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Sri Vidya - The Fruition of
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- Where Does Sri Vidya Come From? (Audio)
Date: Sun Apr 18, 2004 2:16pm
It is recommended you read from the beginning of this tantra yoga archive,
as previous lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "What
is tantra yoga?"
As was mentioned in the first
lesson here, tantra has often been condemned as degenerate in the East and
misunderstood (with great enthusiasm) as a sexual cult in the West. What we
find as we travel our serious path of yoga is that tantra includes
everything we are doing, and probably a lot we are not doing. Tantra is the
most all-encompassing approach to yoga, leaving no stones unturned.
But where does it all lead? What is the end of tantra? What is its fruition?
In the main lessons, and here in the tantra group also, we have discussed
the union of our inner polarities as being the end of all our yoga practice.
There are many ways to describe this process - as many ways as there are
spiritual traditions in the world. No matter how described, it is the same
process of human spiritual transformation.
On the level of our
personal experience in the body it is the union of our blissful inner
silence, cultivated mainly in deep meditation, with our whole body ecstasy,
cultivated in spinal breathing and other pranayamas, mudras, bandhas and
tantric sexual methods.
On the level of tantric mythological
metaphors it is the union of Shiva and Shakti, which correspond to the
direct experiences of silence and ecstasy just mentioned.
The rise of
Shiva, Shakti and their final union everywhere within us make up the three
stages of enlightenment - First, 24/7 inner silence. Second, 24/7 whole body
ecstasy. And third, 24/7 ecstatic bliss, the joining of the divine
polarities of silence and ecstasy, yielding an endless outpouring of divine
love, which is unity.
If you imagine the rise of a conscious ecstatic
resonance vibrating in every atom of your body, occurring between every
nucleus and its surrounding electrons, you will have an idea of the depth of
the transformation. It is an unending cosmic orgasm within every cell and atom in
This fruition of divine transformation is recognized in a
scriptural and experiential branch of tantra known as, "Sri Vidya," which
means "glorious knowledge." It is the knowledge of ecstatic bliss, expressed
with mathematical precision. If this seems like a paradox then it is surely
divine, for divine truth is a paradox. If truth is experienced as wildly
ecstatic, it will be heading toward spiritual precision. If it is conceived
to be mathematically exact, then it will soon to be undoing us in ecstatic
reverie. Nowhere is this better expressed than in Sri Vidya's sacred diagram
called "Sri Yantra," sometimes called "Sri Chakra."
Here is an image of the Sri Yantra:
You can view several
more versions of it at this link:
If you do a web search
on "Sri Yantra" you can find many versions of Sri Yantra, and endless
discussions about it. Perhaps you are familiar with it already.
version of interest for this discussion is the blue Sri Yantra in the link
(and maybe below) showing a white dot in every blue triangle in the yantra.
This depicts the ongoing sexual union of Shiva (masculine white lingam bindu
dots) and Shakti (feminine blue yoni triangles) in every atom of the cosmos.
Sri Yantra in its entirety also represents the sushumna/spinal nerve/tunnel,
the nervous system, and the divine union occurring everywhere up and down
Mathematically, Sri Yantra recreates the wave pattern
formed by the vibration of "OM," the sacred sound that is found humming
naturally within the human nervous system as purification and opening
occurs. OM emanates up through the medulla oblongata, the brain stem,
forward through the center of the head, and out the third eye. OM is no
small, quaint thing that happens inside us. It is "roaring devastating
ecstasy" breaking loose inside us, and is synonymous with the highest stages
of tantric sexual cultivation. OM is kundalini in
full ecstatic swing. So here you have the sexual connection between Sri
Vidya, Sri Yantra and tantric sexual practices.
How is one to use the
Sri Yantra, if at all? Some traditions use it as an object of meditation. In
these lessons we will not. When OM comes, Sri Yantra will be there in us. We
become Sri Yantra when we manifest the ecstatic vibration of OM, which is
the sound of kundalini/Shakti ravishing her Shiva within us. As this occurs
throughout our whole body, we become the Sri Yantra itself. The Sri Yantra
is a representation of our nervous system in its highest mode of spiritual
When you look at the Sri Yantra from time to time, just be
aware that this is a representation of your rising inner spiritual dynamic,
as well as the ecstatic nature of the cosmos. It is both the microcosm and
the macrocosm, and so are we. It is a confirmation and a reminder of what we
are consciously becoming through our advanced yoga practices, including
those we talk about here in the tantra group. Whole body union of ecstatic
bliss is what we are cultivating ourselves toward, and this is what Sri
Let there be no condemnation or misunderstanding about it.
No apology is necessary for cultivating human spiritual transformation to
its highest level. So cultivate away!
The guru is in you.
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