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Temple – Bridal Chamber, Inner Sanctuary, Cave

 

The journey from the Head to the Heart is one of the most profound initiations on the Path of the Initiate.  It is in the Heart that the deepest most profound alchemy occurs and it is within this most sacred space that we die to all that we have been before.  The River of Light that is Heaven melts into the molten gold of the Earth and in this alchemical union we are born into the Embodiment of our Holiness.

 

“This Magnificent Refuge is inside of you.

Enter.  Shatter the Darkness that Shrouds the Doorway.

Be Bold. Be humble.”

Saint Teresa of Avila

In Daniel Odier’s book Tantric Quest – an Encounter with Absolute Love – the Yogini Lalita Devi teaches him about this inner sanctuary of Consciousness.  “Guard the Silent Empty Open Temple” she warns.  “What does the worshiper do?  He cleans the temple.  How? By asking all who have been sitting there forever to leave so he can sweep, throw fresh water drawn from the river on the stones, scatter rose petals.”

The seat of consciousness is this Inner Temple, this cave of the Heart – the womb where Consciousness is seeded and rooted.  Who then are these silent ones who obscure the Radiance of this Love?  These are the rusted, corroded conditionings, the social mores and regulations, the rigid defences, the relentless noise in our heads, the walls – and the psychic debris that have made their home in our hearts for eons.  How do we wash down the temple? We dissolve these voices – caste out the illusions and meet the Beloved in the fresh open spaciousness of our Inner Refuge – our Temple.

 

“Washing down the Temple of Consciousness

Scattering Rose Petals”

 

Our Embodiment holds this sacredness – The heart of Heaven is not “out there” –the Holy of Holies is within.  In Tantra the material world is suffused with this Love, a quantum field of Power, Grace and Wisdom known to Christian mystics as Sophia.  The body  holds the precious heart which is a portal to accessing this Grace as is –  its Holy Breath.

 

Sophia

“The Garden of Your Body holds Your Precious Heart”

 

What are the sacrificial offerings placed on the alter of this most Holy Living Temple?  The offerings are all the threads of our conditioned self preservation —the force of the egoic mind that obscures that which is Eternal Union – the Flame of Love – Union with the Beloved  –  this is the Sacrement, this is the Consecration, this is the Holy Vow.  The mind with all its control, all its projections, all its worries can never know the logic of this alchemy.  It is only the courageous heart that can take that leap – that can risk everything in its Desire for Union, its Desire for Freedom and its Desire for Sovereignty.

At this narrow part of the journey some of the “edgy” questions we might ask are:

Am I willing to let go of my desire for security in the world and my constant need to ensure it?

Am I willing to let go of my desire for affection/validation from others outside of myself?

Am I willing to let go of my desire to control my life and everything and everyone in it?

Am I willing to allow situations to be as they are without trying to change them?

Am I willing to be present in “this moment” to Reality – no matter how it is showing up?

Am I willing to unclench my fist, my mind, my body – and relax into and trust the invisible presence of the Beloved holding me close in this moment?

This deep allowance of Life to be Lived through the Living Heart can only take place in a mind Surrendered to Truth and Desiring of a Love that knows no end.  To let go of likes and dislikes and to open to what is happening in this moment in daily life is the practice that finally allows for the slow dissolution into the Eternal Silence and Beauty of the Heart where the Eternal Lover awaits us.

 

“Eternal Silence and Beauty of the Bridal Chamber”

 

“At the very core of your heart, entombed in the shadow, is the ineffable diamond of Christ, who is pure Beauty. You are Mary, waiting at dawn. The stone has already been rolled aside. Meet the Beloved in the garden of your body. ”  

Fred Le Motte

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, the 64 Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages.

 

Prem Moodaley

Copyright 2019

Full Moon May 2019

Resources:

Tantric Quest – An Encounter with Absolute Love Inner Traditions 1997

Fred Lamotte – Poetry – amongst other beautiful books – “Savour Eternity One Moment At A Time” – St. Julian Press 2016 

 

 

 

Initiate – crossing the Threshold; saying “yes” 

 

The Initiate

The path of the Initiate is the path to the Eternal Bridal Chamber of the Heart, where in its Holy Silence we find the Beloved.

The path is one that leads from fear to courage, from a darkness to light and from knowledge to wisdom. We turn away from the endless distractions and false promises and attachments from a world that seeks to keep us a prisoner of limitation and claim that expansive presence of light within.

We say yes to reality as it unfolds in our world – going beyond the likes and dislikes of the transient ego personality with its fears – desires – attachments. We begin to touch the stillness within –  that well of Love where our true security lies.

To cross this threshold the Initiate – has to pass what has been known The Dwellers of the Threshold – those temptations and dualities that creates a fall back into egoic consciousness and the comfort of the known.  Crossing the threshold means entering into the unknown that place where the limited mind cannot go.  This is the death before you die.  The initiate dies to the ego illusions, the false internal constructs and the  conditioning fed by the personal and collective history.  This is truly and auspicious moment when we face the death of the transient  limited personal identity and fall into the arms of the Eternal Beloved of the Heart.

