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working on astroschizy report filling in blanks. got Red Lady done & started working on Black Lady & found this ... more lo shu! also came across the Eight House Theory — this all fits with the compass info on 220 list.

Mantras and Vidyas — Godhead as sound

There will be born at London English folk whose mantra for worship is in the Phiringa (foreign) language, who will be undefeated in battle and Lords of the World—Meru Tantra, XXIII, 17th century

The 51 matrikas (letters of the Sanskrit alphabet) constitute the Goddess in the form of sound. This is why Kali wears a garland of 51 skulls and it is also why these letters are shown on the petals of the six chakras. The yantra above is called the Tortoise Chakra (source Gandharva Tantra) and is used to determine whether the area a practitioner is working in is inimical or not to his worship.

Below is the Matrika Chakra. This, says Ram Kumar Rai in his excellent Encyclopaedia of Yoga, is to be drawn with saffron (kesara) for Shakti worship and with ashes (bhasma) for Shiva worship. It contains all the 51 matrikas and is used in the first of the ten rites to purify a mantra (samskara) after it has been received from a guru. On the petals of the yantra are the consonants while the vowels are in the eight spokes. In the centre is the syllable Hsauh while in the cardinal directions is the Bam bija and in the intermediate directions the Tham bija mantra.

Perhaps one of the clearest expositions of the tantrik view of mantra is given in Sir John Woodroffe's collection of essays, Shakti and Shakta, chapter 24.

The supreme absolute (Parabrahman) exists in the human being (jivatma) as Shabda Brahman, the absolute as sound. Mantras are not prayers and the relationship of the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, whether consonants or vowels, he says, point to the appearance of devata (divinity) in different forms. An uttered mantra is the manifestation of a more subtle sound while mantras themselves are forms of Kundalini. Mantras may be male, female or neutral. Female mantras are called Vidyas.

"By Mantra the sought for (Sadhya) Devata appears, and by Siddhi therein is had vision of the three worlds. As the Mantra is in fact Devata, by practice thereof this is known. Not merely do the rhythmical vibrations of its sound regulate the unsteady vibrations of the sheaths of the worshipper, but therefrom the image of the Devata appears." (op cit) Mantras are masculine (solar), feminine (lunar) or neuter. A female mantra is called a vidya, which means knowledge, while solar and neuter forms are called mantras. Mantras are only such if they were first revealed by a rishi or seer. Only then do they have life, according to the tradition. A mantra can only work if it is received from a guru who has, herself or himself, received it in an unbroken line from its first rishi. There are, however, exceptions to this, according to some tantras which prescribe methods of purification for mantras received in dream. And, according to Mahachinachara, the Kali mantra does not rely on the very elaborate rules usually found in the Tantras.

In describing mantras, the different tantrik texts always give their origin or rishi as well as the metre to pronounce them. While a mantra is divinity in sound form, a yantra is the same in geometrical form and an image the devata in gross form. Refer also to the page on Tattvas on the relationship between the consonants and the 36 tattvas.

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Kali Mantra - The Ultimate Remedy?

We are familiar with this Kali picture. Common and quite popular picture. The Goddess in Her awesome, ferocious and frightening form! What many of us are hardly aware is that, Goddess Kali appearing in this from is also called as pncaaSa mauND maailanaI (Panchash Munda Malini). So what does this word pncaaSa mauND maailanaI mean?

pncaaSa (Panchash) = 50
mauND (Munda) = Skull
maailanaI (Malini) = Garland

It means One wearing garland of 50 skulls. But why 50? And skulls? Because those are NOT skulls, those are 50 alphabets (Varna) of the grammar. The Goddess is wearing the Varnamala – table of alphabets! GARLAND OF LETTERS – this is what the Goddess is wearing. (We have already discussed why the letters and words carry a significant meaning in Yogic context). Those skulls look frightening and demonic in the icon – so why is Goddess not disowning those, why is She wearing those as a garland? (At this point I requested my friend not to get carried away with silly interpretation such as 'Victory of Good over Evil'). So why? Goddess wont disown those because when She is CREATING the Leela of the world , She uses the letters, Varna and Dhvani as the 'substance' to create the Leela. She weaves Dhvani and Shabda, Sound and letters to create a spell called the world. She uses and integrates this 'substance' to create the spell.

And when it is time to call it a day, the disintegration starts, the dissolving of Dhvani and Shabda, sound and the words. 'Beheading' the 50 Varna (as in the icon) is symbolic of the disintegration of the interplay of Dhvani and Shabda which creates the spell. The Creation of the Leela and the Dissolution of Leela – both involves Shabda and Dhvani.

This is what the Goddess in Her Panchash Munda Malini form is indicating. She wants Her worshipper to be face to face with both – The HOW of the Creation and the HOW of the Dissolution. Both involves the interplay of Shabda and Dhavani.

I told my friend : Yes, Kali Mantra is the Ultimate Remedy provided we know what according to Tantra is the 'Ultimate Problem'.

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