The prophecies of Nostradamus
Eternal Light within
the earth of the holy Lady the faint voice heard,
flame seen to shine as divine:
will cause the earth to be stained with the blood of the
lone ones (monks),
to destroy the holy temples for the impure ones.
the most fundamental aspects of the world which is affected
by the presence of religion,
holy feminine presence will be heard as a gentle but
very human flame will be seen to shine in divine light.
presence will cause the world and all who live in it to be
changed in a fundamental way
will include the death of the dominance of male religious
Mascetti and Peter Lorie
Nostradamus: Prophecies for
Mascetti and Peter Lorie, Nostradamus: Prophecies for
Women, Simon & Schuster, 1995, p. 101.)
the earth of the Holy Lady the faint Voice heard,
is yet another uncanny prediction of Nostradamus that is
precise in its manifestation and leaves no room for
misinterpretation. Manuela Dunn Mascetti and Peter Lorie
explain that in recent years there have been many divine
visions of the Virgin Mary signifying a kind of "Second
Coming." These significantly feminine visions,
literally hundreds the world over, in the narrow sense point
to the Catholic "Mother of God." Broadly it
signifies the return of the ancient Mother Goddess. In both
instances they are correct. The Divine Feminine has
manifested Herself on Earth. Nostradamus mentions that it is the Earth of the Holy
Lady. The Earth is revered as a Mother by many tribes and
this belief was widespread thousands of years before any
religious regime appeared. The patriarchal religions make no
mention that Earth is The Mother which sustains all life.
Thus, "the earth of the Holy Lady" refers to a
Universal Matriarch or Mother Goddess.
faint voice is being heard above the deafening din of
babbling brahmins, gibbering priests, chattering monks, and
muttering mullahs. It is now heard above this din of mad fundamentalists who rave and rant of salvation
that will be delivered exclusively by their religion
when billions of corpses spring out of ancient graves like
zombies in a horror movie.
This faint feminine Voice is telling humans to
free themselves of dogma and become masters of their
spiritual destiny by seeking the Almighty Creator and His
Kingdom within. She is informing them to seek the
Inner Guide within and feel Truth on their central
nervous system. She is revealing to them how to trigger the
final evolutionary process that is in-built, that is within
their being. She is teaching them to seek salvation within
themselves, completely free from all external
restrictions, misidentifications and falsehood.
The 10 Adi Gurus who walked
great Brahma Shakti is at your lotus feet.
Perhaps Sahaja Yogis do not realize what they have
achieved. The only difference between a Adi Guru and
a Guru, Satguru I would say, is this — that
the Adi Guru knows that He is the controlling Power.
He knows He is with absolute oneness with the Brahmatatwa
, with the Cosmic. The authority with which He talks,
the complete confidence with which he says things there is
no doubt in any one of His teachings. He is saying,
"Verily I say to you ..." That confidence that
"I am the Brahmatattwa", that "I am
the Brahma", and that "I am controlling all
that Tattwa", makes them a prophet because
whatever He says or prophesies is the Truth. Whatever He
says about the past is the Truth and He knows that He has no
doubts. The authority with which Moses talked, authority
with which Socrates talked, authority with which Lao-tze
talked. All these great Adi Gurus from Adi Nath to
Sai Nath, they didn't say, "If you do this would be
good or that would be good." "No! this is what it
is — you better do it. This is what it is."
in Modern Times those Gurus might not work out. That
is why a Mother had to come — first to give Realization .
. . Your Mother is The Mother of all the Adi Gurus. She is the One who taught all the
Adi Gurus. She
created the Adi Gurus. She will create out of you the Adi
Bhakta-nidhih Shri Nirmala Devi
Are Gurus, Guru
Puja, Gmunden, Austria — July 6, 1986
'The following article is from "The
Avatar Par Excellence" published by the Om Sakthi
"The Meaning of Avatar:
The term 'VATAR' means one who was
descended, but descended from where and to what? It means descended from
Godliness to human form. Avatar means those who descended to Earth from
the Spiritual world for the establishment of Dharma, preservation of the
human race and promulgation of Sastra. Avatar means the person who
descends, as a fully or partially empowered incarnation of Divine Mother
Adhiparasakthi, from the spiritual realm for a particular mission. An
Avatar is also called a Savior, that is a person who saves or rescues
mankind from the danger of deterioration. When a savior appears on this
Earth all are saved through his grace.
virtue subsides and wickedness prevails; whenever there is unrighteousness or
Adharma and whenever there is catastrophe and unrest in the world; the Divine
Mother manifests Herself. That is, Adhiparasakthi comes down to this earth, or
physical plane, to establish virtue and Dharma and to destroy the evil and
save the good. When She comes down to the physical plane She takes human form
and is called an Avatar or Incarnation.
Avatar is also called a Messenger of Divine Mother because an Avatar transmits
pure unselfish Divine Love from the Divine Mother to man and gives a taste of
the unadulterated nectar of heavenly bliss to the arid souls scorched by the
fire of worldliness. The all-pervading Mother Adhiparasakthi who is Truth,
Consciousness and Bliss, by Her special grace manifests Herself as a common
being during the Avatar period. During this period the Divine mother assumes a
human form and manifests Herself to set an example of Divine Life before us in
this world. It is Her peculiarity that she, in spite of being boundless,
becomes very small.
Avatar or Incarnation of Adhiparasakthi descends from the Spiritual world for
material manifestation. The particular form of personality of Divine Mother
who descends is called an Incarnation or Avatar. Such incarnations are
situated in the Spiritual World. When they descend to the material creation
they assume a common name Avatar.
Venus of Willendorf
43/8 inches (11.1 cm) high
(Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna)
For the long ages of the Paleolithic
era, the Goddess reigned alone. She was the Origin, the Virgin Void
out of which She was Self-created. She was present in all forms of
Avatar assumes various names and forms such as Rama, Krishna, Christ, etc at
various places in various times, but all are the same Adhiparasakthi. All the
Avatars that have come to this world are one and the same Adhiparasakthi. The
Supreme personality of Godhead, Adhiparasakthi takes various incarnations and
many sub-incarnations as well, but she is the original personality of Godhead
known as Adhiparasakthi and She incarnates personally also.
although one without a second, manifests Herself in innumerable forms. All
these multifarious forms are understood by the pure unalloyed devotees, but
not by a simple study of the Vedas. Devotees are constant companions of Divine
Mother and whenever Divine Mother incarnates, the associate devotees also
incarnate in order to serve the Divine Mother in different capacities. The
Divine Mother works through them and propagates the religion. The associate
devotees spend their lifetimes assisting the Avatar and work for the welfare
of the Jivas. However, there is a difference between the Divine Mother and the
Devotees. Therefore, a living entity, however great he may be in the material
estimation, can never equal the Supreme Mother. Anyone who is a constant
companion of the Divine Mother is certainly a liberated person but he cannot
be equal to the Divine Mother.
Turya Shri Nirmala Devi
Cabella, Italy — May
[262nd]: The Fourth. This state is beyond the
three states mentioned above (259. Taijasatmika;
260. Supta; and 261. Prajnatmika). This
has to be gone into by conscious efforts only, from
wakeful state. Here the mind has no ideation, neither
sees, nor hears nor knows anything and is called Bhuma.)
Divine Mother is infallible, in that she never forgets Herself even though she
is in material contact. Therefore, the Divine Mother and the living entity can
never be equal in all respects, even if the living entity is a liberated soul.
As such, when the Avatar comes, with him are born liberated persons as helpers
in his world-play. However, only Avatars have the power to displace the
darkness of a million souls and give them salvation in one lifetime. This is
known as grace.
devotee of the Divine Mother sometimes forgets the nature of the Divine
Mother, but by divine grace, a devotee can at once understand the infallible
condition of the Divine Mother. However, a non-devotee cannot understand this
may also be noted here that a living entity forgets everything due to his
change of body, but the Divine Mother remembers because she does not change
Her Sat-Chit-Ananda body. She is advaita, which means that there is no
distinction between Her body and Herself. Everything in relation to Her is
spirit, whereas the conditioned soul is different from his material body.
