Friday, September 19, 2014
Lalita Tripura Sundari: Goddess of Erotic Spirituality
Sally Kempton and Ken Wilber
Audio, 13 minutes
(from Integral Life)
"Lalita Tripura Sundari ('the charming beauty of the three worlds') is the form of the goddess who most successfully holds together the apparent opposites of executive power and sexuality, and of sexual and spiritual love. Queenly and playful, she represents a most delicious form of the integrated feminine. She is connected to Parvati, who is herself a beautiful form of Kali. In a sense, Lalita integrates the qualities of Parvati—the faithful yogini wife—with those of Kali, the untamable wild woman. Lalita is primarily a Tantric goddess—a mediatrix of the inner realms, a guide through the portals of high stages of samadhi. She is the divine beauty (sundari) who permeates the waking, dream, and deep-sleep states—the tripura, or 'three worlds'—as well as the physical, subtle, and causal bodies in which we experience those worlds.
Lalita reveals herself as the inner rapture that rolls through the body when kundalini colonizes the topmost chakras, and also in the rapturous union of intimate partnership. The name Lalita refers to her capacity for erotic play—one manifestation of which is the natural universe itself, which to an awakened eye appears as a dance of sensual love play, fueled by desire."
From Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
In this 13-part Goddess Returns series, acclaimed teachers Sally Kempton and Ken Wilber discuss one of the most powerful ways we can reconnect with a crucial aspect of feminine wisdom that has largely been lost in today's world: by invoking and internalizing the energetic qualities of eleven different Hindu goddesses.
As a way to honor the sacred feminine, Integral Life will be publishing discussions of each of these goddesses over the next couple weeks, with a different "Goddess of the Day" featured every few days.