Introduction to the Scarlet Sutra
Sovereignty – to rule, dominion, authority, noble, honour, leadership, a force, brilliance, beauty, truth, strength, courage, vision, freedom
This first sutra gives an brief overview of Sovereignty. In 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….
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”
“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.
“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.”
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.
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….
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.
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
September New Moon