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The terrible force of time, the grace of endless compassion, dazzling beauty, all-comprising vision, endless courage, capacity for self-sacrifice, fascinating brightness, sublime vacuity, expressive play, intoxicating harmony…all these are different aspects of Supreme Feminine Energy and each of them may lead you to experiencing the Ultimate Reality.

In the context of this series of articles we will try to analyze the main philosophical and practical aspects that refer to the spiritual tradition of the Ten Great Cosmic Forces (Dhasha Mahavidya ).

This tradition is essentially a Tantric practice whose purpose is to gain a “magic” control over subtle energies and forces that animate both our inner micro cosmos and the Macro cosmos in its various aspects of manifestation.

The foundation for this Tantric spiritual practice lies in the idea that one should not avoid the tests which life puts us through by isolating ourselves and retreating into a deserted place in order to reach spiritual fulfillment.

Instead, Tantric tradition asserts that Mahavidya Upasana should be performed in the context of the every-day life as it offers us the possibility of mastering our problems and transcending them.

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In this respect, the Tantric tradition (Tantra Shastra) offers several methods which are suited to any type of situation and human problems. It is therefore not necessary to seek a different method to evolve spiritually.

It is enough to activate as many sublime aspects of our superior nature as possible, attempting to fulfill any positive, beneficialial desire we have and sublimating the energies that animate it.

On one hand the purpose is to experience a refined pleasure and on the other to experience a state of divine freedom.

Consequently, Tantric spiritual practice is not meant only for those who have been initiated, but it also offers amazing opportunities for those who ardently aspire to reach a state of ultimate freedom.

Although Tantric texts are filled with cryptic expressions, with metaphors and allegories which represent obstacles that are unsurpassable (for those who are not initiated), still Tantra is not sorcery.

Misunderstandings about these metaphors have caused even reputed researchers to make huge mistakes in the interpretation of these sacred texts.

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One of the most frequent errors is made due to ignorance regarding important aspects of the Tantric system they understand the metaphorical language literally, thus attributing inaccurate meanings to the Tantric texts, meanings which they never had.

Consequently, they associate Tantra with “abominable practices” such as sacrificial rituals, orgiastic sexual practices, etc. Actually, one may describe certain teachings of the Tantric tradition as a transcendence of any phenomenal tribulations; thus it is a deeply non-dualistic religious and philosophical system.( advaita ).

Authentic Tantric spirituality has nothing in common with witchcraft or certain magical practices that appear in some sects (having deviant and often gruesome practices) which are many times mistaken for deeply spiritual Tantric doctrine.

The purpose of spiritual fulfillment through sadhana is to reach a state of full union with the Supreme Reality of God, whose nature is SatChitAnanda (Pure Existence, Pure Consciousness, Pure Bliss).

In Tantric tradition, the nature of divine reality bears the name Cit and refers to the infinite force of God’s consciousness.

On a transcendent level, Cit (or the Absolute Consciousness of God) is associated with a tough, compact monolith, infinite in its splendor.

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Nonetheless, this essential character of creation differentiates in some aspects, particularly its attributes and expressions; such as the expression ‘Maya‘, the force of illusion covering the intrinsic reality of all manifested things.

In fact, Supreme Reality, which is beyond any attribute or conceptual understanding, projects itself in creation in a finite and determined form through the dynamics of the Divine Consciousness as Force (Cit).

From this point of view, the Great Cosmic Forces (Mahavidya) represent reflections of Cit as ideas or divine expressions in creation which consequently have a universal character.