THE HUMAN & HORSE
The Horse is a powerful animal.
The Horse has an unparalleled stamina, perhaps for this reason the Horse has been used by humans for transportation.
Once upon a time it was common practice to own a horse as a form of fulfilling labour duties and providing transport.
The grace and elegance of a horse is still something admired and much sought after and represented in the culture by things such as fashion icons or horse racing, dressage, festival parades and such.
The beauty and capabilities of the horse may well have been something working in its ill-favour as horses become an often mistreated ‘product’ of human exploitation.
Perhaps this relationship between the human and the Horse mirrors our own inner misbalance between the human and the animal (Horse) sides of our nature.
The Horse headed god steps-up upon this annual ritual junction to reveal the balance of nature within ourselves… that is the balance between the instinct of nature and the human will.
The constellations are in favour as Hayagriva the Horse headed deity opens the portal of balance upon the astral plane at the full Moon that is his.
The ‘human animal’, in its potential, has at once its hands in the ‘civilised’ world, and its hooves upon the green grass of mother nature.
RITUAL OF HORSELY BALANCE
Hayagriva is the Horse headed deity,
Welcome to the Hayagriva Jayanti.
The annual ritual junction of Hayagriva falls on the full Moon of the Shravan month.
Tantric lore maps out the mythological and energetic significance of this day that honours the Horse headed deity Hayagriva ,
On this full Moon ritual junction, the Tantric goes into practical and magical invocation of specific practices to awaken inner Horse power and raise the Kundalini Shakti unto integration into consciousness.
Hayagriva carries the teaching of bringing together the dark and the light.
For example, the Horse breath is a Pranayam (breathing practice) that is undertaken upon his this ritual Moon.
It is a breath technique that literally simulates the sound of a Horse.
It stimulates the nerves connected to the Third-Eye Chakra and assists in giving one insight and vision into the two halves of ourselves… that is, the dark and light parts of ourselves, and how they relate to each other.
The Chorrah, or Horse Challana (movement), is a Tantric Mudra of moving as if one were upon horseback.
There are numerous Asanam (static position) that can be done with the horse riding movement that makes them into Challana (dynamic movement).
The Horse movement is mostly performed in the squatting position.
Along with Antar Mudra (inner practices relevant to the Horse).
Such practices as these will be woven into this ritual.
On this night, Tantric wisdom harnesses the planetary energy present on this lunar junction. The lunar house named Ashvin is the Horse constellation that is touched upon in the astral plane on this night.
Shravan is the lunar mansion of listening, so an ear is given to the teachings of the Ashvin horse twins is the transition into the full Moon of the Shravan month.
The Ashvin twins are the master healers of the astral realm. They bring about healing through the balance of opposites. They are the celestial healing horse twins this ritual day acknowledges.
The Ashvins healing twins ride the starry heavens. When their influence is in inner orbit, they bring healing through the law of balance.
The Horse Stars bring power to those places that have fallen into Tamas (resignation). These Healing star brothers are the representatives of Usha, the Goddess of the dawn who stands for the birth of new things. She is the Goddess who stands at the border between dark and light.
Shravan is the month of opposites, the month of Shakti and Shiva.
Just like the Moon of Hayagriva that follows a narrative of balancing opposites.
We also find that this ritual day is known as Raksha Bhandan. A time of acknowledging the balancing bind between sisters and brothers.
The lunar Junction of Hayagriva Jayanti gives us spiritual access to the mysteries and powers of the Horse.
The Horse constellation is connected to the star brothers, the Ashvins.
DOMESTICATING WILD HORSES
The confining and domesticating of wild animals is something that we see played out on a larger scale upon the earth where we live.
The captivity of animals to exist without the natural climate in which to express their natural instincts is something that – in our modern culture – we may have become completely conditioned to.
We might be so used to it as to even take it as normality.
It is worth recalling the Western project of Enlightenment has been one of domination of Man over Nature, as opposed to living in equilibrium with nature as is put forth by ‘Eastern Enlightenment’ path of Tantra.
