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Das Mahavidya - the ten Mahavidyas
10 goddesses, 10 mysteries, 10 insights.
Peter Marchand
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10 Mahavidyas


 
 
 

Das Mahavidya means the 10 Mahavidyas. Maha-Vidya means great knowledge. The Mahavidyas are thus ten insights covered by ten mysteries about 10 essential energies, that are also 10 goddesses. Their worship is a main path in Tantra Yoga.

For example, the first and foremost Mahavidya is Kali, which is the energy of Time. The related avidya or mystery is that Time, which is life, seems temporary. The truth or vidya is that time and life are never-ending. Death, the apperent end to life and time, is an illusion. To conquer the fear of death, worship of Kali is very effective, using the Kali mantra, yantra and an image of the goddess. However, one should never worship a Mahavidya lightly. Worship of Kali should only happen if one is ready to give up attachment to the body.

Following is an overview of these 10 wisdom goddesses, their mysteries, their truth, mantra and what it means to worship them :

Name

KALI (Time)

Mahavidya

Eternity of time

Worship means

To die daily, detach from body consciousness and the impermanence of all things, transforming into the eternal unborn being.

Mantra

KRING KRING KRING HING HRING DAKSHINE KALIKE KRING KRING KRING HRING HRING HUNG HUNG SWAHA

Enhances

Kumbaka, self-knowledge, samadhi.

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Name

TARA (Star)

Mahavidya

The power of silence

Worship means

To move accross the pond of mind & emotion, guided by the savior star that is silence, the void, nada, the primordial sound.

Mantra

AING AUNG HRING KRING HUM PHAT

Enhances

Hearing the silence of nada (or Aum) behind all sound, inner peace.

Name

TRIPUR SUNDARI (beauty of the 3 worlds)

Mahavidya

The beauty of pure perception

Worship means

To move beyond the perception of form into the delightful union of seen and seer, the divine beauty in everything.

Mantra

HRING KA AE EE LA HRING HA SA KA HA LA HRING SA KA LA HRING

Enhances

Witness consciousness

Name

BHUVANESHWARI (queen of the universe)

Mahavidya

The love of infinite space

Worship means

To let the fullness of inner space merge with the cosmic womb of outer space, with the divine mother, and join the play of loving union with everything.

Mantra

HRING

Enhances

Universal love

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Name

TRIPUR BHAIRAVI (terror of the 3 worlds)

Mahavidya

The fire of truth

Worship means

To let the awesome power of truth destroy all impediments to spiritual growth by burning them in the fire of tapas (ascetism).

Mantra

HASAIN HASKARING HASAIN

Enhances

Inner light, removal of the 9 impediments of mind

Name

CHINNAMASTA (chopped off head)

Mahavidya

To stop mind is liberation

Worship means

To liberate yourself from the desire for sensory input, cutting off the source of the movements of mind and reaching deep meditation (samadhi).

Mantra

SHRING HRING KLING AING
VAJRAVAIROCHNIYE HUNG HUNG PHAT SWAHA

Enhances

Willpower, vision, meditation, sexual abstinence, kundalini yoga, samadhi

Name

DHUMAVATI (beholder of smoke)

Mahavidya

The blessing of suffering

Worship means

To let the unreal become obscured by the smoke of suffering, revealing the hidden potential behind pain, uglyness and old age, grasping the opportunity for learning, embracing the wisdom of forgetting the past.

Mantra

DHUNG DHUNG DHUMAVATI THAH THAH

Enhances

Enjoyment of sorrow, spiritual insight, compassion, mental health

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Name

BAGLA MUKHI (power to stop speech)

Mahavidya

All opposites are one

Worship means

To apply the stunning power of the truth of complementarity upon all negativity, silencing confusion and doubt.

Mantra

AUM HRING BAGLAMUKHI SARVA DUSHTANAM VAVACHAMUKHAM ISTAMBHAY JIVHAMKEELAY BUDDHINASHAY HRING AUM SWAHA

Enhances

Inner silence, stillness of asana, kumbhaka, willpower

Name

MATANGI (power of intellect)

Mahavidya

Speaking truth purifies

Worship means

To speak truth, teach truth, sing of truth, paint truth, even if it makes us outcasts, even if we feel unsuited, and thus invoke its purifying power.

Mantra

AUM HRING KLING HUM MATANGAIYE PHAT SWAHA

Enhances

Creativity, harmony, mantra meditation, teaching

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Name

KAMLA (lotus, clad in water)

Mahavidya

Sharing brings wealth

Worship means

To share wealth, beauty and enjoyment in order to obey the magic law of karma, thus providing a peaceful background for spiritual growth.

Mantra

AUM AING HING SHRING KLING
HASSAU JAGATPRASUTAYEI NAMAH

Enhances

Wealth, sharing, peace, devotion

 
 
 
 
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