Because the Divine Mother's body and self are identical, Her position is
always different from that of the ordinary living entity, even when She
descends to the material world.
to know an Avatar:
and love absolute are the essence of the divine. In an Avatar, we find the
expression and exposition of the Love of God. Know for certain that God is
incarnate in a man in whom the Love of God is surging, overflowing and all
absorbing (this maddening sentiment of life). Such teachers of spiritual truth
are always the fairest flowers of human life and they are the ocean of mercy
without any motive.
can attain realization of God through worship of the Avatar. Divine Mother
reveals Herself to Her devotees in a variety of ways. She assumes the very
form that the devotee has chosen for his worship. If you worship Her as
Adhiparasakthi, she will come to you as Adhiparasakthi. If you worship Her as
Christ, she will come to you as Christ. If you worship Her as Allah, she will
come to you as Allah. If you worship Her as Krishna or Buddha, she will come
to you as Krishna or Buddha.
in ancient Middle Eastern religions, mother goddess, the great symbol
of the earth's fertility. She was worshipped under many names and
attributes. Similar figures have been known in every part of the
world. Essentially she was represented as the creative force in all
nature, The Mother of all things, responsible particularly for the
periodic renewal of life. The later forms of her cult involved the
worship of a male deity, variously considered her son, lover, or both
(e.g., Adonis, Attis, and Osiris), whose death and resurrection
symbolized the regenerative powers of the earth. Although the Great
Mother was the dominant figure in ancient Middle Eastern religions,
she was also worshiped in Greece, Rome, and W Asia. In Phrygia and
Lydia she was known as Cybele; among the Babylonians and Assyrians she
was identified as Ishtar; in Syria and Palestine she appeared as
Astarte; among the Egyptians she was called Isis; in Greece she was
variously worshiped as Gaea, Hera, Rhea, Aphrodite, and Demeter; and
in Rome she was identified as Maia, Ops, Tellus, and Ceres. Even this
listing, however, is by no means complete. Many attributes of the
Virgin Mary make her the Christian equivalent of the Great Mother,
particularly in her great beneficence, in her double image as mother
and virgin, and in her son, who is God and who dies and is
are aspects of one Adhiparasakthi. Under whatever name and form, it is
Adhiparasakthi who is adored. Worship goes to She who dwells within. It is
ignorance to think that one form is superior to another. All forms are one and
the same. All are adoring the same Divine Mother. The differences are only due
to differences of name and due to the differences in the worshiper, but not in
the object of adoration. The real Adhiparasakthi or Allah or Jesus or Krishna
is in your own heart. She lives there forever. She is your Indweller. She is
your partner always. There is no friend like the Indweller (Antharayamin).
Resort to Her. Take Refuge in Her. Realize Her and be free.
people want to have contact with Avatars without being endowed with proper
qualifications. Even if an Avatar appears before you, you will not be able to
find him out. You don't have the eyes to see him as such. You will take him
for an ordinary man only... .
you are endowed with the four means of salvation; if you have Vairagya; if you
possess forgiveness and patience; if you have devotion, you can contact and
realize the Avatars and sages right this second. If you can serve humanity; if
you can obey; if you can be generous; if you can have endless devotion to the
Divine Mother, then you will have self-realization this very second and you
will contact Avatars, Adepts and Incarnations this very second. First deserve
and then desire.
beginning was The Mother.
As far back as 30,000 years ago, the people of the earth worshipped
a female deity. In cultures around the world, the Goddess has been
revered in myriad forms, in temple and grove, cathedral and cave.
She has been celebrated and venerated through ritual, myth, and art.
These pages serve as introduction to some of the 10,000 names of the
Goddess, and offer links to other web pages and resources where you
can find more information about Goddess spirituality and mythology.
The path of Goddess is not defined or laid down in dogma. It is a
living, daily connection with sacredness. There is literally no end
to the ways in which you can find and honor Goddess. The Goddess is
Gaia, the earth ... Ix Chel, the moon ... Arianrhod, the stars. She
is Oya, who brings the storms, and she is Mary, who calms them. She
is Nut, who births creation, and Kali, who destroys it. She is
maiden, mother, queen and crone. She is lover and spinster, warrior
and sibyl, nurturer and judge.
Once She has called your name,
you are Hers forever."
The Supreme Brahman, manifests Herself in order to protect the good because
they destroy unrighteousness and propagate righteousness. The good are those
who are naturally inclined towards the good of others, who remember and chant
the name, form, qualities and glories of Adhiparasakthi, the Divine Mother and
propagate them among people while depending on Her. He whose only aim is
realization of God is good while those who hanker after worldly pleasures and
property are not good.
who because of so many desires remain absorbed in vices such as falsehood,
fraud, deception, dishonesty, etc; who exploit the virtuous; who remain
engaged in doing evil to others; who don't know what ought to be done and what
ought not to be done; who always condemn God and the Scriptures; such persons
of demonic nature have been called wicked. The wicked propagate
unrighteousness and destroy righteousness so the Divine Mother Adhiparasakthi
manifests Herself for the destruction of such wicked people.
Avatar comes to this world with a particular mission which is the main
objective of the Avatar called Avatara Nokkam. The Avatar preaches many things
and waits for the time to fulfill the main objective. In the meantime other
things required for the fulfillment of the main objective are completed. Such
things as the training of various cadre of people to perform and complete the
main objectives are done step by step without overruling the Theory of Karma
as far as possible. During this period some of the minor objectives are also
carried out and completed. As soon as the main objective is completed the
Avatar goes back to the kingdom of God that is
Sukshma world, in the
and Occasion of Her Manifestation:.
The figure must have represented some
mythic personage so well-known to the period that the reference of
the elevated horn would have been as readily understood as, say, in
India, a lotus in the hand of the goddess Shri Lakshmi, or in the
West, a child at the breast of the Virgin. (Joseph Campbell, The
Way of the Animal Powers.)
and wherever there is decline in religious practice and a predominant rise of
irreligion, Adhiparasakthi descends Herself. When there is decline of
righteousness and a rise of unrighteousness, She manifests Herself for the
destruction of the wicked and the establishment of true righteousness. Thus,
if necessary, She manifests Herself in different forms at this time. However,
she manifests herself only as and when there is need for Her manifestation.
is a decline of righteousness from the Satya Yuga, or Golden Age, to
Treta Age, Dvapara Age and Kali Age respectively. In the Satya Age,
Dharma, or righteousness, flourishes. In Treta Age the decline begins and
becomes rapid in Dvapara Age. In Kali Age, the most evil of the ages,
unrighteousness or Adharma prevails. In this age the Godhead, the Divine
Mother, manifests Herself for the establishment of righteousness.
is descent of Divine Mother for the ascent of Man. As an Avatar, She puts on a
fleshly body out of Her own free will for the upliftment of mankind. She is
quite independent and has absolute control over Maya. Meanwhile, Jiva, men,
are slaves of Avidya, or Maya, so long as they have no self-realization. She
is completely free to act in many ways at Her will and has no obligation to
adhere to such rules and regulations. Therefore, She appears by Her own will
whenever there is irreligiousity and a disappearance of true religion. It is a
recognized fact that from time to time messengers and incarnations of the
Almighty Adhiparasakthi are born on earth to shed the light of righteousness
and dispel the darkness of evil and injustice.
harrassment of hard times upon an increasingly witless populace
hastens its moral and spiritual decline. People begin to slaughter
animals for food; they become more and more enslaved by drugs; they
lose all sexual restraint. These habits further their physical and
mental deterioration. Vyasa watches them sink deeper annd deeper
into sensuality and ignorance. Families break up, and women and
children are abandoned. Increasingly degraded generations, conceived
accidentally in lust and growing up wild, swarm over the earth.
Leadership falls into the hands unprincipled criminals who use their
power to loot the people. The world teems with ideologues,
mystagogues, fanatics, and spiritual bunko atrists who win huge
followings among a people dazed by social and moral anarchy.
Unspeakable depravities and atrocities flourish under a rhetoric of
It is interesting, by the way, that the Vedic date assigned to the
advent of Kali-yuga (c. 3000 BC) corresponds closely to the date set
by modern historians for the rise of civilized life, an event signaled
by the appearance of literacy and the emergence of complex urban societies.
All that historians recognize as recorded human history is, in fact,
only human history in Kali-yuga. The academic historians' ignorance
of the earlier and incalculably higher Vedic civilization is what we
have to expect from people suffering from the mental retardation
imposed by the times. We see symptoms of this intellectual
degradation of modern thinkers in their avowal that sense perception
is the only source of knowledge and in their obliviousness to the
dependence of knowledge upon goodness. Inverted values warp their
ideas, such as the conviction that human progress resides in the
proliferation of complex urban societies and increasingly
They are unaware that simple living is the best basis for high
thinking, and that a truly advanced civilization minimizes
exploitation of nature and social complexity. They do not know that
the real standard of progress is the caliber of the people it
produces. If we pursue material advancement at the expense of
self-realization, measuring our standard of living only by the
gratification of our senses, then we will only get a spiritually and
morally debilitated people in control of an intricate and powerful
technology—a terrifying combination that leads to horrors on a
scale we are just beginning to experience."
is the base on which the edifice of life is built and the Divine Mother takes
it as Her special mission to see that it does not decay. Whenever Dharma is
assailed, She incarnates to set an example to the world and remove the hurdles
in the path of Dharma or righteousness. Whenever there is a setback in Dharma
it becomes the primary concern of the Divine Mother to re-infuse and
revitalize the vigor into Dharma.
assuming birth, Divine Mother does not abrogate Her intrinsic nature of being
the birth less and deathless Mother of all existence. Her fundamental
infinitude of perfections undergoes no diminution the process of incarnation.
