The Yogi Becomes One with the Cosmos, link to Exotic India
The tantric approach is to meditate alone and also meditate with a lover.
Devi and Shiva dancing and conversing. I found this stunning sculpture at Lotus Sculpture. The statue has since been sold, but they have other art depicting the integration of the sacred and the sensuous.
srī devy uvāca
srutam deva mayā sarvam rudrayāmalasambhavam
trikabhedam asesena sārāt sāravibhāgasah
The Goddess is singing to her lover, Bhairava,
Beloved and radiant Lord of the space before birth,
Revealer of essence,
Slayer of the ignorance that binds us,
You, who in play have created this universe
And permeated all forms in it with never-ending truth.
I have been wondering. . .
I have been listening to the hymns of creation,
Enchanted by the verses,
And yet still I am curious. . .
What is this delight-filled universe
Into which we find ourselves born?
What is this mysterious awareness shimmering
Everywhere within it?
This is the vijnana bhairava tantra – the conversation being whispered always, even today, even right now, within the sacred spaces of your heart. The Goddess who is speaking is life – the life force shimmering within every breath you breathe. The God she is speaking to is her lover. He is the One who embraces Her, the Consciousness of that Life. You are welcome to listen, and join in, for you are a dancing part of the universe of love.
ūrdhve prāno hy adho jīvo visargātmā paroccaret
utpattidvitayasthāne bharanād bharitā sthitih
The One Who is Intimate to All Beings said,
Beloved, your questions require the answers that come
Through direct living experience.
The way of experience begins with a breath
Such as the breath you are breathing now.
Awakening into luminous reality
May dawn in the momentary throb
Between any two breaths.
The breath flows in and just as it turns
To flow out, there is a flash of pure joy —
Life is renewed. Awaken into that.
As the breath is released and flows out,
There is a pulse as it turns to flow in.
In that turn, you are empty.
Enter that emptiness as the source of all life.
maruto ‘ntar bahir vāpi viyadyugmānivartanāt
bhairavyā bhairavasyettham bhairavi vyajyate vapuh
The life essence carries on its play
Through the pulsing rhythm
Of outward and inward movement.
This is the ceaseless throb, the rhythm of life —
Terrifying in its eternity, exquisite in its constancy.
The inhalation, the return movement of breath,
The outgoing breath
We breathe out the old air, thoughts, feelings.
These are the two poles
Between which respiration goes on unceasingly.
Between them is every delight you could desire.
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