The Aghora Vimalananda explains to Robert Svoboda about Shakti....and Maya ~

You must try to understand that Maya can exist only where there is duality. The universe is full of pairs of basic principles:
male and female, positive and negative, active and passive. Our philosophy maintains that the Soul is only one, indivisible, in
the state of Sat-Chit-Ananda (existence-consciousness-bliss).

But the Soul cannot enjoy itself unless there is some observer, someone who can perceive the Reality. Observers cannot exist
when the whole universe is in a state of nonduality because all is one ; no distinction between observer and observed would
be possible.

To satisfy this urge for an observer, Shakti projects Herself.

This Shakti is Adya, the undifferentiated form,the totality of all universes. She is as unbounded and absolute
as is the Universal Soul or Atman, and the only difference between them is that She feels Herself to be separated from
Him, the male principle, the unchanging Atman, and this gives Her the impetus to try to locate Him and reunite with Him.

Adya is Herself unaware of how She projects. The whole projection is spontaneous because of joy, the overwhelming joy of
existence. Because the process of this projection is unknown to everyone it is called Maya.

Eventually Adya Herself begins to become individualized.

Within Her, separate egos develop and become individuals. At some point these proliferated forms begin to grope for the Ultimate; at this point the Universal Soul gets the observers He had yearned for. Every individual begins this quest hesitantly, but every individual will one day or another reunite with the Unmanifest.

Separately the Soul and Adya are impotent; together they create a beautiful play. When the play is over the projection is reabsorbed into the "projector" until the next cycle of creation. Isn't it wonderful?

People still ask me, "Why does Maya entice us if She is supposed to be part and parcel of the Divine Motherhood of God?"
It is not so difficult to understand. Each man and woman are part of the Cosmic Male and Female Principles. In each human,
buried down deep inside, is the remembrance of the indescribable bliss of Unity, of the joy which caused the projection in
the first place. 

Source ~ from Aghora by Robert Svoboda.,%20Robert%20-%20Aghora%201_djvu.txt

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  • Svoboda on the influence of Rahu on America since September 2015.

    Before that, some reference to Rahu in US's Vedic astrological chart. It involves presuming America was born on the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. This was a period of Rahu, and there was one other, the 18 years up to 1913, and since 2015 it is the start of another 18 year time. Rahu is considered a difficult influence (malefic is their word) but Svoboda looks also at the positive side.

    This lady also explains in Rahu times there is..

    a tendency for more fear than usual in the collective mind; an upsurge in sensationalist media; potential for revolutionary socioeconomic changes; an explosion of scientific and technological discoveries; mass migrations; civil and international wars; and a cultural rebirth with a restructuring of social mores and traditions.

    (She wrote the article before Trump, and it is interesting to read in hindsight)

    Back to Svoboda. He says of this Rahu time...

    In a global climate of uncertainty, in the turmoil of sudden reversals, inexplicable actions and assorted extremes, I cannot but believe that we have entered into a new dimension of what I like to refer to as “Rahu World”, negotiating which will require greater than ever focus on balance and calm. According to some students of Jyotisha (Indian astrology), during the fall of 2015 the United States moved into its third Rahu mahadasha, or main period during which Rahu is of primary influence. Since unfortunately Rahu encourages acts that are not bound by facts, and incites action to be taken swiftly (and, often, inaccurately), this means a likely increase in all manner of errors, in public life as well as in private.

    Rahu is a graha, a celestial force that seizes the mind, and is as a chaya graha, a “shadow planet” that is not even visible to us; also known as the North Node of the moon, it and its alter ego Ketu (the South Node) are the points in the sky where eclipses take place. Just as eclipses temporarily dim the light of the sun or the moon, Rahu and Ketu foment instability of both mind and body. Iconographically Rahu is represented by a head that has been severed from its body, meaning that Rahu cannot digest the many experiences it swallows so it craves ever more. Today Rahu possesses human hosts in the hundreds of millions as people disconnect from their bodies and project their awarenesses out onto shadowy world of the internet.

    Rahu, which provokes vata aggravation, commonly promotes delusion. In Rahu World the more certain you are that you are seeing things accurately, the more likely it is that you are missing a key piece to the puzzle. Desires balloon outward, and the more you pursue them the more depleted will become your entire system. Make it a habit: if you feel motivated to do something today, wait until tomorrow to do it after re-evaluating. If your motivation is strong, wait at least a week. And if you feel like you must act immediately and cannot fail to act then wait one month, or even one year.

    Vata excess responds to better rest, adequate stamina-building exercise, abundant consumptions of soups and stews, regular meditation and regular massage (including abhyanga).

    Good things can and do happen in Rahu World, when original thinking used for beneficent ends allows for big changes to be made in a short while. Building communities of like-minded people that ignore political barriers to push for specific stable and fact-based outcomes would be a good use of Rahu Time.

    May you be balanced in this time of uncertainty!

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  • Thanks Noct for sharing your insight.Interesting perspective you provided.
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    • I can grok all of that, Noctua. Both truths existing side by side - dual and one - the apparent contradictions not causing a flicker of dismay. And I think it is very useful and interesting to have different and expanded ways of seeing things. Thanks. The mirror analogy is good.I am not particularly attached to Vimalanda's teaching in the post - I just find the general sentiment uplifting.

      in Tao it explains the Universe as feminine mystery, Tao produces one, One produces two,Two produce three,Three produce all things,all things, backed by yin and embracing yang Achieve harmony by integrating their energy

      I think the Tao as it described is similar to the original vibration in Vedic philosophy (Spanda). The vibration of Tao produces One, produces two, etc (as you say)... the Yin energy is that which is the product, which would equate with Shakti, which then goes on to become the ten thousand things. I think they are saying same thing.