The form She assumes, the body in which She incarnates, is a particular
configuration of Her own radiant and transcendental form, untouched by Rajas
Tamas. It is material in so far as it transcends to the taints of terrestrial
matter. In time of crisis, for the moral regeneration of the world, the
grounds for Divine incarnation are not the necessity of Karma but free resolve
re-establishment of Dharma is accomplished in two ways. Firstly, the righteous
ones on earth who are languishing for want of direct communion with Divine
Mother, the object of their loving adoration, are granted the vision they long
for, by Divine Mother in Her incarnate form. They are thus rescued from their
spiritual affliction and sustained by the life-giving grace of Divine
Communion. Secondly, those who are evil and antagonistic to the call of the
Divine, are released through apparent destruction to get a new embodiment
favorable to their turning Divine. The essence of righteousness is love of
God, which is fostered by the self-revelation of God through the Avatar.
the righteous, innocent, weak, pious and spiritual people are exploited by the
unrighteous, cruel, strong, wicked and mundane people and when moral values
are lost and morality prevails: that state is the state of decline of
righteousness and the rise of unrighteousness. When there is a decline of
righteousness and a rise of unrighteousness, by God's order, saints come to
the earth and true strivers are revealed. They both work to reestablish
righteousness. Sometimes liberated souls, who have realized God, come to earth
as representatives of God to help the people attain salvation. Where there are
such strivers and saints, there is neither so much decline of righteousness,
nor so much rise of unrighteousness, as in other places where there are
neither strivers nor saints. When people don't follow the teachings of
strivers and saints, but start to kill them, leaving only a few righteous
persons to propagate righteousness, there is a decline in righteousness and
Adhiparasakthi, the Brahman, manifests Herself.
principles of religion are laid down in the Vedas and any discrepancy in the
matter of properly executing the rules of the Vedas makes one irreligious.
of Dharma or Righteousness:
A prehistoric cave
painting from Central India depicting The Mother as Goddess.
unrighteousness propagates due to the performance of actions with a selfish
motive and attachment to the unreal, the establishment of righteousness
consists of preaching and propagating the selfless performance of actions. The
Divine Mother Adhiparasakthi manifests Herself in order to propagate the
performance of selfless actions through Her deeds. When this sort of feeling
is propagated, righteousness is naturally established.
Divine Mother is the abode of Dharma, or righteousness, so She manifests
Herself in order to establish righteousness well. In fact, righteousness never
perishes. It only declines. Whenever there is a decline the Divine Mother
establish true Dharma and peace, She comes down as the World teacher. She
shows Maya bound Jivas the true path of Mukti, or liberation, by coming down
in a human body. Although She is on Earth in human form, She is not bound by
Maya. She thus embodies Herself in different bodies at different times but the
incarnations are not different. She is one. She only appears in different
forms out of necessity. She teaches man by appearing in a form that is
suitable for that particular time of Avathara.
has appeared in India many times and has taught us many things. That is why
India was and is the fountain of knowledge. In the past, whenever it was
necessary, she has lifted India, upholding her by Her hands of Dharma. It is
for this reason that even today in this downtrodden, oppressed and famine
stricken India so many heroic souls, righteous and enterprising, are taking
birth and guiding us. That is why our country has, even now, the true ideals
of Gnana and Bakthi compared to those in other countries.
Power and Capacity of an Avatar:
c.2500 BC, Harappa, terracotta.
Avatar as epoch maker functions as a perennial source of power and beneficence
for a whole epoch. An Avatar can transmit spirituality with a touch or even a
mere wish. By his look, wish, or touch, people are saved. The lowest and most
degraded characters become saints at the command of the Avatar. When an
incarnation comes, a tidal wave of spirituality breaks upon the world, and
people feel spirituality almost full in the air.
message, Gospel or Arulvakku, and power transcends age and time. People look
upon him as an eternal source of faith, hope, love, strength and inspiration.
The milk of Divine love streams and flows to us from the Avatar. The Avatar is
the meeting ground of personal and impersonal, of Divine and human. He is at
once individual and universal. The Avatar is the teacher of all teachers, the
highest manifestation of Divine Mother through a human form.
Avatar is a mighty person. He removes the veil of ignorance of thousands of
men and women and takes them to the land of eternal rest and bliss. The Avatar
is one with the Supreme. An Avatar is not like an ordinary individual soul.
The Avatar is the rays of Divine Mother Adhiparasakthi. When the work of the
Avatar is over, he disappears from the world.
has two manifestations. In one, She reflects through the universe and is
called Nature. The second manifestation is through the great Incarnations of
Adhiparasakthi that are the various Avatars such as Rama, Krishna, Buddha,
Christ, Mohammad, Chaitanya, Guru Nanak, Kabir, etc. These two manifestations
of Adhiparasakthi are: Karana Brahman
Like The Buddha as
Conqueror of Mara, this Buddhist altarpiece is an object for
contemplation and devotion and was meant to gain merit for its
donor. In Indian religious traditions, the divine is both masculine
and feminine. Some Buddhists placed emphasis on understanding how
wisdom (personified as female) when combined with compassion
(personified as male) leads to enlightenment. Thus understanding the
nature of wisdom is an important component of Buddhism. This
altarpiece, once housed in a Buddhist monastery, honors the female
aspect of the divine and was an offering to a female deity.
means cause. Karya means effect. Karya Brahman, also known as Hiranyagarbha,
is the creative aspect of Adhiparasakthi. Avatars descend from Karya Brahman.
There cannot be any descent of Avatar directly from Karana Brahman. Brahma,
Vishnu and Siva, the three Murtis, belong to the Karya Brahman aspects of
Adhiparasakthi. Brahma is the creative aspect; Vishnu is the preservative
aspect; and Siva is the destructive aspect. There is no polytheism in the
Hindu religion because polytheism means worship of more than one God and this
is not the case.
per the doctrines of our ancient Rishis of yore, there are sixteen rays or
sixteen digits or sixteen planes of manifestation or sixteen expanding Kalas
emanating from Adhiparasakthi, the Supreme Brahman. One ray is needed to
maintain the animal kingdom. Two rays maintain the animal kingdom and five to
eight rays are required for human beings. One can rise from savage to a higher
spiritual status only according to the number of rays. For Avatars, nine to
sixteen rays emanate from the Supreme Mother. Avatars are classified according
to the number of rays. The different kinds of Avatars are as follows:
Avatar means full Avatar, in whom all sixteen rays are present. Lord Krishna
was a Purna Avatar. There are also Amsa Avatars with partial incarnations. Sri
Sankaracharya was an Amsa Avatar. Lord Rama was a Lila Avatar with fourteen
rays. Ancient Rishis, modern philosophers, and theosophists mention seven
rays, twelve rays and so on when they describe the stage of spiritual
development of their Gurus, Spiritual Masters and Adepts.
Figurine of a Seated Goddess
Çatalhöyuk. Neolithic, first half of 6th mill. B.C. Baked
clay. Ankara, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
This figurine seated, with legs curled to left beneath body shows
that the central element of religion in the Neolithic Period was the
mother goddess. Her hands are placed on large pendulous breasts. Her
large belly rests on heavy thighs.
the Avatar requires secret details of past and future events, or any
clarification, the Avatar contacts Karana Brahman through ecstasy known as
Arul Nilai. The Avatar goes into the Nirvikalpa Samathi, the highest
superconscious state, and then comes back to the conscious state. This
superconscious state is the Thuria Nilai, or Fourth State. This is the state
in which the individual soul rests in his own Sat-Chit-Ananda Svarupa, the
highest Brahmic consciousness during Nirvikalpa Samathi. Only Jeevanmuktas or
sages can attain this state. The glory of the state of Thuria is ineffable.
Its splendor is indescribable. This is a very special form of occult trance
and the Avatars call it Yoga-Nidhrai, or "Temple Sleep." This is a
very special type of trance because the Avatar who has studied this under
temple conditions knows what he is doing and can throw himself deliberately
into the trance state as and when required. In this state he is under his own
control and cannot be obsessed by others.
is only an outline and there are a number of Divine requirements and steps in
attaining such a state. Please note that under the surveillance of Avatars we
can also attain such a state if we have the basic requirements of Bakthi,
Devotion, Purity of Mind, etc.
superconscious state is attained only in absolute samadhi and by cessation of
all bodily functions. Normally, there is no return from this state. A person
who goes into the superconscious state remains in that state for about
twenty-one days and then passes away. However, a few who are destined to teach
mankind return to the ordinary plane of consciousness by keeping a trace of
egoism, without which corporeal existence is impossible. The Avatars cherish a
few desires for the betterment of the world. By taking hold of this and
through the special divine grace of Adhiparasakthi, they come down from the
superconscious state to the conscious state.
are always conscious of their own divinity. They know it from the moment of
their birth. They assume human form and human limitations for a particular
period of time in order to teach us. In reality they are never limited. They
are ever free but appear to be limited to the eyes of ordinary human beings.
their very birth, the Avatars are knowers of Brahman, the Divine Mother. It
should be noted that there is no difference at all between Brahman and the
knower of Brahman, "He who knows the Brahman becomes the Brahman"
— Mundaka Upanisad. The Atman or Brahman cannot be known by the mind because
it is itself the knower. Therefore, man's relative knowledge reaches only up
to Avatars, who are always established in Atman or Brahman. The highest ideal
of Adhiparasakthi that the human mind can perceive or grasp is the Avatar.
