9th Annual Festival
June 21, 2015
Begun in 2006, this year marked the 9th anniversary of SHARANYA’s Yoni Puja Festival. Designed to welcome newcomers and initiates alike, the community provides spiritual seekers of all backgrounds an introduction to the Divine Mother as the Goddess of Life, Death and Rebirth. We came together on the night of June 21, 2015 to sing Her praises, offer our devotions, worship Her and receive the divine nectar of Her bliss, the yoni tattva. As Maa Kamakhya, She holds the power of the cosmos and the liberating potentials of the female as birther of Her creation.
Many devotees filled the temple singing Her names, assembling with reverence and respect to honor Earth, women, Goddess and the Feminine. Opening through the gateways provided by age-old spiritual techniques, we together came to understand ourselves, one another and the Divine more deeply through our communion and worship. Jai Maa!
…As one’s breath slows and one’s eyes close under the measured rhythm of chanting, Kali is made to expand and fill the room. She is in every flickering flame and in the glinting bronze, she is in the incense and in the mounting rhythm of the chant, she is in the bodies of the people present and in those who are missing but are thought of. She is in the Sanskritic root mantras and in the ordinary English syllables, which sound so extraordinary when said with new meaning and new purpose. She is in one’s mind and in one’s body, and though she is a goddess, her body is also somehow present and tangible and real.
Receiving kumkum, we make our offerings. The red of life takes us back to our connection to Her and to purpose. We receive the yoni tattva, nectar of Goddess Kamakhya.
Seated once more, we meditate on the infinite before us. We breathe, and She becomes one with us. Our bodies fill with Her presence and we dance.
The altar calls, our murti a wooden yoni now alive with Her energy, reminding us of the birthing for which we yearn. Our chant enlivens the space, syllables of surrender in an unmistakable rhythm pulsing to Her heartbeat and the primordial sounds of the womb.