Kali Maa

Devi: Some Tales of the Great Goddess

By: Chandra Alexandre Goddess lore in India seems limited only by individual imagination. With every village comes another variation on basic themes, and every child growing up in India today learns many stories, just as a westerner might be introduced to fairy tales in kindergarten classrooms or as bedtime stories. It is through these myths…

Vajrayogini (Vajratara): History & Worship

The worship of the Great Mother spans history and culture. My own personal spiritual journey has similarly run the gamut from exploring the great earth religions and fertility cults of Europe to finding refuge in the Buddhist and Hindu temples that filled my early life. At the center of my own worship, the Great Mother…

Crafting Puja for Maa

Dear Kaula, Community, and Friends of SHARANYA: I’m excited to report that, Crafting Puja for Maa: Understanding Ritual & the Devotional Experience in the Sha’can Tradition of Western Shakta Tantra, was chosen for presentation at the American Academy of Religion‘s national conference held from November 7-9, 2009 in Montreal. The presentation was part of the New Religious Movement section within…

Exploring a Cross-Cultural Women’s Spirituality: Inspirations from India

By: Chandra Alexandre   She is Everywhere! This chapter is from Volume 2, An Anthology of Writing in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality. One counter-force to manipulative patriarchal identity branding and hierarchal control is the relatively recent development in the modern west of an articulated and engaged Goddess-centered spirituality. Within “Women’s Spirituality,” as the movement is sometimes called,…

Chamunda-Devi

Eastern Teacher to The West by Chandra Alexandre This article tells the story of my own exploration into the mysteries of the Goddess as manifested within the Hindu pantheon as Chamunda, the fierce, emaciated and terrifying Dark Mother. She is a goddess who is particularly revered among Shaktas (believers in the primacy of the Divine…

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