Beyond this there is no relative knowledge. Such knowers of Adhiparasakthi or
Brahman are rarely born in the world and very few people can identify and
understand them. Attainment of knowledge of Adhiparasakthi is the highest
object of life. By deep devotion to the Avatars, who are world teachers, that
knowledge will manifest itself in time."
Shakti Spiritual Movement
flame seen to shine as divine:
What appears as reeds underwater is actually
Light emitting out of the Brahmarandhra (Kingdom of God) of a dozen Sahaja
Yogis, with vibrations flowing out from the rest during meditation. This is the
tenth chakra or Dsam Dwar (The Tenth Gate) through which kundalini may pass as
it ascends. "Its said to be located at the top of the cranium. When
kundalini pierces the Brahmarandhra, the yogi experiences a supernal
human flame exists in all Homo sapiens. Rare souls who have
witnessed this Light within themselves know that it
is of a Divine nature, one of the mysteries of our Inner
Reality. However, according to existing esoteric traditions,
to attain this ability requires a life of
single-minded dedication, prayer, meditation, austerities,
and isolation. Hundreds of thousands of monks, yogis,
kaballists, and sufis have tried for centuries and few
attained the higher state of consciousness required for the
sight of Light.
This human flame is the divine Light of God
Almighty! It is the Al Nur of Allah! It is the Paramjyoti of
Prabhu! It is far more brilliant than a hundred suns and yet
it does not hurt the eyes or cast any shadows. In fact it
gives no heat, as its rays are cool! This is the Eternal
Light that illuminates the entire Kingdom of the Spirit.
This is the Divine Light within all human beings. The
opening of the Sahasrara on 5th. May, 1970, by the Spirit of the Living
God enables all seekers to realize this
"The most magnetic of all religious symbols is the light, the light that
radiates everywhere within and without — the light that never was on
land or sea. Great mystics have realised the Peerless One in the form of
Light. Moses saw the burning bush and received the word of God. The
Upanishad seers saw It as Jothi Aham — the Splendour in the self.
In many a Devaram and Tiruvacagam, and the lyrics of
Tayumanavar and Ramalinga Swamigal, we have allusions to light as the
symbol of the formless God; and Light also indicates goals and the
radiance of Wisdom, as well as the illumination of Supreme Awareness.
Gleaming as the earth and all the spheres
Oh Thou expanse of matchless Effulgence!
In radiant forms of Light art Thou beheld
this flame has been witnessed by children of the Great Adi
Since Self-Realization the Light fascinated Kash. On
the very first day itself he had stood alone on the endless cover of
clouds, trying to understand where was this incredible, utterly peaceful
Shangri-La that he had stumbled upon. There was one distinguishing Reality
of this celestial landscape that held him spellbound — The Light!
It was shining high above at a distance he was unable to discern. Kash had kept gazing at it,
spellbound by its indescribable uniqueness and infinite luminosity. It was
an extremely bright globe, much brighter than many suns. In spite of its
dazzling brightness it never ever hurt the eyes. Since Kash had never seen
anything that bright he thought it must be the sun, but at a much closer
proximity. His father, finding no other logical explanation, also agreed.
After months of meditation it began to slowly
dawn that what Kash was seeing coul not possibly be the sun. But Kash
kept on insisting that it had to be as nothing he had seen on Earth shone
so bright. He just thought that he was seeing it from a much closer
In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by Him;
And without Him was not anything made that was made.
In Him was life; and the life was the Light of men.
And the Light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehend it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness,
To bear witness to the Light that all men through him might
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness to that
That was the true Light,
Which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Uncertainty came into his father inquisitive mind. He had this
peculiar habit of not believing anything unknown or speculative unless
proven beyond a shadow of reasonable doubt. The sun that his son was
seeing disturbed. Not only was it just above the Great Adi Shakti but it
did not emit heat!
But the lingering question was why was it visible only
at Her place and nowhere else in the Kingdom of the Almighty Creator? If
it was indeed the sun then it had to be seen at all the dwellings of
all the Immortal Messengers that Shri Mataji used to take Kash to.
On September 11, 1994, at 13:05 p.m., after reading the
word Shaibhang (Self-illumined) at the opening stanza of the Sri
Guru Granth Sahib, the consciousness of Self-Realization indicated that
there was more to this Truth than met the mind. If Guru Nanak had
described the Divine World of Reality to be Shaibhang,
or Self-Illumined, then the 'very bright Sun' that Kash spoke
about could not be true. If the Spirit of the Living God was the Ultimate
Reality (Al-Haqqah) then this 'Sun' at Her Abode was an
Moreover, Kash's extraordinary observation of this
'Sun' created more questions and doubts as he maintained that:
This 'Sun' is always behind Her at an angle but is not directly above,
that is, at about 45 degrees.
It did not rise and fall like the earthly sun. The 'Sun' above Shri
Mataji Nirmala Devi is fixed and stationary.
This 'Sun' illuminates the entire Supreme Abode of the Great Celestial
Mother. Every thing is seen very clearly and in fine detail, down to the
different hues of skin tone. (That is why Kash was absolutely sure that
Shri Jesus had a light brown skin, and wearing whitish gray clothes
stretched taut by the sheer size of His muscular body.)
Kash could not ascertain the exact size and distance of this 'Sun'
despite his numerous visits.
In spite of its intense brightness this 'Sun' emitted no heat. On the
contrary, Kash said that the rays are cool!
"One has to know on this point that you have got
the Light ... You have to give up all that is falsehood. If you are
fully enlightened you will give up automatically. You don't have to be
told. The Spirit automatically feels responsible that it has to give
Light. It has to tell that you please give Light, because it is Light.
Because it is Eternal Light nothing can kill it.
There is a sloka,
"It cannot be killed by anybody, nothing can destroy it. Even if you
want to suck it you cannot." It is such a powerful Light. You can
verify it whether it is eternal or not. You have to see for yourself you
have such a unique Light within you.
In the history of spirituality
of this world so many have got Realization — such a Light in them. How
could these stupid, flimsy, useless conditionings dominate you now, when
you are the carrier of Eternal Light."
Sri Sahasra-dala-padmastha Sri Nirmala Devi
Being The Light Of Pure Compassion
— Nov. 6, 1994
[528th]: Residing in the Thousand-Petaled
Then one day he astounded his father by claiming that
there are no shadows from the rays of this 'Sun'! In all his journeys Kash
never saw any shadow in the Kingdom of the Spirit. Though questioned many
times he maintained that this Sun does not produce any shadow, physical
properties that are ubiquitous in our universal sun. Kash was told by his
father to clarify this issue with Shri Viswamata Nirmala Devi. There was
something strange about this 'Sun' that Kash daily witnessed.
Kash meditated and the Divine Kundalini at the sacrum
bone took him up the Tree of Life into the Bridal Chamber. He burst
through the clouds and reached His Dominion. The Infinite Light shone ever
so brilliantly from above the Eternal Throne of the Great Mater Divinae
Gratiae (Mother of Divine Grace) as She sat in Bliss and Joy. Shri Lok
Mata met him and the question was put forward. The Great Primordial Guru
explained that it was not the sun that he was seeing but the Light. They
then meditated, after which Kash returned back to this hate-filled world
of Louis Farrakhans and Osama bin Ladins.
His Light exists within all human beings
— This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
His Light emits cool rays
— This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Light cast no shadows
— This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Spirit Beings living in the Kingdom of God have no shadows
— This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Their intention is to extinguish
Allah's Light with their mouths:
But Allah will complete (the
revelation of) His light,
Even though the Unbelievers may detest (it.)
surah 61:8 Al Saff (The Battle Array)
(Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, Amana Corporation, 1989
This Revelation of the Light is the Ultimate Truth of
all the Holy Scriptures. This Light has been announced by all His
Messengers. Since the dawn of civilization
highly evolved souls have been searching relentlessly for this Light. This
is the Light of Shri Krishna. This is the Light of Shri Jesus. This is the
Light of Shri Buddha. This is the Light of Allah, of Yahweh, of Brahman or
any other name that humans give to Him. God Almighty is Light!
