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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tantra : Shrines As Teachers 2

Krim Kund :



A little distance from Kamaccha lies the famous tantric shrine Krim Kunda, belonging to the aughar tradition. Here the fire lit by Baba Kinaram several hundred years ago is the living teacher, and under its guidance you may undertake the practice outlined in Swacchanda Tantra. The result, as promised by the living force of this site, is that you will attain the privilege of being guided by Bhairava, the most vibrant form of Shiva and the foremost master of tantric science.Ordinarily adepts belonging to this tradition are experts in the solar science (surya vijnana).

Once you have gained access to the inner circle of tantrics in any of these places you will discover that the spirit of their city awakens at night. This is when the tantric adepts begin their sadhana at these and other sites, including Durga Kund,Sankat Mochan, Varahi Temple, the area around Vishnath Temple, Annapurna, Lalita Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, and Manikarnika, the most famous burning ghat.


Vindhya Vasani :




Two hours south of Banaras in the foothills of the Vindhya mountains on a bank of the Ganga lies another tantric shrine, indhya Vasani, the abode of the combined forces of Lakshmi,Sarasvati, and Kali. The temples of these three goddesses form the three corners of a triangle, and the area encompassed by this triangle is like a yantra. Each temple is associated with a unique form of tantra sadhana. At the corner known as Kalikhoh, Kali is worshipped in a left-hand fashion; Sarasvati is worshipped in a right-hand fashion in the spot known as Astabhuja; and Lakshmi is worshipped in a way that combines both paths at the temple known as Vindhya Vasani.Tantric aspirants seeking results of a magical nature seek Kali at Kalikhoh; those seeking knowledge, retentive power (memory), a sharpened intellect, and success in the fine arts resort to Sarasvati at Astabhuja; while those seekingwealth undertake Lakshmi-related practices at Vindhya Vasani.

The area adjoining Astabhuja on the banks of the Ganga is where you will find the practitioners of "forbidden" tantra.But if you travel into the mountains toward Gerua Talub and Moltia Talab you will encounter tantrics of such a mysterious nature that they cannot be put in any category.A group of scriptures known as the Puranas describe the spiritual significance of this area and explain why shakti sadhana undertaken at these sites bears remarkable fruit. Although the mountains in this vicinity are rocky and almost barren, the indescribable fragrance of the air transports you to a dimension never before experienced.And you can clearly feel the presence of the living masters as you approach the little monuments built in honor of the adepts who have here taken bhumi samadhi (the practice of voluntarily casting off the body underground) with the determination to undertake a prolonged meditation. If you have read genuine tantric texts and visit this place you feel compelled to know more about these masters and the advanced tantric practices they have undertaken there.


Chitrakoot Temple:




If you move further south in the Vindhya range you will come upon Chitrakut, where the ashram of Sage Atri and Mother Anasuya, situated on a bank of the Mandakini River, is as vibrant today as it was thousands of years ago.Among the group of sadhus, called vairagi, who dominate this locale you will find tantric adepts practicing the disciplines associated with the tradition of Dattatreya, the master of masters. The nature of their sadhana is such that through the millennia this mountain has become an embodiment of love, compassion, kindness, and complete surrender. In fact through their practice these adepts have so charged a hill in the Chitrakut region that it is known as Kamada Giri,the wish-yielding mountain. You can clearly sense divinity manifesting through every aspect of nature, granting the grace and guidance necessary for a successful sadhana. But if a practice undertaken here is not in conformity with these characteristics, the practitioner will feel uncomfortable.Up to the late 1950s, before a well-known saint named Bhole Prabhu moved the manuscripts to Allahabad, the monasteries in this region were significant repositories of tantric scriptures.


Maihar Devi Temple:



Still further south in the Vindhya mountains lies a shakti shrine known as Maihar, where the flavor of tantric practices is totally different from those you find in Chitrakut. This is a site of miracles. Faithful pilgrims flock here to receive the healing grace of the goddess Matangi, known locally as Maihar Ki Devi, and tantrics intent on cultivating healing power and creativity in the arts find this shrine most suitable to their practice. People believe that Alha, a great warrior and the permanent attendant of the goddess, became immortal through her grace, and visits this shrine every night. Every now and then seekers in this area report that they have received guidance from him.

Datia Temple:



Although it is not well-known, one of the most mystical tantric shrines lies in Datia, a small town near Jhansi in central India. This site is associated with Bagalamukhi, one of the ten great goddesses. The queen of forbidden tantra, she embodies the power of immobilization. Her tantric name,Brahmastra (literally "the supreme weapon"), is an indication of the unimaginable power contained in this particular sadhana. There is no higher tantric practice for cutting asunder the snares of ignorance and taming the inner beast (the ego). However, undertaking this sadhana is so demanding that it is like setting out to reclaim a precious gem from the jaws of a shark. The most illustrious adept of this path, Datia Wale Swami, left his body in 1979, but the intense practices related to this path still continue.

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