MAHAVIDYA GODDESS OF SPEECH & PSYCHIC SOUND
Sunday the 8th of May
20:00 – 22:00 CEST
19:00 – 21:00 GMT
21:00 – 23:00 BG
Oh Goddess Bagalamukhi.
Some say the yellow one.
We see you glowing in gold
& coming from the east.
You are the great paralysis.
We gather upon your birthday
& courageously come to honour
the wake up shock that you administer.
You are the great shock that pierces the Chakra
and brings us to silence.
To you we bow
Upon this ritual night of the growing half Moon of balance, we will attempt to approach Devi Bagalamukhi. She be the Goddess of Kechari Vidya, which is the wisdom of psychic space and speech.
Bagalamukhi is the goddess who paralyses with her beauty.
The story of Bagalamukhi references the colour gold quite centrally.
It starts in the Golden Age of Krita Yuga, which is one of the 4 ages in the line of Silver, Bronze, and Iron ages.
The golden Krita Yuga is the age of Earthly Harmony where the story begins.
Bagalamukhi appeared from a golden pond of Turmeric (the sacred Haridra pond), emerging in dazzling beauty, with golden clothes and skin dyed gold by the Turmeric.
Her golden jewelry chimed through infinity as she walked with effulgent grace.
Bhagalamukhi was summoned by the golden deity known as Pitambara (Vishnu, as the wearer of Yellow clothes).
Pitambara is keeper of the Golden Age, and when a storm came to threaten his golden order, he prayed deeply until the Goddess of the three worlds, Tripuri Lalita, appeared before him and offered him a precious gift.
The gift was the golden beauty Bagalamukhi, who emerged from the sacred golden Haridra Sarovar lake.
Her beauty manifested upon Earth and was paralyzing.
Bagalamukhi means the one who paralyses through her gaze.
With Bhagalamukhi on the scene, the golden deity Pitambara, could once again rest into his golden world as Bagalamukhi paralyzed the impending storm with her beauty.
She did it through her golden gaze. Bagalamukhi radiates golden rays that captivate and paralyze. She goes by the name of Pitambari, ‘the one who shines with yellow dress’.
THE SOLAR PLEXUS & ITS OPPOSITE
The Golden lake called Haridra Sarovar from which Bagalamukhi emerges, takes its name from the root spice known as Turmeric. This is a root that has many medicinal properties and is ritually prepared and taken by Yogins to enliven the fires of the Solar Plexus Chakra.
The Haridra Sarovar lake in the story of Bagalamukhi represents the Solar Plexus Chakra, whose colour is yellow. The opposite colour in the spectrum to yellow is Indigo.
The indigo Chakra is the Agya Chakra at the third-eye, with which the solar plexus is connected as its opposite.
The Third eye is ruled by the dark Moon, whereas the Solar plexus is ruled by sun, as its name suggests.
At the time of the dark Moon the fluidic currents move away from the third eye and sink to the base as the tide descends.
This monthly occurrence has the effect to open the third eye, and is at the root behind why the Yogins work with the spirits of the ancestors on dark Moon days… when they are most visible.
At the dark Moon, the sun and the Moon are at the closet point they get to each other in a month. This is a subject worthy of meditation when considering Bagalamukhi as the Goddess of both the solar-plexus Chakra and it’s opposite at the third eye.
The two coexist as opposite polarities which are meant to live in balance if harmony is to be.
In Tantra, opposite polarities hold a secret… they attract and repel each other, just like night and day, hot and cold, active and passive, yellow and indigo.
For the Tantric, opposites and the place where they meet and kiss are investigated through ritual focus.
When polarities exist in perfect balance,
a vision of love is glimpsed.
This vision is revealed by
Bagalamukhi’s golden gaze.
Bagalamukhi is worshipped on this night. Her ritual work can help in finding the opposing polarities within us, and making us aware of the attraction and magnetism between them.
Bagalamukhi reveals a vision that can restore balance within our inner and outer worlds. This detail is one of the keys to Bagalamukhi ritual worship.
She is verily a bridge between the spoken and the unspoken worlds.
Kechari Mudra is the practice of working with the tongue.
The tongue is the intersection between the polarities of the solar plexus and the third eye. Tantra prescribes many techniques of working with the tongue.
The nerves of the tongue are profoundly related to the solar plexus and sexual nerves.
The Vagus nerve and the Chakras can all get stimulated through the practice of the Mudras of the tongue.
The different Mudra placements of the tongue which are carried out in Bagalamukhi ritual, all have their specific and unique effects upon the energies of the Chakras.
Applying and investigating these Mudras will be part of this Bagalamukhi ritual practice.
Kechari Vidya (wisdom of Kechari) is a secret practice that is initiated upon Bagalamukhi Jayanti.
Specific Mudra and Mantra, in combination with the movements of the tongue can send the energy up to the third eye, or down to the solar and sexual sexual Chakra.
According to the placement of the tongue, the whole system of Chakric energies can be effected and worked with.
GODDESS WHO PULLS THE TONGUE OUT
This brings us to another myth that relates to Bagalamukhi.
When we see the Goddess Bagalamukhi in pictures, she is portrayed as pulling out the tongue of a ghoulish looking little man with bulging eyes.
Madan was a Yogi who became Asuric (divided and destructive) after he gained the Siddhi of Kechari Vidya. This is the siddhi of speech, often referred to as Vakk siddhi.
Those who work with the Kechari Mudra of the tongue in very deep ways are said to get the power of speech, in the sense that what is said can become manifest.
For this reason, Kechari Mudra practitioners are careful and sometimes very reserved with speech.
Now, the Asura Madan had the power of Kechari Mudra, but his heart was eclipsed by bitterness, and so he cursed left, right and centre, causing much suffering.
The golden glowing Goddess Bagalamukhi appeared in the midst of his rampage and stunned his eclipsed heart and pulled his tongue in the Northern direction, bringing his energies into communion with his third eye.
The upward movement of the tongue connects the sexual energies and digestive fires with the subtle energies of the third eye.
Bagalamukhi is the Goddess
who draws the gold out of the swamp
of habitual murky dwelling.
RITUAL OF BAGALAMUKHI
For this ritual please have a vessel of water with a spoon of the golden spice Turmeric mixed into it. We will be working Tantricly with creating an elixir for the Chakras.
And so upon this night annual ritual day of Bagalamukhi, we will attempt to approach Bagalamukhi… the paralyzingly beautiful Shakti and giver of Kechari Vidya.
This is a ritual of working with the solar forces as mirrored in the rising moon. We will be studying the impact of our active and inactive words.
Not only the spoken words will we look into, but also the unspoken words, and the words that resound within us and colour our innermost being.
Some of these practices will be preliminaries to attaining the full Northern Mudras of Kechari.
Bagalamuki Jayanti will take place under the auspices of Magha Nakshatra (lunar mansion).
This is a placement of heritage a d ancestry, that facilitates the healing work with our ancestral line.
In this ritual, we will investigate the ancestral voices that have been passed along the line and colour the tone of tongue.
Bagalamukhi is the Goddess Shakti that can turn immovable rusted words into a liquid river of Gold.