AN INITIATION INTO THE TANTRIC PATH OF YOGA
ROOTED IN THE SHAMANIC WISDOM OF INDIA
27 November | Descending Half Moon
Part 4 of 5 | THE LORD OF TIME SERIES
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The Kankala Danda is the skeleton stick of Time with which Bhairav measures each beat of our Heart before we meet our Death. Time is our creation, yet we in turn are created by Time, albeit being unaware. By undoing our creations, an unknown perspective on reality and on Life may reveal itself to us. By studying and challenging our conceptions of Time, the stick of timeless power comes into our hands.
This Half darkening Moon night is the annual Jayanti (birthday) of Kaal Bhairav. Upon this ritual night we will work with a physical stick, so make sure to have one with you for the practice – you may use a broom or a wand (if you have one).
Yogis, wizards and witches have been famous for wielding wands and magic brooms sticks, and Tantra has many practices that involve the use of a stick as a healing tool.
It is a great blessing to be struck by the stick of the great teacher Kaal Bhairav. He is Father Time – the most constricting of teachers. The Kankala Danda it is at once the stick of Time and the stick of Death. The Kankala Danda is a deep study and in this ritual we will work with this stick through various mudras.
Kankala Mudras involve a confrontation with Time. Time himself is actually always confronting us, though we might not be aware of it.
To hold the stick of power is to know the power of Time – including its very illusion. Bhairav brings us to our power by helping us face our responsibility for the ways in which we choose, consciously or not, how to spend our time; how to waste our lives. He shows us that the slightest maneuvers have the biggest impacts when they are well timed. The awareness of life goes hand in hand with the awareness of death. And with awareness comes responsibility.
To know Time is to know Bhairav. Time is at once pregnant with Life and rotting with Death. By looking into both Life and Death simultaneously, we start to awaken from a deathly sleep. If Bhairav is anything, he is reality itself. By going beyond the illusory astral constrictions that are our karma to cross, we come to the constrictions of reality.
This will be a strong ritual in honour of Bhairav’s annual Jayanti night. This night’s ritual will be an initiation into working with the Kankala Danda Mudras, healing our relationship with Time and that which lies beyond Time. Those who feel the weight of Time and find that rushing and fulfilling duties will find this ritual work of great help. An empowered stance, that is not the victim of circumstances awaits those who approach spiritual timelessness – while living in the midst of the realm of Time.
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