These experiences of His Light are within.
This is the Reality of the Microcosm and the Macrocosm. We all live within
God and He lives within us as The Light.
will cause the earth to be stained with the blood of the
lone ones (monks),
Council of Orange in 529 and the Council of
Quierzy-sur-Olise in 853 asserted the official view:
"To those who are saved, salvation is a gift of God;
but those who perish are lost through their own fault."
That is it! The statement was to remain the position of the
Church: Man has not enough free will to overcome the
predestinated necessity of his doom. Of course when the
doctors and priests of the Council said "a gift of
God" they meant "a gift of the Church." They
also meant that Man is doomed unless and until the Church
(and not God) saves him. Once more a human institution was
pretending to represent the Divine realm in order to rule
the world one better. All the while the enquiry of the
seekers was discouraged."
quoted in H. Daniel Rops: The Church in the Seventeenth
Century. Trans J. Buckingham, London 1963, p. 341.)"
de Kalbermatten, The Advent, L.E.T. Publishers, 1979, p.
discovery and confirmation of the existence of this divine
Light within by children — ancient beings,
liberated souls arriving from the Spiritual Kingdom of the Almighty Creator — will
shake the very foundations of the patriarchal Church
(Synagogue, Mosque, Temple, Gurdwara) and their guardians:
the priests, monks, bishops, deacons, popes (and lamas,
monks, swamis, acaryas, brahmins, pandits, ulema, shaikhs,
muftis, mullahs, clerics, imams, rabbis and others.) How is
it possible for ordinary children — devoid of religious
indoctrination or multimillion mantra milestones — able to
reach the Kingdom of God by just meditating
on the Great Divine Mother when none of their most
enlightened religious prisoner in the entire history been able to achieve such a feat? How is
it plausible that billions have been unable to see the Light
that all Holy Scriptures insist exists within all
humans? Why are ordinary Self-realized children not only
witnessing this Divine Light but also revealing the Kingdom of
the Spirit for the very first time?
ruling religious class will all be slain by the sword of
Truth and slowly bleed to a spiritual death, unable to
provide proof that they are the gatekeepers to the Kingdom
of Heaven. They will be the lone ones who will be abandoned
in this century. Yet they will continue with falsehood
and lead the Armies of Apocalypse. These fake preachers will
continue their lucrative trade of harvesting souls, promising to ferry
their religious fanatics to their choice plots in heaven.
During the Resurrection Earth will be tainted with the
spiritual death of hundreds of millions who will deny
revealed Truth. They will never reach the Kingdom of God.
you become the Spirit that you become so powerful that
nothing dominates you. Nothing dominates you. There is no
habit that can dominate you. No temptation can dominate you
and you become very powerful, But at the same time you are
extremely compassionate, you are extremely kind. So it is a
very compassionate Power that you develop of the Spirit and
you become a new personality, a wonderful personality ...
Freedom is no license but Freedom which is absolutely not
curbing anybody's freedom nor is giving you any bondage.
It is something so great it should happen to all of
Nitya-trpta Shri Nirmala Devi
to destroy the holy temples for the impure ones.
impure ones are the followers of these
corrupted houses of worship. They are particularly called impure
because for all their professed righteousness and salvation
claims, they are spiritually unclean to enter the Kingdom of
the Almighty Creator. Despite centuries of praying,
prostrating, weeping and wailing in their corrupted houses
of worship the
collective consciousness of their followers has
progressively sunk deeper and deeper into greed, avarice,
covetousness, materialism, gluttony, pride, arrogance,
disdain, insolence, egoism, self-centeredness, anger,
falsehood, untruth, lying, lust, cheating, swindling,
deception, jealousy, gossip, intolerance, swearing, racism,
hate, revenge, immorality, depravity, licentiousness,
lewdness, vice, iniquity, debauchery, incest, abuse,
addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, violence, killing,
murder, slaughter, conflict, ungodliness, profanity,
desecration, blasphemy, impiety, defilement, heresy, and
what criteria do they have to confirm their professed
purity? Do they honestly believe their herd is qualified for
grazing in paradise? Are they cleansed of all the above-mentioned human
defects? Are they able to receive each and every messenger
of God? Are they able to belief each and
every Holy Book of Allah? Are they able to accept the Holy
Spirit as the feminine aspect of SadaShiva? What Knowledge
of the Spirit has their religious regimes bestowed on them?
Why are they trapped in tunnel visions of Reality? Why are
they so engaged in this microscopic material world and
unable to grasp the infinite universe? What Knowledge or
Powers of the self-reproaching Spirit do they really
confirmation of this flame within by ordinary
children, a feat unparalleled in religious history, will
begin the destruction of all holy temples, the
Idols of Worship — churches, mosques, synagogues, temples,
shrines and gurdwaras. Nostradamus predicts that something
is going to annihilate all religious regimes because as long
as they exist they will never free their captives. This
prophesied downfall of all religious regimes will take place by first
rendering them devoid of salvation! Those children born in
this Millennium of Light will flee from them like bats out
of hell, and their parents not far behind! May this century
bear witness to this Truth.
"Who is the Antichrist? They're describing he is the
Antichrist, that fellow is the Antichrist. That's not the
thing. There's an Antichrist within us who accepts
all these things which are against the purity and Love of
All such religions have to finish. They have to go now. It's
too much. You cannot support them. They are so much full of
anti-religious temperament that you cannot just bear them.
It's better to finish Islam, Hinduism, Christianity,
Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, all isms, one after another.
religion did Christ belong. I don't know ... You don't belong to any
other religion because there is no reason in that. So by the year 2000 I hope
all these religions will run away from this Earth. All of them fighting for
nothing at all, killing each other for nothing at all. They want, they want to
fight, they like to fight. Why blame Koran? Why blame Bible? Why blame anyone?
They want to fight. They are of divisive nature."
Vayovastha-vivarjita Shri Nirmala Devi
Give Up Your Antichrist Behavior,
Christmas Puja, Ganapatipule, India — December 25, 1996
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"Any evolutionary vision reflects the mystery of
the unknown, and no one can forsee the splendor of the human
potential as it unfolds. Are we to become superintellectual
creators and achievers free to avoid moral responsibility to
secure our ends? Or are we to learn that conscience is not
free at all but is rather a reverberation of a divine ethic
to which we are forever bound? If the latter, then the
unlocking of our human potentials in science, art, and the
humanities may depend on retraining our insatiable desire
for evermore sweepings forward drives of human intellect
largely dissociated from moral issues....
a spiritual awakening emerges, as now, out of the
omnipresent darkness of moral imperfection, religions may
need to portray the human divine relation in terms of the
evolution of universal moral enlightenment. In paradise the
tree of knowledge was solely concerned with good and evil,
and to taste it was to become godlike. We in the twentieth
century certainly bear no resemblance to gods who can do no
wrong, but spiritual wisdom perhaps more ancient than
Biblical story is said to reveal that we are indeed to
become more godlike because the whole of humankind is on an
evolutionary pilgrimage back toward the spiritual Source of
all things. When we perceive this Source as the transcendent
Good, we will know that our further evolution depends upon
fuller participation in Earthly goodness. If every human
being is destined to return to the Source, everyone has at
his or her disposal a long succession of Earthly lives whose
trials and tribulations, successes, errors, and omissions
all serve as necessary learning experiences in the
understanding of virtue. Retaining its cumulative spiritual
insight after the death of the body, the immortal part of
each individual thus possesses at each incarnation
increasing knowledge of the interaction of divine Good and
Earthly good — and all human endeavor gradually becomes
limited and sustained by righteousness.
this view it is an illusion to expect that the further
realization of human potential will mean increasing freedom
from all restraint. Only in the short term do we have the
freedom to be morally apathetic or ignorant and to conduct
our lives accordingly, but as higher beings, such freedom
will be denied us. In awareness thereof we have no choice
but to try to conform in our successive lives to an evermore
perfect alignment with the divine ethic. Spiritual
determinism, interacting with absolute moral law, restricts
our evolutionary freedom most mightily.
this new era let us, then, rid ourselves of secular
misconceptions about the increasingly free unfolding of the
human potential, accept the spiritual inevitability of our
moral self-transcendence, and redefine the human race as
evolving beings slowly but surely becoming more godlike
because of our sacred Source and the latent divinity within
Human Freedom and the New Era
Roberts, Ph.D., is the author of The Scientific
Conscience and Science, Animals and Evolution, as well
as numerous essays, articles, and reviews concerning the
ethics of bioscientific advance from a spiritual and
evolutionary perspective. With her death in April 1993, the
animal rights movement has lost one of its most spiritually
oriented and passionate spokespersons. Source: Georg and
Trisha Lamb Feuerstein, Voices on the Threshold of
Tomorrow, The Theosophical Publishing House, Quest
Books, 1993, p. 265-66.)
