21 | DHUMAVATI JAYANTI | 18.6. * She is a Shakti that is self contained and stands alone. She is the grand Widow. She holds the deep wisdom of age and loss.

DHUMAVATI JAYANTI

THE SEVENTH OF THE DASHA MAHAVIDYA
AN INITIATION INTO THE WISDOMS OF THE GODDESS.

18 June | Ascending Half Moon

20:oo-23:oo CEST | 19:oo-22:oo GMT
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“Oh Dhumavati!
You are the Widow goddess
You stand alone in places most desolate
You show us the power of facing the loss
of things we have lost and are yet to lose,
You reveal the power of the widow
that stands just one heartbeat
before despair.
Indeed you stand
beyond despair!
To you we bow.”

– Boonath

Dhumavati is the intensely ugly Widow Goddess, bitter, barren and bereft of Beauty. Her nose is beaklike, her countenance inspires disgust. She is dirty, with only a few rotten teeth left, her breasts are empty and withered and she wears a perpetual scowl of an expression upon her face. She is an elder Goddess, regarded as the elder form of Kali.

Dhumavati is difficult to approach
as she inspires deep disgust.
Yet Dhumavati holds
the deep wisdom
of age and loss.

Dhumavati has no peer and is distinct among Goddesses as having no opposite.
She is a Shakti that is self contained and stands alone. She is the grand Widow.

TALES OF SMOKE & WIDOWS

Dhum in her name means ‘smoke’, Dhumavati is the one who is smokey. She is born of the death of Sati in the fire. As Sati burned to death in what was to be her sacred marriage fire, she became the unobtainable widow. Sati’s insulted and dishonored spirit manifested and took form in bitter smoke. The smoke became Dhumavati: she who is born of smoke.

Another story tells of how Sati after uniting in love with Shiva, had started to live together with him in the Himalayas. Sati was always hungry as the Himalayas did not offer the royal dishes that she was used to.
One day Dhumavati became so maddeningly enraged with hunger that she turned on Shiva and started to eat him. Shiva howled and fought his way out from inside her stomach until she could not help but vomit him out. The enraged Shiva glared at her with his third eye and cursed her to lose her beauty. And so she shriveled up into an old decrepit hag with a terrible ever-hungry and unsatisfied expression upon her face.

SHE WHO IS OLD & WISE

Dhumavati
has the wisdom of years.
She holds the secrets
hidden by the smoke of time.

The time-honoured and weathered secrets that can easily escape the pursuits of the youthful striving spirit.
Dhumavati brings us to the places we might easily pass by and avoid. It is easy to view her realm as being devoid of value, for it is ugly, dirty, barren and widowed. To venture toward her is to go into the places we would not usually go to.

Her age takes us to the wisdom behind formulations of time.

Dhumavati teaches us
of the wise acknowledgment
of that which we have lost
over the span of our lives.

If something is lost or dies, it is often a cause for lament. But it also holds the seed of rebirth of another mode of being. Dhumavati is the Shakti that shows us that when one thing dies, another is born. The Tantric work with Dhumavati is to listen to the elder voice that exists at the crossroads of every loss. If we heed her aged being by learning to look with her eyes then and only then does the new grow.

Dhumavati can assist us is in our widowed parts. She shows us the need to go into deep feeling, she reveals they healing nature of mourning and facing loss and emptiness with feeling. She opens the creative power latent in that which we might all too easily choose to turn away from.

Dhum Dhum Dhumavati Svahh

Dhumavati Jayanti falls under the Jyestha Nakshatra, the lunar constellation of the elder. To find out the myths surrounding this group of stars and the ways in which they affect us, CLICK HERE.

 

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Ancient & sacred

On these healing circles you will practice a form of Yoga that is rarely available and accessible even in India today. You will take part in a sacred Yogic tradition that roots itself in India’s native shamanic wisdom & Tantric lineage handed down orally between generations of Yogis, Babas, Sadhus and Fakirs.
You will be exposed to the old tantric ways of seeking profound healing and spiritual awakening, including practicing in darkly-lit spaces to quieten the mind and awaken the senses to the body’s subtle energy currents, holding simple postures for long periods of time, and engaging in powerful breath-work to open-up the body and take the mind into altered states of consciousness.

GENTLE

The practice draws on postures seldom used in modern styles of yoga, ancient sequences that honour the mother and the divine feminine, gently opening-up the body to its highest levels of flexibility through minimal effort.
Integral to this experience will be the exploration of sound-currents present in the body (Nada Yoga) – perhaps one of Yoga’s greatest secrets and one of the most powerful vehicles through which the karmic patterns stored in the chakras can be accessed and released in pursuit of profound healing.

 

UNIQUE

Unique to this tradition is its simultaneous employment of Asanas (postures), aerobic & anaerobic Pranayam (breathwork), Mudras (gestures), and Mantras (sacred sounds).
The synergy created by the employment of these various yogic tools will lead you into altered states of consciousness and dream-like experiences aimed at facilitating a greater openness to inward journeying and an easier access to your subconscious.

UNBOUND

Because we are going to play with shamanic yogic traditions, the practice will take place outside of clearly time constraints. Generally, the practice will last about 6 hours, but if the group is ready to practice longer we might carry well into the night.

INCLUSIVE

The Circle is open to those interested in the healing path.
Tantra and Yoga practitioners, and those seeking healing, practitioners of the mystic arts. Both advanced and beginners will find a place in this circle.
If you have had or are having psychosis please get in touch directly with us as this is important to know about in this work. The same goes for those with strong mobility issues. Drug and alcohol users also need to inform us of their condition. Thank you.

 

 

The practice usually takes place in the dark or darkly-lit spaces.