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A sound relationship with Shakti

Updated: Jan 8

In Hindu culture, women are not considered equal to men. This does not sit well with Kali and other powerful goddesses like Lilith and Na'ama. It is likely that other goddesses also stand for gender equality. Shakti is the female principle of divine energy, often personified as the supreme deity. It is an energy that can be accessed through tantric practices to empower the practitioner. Shakti is sexual, sensual, fierce, and possessive and can be both a personal energy and a cosmic current. In the context of personal energy, it is known as Kundalini, which infuses the practitioner's energy body and grants them semi-divine powers. The goal of Tantra is to unite with one's inner shakti and align it with the cosmic current. Many personified representations of Shakti, such as Kali, Durge, and Chamundani. In draconic sorcery, Lilith and Na'ama also represent Shakti from a different perspective. The only safe way to work with Shakti is to form a personal relationship with her based on respect and love.

The Ardhanarishvara, also known as the "Lord Who Is Half Woman," is a transvestite version of the Hindu deity Shiva. This deity represents the idea of unification and is often depicted as half Shakti. A sect of sadhus within the Left-Hand Path (LHP) follow this deity and practice a powerful form of Tantra. My guru at the Haridwar Kumbh Mela was even willing to pay for protection from this group, as I had become involved with them.

Mother, sister, lover, wife...etc. Each personification of the Goddess has a tremendous and very different effect on the practitioner. Yet, unconditional surrender and worship by a male practitioner will undoubtedly end in castration as much as with any mundane relationship with a strong woman. To paraphrase another practitioner, "become part of her collection of testicles." Seeking out self-empowerment and, at the same time, subjugating your masculinity to Lilith is contradictory, and even though I do keep an alter and feed her daily of my essence, it doesn't mean throwing myself as a rug on her feet. Besides, I consider myself a successful postfeminist man who internalized gender equality principles without flushing my masculinity down the drain. Lilith and Na'amah stand for gender equality and appreciate a strong man who values themself as much as they respect femininity. Standing for your right to be treated as an equal partner is imperative. As a rule of thumb, as much as you strive for unification with shakti, you must strive to become Shiva, the nonpersonal male principle of divine energy.

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