Excerpts from ‘Tantric Yoga and
the Wisdom Goddesses’, by Dr.
Published by Motilal Banarsidas Publishers Private Ltd., Delhi
Each of the Ten Forms of the Goddess represents a particular approach to Self-realization, to Knowledge of that within us which transcends time and transient identity. Yet each of the ten has within itself many layers. Unless we are willing to look deeply, we may become caught in a secondary aspect of the form or function of the Goddess. As the representatives of powerful cosmic forces, the Goddesses can be approached to gain health, wealth, fame or other ordinary goals of life. However if we approach them with a selfish intention, their inner powers cannot come forth. We cannot manipulate these deep cosmic forces, we can only benefit from them if we honor the wisdom at their origin. Hence these Knowledge Forms should not to be approached superficially or casually. For them to really work, we must first surrender to the Divine Mother herself and gain her grace. It is her power, her Yoga Shakti that does the work. We can be receptive to its current and learn its rhythms, but we cannot direct its flow. We must not try to use these teachings out of personal willfulness, or they will not be liberating for us.