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Swami Ma Tripurashakti
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Jnana Yoga vs. Bhakti Yoga
Sometimes it is said that Adi Shankaracharya could not have written the Saundarya Lahari text because he was a jnani; who do only contemplation on the formless Brahman—thus discarding all duality, as this is pure illusion (maya), it doesn’t exist. How then could he have written such a devotion text in which he out pours his awe for Maha Tripurasundari, as if he is different from Her so that he can adore Her in all her Splendor; which is called bhakti Yoga. If he truly was a jnani he would not see Her as something to be in awe of or to have deep devotion for, as all is merely an illusion—thus She doesn’t exist.
In my practice I do both deep contemplation on Brahman, thus discarding all duality as unreal by cultivating a constant awareness that everything is merely an illusion and at the same time I cultivate constantly being in awe of the play of Shakti, devoting my whole being to know Tripurasundari.
ARTICLES ON YOGA MEDITATION
MY FAVORITE ARTICLE: TRIPURA SUNDARI
Dear formless non-dual Divine Mother,
How do you describe the formless? How to communicate that which cannot be seen, cannot be felt, touched or heard in a world that operates through the senses? How to find the formless while living in the world of forms? How can I explain the deep longing that I hold in my heart to seek this formless truth and to find union?
YOGA MEDITATION FOR SELF-REALIZATION
This site is an offering to those who deeply long to experience Pure Consciousness that is known as Divine Mother or Tripura (‘Tri’ means three, and ‘pura’ means city); She is the one that lives in the three cities of Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep. Temporary leaving behind the three cities and residing only in Pure Consciousness is called Self-realization. Another name for this realization is Yoga; the union of the individual self with the universal Self; the union of Atman with Brahman, or Shiva with Shakti; or the dis-union of Purusha and Prakriti. Some might think of Tripura as an anthropomorphic being but She is not, She is the Non-dual Reality in which all appearing manifestation seems to exist. All that is, is the Non-dual Reality.
On this site the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta, and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra are offered to guide you in learning to meditate directly on Tripura by using modern ways of communication such as through animations, while preserving the ancient wisdom. These teaching have been given to us by an ancient lineage of meditation masters, lovingly called the Tradition of the Himalayan masters. These practices lead us to a space of stillness and silence where Yoga meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer converge into deep devotion and constant awareness of Tripura. At the end of the journey when all efforts are exhausted, grace will dawn. This is known as shaktipata, through which the final barrier is removed, which is the piercing of the bindu, and leads to the direct experience of Non-dual Reality. This finally reveals an unimaginable Joy from knowing the Non-dual Reality or Pure Consciousness!