The reigning in and confinement of animals… along with their natural habitats and instincts, is equally paralleled in the human.
Our human nature may have become confined within religious and spiritual dictums, or it may have been harnessed to pull the cart of commerce and capitalisation as the authentic human being gets overridden by ‘gods and myth of modernity and unnatural living.
We might look upon and ponder things such as childbirth methods, farming, nutrition, educational methods, pharmaceuticals etc etc, just to see how far from nature we may have deviated.
Many things we might take to be normal are brought into question when, and if, natural law unfolds.
Tantra could be called the path of attempting to reveal and unfold Nature’s Laws within ourselves.
TWO HORSES BECOME ONE
Hayagriva is mythologised as a great Yogi who acquired immense power which he couldn’t handle and therefore ended up misusing.
The Tantric teaching story tells how he fell into the shadow of unconsciousness and threatened the very existance of creation.
Hayagriva was a black horse headed Yogi who had become so powerful that the power ‘went to his head’.
He was driven by one-sided unconscious forces that were heedless to any effect they had. His drive and stimulation was without compassion for the effect to others. His own unconscious shadow was outside of the eye of awareness.
Unstoppable was he in his destruction, just like the horse that is able to run at great speed without getting breathless.
This is why Hayagriva represents the unstoppable force of Prana.
By his unstoppable force he reigned misery upon creation, so much so, that he even caused the sun to fall.
The world threatened to fall into complete darkness as the black horse ran amok in his self-glorifying dance of destruction.
In this state, Hayagriva represents the unconscious use of power without a balanced natural will to guide him.
And as balance is always sought by nature, the celestial spheres brought the reflection of the misery inducing Hayagriva forth.
The miserable self gratifying Gayagriva was met by the other side of his shadow,
His form of awareness was magnetically attracted to him through the law of reflection.
A Horse as silver as Moonlight, had galloped along with him all the time, but was outside of Hayagriva’s awareness and consciousness.
It is sometimes so,
that the unconscious shadow-forces can possess one,
and create a life void of awareness, love and compassion.
The black horse is the root power. But without awareness of effect, it can cause destruction and misery.
Hayagriva suffered for his relentless blindness.
Oh but he kept a secret in his heart… a secret longing for salvation from his dead ended path of misery and heartlessness.
‘The heart awakens in awareness’.
Hayagriva had lacked that until faced with his reflection.
And so the silverly form of Hayagriva was called forth into awareness when the mindless shadow rampage had reached the furthest extent of blindness possible.
A war and struggle of epic proportions between the two ensued until a balance between shadow and light was restored.
Tantricly speaking, once the forces of the shadow become known, they can be gradually and carefully integrated from the unconscious and often destructive levels they play out in our lives in the unaware state.
Love is the awareness of the one in all,
the all in one.
Once seen, known and worked with, our shadow can be put to use creatively, to unfold in the magical and mysterious ways of love.
The integration of the shadow, is symbolised in the myth of Hayagriva.
Seeing the Shadow in wakefulness, not in the dream state that it can cast upon us, is a grand undertaking… A task mist ? Tantric.
The Black Hayagriva represents unconscious forces in the shadow, such as jealousy, selfish interest over others, and the will to be superior.
These being all powers that can’t be stamped out, but powers to be redirected and liberated from unconscious programs and traumas that give them their birth and life.
They become creative forces when the two horses, black and silverly, are unified and work with each other. This is the birth of the Horse god Hayagriva within us.
It is the unified Hayagriva who carries the sun up each day at sunrise, and lets her rest at night.
He comes to know both parts equally, both light and darkness, he doesn’t try to keep the Sun down in the night, nor up during the day.
He accepts the natural existence of both, and lets them express themselves equally.
Representing the strength of our Shakti, and how by balancing the black and silver we get moonlight.
These are the Horses of life breath. The in and out breaths is implied here.
We can raise Shakti from the unconscious levels to the levels of awareness through union in breath.
The unified Hayagriva is the inner alchemy of black sky and silver Moon