 

Meeting the Beloved in the Secret Chamber of the Heart

One of the most inspiring stories I have read recently is about Etty Hillesum.  She lived during one of the most horrific times on the planet –  The German Nazi occupation – She was a Jew living in The Netherlands whose life eventually ended in the gas oven of Auschwitz.  Her short life – she was only 29 years old, was a journey into the Beloved of the Heart whom She realized with every breath was Her only salvation in a world gone mad. 

Etty Hillesum (1914-1943)

(15 January 1914 – 30 November 1943) was the author of confessional letters and diaries which describe both her religious awakening and the persecutions of Jewish people in Amsterdam during the German occupation. In 1943 she was deported and killed in Auschwitz concentration camp.

 

 

The following excerpts are from Her journal.

” I had the profound thought that I carry my own climates and weather conditons within me and independent of those outside.  The fact that one carries one’s own seasons and landscapes within suddenly gave me a tremendous feeling of strength and independence” (Etty, 446)

“I have already died a thousand deaths in a thousand concentration camps. I know about everything and am no longer appalled by the latest reports.  In one way or another I know it all.  And yet I find life beautiful and meaningful.  From minute to minute.” (Etty, 456)

“I shall never be able to give thanks for my daily bread when I know that so many others do not have theirs.  But I hope I shall be thankful…for something else.  For having God dwell in me.  And that has nothing to do with being well fed.” (Etty, 237)

By saying unconditional “yes” Etty demonstrated a unique and remarkable faith that was willing to endure the journey into unity no matter what events transpired nor what tests were put in her path.  In the short time that she had left she had to embrace all the polarities that were playing out in her life and truly died into her deepest truth.  She was carried by grace all the way to the end and her courage, her depth of surrender, her ability to have equanimity in the face of overwhelming cruelty is truly an example that will endure eternally.

My hope is that none of us would have to face the trial by fire that Etty had to face and endure, but her courage can be an inspiration to us in this dark and difficult world that is playing out before us.  It is my prayer that each of us says “yes” – there is no time like the present moment to take up this journey into Love and Truth – surely this is the only work – the most important work to be done.

“Etty never looked back after giving her “yes” to God, leaving us a true example of a life lived with freedom of spirit as we see in this most remarkable reflection that comes from the depth of her being.”

 

“Offerings of Scented Jasmine”

“Somewhere inside me the jasmine continues to blossom undisturbed, just as profusely and delicately as ever it did.  and it spreads its scent round the House in which You dwell, oh God.  You can see, I look after You, I bring You not only my tears and my forebodings on this stormy, grey Sunday, morning, I even bring you scented jasmine.”

In this pulsing chamber of the Heart the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine merge not as genders but as a Field of Luminous Frequencies that has the Power to set the world on fire and whose alchemical dance has potent implications for the evolution of all life on earth.

 

Song of the Initiate – a new vision of the 23rd Psalm

“My Beloved is with me
I want for no thing
He lays down with me in fertile pastures
besides flowing waters
He restores to me, my soul.
He guides me on the path that leads to my highest destiny.
and, even though I may walk through the darkest valley,
or face my deepest shadows –
I fear no harm
For He is always here –
enfolding me in Love.
He prepares a sumptuous feast for me
in the presence of my enemies –
and anoints my hair with fragrant oil.
My heart overflows.
Surely Goodness and Love
will follow me all the days of my life –
and I will dwell in His Sacred Heart,
for all Eternity.”  

(prem)

 

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, the 64 Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages.

Prem Moodaley

Copyright 2019

 Full Moon-February 2019

Resources:

The Unfolding Journey – The God Within:  Etty Hillesum and Meister Eckhart – Novalis Publishing Inc. 2014.

 

 

Devotion – “Belonging to the Beloved”

 

 

“Before the world was I longed for Thee

I longed for Thee and Thou for Me

When two burning desires come together

Then is Love perfected”

Mechthild of Magdeburg

Devotion  is the the fragrance of a burning desire for Union with the Beloved.  I speak here not of a relationship with a Deity or Teacher or Transcendent spirit  outside of yourself but of the very Essence of your Being within the very temple of your body – the One known as the Inner Beloved.

In the poem above the mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg receives this transmission from the Divine who is on fire for union with Her.  What we are seeking is ardently seeking us and all of this alchemy is happening within us – with each breath we breathe in this Divine Passion which is here now – in this moment, in this place, at this time. It is this hunger and this longing that feeds the fires of Consummation in a field of Love.

 

“Devotion is the divine steaming through you

From that place in you before time.

Love’s energy flows through your body,

Toward a body, and into eternity again.

Surrender to this current of Devotion 

And become one with the Body of Love”

Lorin Roche

Devotion is falling in Love with That Unspeakable Truth as the True Beloved of the Heart – it is forged in a fire that burns away your stories of limitation, your vain self images and the masks of your false identity.  Sometimes we have to have suffered enough to reach this place, where the suffocating constraints of a limited identity forces you into the arms of this Infinite space of Love.

