In some articles I encountered this -

वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम्

vāmā bhūtvā yajet param

If I understand this correctly, this basically means -

Every aspirant has to realise the 'latent female principle' within himself, and only by becoming a female he's entitled to worship the Supreme Being.

What's the source and complete context of this verse?

I'm guessing this might be from Shakta Tantras.

Is this a valid doctrine in any Hinduism sect? And what's the complete explanation behind this, if any?

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    This site says it's from Āhārabheda-Tantra.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 10:27
  • Yes @The Destroyer , John Woodroffe in 'Hymn to Kali' also quotes this same verse from same tantra
    – Vivikta
    Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 10:45
  • It refers to the vamachara, one among those six (vedic, Vaishnava, shiva, vama, siddhanta and kula). Earlier to vama it would be शिवो भूत्वा शिवं यजेत्. They describe the underlying Bhavas (भाव) to the corresponding Acharas.
    – Second
    Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 11:32
  • Forgot to mention dakshinaAchara: " one among those seven (vedic, Vaishnava, shiva, dakshinaAchara, vama, siddhanta and kula)"
    – Second
    Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 11:53
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    Well, yes @Proxy I'm aware of Vama, Dakshina, and the levels of left doctrine. I just want an apt explanation from the Tantras on this
    – Vivikta
    Commented Feb 10, 2022 at 13:30

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There is no easy way to explain it. Thus quotaing from the brief overview given by Dinesh Chandra Bhattacharyya, M.A. Proffecer of Sanskrit, Hoogly Mohsin college, Bengal. on the Sarvollāsatantram of Shri-Sarvananda (A), He writes,

The special Forte of Sarvananda's work, as stated by himself, was a consideration of the three fold Bhava (भाव) and the corresponding Acharas (आचार)- one of the most knotty problems of tantra. The subject is broached (in Ullhasa VII) with an well judged emphasis on the peculiar provision specially of the Shaktitantras- that undefinable state of religious consciousness (भाव) which alone secures everything and without which all worship is utterly futile.

साधन भावमात्रं हि भावेन भाव्यवान्‌ भवेत्‌ । आचारेण बिना भावं कदाचिन्नैव जायते ॥ ३ ॥

The medium is only Bhava, by Bhava he is "Blessed" (Bhagyawan), but Bhava cannot form without its corresponding Acharas.

Thus the verse, "वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम्" occurs in the "Vamachari Shakta Lakshanm" of Sarvollāsatantram (Ulhasa LI) taken from the Samayachar tantra, which describes the Bhava of Vamachara itself, where the use of real panchatatva just begins.

Here is what he writes,

The दक्षिणाचार alone covers half of the book (ullhasa XVIII - XLVII) and derives its name from the peculiar भाव underlying it– " शिवो भूत्वा यजेत् परां" (ullhasa XVIII and XLVII). In the next step the भाव changes to "वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम्" (ullhasa LI) whence the term वामाचार arose*.

** *वामे प्रकृतिरूपा च दक्षिणे पुरूषाकृतिः । ** A

  • Nice! But where is exactly this - वामा भूत्वा यजेत् परम्?
    – Vivikta
    Commented Feb 12, 2022 at 17:34

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