the divine union of Shiva and shakti
Real Tantric Yoga consists of unfolding the Divine powers within ourselves,
the inner God and Goddess, whose natures are the light and energy of consciousness.
~Dr. David Frawley
O Uma (Shakti)! This waist emerging from large, heavy and full breasts, smiling countenance, bewitching glances
like several Kamadevas, body with the splendor of a flowering kadamba tree, all these together create agitation in
the mind of Hara (Shiva) and other people, as if Thou, who art spotlessly pure, art transformed into an object of
worldly enjoyment for Thy devotees.
~From Sri Saundarya Lahari
About Temple of Shakti Tantric Arts
Soma is the lunar nectar, or ambrosia, that is released from the crown chakra when the awakened Shakti of Kundalini meets with her beloved Shiva in this thousand petaled lotus. Together they descend back to the root chakra flooding the body and mind with the bliss of Soma; the nectar of the divine union of embodiment and consciousness, and the sacred merging of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine essences. Soma is the path of magnetism and delight, of radiance and blissful embodiment, of beauty and sacredness in all that we are, and all that we do. It is the path of honoring God/Goddess IN and THROUGH these very bodies that we find ourselves experiencing this miracle of life!
Temple of Shakti is an offering of honoring, cultivating and exalting this experience of inner alchemy and embodiment through the ancient lineages of traditional Tantric practice. Drawing primarily from the two main lineages of Tantra; the Shakti oriented Sri Vidya system, and the Shiva oriented Kaishmir Shaivist system, Temple of Shakti weaves the powerful Tantric languages of Mantra, Yantra, and Mudra to connect us deeper with the powerful forces of creation that are Shiva and Shakti. These powerful forces exist within us, and are reflected out in all that we experience through the senses. Temple of Shakti is an invitation to remember our own Divinity, to awaken our true nature, and to begin living as embodied Dieties through the temple of the heart, and the way of beauty and mindfulness.
Rooted in the yogic philosophy of Tantra, Temple of Shakti weaves the threads of meditation, asana, pranayama, puja, and ritual. Deepening into Tantric theory we get to know intimately the forces of nature and consciousness that are the essence of existence, and explore the multiplicity of energetics through their embodied forms as Gods and Goddesses, primarily Shiva and Shakti in their many faces. While we do work directly with sexual energy cultivation, this is but a bridge that we must cross to reach the higher goals of Tantra, and of our souls longing. Temple of Shakti is a weaving of the red and the white, the Sukra (seed) and Rakta (blood), the left and the right hand paths. Remembering the ultimate goal, we sanctify our sexuality, and allow this powerful creative force to guide our souls into the light of ultimate consciousness and union with the Divine.
Each Temple of Shakti is a unique experience, with varying focuses and intentions, and combinations of practices offered accordingly. Focusing primarily in a container with women, there are occasional Soma Temples open to both men and women.
Stay tuned for upcoming Temples of Shakti!
Journey into the motherland of Tantra jANUARY 3-18 2019