This dedication to the Holy Beloved is not a discipline but a soft fine tuned attention that flows with joy and a quiet bliss.  The child of this Sacred Union is pure spontaneity.  Life is lived as a sacrament – every action transmitting the beauty and love of this inner union. This is true reverence and true freedom.

When you embody devotion in this way and at this primal level you are no longer a person but a Living Library of Love – you are the vehicle for the transmission of Truth.  Through your Presence the elixir of all the Sacred texts can be read all the Treasures of the Heart Revealed. You are the Radiance of Love this suffering world has been waiting for.

 

“Through your Presence the elixir of all Sacred texts can be read

….all the Treasures of the Heart revealed”

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, the 64 Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages.

Prem Moodaley

Copyright 2018

December 2018

Resources:

Lorin Roche – The Radiance Sutras (his beautiful interpretation of the Vijnanabairava Tantra) Published by Sounds True 2014

Carol Lee Flinders (quote from Mechtild of Magdeburg) Enduring Grace – Audible Sounds True

 

Lovers – Union, Pure Awareness, Pure Love

“The minute I heard my first love story

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was,

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.

They’re in each other

all along…” Rumi

 

In this sutra I explore the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine and what it means to embody them.  This sacred configuration can be seen in the Eternal Lovers – Christ-Magdalene/Shiva-Shakti and many other Divine/Ordinary couples throughout the ages.

The Lovers are the building blocks of the Universe and they exist in complete union within us. They exist as polarity and it is only in Union within ourselves that we discover the most sublime secret – that we are both – spirit and matter, light and dark, heaven and earth – all spiraling within and around one another.

The challenge of this human existence is to bring these lovers together and we do it within our own body temple.  This is the alchemy of integration and the fuel of awakening into Love and Truth.  So what then do these two forces represent?

“I have been listening to the love songs of

Form longing for formless.

What are these energies

Undulating through our bodies

Pulsing us into action?

And this “matter” out of which our forms are made-

What are these dancing particles

Of condensed radiance?

Lorin Roche

 

Union

 

Sacred Masculine 

Spirit

The Witness

Being

Light

Transcendent

Unmanifest

One

Solar

Still point

The Seer

Divine

Heaven

Sacred Feminine

Matter

Embodiment

Becoming

Dark

Immanent

Many

Lunar

The Dance

The Mother

Human

Earth

 

I vow to never forget: I am You.

I vow to recognize: you’re right here,

in the cadence of my breath,

in the dull quiet ache, of wanting only more of you.

I vow to let our union guide me.

Not just your heaven, but also my earth.

Not just your strength, but also my weakness.

I vow to be a Presence of Love made more powerful because imperfect, faltering.

Made more powerful because my broken spaces are where you enter me.

I vow to be nothing more than I am.

This singular chance to marry your love to my humanity”

Meggan Watterson

 

 

The very essence of our being contains these divine energies and yet we continue to seek outside ourselves.  The Divine Masculine and Feminine are not separate, they are eternal union.  Even though the Feminine becomes the whole of creation She is in constant union with the ground of being – the underlying force of existence.  

We have lost our connection to the realization and presence of these forces through our false identification with our minds.  We get lured into the matrix of  thinking and the drama of our lives, seeking outside ourselves for our validation, our completion, never looking within to where the true treasure hides.

When we empty ourselves of our personal story and become silent we are bathing in the realm of the Sacred Masculine/Christ/Shiva energies.  We are surrendered into the Truth of our Being.  We have detached from our mind with its stories and acquired conditioning, in essence we become spiritually naked. In this Naked space we have access to the Vastness of our True Self beyond the limitations of the form our mind identifies with.

From this place of Stillness – we birth the Sacred Feminine/ The Mother/Shakti.  She is Love and this Love is the perfume of Pure Existence.  It is from this wholeness and freshness that we engage with the world, we allow ourselves to know the miracle of existence within the human body vessel with its joy and its suffering.  We engage in play, in creativity and in the sensuality of the human experience. We continually become – allowing more expanded forms of creativity and evolution to manifest through us.  We become the Mother – holding and integrating all polarities within our vast Heart, we become Love in Action in Union with all of Life.

 

“Here sits the Holy of Holies.

The Secret, The Diamond, The Well.

We are Everything and each other.

The Light, the Dark, the Sun, the Moon.

The Mother, the Sky, the Father, the Earth,

The Orb of Light that orbits us.

The Dawn, the Daughter,

The fixed Presence that forgives us.

We are Everything and each other.

We can only heal if we see together

The Red Thread looped around the back of our Hearts.

No matter how separate we think we are,

No worldly knife or hardened words can break it.

No amount of our own humanity can untether it.

We cannot undo what we didn’t create.

And so Love is a bond that can’t be unmade.”

Meggan Watterson

 

Eternally One

 

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Mary Magdalene, the Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages.

