Friday, March 01, 2013
She is Called Yogini: Taking Our Seat
An Online Sadhana for Women
in the Old Tantric Kali Kula style
Friday, March 15th ~ Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Aditi Devi Ma
PLEASE NOTE: For those of you who would like to immerse yourself more deeply, we are also undertaking a longer parallel online sadhana. Watch for an announcement for Kali's Protective Mantra, a year long online sadhana that will run from March 8, 2013 - February 14, 2014.
Because she practices the yonimudra,
attends upon the Feet of Girija (the
and because of the glory of total
immergence without support,
she is called yogini.
~ Kulaarnava Tantra
In this online course, we open into the worlds of Yoginis--both the divine beings and the female practitioners--who gather in circles to practice their fierce devotion to all forms of the Mother Goddess, Devi. Yoginis are unfettered and spiritually disciplined, and fiercely dedicated to divine Union. Here, in this course, in alignment with the stanza from the sacred Kularnava Tantra, we find ourselves called to deeper devotion, commitment, and service to the Divine Mother in Her Tantric form. In this process, you will be supported in taking your seat as a female practitioner in a circle of other yoginis.
During these four weeks, we come together to undertake a small Tantric sadhana focusing on the 64 Yoginis as they are found at the temple of Kamakhya, the menstruating Yoni Goddess, in Assam, India. We trace the ancient roots of Yogini lineages, we sit with the 64 Yoginis as manifestations of the Tantric Goddesses on the inner and outer levels, and explore the round open-air temples where devotees still gather at night to worship and celebrate.
This sadhana commitment offers us the potential to access the more subtle realms of our relationship to the Yoginis and their blessing power as well as to help us find our way more completely into our own depth relationship with the Divine Mother Kamakhya-Kali.
What You Will Receive
* Four weekly live group telephone calls led by Aditi Devi Ma. The call will last up to 2 hours and is scheduled for Tuesday nights.
* Recording of each call to download and listen to later, should you be unable to attend the live call
* Membership in a private online community to connect intimately with the other yoginis in this sadhana
* Weekly emails from Aditi in support of our sadhana. You will also receive longer introductory and closing emails at the beginning and end of this sadhana. Emails may also include practice support, stories, puja suggestions, poetry, images, and other musings to support you in developing your own relationship with Kali.
* Depth teachings on the Yoginis from the perspective of the Kali Kula.
Friday, March 15: First introductory email
Friday, March 22: second email
Friday, March 29: third email
Friday, April 5: fourth and final email
Tuesday, March 19
Tuesday, March 26
Tuesday, April 2
Tuesday, April 9
It is not necessary to be online or have computer access for the entire sadhana commitment. Some of us will be traveling and away from computers for portions of this retreat time. We ask that you keep up your daily practice if you are not able to receive the emails or come onto the live calls.
The suggested offering, at full price, is $64.
Sliding Scale and Name Your Offering are available in special consideration of those outside the US economy and for those yoginis who remain on the edge of the traditional markets. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Trades may be welcome. Please be in touch with Aditi Devi Ma to discuss arrangements.
Please know that as part of your commitment to this sadhana, it will be up to each of you to make your offerings without promptings or reminders once arrangements have been made.
We are also accepting scholarship funding to support this offering structure. If you are able and want to make additional offerings, this would be most welcome and supportive.
Registration, Further Information, and URL
puja at aditidevi dot com
I am looking forward to falling into Kali's love with you
during this extraordinary sadhana.
Jai Mahakalyai Jai
About Aditi Devi Ma
Aditi Devi Ma began the study and practice of South Asia Tantric traditions more than 23 years ago. As an initiated yogini, pujarini (ritualist, priestess), lineage holder, and authorized teacher, she has lived and practiced her sadhana with adepts in Nepal, India, and Tibet. Aditi Devi Ma's practice, teaching, research and writing focus on the embodiment of the divine feminine in the Shakta Tantric traditions of India and Nepal. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Asian Studies, and was a Fulbright Scholar and college professor.
Aditi Devi is authorized to teach what are referred to as the Kali Practices focusing on the reverence of women as embodiments of the divine and awakening in the body, in deep relationality. These practices have their fullest expression in Assam, at the Temple of the Tantric Goddess Kamakhya, a yoni Goddess who is revered throughout South Asia (and indeed the world); this is one of Aditi's spiritual homes and practice seats.
After several years of living in a remote contemplative community, Aditi Ma has taken to the wandering life again, bringing her offerings to yoga retreats, teacher training courses, festivals, godowns, and wherever devotees gather. She recently returned from pilgrimage in India where she followed the trail of fierce desire, visiting several remote Yogini Temples.