Mahavydia Series | 02
THE SECOND OF THE DASHA MAHAVIDYA
AN INITIATION INTO THE WISDOMS OF THE GODDESS.
27 February | FULL MOON*
20:oo - 23:oo CET | 19:oo - 22:oo GMT
*A recording will be made available,
if you were unable to make the exact date/time.
Just get in touch.
you stand outside the walls
of Time and Space
Your secret is that you are the walls,
and you are time and space itself
You are the one where time and space meet,
To you we bow,
The delicate power beyond compare.”
Lalita Jayanti is the second appointment in our year-long series dedicated to the Dasha Mahavidyas (the Wisdom of the Ten Goddesses). Amonst the Mahavidyas, Lalita is commonly known as Tripuria Sundari, The ‘one who is beautiful cross the three worlds’. Sundari means the ‘beautiful woman’ and Tripuri are the ‘three worlds’ (of the earthly, conscious & subconscious planes).
Lalita is the cooling receptive lunar energy, Tejas, that balances the heating active solar energy, Agni. Agni is the opposite of Tejas; it is the heating fire that fuels our active actions ambitions which, if not balanced with the cooling fire of Tejas, burns up the subtle and receptive powers of both the spirit and the body.
Both are needed in the balance of existence. Lalita is the Goddess energy that helps us to find the contentment in the simplicity of life.
Lalita is the stepping back
from the flames of physical & psychic fire
so that more subtle & silent qualities
can gain admittance to our being.
Lalita’s cooling Lunar fire offers us a receptive, comforting place in which to cool down into the very simple and innocent sweetness, perhaps forgotten and secret in today’s modern, busy world. Lalita’s mantras, which we shall practice on this ritual, are soothing; the opposite of her sister Bhairavi’s, which are heating. They are cooling and softening, as to melt into the magical corners of our being. Yet, her Darshan (vision) of the simplicity of receptive being can not be captured through the fires of ambition and urgency that may surround us.
Active energies and impulses may well be grabbing our attention in our lives, but if Lalita is to reveal herself to us, such fires must first be balanced and cooled to make way for her. Hers is the rising sun that has been cooled by the night forces. Her seat rests upon a lotus flower that grows out of the Nabi Chakra (navel) of Shiva. The forces of fire are implied by this lotus emanating from the fire Chakra and Lalita is the cooling Moonfire of Tejas that sits atop the hot fire of Agni.
Lalita’s beauty is the Soma (cooling moon fluid) which is alchemically produced thought the union of Agni and Tejas. Poems and scriptural verses describe her as having a milky complexion, along with full breasts and a smile that can break the trance of Shiva’s concentrated meditation. She is the ultimate alluring beauty and lunar promise. Triple meanings Tripuri Lalita, as she is called, means the one who is beautifully delicate and soft in the three worlds.
She is the beauty
on the third element
two extremes of opposites.
Lalita has a twilight gaze! When night and day unite they create the mystical magic of twilight. When Rajas and Bindu unite – that is, the red blood and egg of the woman with the white seed of the man – then they create Soma, which is life. This Tantric law of circuitry holds true on all levels of divided opposites in all the worlds.
Tripuri Lalita then is the Beauty of these three worlds of Rajas, Bindu and Soma. For this, she is known as Raj Rani or Rajeshwari, which means ‘Queen of Kings and Kingdoms’.
She represents Mata, the subject.
She represents Mana, the instrument.
She represents Maya, the object.
These three M’s represent the secret of all yogic investigations. Upon the ritual full Moon night of Lalita, we shall approach Lalita, she will approach us just as a moonlit mirror, reflecting the deepest, softest and most magical beauty of all.
This ritual night is very much about reclaiming the innocence of receptive being, just like a child in the arms of the great mother who receives the nourishing Moon milk. The ritual worship of Lalita is softening and melting to the places of psychic and physical tension that might have become a familiar state of normality. Lalita touches us with the hand that relieves rigidity.
Lalita is the end of all struggle and self-proving. She is the great nourishing respite and the secret of beauty. Not an imposing made-up beauty that flaunts and sells itself, but hers is a beauty seen only by the cooling lunar eye, the eye that sees beyond the fires that burn the soul’s vision. Lalita’s voice is powerful in its silence, her voice is so powerful that it is heard only in the power of receptive softness.
Check out the whole Mahavidya Series to learn about the other 9 aspects of Goddess Wisdom.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
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The rituals takes place ONLINE, from 8pm until ±11pm Central European Time (CET).
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Lalita is commonly known as Tripuri Sundari, Sundari means the beautiful woman. Tripuri means the one who is beautiful in the three worlds. Lalita is the feminine essence that receives and cools the fire of the sun. She is the cooling receptive lunar energy that balances the fire of Agni. Her mantras are cooling and are the opposite of her sister Bhairavi’s which are heating.
