Hrim Klim Blem.
Eight Triangles; ‘The Chakra is destroying all Disease.’ Her Vidya mantra is Hrim Shrim Sauh. She is described as the Destroyer of Poison.
Central Triangle; ‘The Chakra Giving All Success.’ Her Vidya being Hsraim Hsrklim Hsrsauh.
Bindu; this mandala is called ‘Purely Blissful’. The Yogini in this mandala is the Queen of Queens, Rajarajeshvari, the Very Red One, and her Transcendent Majesty Lalita Maheshvari Mahatripurasundari.
Her Vidya (Kamaraja Vidya) is ka e i la hrim ha sa ka ha la hrim sa ka la hrim, plus a secret 16th syllable. Her description is given in Vamakeshvara Tantra.
There are many ways to explain this mantra. Whole books have been written on it. Below is a short examination of its syllables Relative to the first of the three sections of the mantra:
Ka is desire or the creator.
E is Maya or the power of illusion.
I is Vishnu, or the Divine ruling power.
La is the power of bliss.
Relative to the second section:
Ha is space or breath-
Sa is time.
Ka, again is creation.
Ha is breath or spirit renewed in energy.
La again is bliss.
Relative to the third section:
Sa is time as eternity or totality
Ka is the origin and also the unknown.
La again is bliss.
Hrim repeated three times brings about a triple transformation of our nature.
Shrim added at the end is the crowning glory and realization.
KA E I LA HRIM HA SA KA HA LA HRIM SA KA LA HRIM SAUH
“Tri” means three, “Pura” means the city, and “Sundari” means beauty. The three cities are the three worlds, – the physical, astral, and causal, or matter-energy and thought corresponding with the three states of consciousness, waking dream, and deep sleep, symbolized by fire, moon, and sun.
She is Divine love, the central motivating force behind the universe and the original impulse within our hearts.