Prem Moodaley Copyright 2018

June 2018

Resources:

Lorin Roche – The Radiant Sutras – Sounds True 2014

Meggan Watterson – The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy – 2016

Stephen Cope – Yoga and the Quest for the True Self – Bantam 1999

 

 

 

 

Surrender: Deep Unclenching, Acceptance, Unconditional Letting Go

 

“Deep Unconditional Surrender to Her is the Only way through”

In this Sutra I explore the topic of Surrender – which is the really the beginning and end of the Spiritual Journey.  Nothing, nothing shifts without the ability to deeply unclench the strong hold of the egoic body-mind.  The faster one learns surrender, the less resistance, and the path flows like a clear flowing river.

The Journey itself is the pilgrimage from “head” to “heart”.  The journey from self-identification as a person with a “story” to becoming rooted in That which is Pure Love – Expansive – Silent – Present and Unfathomable.  The mind can never perceive this Divine Love – it is a felt experience that is happening “Now”.   It can only be described as Vast Empty Silence.

What is asked to be surrendered is the false ideas, beliefs, opinions, attachments, neediness, control and the ossified conditioning that makes up our human story.  What is embraced is “no – thingness” – pure Awareness and Love embodied in a human form…. Pure Being embracing Pure Becoming… Pure Awareness embracing Pure Creativity  –   Shiva embracing Shakti – Christ embracing the Magdalene.

“Christ-Magdalene”

One of the most potent keys in the pilgrimage of surrender is deep unclenching of the body-mind – a deep relaxation to what is.  You become soft and yielding, open and receptive, trusting and loyal to the Truth that exists within.  You learn to lean into the invisible and allow its perfume, its fragrance to surround you, cocoon you in its Love – which is none other than who you are.

 

 

In deep receptivity – that is untethered from the noise of the mind – we receive the Grace which is ours to keep – our birthright – the deepest Love that we can know and in this we are free to be…We realize that what we have been searching for has been looking out of our eyes all the time patiently waiting for us to be present.  We realize that we are Her temple – the Temple of the living Mother in human form.

 

Sophia

“Become the Living Temple”

 

In order to flow like a stream of living water there comes a time when we realise that the moment has arrived where what is required of us is to voluntarily to cut off our heads.  In the Tantric tradition this is portrayed by the Goddess Chinnamasta – one of the Ten Tantric Wisdom Goddesses. 

“Chinnamasta – the Goddess who offers up Her own Head”

“Having cut off her head, the goddess is able to offer everything to those who need it”

“Give yourself utterly…Even though the head itself must be given, why should you weep over it?” Kabir

 

Sally Kempton in her book “Awakening Shakti” tells the story of spontaneous awakening of English writer Douglas Harding.  In his book “On Having no Head” – Harding describes a realization he had while trekking in the Himalayas…where he spontaneously had the experience of losing the sense of having a head – “Instead of feeling his “self” to be contained inside the small round circle of his skull, he was pure seeing, pure perceiving.  His awareness was open to whatever arose, and everything felt as if it were arising inside him.  Mountains, sky, his own body existed seamlessly inside a single awareness that included his physical self but also totally transcended it.  With the disappearance of his head, he had also lost his personal ego.  He was self-less: thought free, fully open, one with the universe around him.”

The question remains  – do we have the courage to be that radical – offering our ego identity into the fire of illumination.  Each of us will answer this question in a different way at different points on our pilgrimage, from head to heart,  to complete embodiment.  Who are we without that sense of personal identity – our self image, our accomplishments, our possessions, our education, our story?  When all of that falls away  – what is left?  Who are we then?

To enter the river of life and enjoy its depths, its gifts, its peace and its freshness –  we have to be naked.  Naked of all that we are – to arise as Her from the depths of our Beingness – we have to let go.  This is the secret of surrender.  “Entering the Womb of Love is a striptease of the soul, letting go, stripping down completely, and surrendering into the vast naked wildness of the Feminine Dimension – knowing that we are naked and renewing in every moment, and that we cannot control this flow of life, only ride along in passionate wonderment and innocence.  The moment we try to stop the flow, cover up, own or control anything, we begin the death of separation from life” WOMB AWAKENING.

 

Courageous One,
 
She has been yearning to undress
herself forever, to show you Shiva inside her own heart.

Of course She gets dressed again quickly;
she knows that it’s not proper to walk around with no clothes,
but the fabric is so thin–
can you feel it?
Just a deep breath, a laughter, a roar.
A letting go–
and the moment opens like a rose

(Chameli Ardagh)

 

“Shiva in Her Heart”

 

 

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Mary Magdalene, the Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages.

Prem Moodaley Copyright 2018

February 2018

Resources:

Sally Kempton – Awakening Shakti – Published by Sounds True 2013

Dr Azra and Seren Bertrand – Womb Awakening – Initiatory Wisdom from the Creatrix of All Life – Published by Bear and Co/Inner Traditions – 2017

Poem by Chameli Ardagh – Awakening Woman Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black: Dark, Earth, Moist, Fertile, Mystery, Void, Ground of Being, Pure Potential, Shadow, Chaos, Madonna

 

The Black Mother Kali – the Destroyer of Illusion and The Weaver of Polarities

One of the most maligned colors on the spectrum is the color Black, black is the color of the dark as opposed to the light, the color of earth as opposed to sky, the color the night sky as opposed to day light, the color of indigenous people as opposed to white skinned people.  Black is the color of fertile moist soil, the color of the dark womb, the color of death and the color of our shadow.

