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Shaivism - Concepts and symbols - Balance

Identifier

022590

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

The key to obtaining spiritual experience is to achieve balance, thus if one is a man, one has to embrace the feminine and find ways of bringing out the symbolically feminine attributes.

Ideally a woman has to find some masculine attributes in the form of reason and logic.  This is taught in Shaivism via Vaisheshika.

Danielou concentrates below on the need for the man to gain the positive emotions – love, compassion, empathy, kindness, gentleness etc as – well he was a man!  Joking aside, it is a great deal more difficult for a man to genuinely get an experience than it is for a woman to, so it is worth concentrating on ‘men’s problems’.

A description of the experience

Alain Danielou – While the Gods Play 

The Tantric term Vamachara, the "left-hand way," literally means "the woman practice." According to the Acharabheda Tantra, "The ultimate female force is to be propitiated by becoming a woman" (McEvilley, An Archeology of Yoga, pp. 71-72).

The source of the experience

Shaivism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Balance

Symbols

Left hand path

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

References