Mahavydia Series | 05
THE FIFTH OF THE DASHA MAHAVIDYA
AN INITIATION INTO THE WISDOMS OF THE GODDESS.
20 May | Half Waxing Moon*
20:oo-23:oo CEST | 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.
“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
to 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.”
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. One of the 4 ages in the line of Silver, Bronze, and Iron ages.
The golden Krita Age is the age of Earthly Harmony. Bagalamukhi appears from a golden pond of Turmeric (the sacred Haridra pond), emerging in dazzling beauty, 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 God Pitambara (Vishnu, as the seared 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 appeared from the sacred pond as a golden goddess. Her beauty, manifested upon Earth, was paralyzing.
Bagalamukhi means the one who paralyses through her gaze. The golden God 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, which is why she also goes by the name of Pitambari, ‘the one with the golden gaze’.
The Solar Plexus | & its opposite
The Golden pond called Haridra takes its name from the root spice known as Turmeric.
The pond represents the Solar Plexus Chakra, whose colour is yellow. The opposite colour in the spectrum to yellow is Indigo. The indigo chakra is the Ajna Chakra at the Third eye, with which the Solar is connected as its opposite. The Third eye is ruled by the Dark (new) Moon, whereas the Solar plexus is ruled by, as the name suggests, the Sun. The two coexist as opposite polarities which are meant to live in balance.
In Tantra, opposite polarities hold a secret: they attract and repel each other, just like night and day, hot and cold, male and female.
When polarities exist in perfect balance
a new vision of reality can be acquired,
and this vision is revealed
by Bagalamukhi’s golden gaze.
Bagalamukhi is worshipped on this night in pursuit of finding and transcending opposing polarities to reveal a new vision that can restore balance within our inner and outer worlds. This detail is one of the keys to Bagalamukhi ritual worship.
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 is stimulated through the tongue. Particular placements of the tongue all have their specific functions. Kechari Vidya (wisdom of Kechari) is a secret practice that is initiated upon Bagalamukhi Jayanti. Specific mudras and mantras in combination with the movements of the tongue can send the energy up to the third eye, or down to the sexual chakra, or to the solar plexus. According to the placement of the tongue, the whole system of chakric energies can be altered.
The Goddess who pulls the Tongue Northward
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 (destructive) after he gained the Siddhi of Kechari Mudra. 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 get the power of speech, in the sense that what is said can become manifest. For this reason Kechari yogis 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 and caused much suffering.
The golden glowing goddess 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.
is the Goddess force
that draws the gold out of the swamp
of habitual murky dwelling.
And so upon this Half Waxing ritual night, we shall approach Bagalamukhi with the prayer of receiving Kechari Vidya.
This is a ritual of working with the solar forces as mirrored in the rising moon. Studying the impact of our active words, not only the spoken words, but also the words that resound 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 the Magha Nakshatra (lunar constellation), that is the Star of Heritage & Power, which facilitates the healing work with our ancestral line. To find out more about this star, click here.
WHERE & HOW: It’s all Online.
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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.
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STEP 4 | The day of the event, we will send you an email containing:
– all the technical details to connect to the class online,
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– how to set-up your room for the practice,
– props you might need during the practice (blankets, cushions, etc).
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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.
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