Yoga Shakti is the transformative power of consciousness, love and delight pulsating behind the forces of Nature and the very source of all life. The key to physical, psychological and spiritual well-being consists of awakening this Shakti within our own minds and hearts, allowing it to flow like a river, permeating our daily experiences of pleasure and pain, happiness and sorrow, or just the necessary activities of sustaining our lives. When Shakti lights up our outer experiences, all that we do, moves with a certain grace. We are instilled with a higher knowledge to move us forward on our inner quest.
The path, that the Yogini herself must follow, moves like the flow of a river, its continuity carrying the forces of divinity and initiating her into inner tantric experiences through the play of Nature’s universal synchronization. Her sacred journey emulates the Divine feminine cosmic play at every level of consciousness. As a dedicated Tantrika or mystic adept, one perceives and embodies the finer nuances of cosmic grandeur, innate wisdom and gentle nurturing.
The river’s course provides a meditative study of life’s journey, rushing forth from the melting waters of Mother Earth’s womb at birth, cascading down great heights of waterfalls in childhood mirth, meandering through youthful cascades to mature, steady and calm currents, and ultimate autumnal change and expansion into an eventual resting place within the deep recesses of the ocean. The river weathers the peace and fury of Nature’s moods, muddying its pristine waters from rainy storms and collecting the debris on its embankments to nurture the land. Yet, at its culmination, the river mirrors the clarity and beatitude of the ocean’s vastness in its sedate finality.
The inner tantric vision perceives the structure of the universe as a pyramidal configuration of “energetics” encompassing diverse worlds or lokas through varying vibratory levels; each level expressing a certain quality in relation to its inherent reflection of consciousness. At the summit of this powerful pyramid, symbolized by the Sri Yantra, rests the abode of the supreme cosmic power or Para Shakti. The consciousness-power of Shakti, the Goddess in her exuberant expression, enhances every cosmic field, through the creation and maintenance of all existence.
The Yogini connects to this primal Shakti as Mother Earth, Nature, cosmic space, sacred waters, Divine grace and affluence through her dance with divinity – enfolding love, forgiveness, kindheartedness, open-mindedness and devotion. She cherishes every aspect of life, legitimizing both the passion and pain, which script the waves of life. The Yogini encompasses life’s experiential threshold through a sacred circumspect, drawing from the joyous celebrations of earthly existence.
In the Kaula Shakta tradition, bhoga, the experience of pleasure and delight, finds its expression in yoga, in which all negativities take on the attributes of pure perception. The Goddess is called Bhogini, ‘the supreme enjoyer,’ the Devi who genuinely enjoys every aspect of experience and all the myriad facets of the universal life. She holds the rasa, the rejuvenating power inherent in every nuance of the Tanmatras, the subtle sensory essences of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell, which color the flow of grace and grant beauty and fulfillment to our lives.
Revering our own inner sacredness deepens our awareness of the Self, tapping the aura of divinity through observing, healing, restoring and celebrating our core existence. Desires, wishes and expectations abound in our everyday life, enhancing our worldly attributes and yet slowly dragging us down in a whirlpool of entropy and externality. The key to physical, psychological and spiritual well-being rests in modulating our outer desires to harmonize our inner needs, harnessing the powers of the mind and heart. It requires that we let go of worldly pessimism and hostility, out of both compassion to ourselves, and respect for the dignity and independence of others.
Recognizing the enduring light of love behind the smoke of every transient desire, one creates an awareness of eternal joy, supreme bliss and boundless beauty. The Yogini does not negate these disturbed outer manifestations, but accepts them with grace, allowing them to dissolve of their own accord. She wields her inner wisdom to move through this entangling web of illusory veils. All gratification and delight is experienced as energized by the inner power of awareness that is ever content in itself.
The Goddess is the supreme ecstasy of self-realization, in which the personal self fades away like the husk around a seed. As the expression of ultimate joyousness, she draws us by the inner allure of the light of awareness, from the shackles of bondage into the folds of liberation. She brings out the rasa, the inner luminosity and grace, in every expression of life; be it a great personal achievement or a great cataclysm, distilling the higher elixirs from all lower forms.