Some signs of Kali Yuga as mentioned in Parashara Smriti's 1st chapter touch upo the issue here:
30 & 31. "Religion has been overthrown by irreligion ; and truth
indeed by that which is false ; kings have been overpowered by thieves
; males have been subdued by females ; the worship of fire is dying
out ; respect to ...
Among the Dasa mahAvidyAs, the third mahAvidyA is Devi Shodashi or Goddess TripurA or TripurAsundari. Here is how they are mentioned in a verse from the ViswasAra Tantram:
KAli TArA MahAvidya Shodashi Bhuvaneswari | Bhairavi ChinnamastA Cha
Vidya DhumAvati TathA || BagalA SiddhavidyA Cha Matangi KamalAtmikA |
Eto DasamahAvidyA SiddhavidyAh PrakirtitAh ...
As explained in this answer, Tantra is quite a deep subject and is meant to be kept as top secret too. Neither i will be able to explain to you its secrets nor you will be able to grasp what is being said in its entirety but still here are few inputs from my side.
Why use panchamakara in sadhana and how is it justified?
It is justified because it is ...
ChinnamastA means the one with severed head. In the shAkta tradition, she is the sixth cosmic goddess of the ten "mahAvidyAs". Her form is very fierce and hence has attracted many controversies over the meaning. Some have even linked it with black magic etc. Let us see the esoteric meaning of the iconography,
The most controversial and important feature is ...
According to Wikipedia, Shaktism or Shaktidharma (Sanskrit: Śāktaṃ, शाक्तं; lit., "doctrine of power" or "doctrine of the Goddess") is a denomination of Hinduism that focuses worship upon Shakti or Devi – as the absolute, ultimate Godhead. Its two largest and most visible schools are :
1.Srikula (family of Sri), strongest in South India, the Srikula's best-...
I'm only answering this part of the question so consider this a partial answer:
Do Vedas praise the Supreme almighty Shakti?
Yes, the Vedas do contain hymns in praise of the Shakti. One such hymn is the Devīsūkta, also known as Aṃbhṛnīsūkta, in the Rig Veda:
I (Devi) proceed with the Rudras, with the Vasus, with the Ādityas and the Viśhvadevas; I ...
Panini 8.4.3 says nouns which are made of two words (need not be proper nouns), न (na) in second word changes to ण(ṇa), if first word has र (ra) or ष (ṣa) but not ग (ga),
Sutra just says Nouns not proper nouns. This rule is also present in other Indian languages like Telugu. Same is said in this page.
When two words are joined, according to pAnini's ...
As regards caste, sex etc there are no such restrictions. Everyone can be initiated. Even an Antyaja or Sankara or mixed caste person reserves the right to be initiated.
Shudra sankarajAti nAmAdi shuddhirvidhiyate | PAdodak pradAnAdyaih
kuryAt pApavimochanam ||
Primal purification is ordained for the Sudra and mixed-caste (Sankara-JAti); one is
One of the major Tantrik scripture is called the VishnukrAntA. It has within itself several other major Tantik scriptures like Nila Tantram, Niruttara Tantram and many others.
Now, AFAIK, it's only in the Niruttara Tantram, that the Shakti Deities are classified into two groups- Sri Kula and KAli Kula.
Here are the relevant verses:
KAli tArA raktakAli ...
RAdhA is not a deity of Shaktism. She belongs to Vaishnavism, where she is worshipped along with Krishna.
In Shaktism, the principle deities are 1. The Dasa MahAvidyAs (who are mainly worshipped according to Tantras) and 2. Goddess DurgA and her forms like the Nava-DurgAs (who are worshipped by PurAnic methods). Goddess Gauri, AmbikA, AnnapurnA also belong ...
Yes, there are many references in Puranas and agamas (shaiva and shakta) about the actual origin of the creation. Without her creative force nothing else is possible. All the living and non living objects are due to her creative energy.
Regarding Adi parA shakti:
1-50. The Devî said :-- "Hear, Ye Immortals! My words with attention,
that I am now going ...
The sadhana of panchamakara is very a deep, secret and extensive subject. But since you don't have any backgrounds i am keeping my answer elementary and short.
According to the levels of advancement a Tantra sadhaka has the seven paths or stages (called as the AchAras in scriptures).
From the lowest (level of difficulty) to the highest (the highest is to ...
In most of the Shakta lineages, especially Sri Vidya lineages, Pujyasri Bhaskararaya Makhin is well known and highly revered. His commentaries are today considered as standard in most of the traditions. Apart from his works, even the works of disciples are also followed as a manual by the upasakas. (Nityotsava book).
He was adept in almost all the well ...
