Shakti Rising

Shakti Rising : Embracing Shadow and Light on the Goddess Path to Wholeness

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The wisdom of the Mahavidyas, the ten wisdom goddesses who represent the interconnected darkness and light within all of us, has been steeped in esoteric and mystical descriptions that made them seem irrelevant to ordinary life. In this book, written by a respected cardiologist who found herself on a spiritual search for the highest truth, you're invited to explore this ancient knowledge and learn how it can be applied to daily struggles and triumphs as well as how it can help you find unreserved self-love and acceptance.

The pursuit of contentment is an innate part of the human experience, arising from a fundamental sense of lack or inadequacy-all the things we believe to be wrong with us when we compare or judge ourselves. In our search for peace and happiness, we may find ourselves fighting the shadows within us, trying to repress or disown certain qualities, especially our anger, violence, discomfort, craving, and disappointment. But in order to stop this fight, we must expand our understanding beyond the dualities of good versus bad, right versus wrong, and beautiful versus ugly, and accept the parts of ourselves we've tried to deny.

Pulling from Eastern traditions including tantra and yoga, and focusing on the feminine principle of divine energy also known as Shakti, this book bridges the divide between dualistic concepts and non-dual philosophy. By exploring the symbolism of the Mahavidyas (Kali, Tara, Tripurasundari, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripura Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi, and Kamalatmika) - each with a veiled face representing a destructive quality that perpetuates ignorance and suffering, and a true face representing the wisdom that stimulates profound transformation and liberation - you'll learn to embrace and incorporate every aspect of who you are.

With practices, self-inquiry prompts, and stories from the author's own spiritual seeking, this exploration of the divine feminine will gently reveal the source of your fear, pain, and suffering, showing you that when you allow those parts of yourself to arise and simply be, you can finally begin to heal, overcome your limitations, and open to the light and beauty of your true nature
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 18mm | 403g
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1626259100
  • 9781626259102
  • 8,449

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"With the deft use of everyday examples that all readers can relate to, and an engaging, conversational writing style, Kavitha Chinnaiyan brings the Mahavidyas down from their lofty mystical perches so that they may tease our imaginations, sport with us, inspire us, and eventually lead us from the shadows to the light. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever wished to delve deeper into the subject, and of course, for anyone seeking to access and unlock the divine energy that resides within all of us."
--Roopa Pai, author of the award-winning The Gita: For Children
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About Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Kavitha M. Chinnaiyan, MD, became drawn to the direct path through the teachings of Greg Goode and Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, and to tantra through the influences of Sri Premananda, Sally Kempton, and Swami Lakshmanjoo. She blends her expertise in cardiology with her knowledge of yoga, tantra, and the Direct Path in her program for patients to discover the end of suffering. She is a cardiologist at Beaumont Health System, and associate professor of medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, MI.
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