Saktas worship the Universal Energy as Mother; it is
the sweetest name they know. The Mother is the highest
ideal of womanhood in India. When God is worshiped as
mother, the Hindus call such worship the "right
hand" way, and it leads to spirituality but never
to material prosperity. When God is worshipped in His
terrible aspect, that is, in the "left hand"
way it leads usually to great material prosperity but
rarely to spirituality; and eventually it leads to
degeneration and the obliteration of the race that
Mother is the first manifestation of power and is
considered a higher idea than father. The name of
mother brings the idea of sakti, Divine energy and
omnipotence, the baby believes its mother to be
all-powerful, to be able to do anything. The Divine
Mother is the Kundalini sleeping in us; without
worshipping Her we can never know ourselves. All
merciful, all powerful, omnipresent - these are
attributes of the Divine Mother. She is the sum total
of the energy in the Universe. Every manifestation of
power in the universe is Mother. She is Life, She is
Intelligence, She is Love. She is in the universe, yet
separate from it. She is a person, and can be seen and
known- as Sri Ramakrishna saw and knew Her.
Established in the idea of Mother, we can do anything.
She quickly answers prayer.
She can show Herself to us in any form at any moment.
The Divine Mother can have form (Rupa) and name (Nama),
or name without form; and as we worship Her in these
various aspects, we can rise to Pure Being, having
neither form nor name.
The sum-total of all cells in an organism is one
person; each soul is like one cell, and the sum of
them is God. And beyond that is the Absolute. The sea
calm is the Absolute; the same sea in Waves is the
Divine Mother. She is time, space and causation.
Mother is the same as Brahman and has two natures; the
conditioned and the unconditioned. As the former She
is God, nature and soul- the triangle of existence.
This is the Visishtadvaita idea.
A bit of Mother, a drop, was Krishna; another Buddha;
another was Christ. The worship of even one spark of
Mother in our earthly mother leads to greatness.
Worship Her if you want love and wisdom."
Inspired Talks, Wednesday, July 2, 1895
"If God did not exist, said Voltaire, it would be
necessary to invent him. Elsewhere he rounded out his
statement by saying: "If God made us in His
image, we have certainly returned the
compliment." This echoes an insight, expressed
already by some ancient Greek skeptics, that our gods
look suspiciously like ourselves.
Clearly, there is some truth to this statement, as
anyone who has even a smattering of comparative
religion knows. Yet it does not by any means convey
the whole truth. Materialism would have us believe
that our economic or social experience shapes, if not
predetermines, how we think about ultimate things.
According to materialist dogma, metaphysics is the
product not of spiritual realizations, mystical
intuitions, and high intellectual considerations, but
of rather mundane factors, such as whether we are
hungry, smothered in wealth, or troubled by a
The truth, it would seem, lies somewhere between the
two extremes of materialist reductionism and
reductionistic spirituality. In light of this, how
should we look upon the age-old tradition that speaks
of a divine feminine principle—the Goddess, or
For psychologists, the feminine Divine is a powerful
archetype innate to the collective unconscious, though
there is no unanimous opinion about precisely how that
potent image was generated and how it is transmitted
across cultures and eras.
For the average intellectual, thoroughly steeped in
the humanist ethos of our age, the issue is not one of
metaphysics or metapsychology, but of misguided
knowledge, or delusion, passed from one generation of
believers to the next. For "Death of God"
theologians, the Goddess is as much a projection as
has been the patriarchal God of Deism. This summary
dismissal is vehemently contested by those for whom
the feminine Divine is not an abstract concept but a
living reality—those many who contact Her in their
prayers, find solace in Her, and even unite with Her
in mystical attunement.
Until a few years ago, I skirted this whole
philosophical issue, and wrote about the feminine
cosmic principle in purely abstract terms as a
metaphysical construct that is as plausible as most
others. As an ex-Lutheran (with only a lukewarm
religious upbringing) I had never been exposed to the
Marian doctrine, which looms large in Catholicism. My
intellectual encounter with the divine female was by
and large confined to the Shiva-Shakti doctrine of
Hinduism. Here Shakti is the feminine pole of the
divine reality, whereas Shiva represents the masculine
aspect of the same ultimate being, manifesting in the
form of particular Gods (deva) and Goddesses (devi)
as stepped-down versions of that all-comprehensive
Feuerstein, The Divine Mother, A
Philisophical and Personal Quest
of the Goddess
An Interview with Z.
by Susan Bridle
This issue of What Is Enlightenment? would be
incomplete without considering the women's
spirituality movement and the contemporary pagan and
Goddess religions with which it is closely aligned.
Modern paganism, loosely based on prepatriarchal Old
European myths and traditions, is one of the fastest
growing religions in the United States today. It
attracts both men and women who feel suffocated by
Christianity and who want an alternative to the
patriarchal values of domination which have proven so
destructive to our planet's ecology and to many of the
world's peoples. Worship of nature and a Goddess or
"Great Mother" figure are often associated
with pagan practices and rituals, and many women's
groups have formed in recent years to celebrate a
female deity and to create a new religious culture
that empowers women.
Zsuzsanna Budapest, better known as "Z," is
a passionately committed feminist who sees Goddess
religion as a crucial ideological and psychological
support to the work of feminism. She is considered to
be one of the founding mothers of the women's
spirituality movement, and coined the term
"What is the Importance of the
In predominant Western religions the Divine is
worshiped as Father but not as Mother. This heavenly
Father is often portrayed as a stern, angry or jealous
God, a strict judge and giver of punishment to those
of his children who violate his seemingly arbitrary
laws. Protestant Christianity and Islam have banished
the Divine Mother from their religions. Catholic and
Greek Orthodox Christianity have accepted the feminine
as The Mother of Jesus, not as God in her own right,
though it appears that devotion to the Madonna has
been the strongest living mystical force within
Sanatana Dharma as a universal tradition recognizes
the importance of the Divine Mother. According to
Hinduism the deepest relationship that we can have
with God is that of The Mother. No human relationship
is closer than that of The Mother and child. It best
mirrors our relationship with God. India itself is
looked upon as The Mother. The Hindu religion itself
is regarded as a mother and its teachings are her
In the modern world wherein we are recognizing the
equality of the sexes we can no longer reject the
feminine aspect of Divinity. The rejection of the
feminine aspect of the Divine - which includes loving
kindness, tolerance and caring nurturence - has led to
much of the religious animosity and holy wars which
have devastated humanity over the last two thousand
What religion has aggressively promoted a belief in
the Divine Mother? What form of religious
fundamentalism or exclusivism has ever been made in
the name of the Goddess? Who could ever kill people in
the name of a God named Mother? What Mother would
condemn her own children as sinners, however much they
may have fallen? Who could say: "Believe in
the Divine Mother or you must go to hell?"
Not surprisingly Hinduism, the world's major religion
that has honored the Goddess, has seldom promoted
religious hostility, and has never created such ideas
as eternal damnation.
The female is the form aspect of the Divine. Woman
represents the Divine embodied. Her worship requires
the creation of appropriate forms in which to revere
her. We must once again create images of the Divine
Mother to allow her healing grace, which is essential
for world peace, to descend. Without acknowledging the
forms of the Divine Mother our religions must be
imbalanced and lead to various excesses in human
David Frawley, Hinduism
to the Hindu view, the entrance of God into the strife
of the universe is not a unique astounding entrance of
the transcendental essence into the welter of mundane
affairs (as Christianity, where the Incarnation is
regarded as a singular and supreme sacrifice, never to
be repeated), but a rhythmical event, conforming to
the beat of the world ages. The savior descends as a
counterweight to the forces of evil during the course
of every cyclic decline of mundane affairs, and his
work is accomplished in a spirit of imperturbable
indifference. The periodic incarnation of the Holy
Power is a sort of solemn leitmotiv in the
interminable opera of the cosmic process, resounding
from time to time like a majestic flourish of
celestial trumpets, to silence the disharmonies and to
state again the triumphant themes of the moral order .
The descent is represented in Indian mythology as the
sending forth of a minute particle (amsa) of the
infinite supramundane essence of Godhead — that
essence itself suffering thereby no diminution; for
the putting forth of a savior, the putting forth even
of the mirage of the universe, no more diminishes the
plenitude of the transcendent and finally unmanifested
Brahman than the putting forth of a dream diminishes
the substance of our own unconsciousness."
"The later patriarchal religions and
mythologies," wrote Erich Neumann in a richly
documented study, The Great Mother, "have
accustomed us to look upon the male god as a creator .
