THE WOMB AND YONI OF DESIRE
3 NIGHTS OF THE GODDESS
20:00 – 22:00 CEST
19:00 – 21:00 GMT
21:00 – 23:00 BG
Kamakhya is the Goddess of desire.
She is at the very essence of desire.
and the secret within desire…
Her bleeding nights take us on
a Tantric pilgrimage across
landscapes both inner and outer,
Love is the blessing of Kamakhya.
Kamakhya is the initiatoress of the darkening season after the longest day of the year.
Kamakhya is the Goddess of desire.
Kama in her name means desire.
Her ritual is celebrated for three days following the Summer Solstice.
Kamakhya is the central point within desire.
The Kamakhya ritual will take place over the course of three ritual evenings, in which we will Tantricly investigate the root of desire by unfolding the ritual mythology of the great love story of Shakti & Shiva.
The central point in desire is a doorway to the Goddess. To truly enter into the potency of her opening, is to have the Darshan (vision) of Kamakhya.
This ancient Tantric ritual festival, celebrates the exhalation of nature in the menstruation of Kamakhya. Her bleeding welcomes the now introverting cycle as the nights start to lengthen over the days.
It is a ritual time for honouring and aligning to
the dark internal space of the womb.
Following the solstice, the nights start lengthening and nature makes her descent into the creative womb.
These ritual nights are a rite of passage into the darkening season.
It be a time for internalising and addressing the feminine Shakti principle.
We will attempt to access our receptive feeling nature as we enter the land of the sexual Chakra.
Kamakhya creates movement in reproductive and sexual health, on both physical and spiritual levels.
We will be aligning to her fable, chanting her Mantra’s and practicing her Mudras.
The Kamakhya Mudras bring the whole area of desire and sexuality into focus by directing the life energy to the downward facing triangle of the Goddess.
We will undertake Tantric pilgrimage across landscapes both inner and outer. A pilgrimage towards Kamakhya.
Many reclusive Yogins who usually live in states of Samadhi, only come out on these 3 days each year to perform the ritual dedicated to Kamakhya.
This highlights the central place of this ritual within Tantra.
As well as being a fertility festival, it represents to the Tantrics, a time of insight into the root of desire.
During the nights of Kamakhya the Yogin aligns to nature’s first step of introversion into the descending womb of expanding night forces.
By focusing and listening within, we may observe that which is huddled deep within the underground of desire.
She is the place that houses the essence of desire.
We will study the object of desire, and perhaps find that a mysterious and unfathomable spiritual longing arises.
Mystical longing may grow when we approach Kamakhya.
Her longing can take centre stage in the usually dominating forces of desire and the movements towards its fulfilling.
As her door opens, and her deep caves are revealed, habitual desire can become suspended.
The ritual within, is reflected in the ritual without.
There is a transition from the light half of the year into the dark half as the longest day is left behind upon Kamakhya’s night.
The darkening half of the year begins…
following the solstice.
This is the initiation
of nature’s exhalation.
On the recent solstice day, nature had reached the full extent of her inhalation.
Which by the laws of polarity, must be followed by the exhalation following the pause between.
Suspension and interludes are times of catching the great mystery that can evade us in the louder and brighter shades of life.
Having crossed this transition, the poles of nature switch into the introverted state.
It is for Tantrics, the time for addressing and empowering the feminine Shakti principle, as the Goddess of desire has her yearly menstruation.
Welcome to Kamakhya Puja.
HER TEMPLE DOOR
The Kamakhya ritual practices are concerned with desire and the forces of destruction and creation.
Desire can both create or destroy,
Kamakhya is the great initiatoress
into the secrets of desire.
The ritual travels through the myth of desire in the story of Shakti and Shiva.
It is an allegory of many layers of meaning.
Travelling through the dance of desire, we will ritually investigate Kamakhya… the woman who is the pure essence of desire.
The Kamakhya sequence of Mudra’s is an ancient Tantric formula related to working with the sexual energy and womb centres.