One of the legacies that Patriarchy has given religious world is the legacy of Transcendence.  Transcend the Earth, the Body, the Messiness of Life.  Very early on we imbibe the teaching to be attached to the light is good and  to be on Earth a curse, a punishment for impurity  rather than a dimension into which we journey in order  to learn and grow and play. We strive to be released from the endless cycle of birth and death.  We are not taught the blessing of having a human body, nor the joy of sensory fulfillment.  We are taught to reach for the light, to strive, to push to transcend through the dimensions.

 Even in the more evolved spiritual circles we reach for the crown and transcend the root chakra.  Yet, the jewels of this human incarnation is hidden within the darkness of the  body, and higher is not better than lower. The journey of Awakening is not only about reaching for the Light.  The embodiment our Awakening is also about exploring the dark, the dark nights, and the fertile dark Earth, with Her hidden Gifts and Her Shadows.  She is a Goddess in Her own right….and we live on Her body….within Her Sacred Field – but we have been conditioned out of this intimacy with Her, this Knowing, and so we continue to strive and deny the beauty and the gift of Her body/Our body with its pilgrimage places, its inner palaces and portals into Truth and Beauty. 

Another aspect of the color black is the Shadow with its difficulty, chaotic nature and messiness.  We have yet to embrace the messiness of life, its difficulties, its struggles and impermanence.  We cling, we resist, we fret rather than embrace the polarities with their dark and light sides.  Until we reclaim the dark we can never awaken to the Truth, The Love and the Beauty within us.  Ascension without Embodiment is but a fantasy we need to awaken from. She – the Holy Mother is Everything, both the dark and the light….and we need to embrace it all in order to have a grounded awakening that is rooted in the Earth. One of my teachers speaks of embracing it all by asking “Can you see Goddess now? In this disease? In this chaos? In this difficulty? In this failure? In this struggle? Can you see Her in this?… Can you see Her in that?… Can you embrace it all – and invite it all in even when you don’t understand it all, can you live and embody this Mystery?

Amoda Maa – a contemporary spiritual teacher has this to say about awakening – after awakening you continue to feel the waves of your human story, you are immune to neither the raging storm nor the scorching sun.  You continue to feel the horror of the world, the unbearability of humanity’s suffering and humanity’s infliction of suffering onto other life-forms.  You continue to experience failure, brokenness, vulnerability, and confusion.  YOU – continue to be human”…..Awakening is not for the you – you think you are, my friend.  It is for love.  Because it is love that has been forgotten for so long.  Because it is love that moves everything even when you have turned away from it.  And because it is love that is attempting to evolve through us.  Awakening is simply love recognizing love….so that love becomes the driving force of humanity, always. “

The Black Madonna – holds it all in Her Heart

“Forget me not!

For I am the First and the Last

I am the Honored One and the Scorned One.

I am the Whore and the Holy one

I am the Wife and the Virgin

I am the Mother and the Daughter

I am the Incomprehensible Silence –

I am the voice whose Sound is Manifold,

I am the Blessing of my Name.

I am Wisdom and Ignorance.

I am without Shame and filled with it.

I am Power, I am Fear.

I am Peace and War.

I am the Void in Fullness.

I am Oneness in Emptiness,

I dissolve all Concepts,

I Dissolve all Images.

Thus I am Limitless,

Thus I am All.

Forget me not,

Because I am the Outcast and the Long Expected one….”

(excerpt from the O Manuscript)

As life on Earth becomes more challenging with the immense global challenges that we all face – we are invited into an opportunity for Embodied Awakening, this is the greatest act of service, the most heartfelt response to the crisis we face.  It is my prayer on this Holy Navarathri  (nine nights of the Mother dedicated to Power, Grace and Wisdom) that we have the courage to be the Weavers of a New Earth. 

 

“Be the Rose that blooms in the Heart of Darkness”

 

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Mary Magdalene, the Yoginis and The Red Priestesses from all Traditions throughout the Ages

Prem Moodaley  Copyright 2017

Navarathri September 2017

Resources:

The “O” Manuscript ” by Lars Muhl – available at Amazon

Amoda Maa “Embodied Enlightenment”- available at Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trinity: Cycles, Synthesis, Birth, Sustainability, Transformation, Sovereignty, Freedom, Awakening

 

Yoni Mudra 

The whole Universe cycles between the three principles of Creation/Birth, Sustenance/Preservation and Transformation/Dissolution.  These triangular cycles are repeated throughout Nature, in our Physical Bodies and in the quality of our thoughts and emotions.  This “apparently” chaotic dance exists throughout our bodies and our psychological nature.

