My own spiritual journey drew me to the auspicious circumstance of being able to lure the Mother Goddess’ gentle grace that can take one beyond all suffering. Her very glance annihilates all negativity and turbulence, dissolving the ultimate fear surrounding death itself. Her vision steers us through the mayhem of personal, psychological and physical samsara (material world), paving the way for our soul’s liberation into timeless realms.
The mysterious power of the Dark Goddess Kali became my guiding force. The Divine Feminine does not wield the forces of destruction and death against us, to chasten or correct us like a harsh teacher. Instead Kali is the benevolent savior at the very moment of misfortune, providing both compassion for our suffering and granting us the courage to overcome it. In surrendering to her benign support, she softens all pain, eventually melting it into bliss.
The Goddess’ force releases the Soma, the eternal nectar of immortality. She prepares our sacred vessel to receive Shiva’s beatitude as the healing balm of meditative stillness. Shakti initiates an inner inebriation, a subtle intoxication beyond the limitations of our dualistic thoughts and emotions. Her overwhelming state is one of passion, enthusiasm, peace, sheer delight and rejuvenation, beyond any body or personhood. The Goddess replaces the intoxication of samsara, our absorption in transient worldly pleasures, with the greater intoxicated state of nirvana, a complete immersion in eternal bliss.
The Yoga Shakti does not carry the ordinary Soma or the beauty of a full Moon, but rather the mystic Soma of the dark Moon, which our hearts absorb, granting us a mysterious inner light. Her Soma is the secret light of darkness which reveals a deeper truth, the inner Sun that disperses the outer world of duality and opens us up to the inner world of unity, contentment and happiness.
When this flow becomes steadfast, it manifests as dhyana, the state of meditative bliss.Resting in this beatific state, the Yogini’s mind beckons Shiva to come to her. The power and passion of her call draws Shiva into her life – how can He not hearken to the cry of a Tantrika’s heart? That she may not always see Him or sense His presence is another samsaric saga. Being caught up in the whirlpool of mundane existence revolving in our creaturely consciousness, we fail to see the divine that is ever around us. But Shiva will continue to play with the heart of the Yogini, enticing her into His cosmic play in His own time.
Connect with the Inner Soma
To connect with this inner Soma, we can follow a simple mantra meditation. Silently repeat the mantra OM during a deep inhalation to draw the flow of Soma from the outer universe into the heart. Then silently repeat the mantra Hrim on exhalation to energize the Soma to revitalize the heart. Ending exhalation with a quick silent repetition of the mantra Hum adds zest to the fire in hastening its mystical alchemy – Om Hrim Hum!Mantras carry the potency of Soma in their vibratory fields, honing the subtle nuances of our intuitive voice. In trusting our profound insight, perception and sensitivity we connect with our higher selves. Communing with this sacred voice we are guided to the ultimate truth of the soul’s reality. Being present and aware within our own bodies is cultivating the art of divining our inner essence. In consecrating our being through yogic practices, our bodily energies open up to their subtle essences and lead us to our deeper self where we access the revered wisdom deep within ourselves.
The spiritual practice of turning within oneself, being calmly aware of our senses, thoughts and triggered reactions, allows us to connect with our deeper realities. Looking within ourselves with compassion allows us to address our internal struggles, passions and conflict with empathy. Empathizing with ourselves we bring the flow of loving kindness to our inner beings, reflecting a benevolent approach to our personal misgivings, making us tolerant to all worldly situations.
We need to focus on the abundance of the universe, which is there for everyone alike. Learning to appreciate our existence unfolds the Soma of gratitude, where we realize the value of everything in the universe. Gratitude and graciousness are at the core of sacred healing. Gratitude resonates with love and compassion transforming our lives and relationships. Graciousness allows us to experience love, beauty and bliss synchronizing our gentle rhythms with our deeper consciousness. In honoring our true nature we learn to respect and cherish all life, opening up the windows of the heart to channel the nectar of divinity.
Focusing the light of love on our inner world creates the space for real transformation. This inner awareness transcends our primeval impulses of conflict and assertion which contradict our true nature of peace, releasing all illusion, hurt and blame. Understanding our true nature and taking responsibility for all our actions allows us to transform the darkness of our worldly desires into the light of bliss.
The enchantment of divine love and bliss is the Soma of delight. Once we appreciate and savor this Soma, which satiates our soul stirrings, we unravel the depths of a higher consciousness. This higher conscious state filters through our thoughts and actions, coloring our relationships with divine love.