Trinity: Cycles, Synthesis, Birth, Sustainability, Transformation, Sovereignty, Freedom, Awakening
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.
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
The Path is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You. Wandering Yogi Press 2017 (Available in Paperback and Kindle at Amazon)
Alchemy: transmuting, transformation, blending, magic, third force, fire, chaos, base metals into gold, eternality
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.”
“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”.
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.
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.
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