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At the time of death, the individual consciousness of the people who know all these things and who have practiced sufficiently during their lifetime will come out of their body through Brahmarandra, the crown of the head, thus dissolving into the Supreme Source, which is God’s universal consciousness.

However, if this knowledge and ability to focus on Sushumna nadi was not gained until the moment of death, then the consciousness of this person will come out of the body through a different nadi, and it will be integrated into one of the countless manifested worlds, according to their level of vibration and spiritual evolution.

Therefore, yogis worship the Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta as the sacred goddess of transformation, acting mainly on the level of the third eye, determining the transcendence of the common vision of this world.

The Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta is also considered to be a yoga shakti, meaning the terrible force of action of the yogic power, which made possible the association with Vajra Yogini and Para Dakini – the first and most important dakini – of the Tibetan tradition, the goddess that offers the sincere and devoted practitioner the greatest paranormal capacities.

On the level of our energetic structure, the Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta acts mainly on Ajna Chakra, opening the third eye and symbolizing the light that offers the essential and direct perception of our surrounding reality, casting away the ignorance inherent to duality.

Due to her association with the ascendant pranic flux of energy through susumna Nadi, the Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta is also correlated with udana vayu, the subtle energy causing the ascension of Kundalini Shakti and the deep transformation of the human being.

Nonetheless, the Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta manifests on all levels when the yogi achieves an act of perception that goes beyond the normal condition.

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From a symbolic point of view, the Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta is represented as nude and headless.

In her two hands she holds her own head and a sword. The decapitated head drinks from the blood coming out of her open throat. Traditionally, the head is held in the right hand, and the sword in the left.

Her body is that of a 16 year old girl. She wears a necklace made of human bones and a garland of human skulls.

The Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta wears the sacred belt around her hips, and her breasts have the shape of lightning, being adorned with flowers and a single jewel attached to a snake in the area of the crown of the head. The goddess has three open eyes that radiate a lot of light.

To her side there are two other goddesses, whose names are Dakini and Varini. The Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta dances over the bodies of Kama, the god of love and his wife, Rati.

In some traditional representations, in their places are Krishna and Radha. This symbolic representation of the Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta from the Hindu tradition is practically identical with that of the great goddess Vajra Dakini from the Tantric Buddhism of Tibet.

There are in fact three streams of blood coming out from Chinnamasta’s throat: a central stream that she herself drinks, and two others placed on the left and on the right side of this central stream, signifying the subtle energies from ida nadi and pingala nadi, and which are drunk by the two goddesses Dakini and Varini.

The couple of gods lying at her feet symbolizes the union of the masculine and the feminine energies in the human psychic.

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Chinnamasta’s cut head represents the consciousness that was freed from the various limitations of the body and of the mind, while her lightning-shaped hair and radiant eyes are symbols of the direct perception of God’s Absolute Consciousness.

On the other hand, the sword she holds in her left hand signifies discernment (viveka) and the goddess’s tongue symbolizes the colossal power of the divine logos, or of the mantra‘s. Because her representation is difficult to be rendered as a sculpture, the Great Cosmic Wisdom Chinnamasta is most often represented drawings or paintings.

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