Shakti and Goddess Power (Part 3 of 3)

Tantrikas[1] work with goddess energy through the use of: mantras – sacred sounds; yantras – “diagrams for working with the energies of life”[2]; mandalas – “graphic symbol[s] of the universe, specifically, a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side”[3]; and, also through ritual practice.

To go into more depth on just one of the above-mentioned methods, a mantra can be considered to be: “… an absolute sound, having no conventional meaning, [that] work[s] on the body and the mind by virtue of [its] vibrational quality.”[4] Indeed, I’ve found very useful and profound to follow Sally Kempton’s recommendation of chanting the mantra shrim [pronounced shreem] to evoke what I understand to be the archetypal energies of the goddess Lakshmi.[5] Shrim (or any other mantra) can be spoken or chanted either aloud or silently. Moreover, mantra repetition can form part of a formal daily meditation practice, or it can be used in response to events that occur in our daily lives. For example, whenever my rational mind begins to churn never-ending fearful or self-bashing thoughts round and around in my head like a washing machine, I find silently chanting shrim and connecting with Lakshmi to be an excellent method for bringing the nose-diving personality back onto an even keel.  I immediately feel more positive, hopeful, loving, accepting and fun-filled. This is because Lakshmi negates fear and brings a sense of optimism about the future.[6]

However, the tantric understanding of what constitutes a mantra is much more profound. In fact, for Tantrikas, mantras are the sonic embodiments of the different goddesses: “…a mantra, its deity, and its goal are all one and the same. Thus, for example, Laksmi’s mantra ‘Om Srim Mahalakshmyai Namah’ is the Goddess Laksmi in sonic form; it is her sonic body.”[7]

Edited excerpt from “Looking for Tantra – living the tantric dream”

[1] Tantrika refers to a practitioner of Tantra.

[2] Wallis, C.D. (2013) Tantra Illuminated. Mattamayura Press: San Rafael, CA, p.280.

[3] Merriam Webster dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandala Accessed 14 May 2015.

[4] Van Lysebeth, A. (1995) Tantra – The Cult of the Feminine. Weiser Books: Boston, p.164.

[5] Kempton, S. (2013) Awakening Shakti. Sounds True: Boulder, CO, p.113.

[6] Virtue, D. (2004) Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards. Hay House: New York & London.

[7] Wallis, C.D. (2013) Tantra Illuminated. Mattamayura Press: San Rafael, CA, p.141.

9 thoughts on “Shakti and Goddess Power (Part 3 of 3)

  1. Thank you so much Sam for gifting me today a new mantra, and one I’ve never heard of before. ‘Shreem,’ Oh my goddess I just love the primal sound of this, and will mediate shortly on its beautiful, and holy vibration. Immediately, I feel its beauty and grace, even on my tongue as I release the word.

    When this mantra meets the energy of the moon tonight, and all feminine nature, I shall bring my recent tiredness and surrender it to the grace of the goddess herself … and allow my mind to rest in its beautiful, abundant vibration. It’s always wonderful to read your words. Blessings, Deborah.

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    • Thanks so much, Deborah, for your inspiring and poetic feedback. I’m enjoying more and more working with mantras, especially in relation to Lakshmi. Nice to hear you also feel “the beautiful and holy vibration” of her bija mantra shrim. I hope you were able to transform your tiredness in its “abundant vibration”. Love & blessings, Sam 🙂

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  2. I like to repeat the sound of Om…. long like Ommmmmmmmm…. very low.. I find this is even more powerful when there are more than one of you repeating the sound..
    Wishing you A lovely weekend Sam.. and I have enjoyed reading
    Love Sue xxx

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    • Hi Sue, many thanks for your feedback on OM and the power of group chanting. Your comment brought to mind that according to one of my favourite authors, the late Andre van Lysebeth, within the tantric framework the OM is pronounced in a way that makes it sound like ONG i.e. rather than the goldfish style of having an open mouth for the O and a closed mouth for the M, the OM is chanted with the mouth open for both O and M. The M is achieved by blocking the glottis with the tip of the tongue. The two approaches to chanting OM produce quite different vibrations 🙂 Love & blessings, Sam 🙂

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