Divine Madness

For many people, culture, tradition and religion provide boundaries for what an acceptable relationship with the unseen world looks like. As Samhain, Divali (time of the Bengali Kali Puja and SHARANYA’s Kali Puja Festival) and All Hallows Eve approach, what better time to consider our own connection to the Divine, especially as it may transcend…

Pani Sadhana

At SHARANYA, we hold monthly closed circles (in addition to our Daughters of Kali group) for initiates and those studying the Sha’can path. At each meeting, we review material, learn new mantras and spiritual technologies, and do ceremony to help us embody the work we’re doing individually and together. In February, we met to learn…

Teachings of Kali

The teaching of Kali in my dear relationships–how She has changed who I am and how I show up for those I love and who love me–has been to show me the path of a strong heart. A strong heart is one that has weathered many storms yet remains flexible and open to new potentials…

From Prehisory to Future Goddess: Kali and Beyond

A disparate chronology of development on the Indian sub-continent is said to have led to the emergence of traditions such as Śākta Tantra, which were largely an amalgamation of beliefs from unassimilated tribal people, outcastes, lower castes, and women, with more formalized patriarchal forms of worship. Thus, the Śākta tradition itself is a product of…

Karma

In India, dualistic thinking certainly has been used to justify many inequalities and abuses. Such a worldview, however, runs against the force of the entire Indian philosophical tradition, which stresses non-duality. The laws of karma, for example, are found within a non-dual framework. Although often pointed to as a justification for the caste system (among…