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The Eternal Light within

"Beneath the earth of the holy Lady the faint voice heard,
Human flame seen to shine as divine:
It will cause the earth to be stained with the blood of the lone ones (monks),
And to destroy the holy temples for the impure ones. 

Century 4:24

within the most fundamental aspects of the world which is affected by the presence of religion,
A holy feminine presence will be heard as a gentle but important voice.
This very human flame will be seen to shine in divine light.
Its presence will cause the world and all who live in it to be changed in a fundamental way
Which will include the death of the dominance of male religious influence." 

Manuela Dunn Mascetti and Peter Lorie
Nostradamus: Prophecies for Women
(Manuela Dunn Mascetti and Peter Lorie, Nostradamus: Prophecies for Women, Simon & Schuster, 1995, p. 101.)

Beneath the earth of the Holy Lady the faint Voice heard,

This 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.

Her 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 Adi Gurus created by the Great Adi Shakti
The 10 Adi Gurus who walked on Earth

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Shri Brahma Shakti Shri Nirmala Devi




"This 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."

But 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 Guru."

Shri Bhakta-nidhih Shri Nirmala Devi
You Are Gurus,
Guru Puja, Gmunden, Austria — July 6, 1986


'The following article is from "The Avatar Par Excellence" published by the Om Sakthi Spiritual Movement.'

"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.

Whenever 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.

Sri Nirahamkara Sri Nirmala Devi
Fregene, Italy — May 8, 1988

(Nirahamkara [161st]: Egoless)

An 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.

The 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.

Ancient Mother Goddess
Venus of Willendorf
c.24,000-22,000 BCE
Oolitic limestone
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 life.

The 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.

Adhiparasakthi, 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.

Shri Turya Shri Nirmala Devi
Cabella, Italy — May 8, 1994

(Turya [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.)

The 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.

A 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 transcendental nature.

It 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.

How to know an Avatar:

Truth 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.

One 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.

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. 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.

All 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.

Some 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... .

If 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. 

Aim of Manifestation:

In the 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.

Adhiparasakthi, 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.

Those 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.

The 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 predetermined way.

Cause 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.)

Whenever 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.

There 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.

There 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.

The 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 high ideals.

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 sophisticated technology.

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.

Dharma 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.

In 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 transcending it.

The 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.

What is Unrighteousness?

When 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.

What is Irreligious?

The 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.

Establishment of Dharma or Righteousness:

The primordial Mother Goddess
A prehistoric cave painting from Central India depicting The Mother as Goddess.

Because 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.

The 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 reestablishes it.

To 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.

She 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.

The Power and Capacity of an Avatar:

Mother Goddess figurine 2500 Bc
c.2500 BC, Harappa, terracotta.

An 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.

His 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.

An 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.

Adhiparasakthi 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

Karya Brahman

Chunda, Buddhist Goddess of Wisdom
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.

Karana 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.

As 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:

Purna Avatar

Amsa Avatar

Lila Avatar

Purna 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.

Mother Goddess of Neolithic Period 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.

Whenever 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.

This 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.

The 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.

Incarnations 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.

From 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."

Om Shakti Spiritual Movement



Human flame seen to shine as divine:

Light emitting out from Brahmarhanra of Sahaja Yogis
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 light." (

This 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 Truth.

"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
Oh Formless One!

Tiruvacagam 22.8.9.

Hinduism Today 

Now this flame has been witnessed by children of the Great Adi Shakti. 

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 distance!

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 believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness to that Light.
That was the true Light, 
Which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

John 1:1-10 

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 inferior object. 

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
Istanbul, Turkey — Nov. 6, 1994

(Sahasra-dala-padmastha [528th]: Residing in the Thousand-Petaled Lotus.)


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.

His Light cast no shadows — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.

The 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.


It will cause the earth to be stained with the blood of the lone ones (monks),

"The 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." [1] 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."

(1. quoted in H. Daniel Rops: The Church in the Seventeenth Century. Trans J. Buckingham, London 1963, p. 341.)

Grégoire de Kalbermatten, The Advent, L.E.T. Publishers, 1979, p. 316-17

The 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?

The 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. 

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Shri Adi Shakti Shri Nirmala Devi



"When 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 us."

Shri Nitya-trpta Shri Nirmala Devi


And to destroy the holy temples for the impure ones.

The 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 sacrilege.

Moreover, 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 possess?

The 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 Christ... . 

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.

To what 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."

Shri 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....

When 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.

In 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.

In 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 us.

Catherine Roberts
  Human Freedom and the New Era

(Catherine 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.)


The 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 practices it.

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."       

Swami Vivekananda
 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 toothache.

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 Mother?

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 Reality.

The Divine Mother, A Philisophical and Personal Quest


"Daughter of the Goddess

An Interview with Z. Budapest

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 "feminist spirituality."


What is the Importance of the Divine Mother?

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 Christianity.

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 milk.

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 years.

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 behavior.

Dr. David Frawley, Hinduism


According 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.

Heinrich Zimmer, Philosophies of India


" "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 Mother."

K. K. Klostermaier, Hinduism: A Short History, Oneworld Pub., 2000, p. 188-9


The 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 necessity." "       

Peter Occhiogrosso, The Joy of Sects


"Great Mother Goddess

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.”


The 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 goddess Durga.


"The Mother

The aspect 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 Mother.

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."       


"The 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 motherhood....

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."       


The 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 1987).

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.


"Does anyone still believe in a Goddess?

Yes, many cultures around the world have never stopped worshipping Goddesses. The Hindus of India have a pantheon of many Goddesses and Gods. Today in Japan the great Sun Goddess, Amaterasu is honored as the Divine Mother of the Japanese people. The Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin (Quan Yin) has many devotees in China. The Inuit people (Eskimos) still honor the OceanMother Sedna. In South America Ijemanja (Yemaya) the Sea Mother-Goddess is honored with huge public processionals on January 1st each year. In Africa, the Orishas are honored as Gods and Goddesses. Modern Jewish tradition still honors the Shekhina and millions of Catholics honor the Virgin Mary as a Goddess. In the United States and other western countries, for the past twenty-five or thirty years there has been rapidly growing interest in Goddess religion. Many Christian traditions like Unity, have begun to incorporated the Goddess into their faith. The Unity blessing includes a Mother-Father-God. There are also many groups that honor the various forms of the Goddess. Still other traditions honor the Goddess, along with a God.


Mother 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.


"The concept of the Great Mother belongs to the field of comparative religion and embraces widely varying types of mother-goddess. The concept itself is of no immediate concern to psychology, because the image of a Great Mother in this form is rarely encountered in practice, and then only under very special conditions. The symbol is an obviously a derivative of the mother archetype. If we venture to investigate the background of the Great Mother image from the standpoint of psychology, then The Mother archetype, as the more inclusive of the two, must form the basis of our discussion."       

Jung, C. G., Four archetypes: Mother/rebirth/spirit/trickster Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (1969), p. 9


"Goddess 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 Mysterious Female.

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."    


Durga's 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 own right.'

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 ambition....

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).


"It 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 reality."       


Shakti 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.



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