Unfolding the Harmony of Bliss

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‎Outer phenomena spell dissatisfaction as well as momentary happiness in today's world wind encounter with life. Anguish is an integral part of our existence as an inner discontent is the cause of our individual and collective unwholesome striving that never seems to end. To move beyond this restless turmoil, one should embrace a sacred outlook and accept a universal responsibility for the well-being of every creature. The right attitude to life creates a sacred space for a happy dwelling place, where the spirit of love, compassion and tolerance are cherished. Lighting the lamp of our ‘Higher Consciousness' must begin individually, where each one's lamp lights up another's flame illumining our greater existence together. In Tantra, a simplicity of being profoundly in touch with the vast universe and the pure self gradually distills and dispels all mental commotion, emotional instability and physical discomfort. Wealth, abundance, desire and happiness need not be merely the illusory maya of our worldly dispositions if we can learn to experience their deeper essence with harmony and grace. A clearer focus on our inner self awakens us out of our worldly fixations and generates an awareness and insight that allows us to deal with the real needs of life. In our social contacts, we exert a covert violence against ourselves and others through our like and dislikes, opinions, dogmas, faith and even spiritual practices. Today's mind psychoanalyses everything, drawing an inevitable link of emotional obsession into our personal becoming. Our psychology convinces us of the finality of our roles played out as the mother, the lover, the guru or even the healer. We cling to our self-image, concealing our true identity as pure consciousness that has no form. Being alone and still creates fear in our hearts. The space of silence is too empty and profound for us to cope with very long. Our psyches are addicted to perpetual stimulation. The illusory world limits the ability of our awareness to enter into the realm of inner purity. Dependence upon the external is upheld by our society, ostracizing us through its religion, cults, rigid views and institutions, bringing about the death of unfettered Divine Consciousness in the heart. Psychologists and New Age healers often cause yet more internal disruptions and disturbances, stirring the intrigues of not only the recent past but of previous lifetimes. We can barely learn to cope with this life, leave alone open the corridors to the ghostly remains of past incarnations. Our spiritual well being must guide us to experience the original pure and blissful nature of consciousness itself. Rediscovering this simple truth within ourselves we ignite the hidden flame of the spiritual heart, nurturing compassion, joy and peace for all. Atman is the self or soul, the deeper essence of our being as pure consciousness, uniting us with all beings. The Atman is a Divine principle and our ‘true self' is the Divine power behind the manifestation of all time and space. Tantra reveres the Divine presence within us, honoring our deeper nature as sacred and immortal. The Goddess Shakti leads us in our journey through the outer world to the sanctity of the spiritual heart, the Atman's silent abode. The mystery of Tantra rests in the beneficence of Nature and her all-pervasive energies. Tantra's enigmatic mysticism reveals Nature's potent powers through its sacred knowledge or Tantric Jnana. The Tantrika's life is a great awakening to the reality of pure consciousness, where every moment a lotus blossoms in the gentle prayer of sweet divinity without feeling misplaced in the muddy waters. Our consciousness has a gentle way of filtering the truth in our lives. Pure consciousness takes us back to the source of divinity without any worldly trappings. Surely my life witnessed its own metamorphoses over the years, enriching my being and enhancing my experiences. One would drift into the silence of sadhana, using yogic practices to re-enforce one's harmony or restructure old thought patterns, at times withdrawing into my own world of magic and wonder. With the Mother Goddess's grace, my entire being sought reformation, turning the mind and body into a flower of delight, exuding its own inner fragrance. Through my experimental modes of sadhana, the Goddess integrated me back into the source of her own joyousness. My life became an offering at her lotus feet, unfolding her mystical flowering of grace and abundance. Samarasya is the ‘harmonious concordance' of Shiva and Shakti, in which each becomes the other, unfolding an indistinguishable state in which all differentiation vanishes. The mutual divinity of the two powers resides in the pureness of their complementary presence, where no thought or action distracts their interchange. Shakti is the unity of opposites, where life and death, pleasure and grief, attraction and repulsion, beauty and dread, unite to purify the ego and transform the mind. Through the grace of Shakti, all limitations are broken down to free the soul for its flight back to the highest Self residing in the heart. When the Shiva principle of cosmic light initiates transformation, his electrifying strength comes from Shakti. When Lord Brahma creates, his source of knowledge flows through his musical consort Sarasvati Devi. When Lord Vishnu sustains the universe, Goddess Lakshmi pours forth all abundance as his generosity. Adi Shankara conveyed his deeper thoughts through his poetic expression in Saundarya Lahari, "Only united with Shakti is Shiva endowed with the power to create; otherwise he is incapable of even stirring." There is an interesting vibrancy and apprehension in the play between Shiva and Shakti, the ‘Cosmic Light and its Lightning power', spirit and matter, the flesh and the soul, creating a certain momentum in the churning wheel of life. What enhances the wheel's motion is the rasa of life, the Divine nectar of adorati