Tantra is a much misunderstood word. One perspective of the word “Tantra” could mean “To become”.
To become what?
To become something more unlimited, to destroy the limited “you”, that is all under the definition of “Tantra”.
Tantra therefore has many Deities, which actually encode “Tragedy”, “Deep Misfortune”, “Disease”, “disorder” and so on. Each of these Deities is like a complete package in itself in terms of its powers, but it is also important to understand that their worship is very difficult, if not outright dangerous.
The Devata called “The Great Widow” is one such Devata of Tantra.
One of the names of this Devata is Jyestha: Misfortune personified.
The question is what can be defined as misfortune?
Jyestha is defined as one of the four Devatas associated with misfortune. Misfortune here is classed as the loss of children, the loss of one’s own husband, the complete annihilation of one’s fortune, terrific stock market related crashes and concomitant suicides of people related to these industries (but not limited just to these industries and places) and so on.
The Cosmic power of Great destruction associated with Mini Pralayas is exactly this power.
It is said that She is seated in the middle of a cremation ground in a chariot going nowhere and coming from nowhere (signifying a world which has stopped) with terrific black smoke rising into the sky. Corpses burn on cremation pyres around Her presence in their thousands. She is seated in a chariot which is going nowhere at all.
Spiritual Significance: (There are many layers of significance, some Tantrikas consider the above destruction absolutely real… but let’s dwell on the inner significance of spirituality)
She signifies the widow who in society is called “inauspicious”, BUT the widow also shows a point of life where the person has reached a certain maturity, calmness, a great amount of life has already been seen and this is in effect the time for sadhana. Sadhana MUST be really done alone and this state of being alone and having the time, inclination and an odd state of mind (having lost a husband perhaps or a dear one) is signified by this terrific Devata. When She shines in a person’s life, that person sees his or her fortune and triumphs start to magically appear at the hands of sanyasis, Avadhootas and widows (male or female) as may be the case.
She is deeply Sattwic in actual fact and deeply compassionate, but Her compassion is fierce and fast in action. (Ugra and Sheegra). Her first act when you start worshipping Her is to make Herself manifest in your “limited encircled space of Akasha”
What can the sadhaka expect? She may expose the wounds of the sadhaka (whereas other Devatas may apply a balm straight away). Since the life of a Sadhaka is in actual fact meant for meditation and deep sadhana,,, in order to get a realisation fit for THAT lifetime, SHE removes people and things inimical to that really fast.
Since Her nature is to terrify, you will then be terrified… seriously,,, like nothing you have ever experienced in your life, a deep anxiety, a deep fear will grip you. She is Ugra, so She will remove all things inimical to your spiritual progress….. but at a speed which will make you question what the hell happened.
Since Her basic nature is that of “Kalaha” or ‘quarrels” you will then begin to have deep quarrels with most people you know… even those who love you will now stay away from you or will be forcibly removed from your presence……. while you start contemplating about what actually went wrong with your life…..alone (which is again a manifest sign of Her presence).
Even hardened seekers become terrified in their quest of this Devata…. so powerful is Her presence. If you succeed at Her sadhana though, She grants the special favour of revealing all that was hidden from your gaze…. She will further protect the seeker from all ethereal attacks and produce a deep fear in the enemies of the seeker.
There is almost no other Devata who produces fortune from the heart of tragedy like She , the Great Widow does. But the level of detachment and niyama required for Her sadhana along with a steady nerve are too difficult for most people to accomplish.
The order of Fortune versus Misfortune:
Lets now look at the word as it exists:
Everybody in this Universe worships fortune. There are not too many people in this world who won’t worship fortune and why not? After all, if Fortune smiles on you, your life becomes comfortable, your thoughts turn pleasant, your entire life becomes easy.
So, in that case, does everybody worship Fortune…. ?
Why this Deity’s Worship is best suited to Aghoris and Sanyasis?
There is an old adage: always be afraid of a naked man (“Nange aadmi say jag ghabrata hain”) Here I refer to those people who have already renounced their possessions. These people are those who have very little left to lose in life. These people are those who will go and worship these Devatas (Deities).
So…… to answer the question, no, not everybody worships Fortune. There are some seekers who like to turn the world topsy turvy… on its head, so as to speak.
The Devatas of tantra are such, many Deities actually encoding a specific area of life which is deeply unpleasant if not exceptionally terrifying in actual circumstance. This Devata encodes real life misfortune. The other class of seeker who goes into this worship is somebody who is deeply in some kind of trouble…. this Deity’s worship however is not for the faint hearted….
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