In the passages you have provided what is praised is the Pashupata Yoga (also called the Pashupata Vrata) and what is condemned are sects like Pashupata. So, there is no contradiction as the same thing isn't praised and condemned simultaneously. In some other scriptures too (including Usana Smriti which isn't a sectarian scripture) we find criticisms of the ...
There are various quotes in scriptures which say: 'Devi is everything and Devi is all that exists'.
Some of the verses are:
In the Durga Saptashati, Markandeya Purana when Sumbha accuses Devi of killing Nisumbha by using power of others she replies as:
एकैवाहं जगत्यत्र द्वितीया का ममापरा।
पश्यैता दुष्ट मय्येव विशन्त्यो मद्विभूतयः॥५॥
I only exist in this ...
You can quote the following conversation between Shumbha and the Devi in Devi Mahatmyam if you want to take the position that the Devi is complete. This is the position of Tantrikas and not Vedantins.
The Rsi said: Seeing his brother Nishumbha slain, who was dear to him
as his life, and his army being slaughtered, Shumbha angrily said, 'O
Durga, who are ...
Yes, Mandalas are very essential components of Trika Shaivism. In many rituals, deities are worshipped inside Mandala form. Sri Abhinavagupta frequently discusses the use of Mandalas to perform various rituals in Tantraloka and Tantrasara. For example, in chapter 14 of Tantrasara, he discusses forming a Mandala in the form of Tridents and invoking deities in ...
The quoted verse is from the Argala stotra, a part of the Devi Mahatyam of the Markandeya Purana.
जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी । दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री
स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते ॥२॥
Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii | Durgaa Shivaa
Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te ||2||
2.1: Salutations to Jayanti (Who is Ever-...
The following verse mentions about Pithas as follows:
linga-traya-visheshagyah shadAdhAra-vibhedakah | pitha-sthAnAni
chagatya maha-padmavanam vrajet ||
The aspirant, who have the knowledge of the "three Lingas" raises the
Kulakundalini, by piercing the Shat Chkras (six centers), travels
through the Pithas and finally reaches the Maha Padma Vana (...
The various manifestations of Bhagavatî Durgâ(Mahâdurgâ, Jayadurgâ, Vanadurgâ, Shûlinîdurgâ, Chandikâ, Mahishamardinî) have the lion as their vâhana. There is no mention of Her riding a tiger in any scriptural text (Devîmâhâtmya, Devîbhâgavata Purâna, Kâlikâ Purâna, Mahâbhâgavata Upapurâna, Tripurârahasya, Shâkta sections of Skanda Purâna; Vâmana Purâna; ...
Devatas are psychological realities (metaphysical entities). They are not physical beings. They don't have Koshas. They are aspects that manifest in our Consciousness. They are experienced within us as our vital energy rises. a typical description of God. They manifest in the state of Turiya (which is actually the substratum of all the three states that ...
It is difficult to give a definitive answer to the question.
The Ajna Chakra is called the third eye. An image of it is given below.
The Ajna Cakra has two petals and is white. The letters HA and Ksa,
which are white, are on the two petals.
The Serpent Power by Sir John Woodroffe
It is a lotus with two petals and located at the end of the Sushumna Nadi. It ...
I heard this story from people: When Parvati playfully closed Shivji’s eyes from behind him, the whole world became dark, so a huge flame jumped out from his forehead to light up the world. It represents the flame of highest perception & vertical ascent of Kundalini to the Ajna Chakra.