In Tantric teaching the womb of the Sacred Mother is called Hiranyagarba – the Golden Cosmic Womb – it is from this womb that we are born and it is into this womb that we die.  This womb is present within our bodies as a mirror/microcosm of the grandeur of the Cosmos. It is also inclusive of Nature in all Her magnificent diversity – dancing Essence into Form and Form into Essence.

Triangular Forces within our Bodies

In our Patriarchal modern world we are deeply disconnected from these cycles which is the fundamental blueprint of all Nature.  We are rooted in survival and this results in clinging to that which we believe is indispensable to our survival.  We have forgotten the True Source – the very Ground of our Being as resting deeply within this Cosmic Womb and have projected our Eternal Nature outside of ourselves.  We have become co-dependent on the environment rather than rooted in our Omnipresent Eternal Nature residing deeply within our physical bodies.

Birth

We especially resist cycles of Transformation – these cycles represent Death and Change – of which the conditioned ego mind is deeply fearful. When we start the journey back to Her – who is the Essence of our Being – we encounter these triangular forces with increasing regularity.  We are asked to become deeply aware of its play in our life.  When the longing for our Eternal Nature becomes unbearable – we are willing to Trust and Surrender to the Cyclic Nature of the Mother within and not fear the journey into the Unknown.  This is Her way and we Surrender into it….it is the way to Freedom and to Unity with all of Life from which we are never truly separated.

Mother of Transformation

“All form must end, departing through a portal into the darkness, so that new forms may emerge from the crucible of clear space. But what is emerging in the womb of Now is not knowable ahead of time, and is not subject to our hopes, fears, or fantasies of control. While the mind will struggle with the wrathful nature of this truth, the heart knows … the body knows.
See that the death of form is filled with erupting particles of life, with magic, and with the fragrance of the holy. You can relax into the very center of the death-rebirth journey, and rest inside the core of the contradictions. Here, the chaos and the glory are one.
There is nothing more alive than that.
There is nothing more sacred than that.
There is nothing safer than that.” Matt Licata

 Many of us Long for Home and yet are deeply afraid of what will be required of us….the sacrifice of our false identities, our treasured beliefs, the attachments we may have to surrender as we journey on this path.  The following poem by Rumi speaks of this journey home and the love and support we have as we walk the path of the razor’s edge….

LOVE’S HORSE WILL CARRY YOU HOME

“The whole world could be choked with thorns

A Lover’s heart will stay a rose garden.

The wheel of heaven could wind to a halt

The world of Lover’s will go on turning.

Even if every being grew sad, a Lover’s soul

Will still stay fresh, vibrant, light.

Are all the candles out? Hand them to a Lover –

A Lover shoots out a hundred thousand fires.

A Lover may be solitary, but he is never alone:

For companion he has always the Inner Beloved.

The drunkenness of Lover’s comes from the soul,

And Love’s companion stays hidden in secret.

Love cannot be deceived by a hundred promises;

It knows how innumerable the ploys of seducers are.

Wherever you find a Lover on a bed of pain

You find the Beloved right by his bedside.

Mount the stallion of Love and do not fear the path-

Love’s stallion knows the way exactly.

With one leap, Love’s horse will carry you Home

However black with obstacles the way may be.” (Rumi)

 

Flow of the Sri Yantra – the Geometry of the Sacred Feminine

 

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Mary Magdalene, Sophia, The Yoginis and the Red Priestesses from all traditions throughout the Ages.

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2017

Full Moon July 2017

Resources:

The Path is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You. Wandering Yogi Press 2017 (Available in Paperback and Kindle at Amazon)

Descent: Going down, Under, Darkness, Tomb, Shadow, Alchemy , Death, Transmutation

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Many, many times in our Journey towards Sovereignty we encounter what is known as a “Dark Night” or “Descent into the Underworld”.  In the life of those that truly seek Freedom – this is a necessary Initiation into the Pure Love of the Primal Mother within.

Many myths portray this journey – particularly the myth of Innana – She who journeys into the Underworld at the behest of her sister Erishkegal – Innana passes through seven gates in the Underworld – and at each of the seven gates she has to hand over a piece of jewellery or clothes until she is stripped of her power.  She is naked and vulnerable.

“Innana – Queen of Heaven and Earth”

A journey such as this is indeed an enormous crisis, a shattering of the old and a waiting for the new to arise as a rebirth into the world of form.  With every crisis we have an opportunity for new life – we can either use this as a portal into a new way of being or we can choose to re imprint old outdated patterns.  The choice is ours and requires the maturity of warrior to use this test and initiation as an opportunity for alchemy.

Marion Woodman in her book Dancing in the Flames writes:  “Not until we recognize the Divine Immanence, the light of Goddess in matter, can we hope to establish a balance, a reconnection with our own deepest nature that can root us in a world of meaning and imagination.  Perhaps we will have to face the darkness, walk out on the moor alone at nightfall, or dive to the bottom of the sea before the old ossified ego boundaries can be shattered to make room for the dance.”