. . But the original, overlaid stratum knows of a
female creative being." Neumann assumes for the
whole region of the Mediterranean a universally
adopted religion of the Great Mother goddess around
4000 B.C.E., which was revived around 2000 B.C.E. and spread
through the whole of the then known world. In this
religion the Great Goddess was worshipped as creator,
as Lady of men, beasts, and plants, as liberator and
as as symbol of transcendent spiritual transformation.
The Indus civilization also belongs to that tradition
in which the cult of the Great Goddess was prominent.
Numerous terracotta figurines have been found:
images of The Mother Goddess of the same kind that are
still worshipped in Indian villages today....
The connections between Saktism, Mohenjo-Daro
civilization, and Mediterranean fertility cults seem
to be preserved even in the name of the Great Mother:
"Uma for her peculiar name, her association with
a mountain and her mount, a lion, seems to be
originally the same as the Babylonian Ummu or Umma,
the Arcadian Ummi, the Dravidian Umma, and the
Skythian Ommo, which are all mother goddesses."
The name Durga seems to be traceable to Truqas, a
diety mentioned in the Lydian inscriptions of Asia
Minor. There is a common mythology of this Great
Mother: she was the first being in existence, a
Virgin. Spontaneously she conceived a son, who became
her consort in divinity. With her son-consort she
became mother of the gods and all life. Therefore we
find the Goddess being worshipped both as Virgin and
K. Klostermaier, Hinduism: A Short History, Oneworld
Pub., 2000, p. 188-9
question remains as to whether some kind of spiritual
evolution is in progress, whether large amounts of
people gradually taking up meditation and other forms
of inner practice will create a critical mass of
global enlightenment, or whether we will continue in
what could be called the Brazilian rain forest mode.
In the past, this theory goes, a small number of
mystics, ascetics, monastics, wandering mendicants,
and other followers of the Perennial Philosophy were
capable of providing the spiritual oxygen that helped
the rest of the world to breathe and that sustained
the mainstream practice of religion with all its
surface anomalies. These days it seems increasingly
questionable whether this approach will be sufficient
to redeem a crippled planet; on the whole, the
evolutionary theory makes more sense. But how long
will it take? The Bolivian visionary Oscar Ichazo said
some years ago, "In the past eras the mystical
trip was an individual matter, or at least a matter of
small groups, but no longer. This is what is new in
human history. Everybody can now achieve a higher
degree of consciousness... . The vision of humanity
as one enormous family, one objective tribe, may once
have been utopian. Now it is a practical
Occhiogrosso, The Joy of Sects
Great Mother Goddess, in ancient Middle Eastern
religions, mother goddess, the great symbol of the
earth's fertility. She was worshipped under many names
and attributes. Similar figures have been known in
every part of the world. Essentially she was
represented as the creative force in all nature, the
mother of all things, responsible particularly for the
periodic renewal of life. The later forms of her cult
involved the worship of a male deity, variously
considered her son, lover, or both (e.g., Adonis,
Attis, and Osiris), whose death and resurrection
symbolized the regenerative powers of the earth (see fertility
rites). Although the Great Mother was the dominant
figure in ancient Middle Eastern religions, she was
also worshiped in Greece, Rome, and W Asia. In Phrygia
and Lydia she was known as Cybele; among the
Babylonians and Assyrians she was identified as Ishtar;
in Syria and Palestine she appeared as Astarte; among
the Egyptians she was called Isis; in Greece she was
variously worshiped as Gaea, Hera, Rhea, Aphrodite,
and Demeter; and in Rome she was identified as Maia,
Ops, Tellus, and Ceres. Even this listing, however, is
by no means complete. Many attributes of the Virgin
Mary make her the Christian equivalent of the Great
Mother, particularly in her great beneficence, in her
double image as mother and virgin, and in her son, who
is God and who dies and is resurrected.”
worship of a mother goddess as the source of life and
fertility has prehistoric roots, but the
transformation of that deity into a Great goddess of
cosmic powers was achieved with the composition of the
Devi Mahatmya (Glory of the goddess), a text of the
fifth to sixth century, when worship of the female
principle took on dramatic new dimensions. The goddess
is not only the mysterious source of life, she is the
very soil, all-creating and all consuming.
Kali makes her 'official' debut in the Devi-Mahatmya,
where she is said to have emanated from the brow of
Goddess Durga (slayer of demons) during one of the
battles between the divine and anti-divine forces.
Etymologically Durga's name means "Beyond
Reach". She is thus an echo of the woman
warrior's fierce virginal autonomy. In this context
Kali is considered the 'forceful' form of the great
of The Mother Goddess is probably the most widely
known and most widely envisioned in most cultures.
Because the Earth nourishes and replenishes us, most
goddess cultures did pay reverence to the Earth as the
Mother, and therefore the Goddesses that are most
prominent and about whom stories are most prolific are
the goddesses that are the representation of the
She is, in virtually every aspect, a divine or
celestial representation of our earthly mothers.
Everyone has an earthly mother, or at least did at one
point, so we readily understand the relationship
between mother and child. The Mother is the protector,
the care-giver, the kisser of wounds, and the
disciplinarian. The Divine Mother is no different.
Many of the most ancient goddess figures that
archeology has uncovered are goddesses depicted as
round, pregnant women. They feature large breasts and
full, meaty hips. Some archeologists (patriarchal,
close minded fellows, to be sure) have written these
goddess figures off as nothing more than prehistoric
"porn" figures. However, the generally
accepted opinion is that these figures, found in such
places as France, modern day Turkey, and Egypt, are
actually representations of a mother goddess. There is
some speculation that perhaps these figures are not
goddesses at all, but rather figures used in fertility
rites to enable women to conceive children. This too
is a possibility, but when combined with other
information that we have (such as other evidence of
prehistoric goddess worship, and the fact that the
connection between sex and pregnancy was not made
until much later than the dates associated with these
figures) leads most scholars to believe that these
statues are indeed goddess representations....
Like earthly mothers, the Goddess is fiercely
protective of her children, and in order to provide
that protection she will often don the face of the
warrior. The Warrior Goddess most probably gained
popularity among people who had begun to adopt a more
patriarchal (or at least patrifocal) structure. It
might be presumptuous to say that matrifocal cultures
were not particularly warlike, but it is safe to say
that patriarchal cultures were more so. In either
case, the warrior Goddess did become popular. In this
aspect she is Amazon, fierce and strong, and able to
take on any man to protect what needs protection."
second aspect of the Goddess
is that of Mother. As previously stated among her
names by which she is called are the Great Mother and
Mother Nature which signifies her worshipers believe
her to be The Mother, creator and life-giver to all of
nature and to every thing within.
This at first may seem confusing to many within the
Christian Age where the Father God is claimed to be
the creator. What many are not aware of, but more are
becoming so, is that the world passed through a
matriarchal age before the present patriarchal one.
There is amble archaeological, historical and
anthropological evidence of this. The previously
mentioned findings of numerous female figurines and
drawings in many locations supports the fact that
during such ancient times the female was very honored.
The depictions self-fertilization and women giving
birth states the Goddess has been very honored for
In The Sacred Book one reads:
...(She is)...the image of the invisible, virginal,
perfect spirit... She became
The Mother of everything, for she existed before them
all, The Mother-father [matropater]...
In the Gospel to the Hebrews, Jesus speaks of
"my Mother, the Spirit." Again, in the Gospel
of Thomas "Jesus contrasts his earthly
parents, Mary and Joseph, with his divine Father—the
Father of Truth—and his divine Mother, the Holy
Spirit." And, in the Gospel of Philip,
"whoever becomes a Christian gains 'both father
and mother' for the Spirit (rurah) is 'Mother
of many.' ...
Many men have expressed the need to return to the
Goddess, indicating that this is not only a woman's
search or desire. "English therapist John Rowan
believes that every man in Western culture also needs
this vital connection to the vital female principle in
nature and urges men to turn to the Goddess. In this
way men will be able to relate to human women on more
equal terms, not fearful of resentful of female power.
Perhaps this is how it was in prehistoric times when
men and women coexisted peacefully under the hegemony
of the Goddess."
To many men in Neo-paganism and witchcraft sexism
seems absurd and trifling. If all men were honest they
would admit that they would not be here if it were not
for their biological mothers. Sexism immediately
disappears when this fact is agreed to. All human
beings are sexual, and sexuality propagated, although
at times it would seem the Christian Church would have
liked to dismiss this fact completely. But, the fact
cannot be dismissed because, again, according to Jung
this biological fact is also imprinted as the
archetypes of anima and animus upon the human
unconscious. They represent the feminine side of man
and the masculine side of woman. As behavioral
regulators they as most important; for with out them
men and women could not coexist. When the two
unconscious elements are balanced harmony exists, but
when there is an unbalanced over masculinity or
femininity is exerted."
