Within the Shakta Tantra tradition of South Asia, Shakti is a dynamic, creative, all- pervading power that animates reality. Shakti is the conscious, creative force that manifests every thought, mood and material form. As this power, she is depicted in many images of the divine, perhaps most vividly and profoundly as the goddesses of the South Asian pantheon.
In this four-week course, we will look at the mythology, history, and iconography of four goddesses: Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kali and Durga. We will consider the specific rituals and devotional practices that enliven their presence in the heart of practitioners.
We will also explore how the fields of consciousness associated with these goddesses function on a material level and investigate how an understanding of their different dimensions (historical, philosophical, spiritual and mythological) provides a deeper and more nuanced understanding of our roles in life and our place in existence. As fields of consciousness inherent in the fabric of reality, how do goddesses Durga, Kali, Saraswati, and Lakshmi influence and shape our awareness and everyday experience?
Each class begins with a meditation, a visualization and a mantra invocation to the Goddess. A visual presentation with teachings on the qualities, attributes, mythology, iconography, history and culture of these deities will be shared, with time reserved in every session for questions and discussion.
Laura Amazzone, M.A. is a teacher, writer, intuitive healer, yogini and initiated priestess in the Shakta Tantra and Kaula Sri Vidya traditions of India and Nepal. She is the author of the award-winning book, ÒGoddess Durga and Sacred Female Power.Ó She has published numerous articles within the fields of Hinduism, Tantra and WomenÕs Spirituality in many different encyclopedias, anthologies, journals and also online publications. Laura teaches in the Yoga Philosophy Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She offers a diverse array of authentic and undiluted lineage-based rituals and spiritual practices as well as pilgrimages to Nepal that promote spiritual empowerment and divine embodiment. Lauraamazzone.com