ATTRIBUTES OF THE DISCIPLE (SHISHYA LAKSHANA)
Just as tantra lays down great standards for the Guru and prescribes divine attributes, it also prescribes the attributes of a shiShya. The competent guru should first examine an aspirant for the existence of the prescribed attributes and only then proceed to initiate him/her. In the matters of choosing a ...
From pp25 of the condensed biography of Sri Ramakrishna "A short life of Sri Ramakrishna":
As it is not considered advisable to undertake the worship of Shakti,
or Kali, without being properly initiated, Sri Ramakrishna, at the
advice of his elder brother, got the necessary initiation from a
Brahmin in Calcutta named Kenaram Bhattacharya who was ...
Yes mentioned. In ShAkta Tantras Trika refers to the Triad - JyAna (knowledge) Shakti, IcchA (will) Shakti and KriyA (action) Shakti.
But at the same time, it also refers to other Triads like the Tri Tatvas- Shiva, VidyA and Atma and etc.
Here is a reference to Trika in the KulArnava Tantram:
Trika pujAntu yah kuryAd icchAjyAnakriyAtmikAm | Agamoktena ...
Narayana worships Siva, calling him "Narayana" in the Siva Purana. Of course the counterattack would be either Narayanastra ("Tamasic" purana) or Vaishnavastra ("interpolation").
There is a "Vaishnavite" refutation - namely - Varaha Purana
(The text is corrupted in the source in some ...
No hard numbers are available. Only Vaishnavites seems to continue to exist as sects/subsects/sampradayas in significant numbers. Other sects like Shaivism and Shaktism do not have large following any more.
Non-Sectarian worship of Rama, Krishna, Siva, Hanuman, Durga, Kali, Murugan, Ganesa, Iyappan et al has large following. Sai Baba is also big.
Sri Vidya is one of the most popular and discussed subjects today pertaining to the goddess worship. There have been many confusions revolving around the subject since quite a while. Following points might help to understand it better.
When it is not even possible to grasp and understand the tenets of this great shAstra in its entirety, how is it possible ...
No, NityA Devi, whose half-dhyanam you have quoted, is not part of the Dasha Mahavidyas. She is worshipped independently. Outside of Sri Vidya or Maha Vidya worship.
Brihat Tantra SArah gives her puja prayog and mantra as follows:
vAgbhvam kAmabijancha nityAklinnemadau punah |
dravei vahni badhur mantro dvAdashArnoyamiritah ...
We can not answer such questions. With matters like this scriptures are our sole guide. So, we can not ask why a particular deity is not there in the Dashamahavidya list.
The lists found in scriptures do not include Bala Tripurasunadri that's why she isn't included. This will be the only answer.
Brihaddharma Purana, Madyabhaga gives the usual list:
A partial answer.
In Shaivaism, the practice of meditation is recommended for
Its true that Yoga is a proven way of achieving Moksha but what you say is not entirely true also.
Even in the so-called "Shaivism" the "Bhakti MArga" seems to be the best way to attain liberation.At least ,Shiva Himself says so in the Kurma Purana :
First of all,which meat are you talking about?
Was it offered to you from the temple itself as prasadam?If so,then by consuming it you will become pure as opposed to impure.
If not,then please read on the next few lines:
It is clearly stated in our Shastras that without proper Suchi(cleaniness), if a Punya Karma is done, then that karma bears no fruit.In ...
It is a similar calculation of days like that of the Panchangam. It is useful for deciding daily worship and special parvas of the Shaktas.
kAla gaNanA is accomplished normally by adopting pa~nchA~Nga
scheme which most of us are familiar with. The five angas are:
Similarly, a parallel calendar is ...
The Sri Vidya Acharya Bhaskararaya gives two interpretations of the name in this excerpt from his Lalita Sahasranama Bhashya:
"Nails", joints of the nails or fingertips. Ten forms of Narayana are the ten incarnations of Vishnu, viz., Fish, Tortoise, Boar, Man-Lion, Dwarf, Parashurama, Rama, Balarama, Krishna, Kalki.... Or, "Ten forms": the word in the ...
A good question. There are 12 original commentaries on the Brahma Sutra. Each commentary sketches the position of a disctinct sect.
Branches of the Vedanta System
Advaita or Kevaladvaita school of Shankaracharya.
Dvaita school of Madhvacharya.
Bhedabheda school of Bhaskacharya.
Achintya-Bhedabhed school of Baladeva (Sri JivaGoswami, Sri ...
Emergence of Kali was mentioned in Chapter 7 of Durga Saptashati/Devi Mahatmya.
ततः कोपं चकारोच्चैरम्बिका तानरीन् प्रति। कोपेन चास्या वदनं
भ्रुकुटीकुटिलात्तस्या ललाटफलकाद्द्रुतम्। काली करालवदना
Thereupon Ambika became terribly angry with those foes, and in her
anger her countenance then became ...