“Making room for the Dance”

As we let go of the ossified patterns in the mind, we become empty and still.  No longer bound to our inherited and self imposed limitations, clinging and attachments, we are as vulnerable and naked as a new born babe.  We face uncertainty and the unknown trusting that we will be held and led as indeed we are.  The Divine Feminine waits for this precise opportunity to enter into the crack of our shattered egos.  We are protected by Her Love and Her Grace as we are remade by Her fierce Fire in the Darkness of Her Womb. 

No-thing is certain anymore.  We wait on the razors edge…we wait for Grace. We come to a deep acceptance of life’s polarities. We offer resistance no more.  We realize there are no guarantees.  No safe place where we can hide.  We learn to live on the edge of Her Sword and lick honey from its razor edge.

“Licking Honey from the Razors Edge”

“What if you spent your whole life searching for love and all you found was emptiness

What if you spent all your days afraid of being abandoned and you ended up alone

You would have to make peace

You would have to walk barefoot to the ocean

and bow to all the Gods who have no names

and accept that all Great Mysteries swallow you whole

and Truth takes no prisoners

It just slices you open on Her Blade

But if you not afraid of

Emptiness…of

Loneliness

If you can accept that you were born naked and

not even the strongest bond of Love can protect you

from Death

Then you can begin to Love your precious Life

and Lick Honey from the Razor’s edge”

The Teachings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, The Yoginis and the Red Priestesses from all traditions throughout the Ages

Resources:

Marion Woodman: “Dancing in the Flames” – Shambhala Boston -1997

Poem by Psalm Isadora – barefootdiary.blogspot.com

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2017

February 2017

 

 

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Alchemy:  transmuting, transformation, blending, magic, third force, fire, chaos, base metals into gold, eternality

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In the last sutra – I wrote about “The Firepit of Consciousness” – in this sutra, we explore alchemy, which is a stage of the journey where intense transformation takes place deep within and beyond the playground of duality. There is a beautiful Sanskrit word that describes “Alchemy” it is called “Tapas”

Shambhavi Lorain Chopra in her gorgeous book “Yogini” speaks about this fiery transformation – “Real tapas is more than any enforced asceticism.  It is the heat that rises from a passionate form of the Divine energy seeking to transcend all limitations.  Tapas is the heat of spiritual inquiry and aspiration that makes the sadhaka consume all the fleeting needs and desires in life.  The fire in the soul connects with the life-fire in the body, finding expression through the heart, leading one to liberate or detach oneself from illusion, creating the way to self-realization.  This is the real inner movement of tapas.”

 

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“You are a Ruby in the Heart of Granite – how long will you try to deceive us? “- Rumi

Alchemy is the testing ground on the path of Sovereignty, Awakening and Freedom as it burns away all that does not serve the evolution of the Soul.  For a moment, let me describe the three layers of the personality that I have encountered –

At the level of the first layer of the personality – we are totally hooked into the collective unconscious and our personal story.  The collective unconscious – is the place where duality is most active, with its numerous distractions, pushes and pulls, stories and games.  Everything is divided and separate – and “I”, “Me” and “Mine” is most important to the personality.  Attachment and judgement underlies everything. There is a total identification with name, form and personal history.

The middle layer of the personality is less dense but there is still identification with name and form.  This is the layer of the seeker.  The personality seeks to discover the answers to the deeper questions of life.  We explore who we are beyond our personality through teachers, workshops and books.  This is a very tender and beautiful space but we still can get caught in the collective mindset, the values of the patriarchy and the “survival of me”

The inner layer of the personality is the most tender, vulnerable and naked space.  In this space one has seen through the illusions, and the Soul has started to manifest on a conscious level in the life of the seeker who has had a glimpse of the treasure within.  The Soul is now shining through the many veils and shrouds that has veiled its Luminous  Presence  and most importantly – the personality has chosen the Soul – also known as the “Inner Beloved”. 

 

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burning the veils of Illusion

Its at this inner layer where the process of alchemy ignites the fire of transformation and we are remade and reborn “In the Firepit of Consciousness”. We feel exposed, vulnerable and tested and it takes the courage and grit of the Spiritual Warrior to bear with the process of the heat of transformation.  We are cleansed of all that is illusionary and there are whispers of the holy marriage within.  Andrew Harvey speaks of this in his book – The Way of Passion – A Celebration of Rumi –  “Purification is frightening, because in the fire there is a lot of spitting and black smoke, a lot of difficulty happens.  Then, expansion: the fire enters the log and the Light enters, you burn in the fire and the blaze is without interference now because the impurities have been burned away.”  You close your ears to the “noise” of the world and you claim your Sovereignty.

 

 

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The writings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to The Red Goddess – Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, The Yoginis and The Red Priestesses of all traditions throughout the ages.