WHAT IS 'WORKING WITH THE SHADOW'?
A short interview with Boonath.
ANCIENT & SACRED
On these healing circles you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.
You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.
The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, ancient sequences that honour the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.
Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.
Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds).
The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.
Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. Generally, the practice will last about 6 hours, but if the group is ready to practice longer we might carry well into the night.
The Circle is open to those interested in the healing path.
Tantra and Yoga practitioners, and those seeking healing, practitioners of the mystic arts. Both advanced and beginners will find a place in this circle.
If you have had or are having psychosis please get in touch directly with us as this is important to know about in this work. The same goes for those with strong mobility issues. Drug and alcohol users also need to inform us of their condition. Thank you.
The practie usually takes place in the dark or darkly-lit spaces.
The pictures below were taken in daylight to capture the flow of a practice.
BOONATH was born into a life of yoga. He grew up between Europe and India and was introduced as a child to yoga through his grandparents who were on both sides yoga practitioners.
His grandparents took him on his first Himalayan pilgrimage when he was just seven years old and he has been exposed to the world of yogis ever since.
Boonath has taken initiation into the left hand path (that’s the path of the heart) and specialises in the branch of Chandra Parampara, that is a secret style of Moon practice that works with the night forces. It is a style of tantra that goes very deep into the subconscious roots It is first and foremostly a Healing System. Most of his family still lives in India and he has been travelling there regularly throughout his life in pursuit of yoga. He has worked closely in apprenticeship with elders in the line of Siddha systems of healing and holds much knowledge in the use of rituals, mantras and body/spirit healing methods among other things.
Boonath has been working in this line and helping people with the implementation of these techniques for over 25 years to successfully overcome mental and physical problems, from chronic pain to addiction.
Boonath’s healing and yoga work sees him travelling across the whole of Europe to give workshops and healing sessions. His travels and yoga workshops continue to benefit people in deprived circumstances.
In recent years Boonath has been living and teaching yoga in Germany where he has a network of students. It was in Berlin that Boonath met Kim, with whom Boonath co-founded Working with the Shadow in 2014.
Formal studies and encounters have all left their impression on Boonath, but his teachings are deeply rooted in the Shamanic traditions of the mystical Babas and Fakirs of India, with whom Boonath has been studying closely since childhood to the present day.
KIM is an Eco-Activist turned Yogi and the founder of Healing in the Willows, the retreat company hosting Working with the Shadow, which he developed in 2014 in collaboration with Boonath, who he assists with the teaching. Kim discovered Yoga in 2005, following a burn-out at work that brought him onto the path of ‘Yog’. Kim had spent over 10 years coordinating international environmental campaigns in Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin for major environmental NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, and many others.
Kim practiced Yoga with many teachers from several modern styles of Yoga (including Iyengar, Astanga, Vinasa, Bikram, Sivananda, Scaravelli, Kundalini) all over Europe, India and further afield. In 2011 Kim set up a first yoga collective in Berlin, which he then expanded to a new location in 2013, in one of the economically deprived areas of town that was undergoing gentrification. The collective brought together a variety of local teachers to promote yoga on a donation basis within the surrounding community unable to afford the increasing cost of living. It was there that Kim met Boonath and, through Boonath, that his understanding of what Yoga is and what Yoga can do shifted entirely. Boonath’s rare and ancient Tantric lineage revolutionised Kim’s understanding of Yoga and initiated him into a mystical healing journey that impacted strongly also on Kim’s activist work.
Since then Kim has been collaborating with Boonath on developing Working with the Shadow through the retreats, workshops and online classes.
TO BOOK A PLACE ON THE ONLINE SESSION…
STEP 1 | Make the payment
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STEP 2 | Send a proof of payment
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We will then:
STEP 3 | Send you a confirmation email confirming your registration.
STEP 4 | The day of the event, we will send you an email containing:
– all the technical details to connect to the class online,
– suggestions on how best to prepare for the practice (foods and drinks to avoid),
– how to set-up your room for the practice,
– props you might need during the practice (blankets, cushions, etc).
SIGN-UP FOR ALL TEN RITUALS
Discounts & Additional Benefits
When you sign up in advance for all ten rituals,
you will get instruction to working with the Mantras and Yantras
as part of home study between rituals.
You will also then take part in additional online group sessions
aimed at guiding you deeper into this process of self-study.
These additional sessions and home-study will be
available only to those who sign up for all ten rituals in advance.
FEES VARY ACCORDING TO INCOME
Please choose the amount matching your current economic situation,
whether you are unemployed, low income or high income.
Please remember that we depend entirely on peoples’ fees for the carrying out of this work:
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One Ritual / All Ten Rituals
€35 / €299
One Ritual / All Ten Rituals
€50 / €399
One Ritual / All Ten Rituals
Account holder: Kim Bizzarri
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ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
THE SESSION WILL HAPPEN ON ZOOM
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