Kamakhya’s practices relate to desire, fertility, virility,
sexuality and sensuality
on both psychic and physical levels.
Kamakhya Mudras can involve intimate use of the hands upon sexual zones of energy on and in the body.
These Mudras can sometimes be arousing. They can create a movement of the Shakti energy from frozen states.
In the ritual of Kamakhya, we will attempt to channel the forces of desire towards the revealing and healing of the pure essence of desire.
Kamakhya practice is heating in nature.
Through the force of desire, she creates the diamond… a stone much desired.
The diamond is the result of the force of the earth’s desire.
The Heerchalana Mudra is a strong yet simple form of Mudra in motion, that both physically and psychically compresses the innermost diamond of desire.
We shall engage in this Gupt Mudra (hidden practice of initiation), as we attempt to awaken to the Goddess of pure desire that is Kamakhya.
WEDNESDAY 22nd OF JUNE
FIRST NIGHT OF KAMAKHYA
WATER AS SHE POURS DOWN
The first stage of Tantric Kamakhya practice in the 3 day ritual festival, begins with the journey of Kundalini Shakti.
Kundalini Shakti is represented as the undulating serpent energy that seeks union. She is the essence of pure desire that can be wound up in the unconscious realms.
The Shakti within us finds reflected union with that which she is bound by.
The unconscious bindings are mirrored in the physical and psychic worlds to us by the object of desire.
The desire being reflected back in its opposite.
We see this revealed in the story of Sati and Shiva. They are opposites that reflect each other.
See WRITTEN TANTRA for the Story.
Sati is the beloved of Shiva. She is the pure manifestation of Shakti unbound, expressed upon the manifest Earth.
Her opposite is Shiva, the one who seems barely to sit upon the earth… having his vision beyond the physical manifest realm.
They are opposites that reflect each other.
Kam Kam Ka Meh Kha
Kam Kam Ka Meh Kha
This is the Mantra that relates to the Mudras of the first night of the Kamakhya Puja.
THURSDAY THE 23rd OF JUNE
SECOND NIGHT OF KAMAKHYA
FIRE AS THEY BOTH BURN
The second night opens the practice of Mudras that relate to the second part of the story, in which Shiva is distraught by the loss of his beloved Sati, and becomes maddeningly possessed by destructive force.
The second night of Kamakhya Puja is Tantricly ritualised by the Tandav. This is the dance of destruction.
Restlessness and anger are addressed and brought to the Tantric altar for focusing towards entering the secret door of Kamakhya.
By way of inner and outer Mudra, we will attempt to dance the Tandav in the eternal play of Yog.
This is the Mantra that we will chant on this night. The Tandav strotram is a 30 verse poem honouring the dance of Shakti & Shiva. It may also sung to invoke the spirit of the eternal dance of longing.
FRIDAY THE 24th OF JUNE
THE THIRD NIGHT OF KAMAKHYA
EARTHLY UNION OF SHAKTI-SHIVA
The third and final night of the Puja sees the conclusion of the story, in which, through love and compassion for the devotion of Shiva, Sati reincarnates as Pharbati.
Shakti and Shiv meet upon the earth plane and sacred Yogic union prevails.
Pharbati represents Tejas, the calming fire which cools the heat of longing that burns Shiva to the point just before destruction.
The Mudras of Shakti and Shiva are Tantricly practiced as the conclusion of the Kamakhya Puja.
These are the Mudras that relate to the union of the receptive and active forces within us.
The practice of these Mudras begins on the psychic level as Antar Mudra (inner Tantric invocations).
Such Mudras have the effect of spreading out from the subtle unto the manifest level.
They begin an alchemical reflective process of harmonising the polarities in both our unmanifest and manifest levels of being.
Kam Kam Kamaksha
Kam Kam Kam Kamaksha
Is the final Mantra that relates to the completion of the ritual.
It is the Mantra that instills mystical union.