References:

Andrew Harvey:  The Way of Passion – A Celebration of Rumi – Frog Ltd. 1994

Shambhavi Chopra: Yogini – Wisdom Tree 2006

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2016

Samhain 31 October 2016

 

 

 

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Introduction to the Scarlet Sutra

Part 2

Sovereigntyto rule, dominion, authority, noble, honour, leadership, a force, brilliance, beauty, truth, strength, courage, vision, freedom

This first sutra gives an brief overview of SovereigntyIn the material world we associate sovereignty with royalty and material abundance and worldly power.  This is not the sovereignty that this sutra seeks to describe.  Sovereignty with regards to feminine embodiment is not about the “individual” or “becoming a goddess”.  This sutra is not about serving the needs of a false self bound up with personal identity and serving the needs of that personal identity.  Sovereignty here speaks deeply and lovingly to the Feminine Soul and Union with the Vastness of Existence.  As one of my dearest teachers says…..its about “Having a love affair with Existence”  When we journey into the depths of our Royal Sovereignty we let go of all the roles and identities that make up this small self we believe ourselves to be, and melt into the vastness of our True Essential Beingness which is Existence itself….Love itself….

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A woman walking this path sets her soul free from the weight and baggage of her personal identity, her story, her cherished beliefs and opinions.  She unchains from all that keep her bound to limitation within the ego mind and within the society in which she finds herself……She allows Existence in….

The Lalita Sahasranama – the 1000 Names in Praise of the Goddess Lalita ……….is a song encoded with the attributes of Feminine Sovereignty.

The first stanza translated  describes the beauty of this Noble Feminine Presence, the very Nature of Femininity – this Sovereign Sacred Feminine encoded within us all.

“You are the Mother of All

You are a Great Queen

You sit astride the Lion

Born from the Firepit of Consciousness

You have come to Light the World”

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“You are the Mother of All”——not just a Mother but the Mother of All….speaks to the universality of this all encompassing Blissful Nature of the Mother Matrix.  It encompasses everything…..all dualities find a place of safety and rest here.  All creation is fed at the bosom of the Divine manifestation of Motherhood that this sacred name is describing to us.

“You are a Great Queen”——we add the nobility and deep royal qualities of Leadership, of Presence, of Fortitude and Courage to our understanding of what it means to embody the feminine. 

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“You sit astride a Lion”——this line describes the Lion throne of the Feminine Soul.  In tantric language, the seat is the place where the feminine sits, unshakable in the face of all the challenges in this dualistic world.  Many female deities across all cultures are pictured sitting on the back of a lion.  Linda Tucker in her book Mystery of the White Lions – Children of the Sun God writes “female deities such as Atamgatis and Cybele from classical mythology are shown astride lions, while the Great Mother of Asia Minor, Rhea goddess of the earth and wild beasts, is inevitably represented with lions at her side, seated upon lions , or in a lion-drawn chariot.  The Japanese personification of ultimate wisdom and he mother of enlightenment, Mojubosatsu, rides the back of a lion.  Similarly, the Germanic goddess Freyja, head of the Valkyries, is depicted astride a great cat, while her Babylonian counterpart, the Goddess Ishtar, rides a lion betokening her feline potency.  Across the continents and the ages, this portrayal of female leonine figures is consistent.”

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The Leonine Sovereign also alludes to the mastery of the instinctual nature.  The wise instinctual nature is deeply integrated into the Heart.  We see Her sitting on a seat of ferocity and wild instincts in perfect equanimity and mastery.  She has not tamed her instincts but has mastery over it.

“Born from the Fire-pit of Consciousness….You have come to Light the World”——-Once we have gained mastery over our overwhelming need for survival and the insatiable desires of ego-mind then the deep soul femininity rises from the Fire-pit of Consciousness – an alchemical transformation takes place within the crucible of Fire…..from this we are born to “Light the World” as healers, teachers and wise-woman.

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Sovereignty is intimately aligned with both Awakening and Freedom.  Each primordial quality contains the other within it.  Without Sovereignty you cannot awaken to the Truth and Infinite Love within yourself, and you cannot be free.  Likewise you cannot be Awakened without embodying both Sovereignty and Freedom.  And Ultimately you cannot be Free without establishing Sovereignty and Awakening in every particle of your being.

The Soul can be likened to a caged bird who sings a song dreaming of freedom….Of Union with Existence….

 

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We might ask ourselves ——-What song is our soul singing today? 

As we contemplate an increasing unstable world and the challenges that face us in our daily lives we might choose to remember the words from the ancient hymn praising the Sovereign Goddess Lalita:

You are called to remember that you are not just a Mother, but the Mother of all Creation…..  Not only are you a Queen but you are a Great Queen……your  Sacred Seat is the back of a Royal Beast…..the Lion…….and dearest sisters when all  seems dark and lonely, remember…….You have come to Light the World.

The writings of the Scarlet Sutra is dedicated to the Sovereign Red Goddess Lalita, Sophia, Mary Magdalene, The Yoginis, and the Red Priestesses from all traditions throughout the Ages.

References:

Mantra and the Goddess – A Poetic Interpretation of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama  by Swamini Lalitambika Devi – O Books 2010

Mystery of the White Lions – Children of the Sun God by Linda Tucker – Hay House 2001

Copyright Prem Moodaley 2016

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