      I am seeing a term floating about - Ziran - which i am not familiar with, but which seems related to this discussion. ''So-of-itself''. Spontaneously unfolding. I will have to look into it further to see if i can grasp it. Hmm, interesting.

      She herself is not separated and does not feel separated, rather it is just something that is done in order to be known.(@ Noct) 

      I think that's the key. ''In order to be known.''

      As for the ''Hindian'' terms (hahaha), i know they can seem like googbledegook maybe, but I am reasonably familiar with Sanskrit because I have been reading it for 30 years. When I go to Kabbalah, however, or other teachings, like Gnostic, or Babylonian mystery schools and so on, I have to have Google on speed drive burning up the Internet to try keep up with the terms. I find it almost impossible to memorise the names of the Sephirot for example, even though i printed them out and stuck them up at my desk, but many words from Vedic tradition are stuck like glue to me. I guess it  boils down to what we are most used to from earliest interests. Shekinah would be the equivalent (I think!!) of Shakti.  The words are so similar I wonder if they have same etymological roots. but i don't know. I also don't know Svoboda's stuff generally, he just puts in an appearance every now and then in what comes before me. Just another geezer on the circuit from what i can see. I have long since given up imagining any of these people are super beings or representatives of anything at all really.....almost every ''spiritual teacher'' seems to have some miserable skeleton in the cupboards. They are fallible humans like the rest of us, some of them lovable bowsies, and some of them absolute monsters in angels clothing, but every now and then I reckon some of them are hit with Inner Transmissions just like the Post man or the local farmer might be in an instance of Grace, and they speak some sense.

  • Im getting an headache just reading these obscure Hindian terms so I in a way...admire Noct for her zealousness in looking for holes in this concept.Im familiar with this Svoboda guy but cant for my life remember where and how I have heard of him.

    Anyways looking forward to you presenting the holes you may find and Im not saying that in a cheeky kind of way.
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    • I am interested to hear your opinion on it.

      The old man - Vimalananda - who is quoted here, is quite traditional in a way (old school), though also the writer (Svoboda) says that he often has his own interpretation of ancient teachings which many may disagree with. So it is not an 'authoritative' or general viewpoint. 

      Throughout his life Vimalananda resisted any attempt to fit  him into any mold. He guarded his originality jealously.
      He  was without doubt distinctly individual, but simultaneously  he was exceedingly difficult to pin down and define.
      What we  speak of in this book as Aghora is solely according to Vimalananda's teachings.
      He studied many systems and selected elements from each — Bhakti Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and others  —
      and melded them into a tool which he employed to advance  himself.
      He believed that each individual should "carve out  his own niche": study what he or she could understand,
      select  those practices which they could sincerely do, and do them  faithfully.
      So by this definition Aghora would always be different for everyone;
      only the Aghori's attitude would be held  in common.

      (Svoboda writing about Vimalanada...Aghora can be more widely interpreted as practitioner)

      Plus the old man is an extreme devotee, he has gone the whole way, no holds barred. Shakti is his mother as far as he is concerned.


      I don't really know what specifically struck me so strongly about it as I read through. The need for Shiva (Consciousness) to have an Observer (Shakti), I like. In a way the piece also matches my vision of what I understand to be Kundalini, the female Shakti yearning to reunite with Shiva. Shiva is not a ''deity'' in this is formless Pure Consciousness, just as Shakti is not a ''goddess'' , but is Pure Energy which has taken on the many many forms ...i,e. us.

      So in this sense we are all Shakti.

      I like the way it moves from atomic level to personal level - the separation first like atomic split, then the individuals emerging out of that.

      This is a further extract from the text which might be of interest to perhaps contextualise his point of view. 




      Ma is the source of all knowledge, the source of both delu- 
      sion and release from delusion. She is the foundation and sup- 
      porter of this universe and of all possible universes. She is called 
      Adya because Adya means "that which is first and which is 
      therefore eternal, which has no beginning and no end, which

      is ever-existent." This is the only way She can form the base 

      of the cosmos. If She too were subject to creation and destruc- 
      tion, what sort of foundation would She be? No. She is beyond 
      everything, and She is the source of everything.

      Though She is without beginning and without end, She may 
      exist either in the manifested or the unmanifested state. When 
      manifested She acts as the source of the universe in Her kinet- 
      ic form; when the universe dissolves She becomes quiescent 
      She ceases to exist. Energy is equally energetic whether it is 
      kinetic or potential; only its form differs.

      And remember, you may eventually learn a few things if you 
      work hard enough, but you will never be able to discover the 
      origin of the Universal Mother, Adya. You should not even try 
      to find out about it, because it is not to be known. It is just not 
      knowable. But when you become Ma Herself, then there is no 
      question of any distinction between the knower and the known 
      How can there be any knowledge of Ma when you have become 
      Ma Herself?

      Ma, Shakti, Maya: These three words describe Her. But each 
      emphasizes a different attribute. Maya is Her delusive aspect 
      Her capacity to bind one to limited forms. Shakti is Her aspect 
      of power and energy. And Ma? Ma indicates Her maternal 
      aspect, the Motherhood of God.


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