Archetypal Mother/the Great Goddess still holds a
prime place in the collective Hindu psyche as well as
in Hindu rituals; a phenomenon, more obviously
ascribable to the Harappan than to the Vedic cultural
traits. There is also enough corroborative evidence to
surmise that women did enjoy high social esteem in the
capacity of priestesses and high priestesses (Atre
The decline of the Harappan Civilization left the
Harappan people scattered over a large area of the
Indian subcontinent with a gradually fading identity
and we have no way to measure the traces they might
have left of their socio-religious life. These
elements did not totally disappear. On the contrary,
they are thought to have been subtly modified and
synthesized to suit the Brahmanic pattern, which are
represented by some of the prominent traits in the
cultic practices of various gods and goddesses
belonging to many Hindu sects.
The same elements in their pristine form can also be
observed to be present in the practices associated
with folk cults within the fold of Hinduism as well as
non-Hindu tribal cults. These cults are centered
mainly around the regional or village deities of
tutelary nature. The examples are far too many and
obvious to be enumerated here. The religiosity infused
in the ritualistic scenario therein is far removed
from the religion of the Rigveda."
goddess It is believed that the foremost amongst the
Sindhu pantheons was The Mother Goddess. A large
number of terracotta female figures found in the sites
represent Mother Goddess. Some historians are of the
view that the range of the cult of The Mother Goddess
once extended from Indus to Nile. Because a number of
such figures have also been recovered from Kulli
culture in South Baluchistan and Zhob Valley in the
North. According to Sir John Marshall, "in no
country the worship of the divine mother is so deep
rooted and universal as in Bharat, where she became
the prototype of the cosmic energy. (prakriti) and the
counter part of the cosmic soul (purusha)
Critics point out that the idea of The Mother Goddess
or Earth Goddess was well known to Vedic Aryans. To
begin with it appears in the form of Prithvi but later
on it is called Aditi, Prakriti, Durga, Gauri etc."
worship is among the original forms of human religious
expression, and it is re-arising today among modern
women and men who understand the importance of the
feminine in symbol and reality. Thomas Cleary and
Sartaz Aziz show how the divine feminine has never
really disappeared from religion—in spite of its
suppression by patriarchal culture. Whether
conceptualized as divine person, saint, mythic figure,
archetype, or abstract principle, the Divine Feminine
inevitably arises, manifesting in hidden ways, as well
as obvious ones. Some examples:
Hinduism: Source of literally thousands of goddesses,
including Devi, Maya, and Kali.
Taoism: Characterized by the importance of the
feminine yang principle (counterpart to the
masculine yin) and by reverence for the
Buddhism: Where the feminine is found in the supreme
symbols of compassion, perfect intuition, absolute
truth: the Bodhisattva Kuan-yin, or Kannon.
Sufism: In which an inner tradition of feminine
spirituality and reverence for women was preserved
within the outwardly male-centered Islamic milieu."
name literally means "Beyond Reach". This is
an echo of the woman warrior's fierce, virginal
autonomy. In fact many of the figures associated with
her are officially virgin. This is not meant in the
limiting sense understood by the patriarchal order,
but rather in Esther Harding's sense: she is
"one-in-herself", or as Nor Hall puts it,
"Belonging-to-no-man". As Harding further
observed of 'The Virgin Goddess': 'Her divine power
does not depend on her relation to a husband-god, and
thus her actions are not dependent on the need to
conciliate such a one or to accord with his qualities
and attitudes. For she bears her identity through her
The disappearance of Durga from the battlefield after
the victory over aggression expressed one of the
deepest truths of the episode, for the feminine action
in the cosmic drama is without retentive, ego-seeking
Indeed The Mother Goddess, it is believed, controls
the fate of all. But even though she makes her
appearance when the male deities conglomerate their
respective energies, she is, in fact, not 'created' by
them. All her incarnations are the result of her will
to be in the world for the benefit of mankind; she
chooses when and how to effect her lilas (play of the
Goddess in the world)."
should be remembered that the gods/goddess of Vedic
myths and hymns, like those in Homeric Greece
represented a superhuman/cosmic order, and were the
recipients of prayers, rituals, and sacrifices. (21)
In India, however, the notion of the gods/goddess as
separate and different deities representing the
manifold aspects of the universe developed into an
understanding of the one deity that subsumed the
various aspects of polytheistic deities into a
comprehensive unity. The personification of Justice as
a separate deity does not exist in early Vedic
mythology. Justice is seen as a function within the
role and symbolism of the Great Mother traditions.
The early pre-history of India corresponds in many
ways with that of ancient Greece, where, again, the
Aryans ("the people of sky") invaded the
early matriarchal gynocentric culture of the
Dravidians which can be traced back as early as 3,000
B.C. Here we can see the similarities in terms of
their matriarchal beliefs and rituals in their
Paleolithic caves and mounds. The earliest Great
Mother cults of Asia were earth-centered, focusing on
fertility and life-giving energy. Their rituals
included celebrations of nature and the offering of
plants and herbs to the source of creation. With the
conquest of the Aryans, the religious focus shifted
from that which was immanent in nature to the
transcendent sky gods with rituals involving fire and
smoke. The early Goddess religions attempted to
assimilate the patriarchal gods into their culture
and, for some time after the initial invasion, the
Goddess was worshipped as one of the primary deities.
Yet, as was the situation in ancient Greece, this
adaptation soon gave way to the superimposition of
patriarchal gods and conception of Brahman as ultimate
means "creative energy," and Shăktism
means "Doctrine of the Creative Energy."
Shăktism venerates the Ultimate Reality as the Divine
Mother-Shakti or Devi-of the universe.
Archeologists have recovered thousands of female
statuettes at the Mehrgarh village in India, which
indicate that Shakti worship existed in India as far
back as 5500 BCE. There are references to the female
deities in the Rig Veda, including a popular Hymn to
the Divine Mother (Devî-sűkta, X.125), which holds
special sanctity to Hindus in general and Shăktas
(the followers of Shăktism) in particular.
Shăktism visualizes the Ultimate Reality as having
two aspects, transcendent and immanent. Shiva is the
transcendent aspect, the supreme cosmic consciousness,
and Shakti is the supreme creative energy. Shiva and
Shakti are God and God's creative energy inseparably
connected. Metaphorically, Shiva and Shakti are an
inseparable divine couple, representing the male and
female principle in creation.
Shăktism greatly resembles Shaivism, but Shiva is
considered solely transcendent and is not worshipped.
Like Shaivism, the goal of Shăktism is to unite with
Shiva. Such unity is possible only with the grace of
the Divine Mother, Who unfolds as icchă shakti
(the power of desire, will and love), kriyă shakti
(the power of action), and j—ană shakti (the power
of knowledge and wisdom). According to the Tantra
philosophy, the spiritual center at the crown of the
head (sahasrăra chakra) is the abode of Shiva.
Likewise, the spiritual center at the base of the
spine (műlădhăra) is the abode of shakti.
Normally shakti is latent in the műlădhăra.
Through a spiritual discipline, shakti is awakened and
it rises through the spine and unites with Shiva in
the sahasrăra. When this energy transformation
occurs, the individual attains cosmic consciousness
and is said to have realized the Self.
within Shăktism, Shiva is the unmanifest Absolute and
Shakti is the Divine Mother of the manifest creation.
The Divine Mother is worshipped in both the fierce and
benign forms. The fierce forms of Goddess include
Kălî, Durgă, Chandî, Chamundî, Bhadrakălî and
Bhairavî. The benign forms of Goddess include Umă,
Gaurî, Ambikă, Părvatî, Maheshvarî, Lalită,
Lakshmî, Saraswatî and Annapűrnă."
"Since this primordial power of the ultimate
is the creatrix of everything we experience, She is
worshipped as Mother from time immemorial. In fact
Sakti worship in India is as old as man...
In Vedic times mother goddess was worshipped as Usus
and Aranyani in Rgveda and as Sri Gayatri in Yajurveda
and Durga in other Vedas and in Upanishads as Uma and
Hymavathi... . The epic Ramayana of Valmiki has said
to be embedded in it Sri Gayatri of 24 letters in the
24 thousand verses of the epic. In Puranas, Samhitas,
Agamas and in the Tantras She was worshipped as Lalita,
Sri Mahakali, Sri Tripura Sundari and Sri Raja
Rajeswari. Thus from the pre-historic times (2000 BC)
up to date there is an unbroken tradition of the
Godhead being worshipped as Mother for more than 4500
years. Even today it is rare to find a Hindu home
where She is not worshipped as Sri Durga, Laxmi, Kali,
or Saraswati or at least as a Gramadevata, that is, a
small village deity....
She is worshipped with the object of reaching and
realising higher and higher levels of consciousness
and knowledge with the offerings of flowers, milk,
honey and fruits. She is Mahasaraswati aspect of Sakti
who by presenting to the Sadhaka the knowledge of the
ultimate reality — Atmajnana, sheds his fear and
leads him to self-realisation."