Why these poems to the Goddess?

Why these poems to the Goddess?

According to the ancient traditions of India, the goddess Kālī can be worshipped as mother, child or consort. She is most often worshipped as Mother Kālī (Mā Kālī), but my wish is to worship her as consort.

I had long sought to be initiated into tantra. The first attempt was made in 1994 in Varanasi where Vagish Shastri, an eminent scholar,  initiated me with full ceremony into tantra. This event was reported in the local newspaper; it was also celebrated with others of his disciples at a dinner afterwards. The next day he asked me what I had dreamed during the night. This dream is important in the Hindu tradition since the dream indicates what has really happened. But I had dreamed nothing. On another occasion I sought initiation in 2003 in Bhubaneswar by Harsa to whom Bettina Bäumer had introduced me. This was done with due ceremony, but here too nothing happened.

At the meeting with Suramishra on Monday 16 January 2012 I was given permission to worship Kālī as consort, which produced an immense reaction one night. The opening poem of the series reflects this experience. This, I consider to be my true tantric initiation.

The Christian teaching of the Spirit has been undeveloped, especially in the West. It can be better understood in the light of the teaching of Kālī as consort in the tantric context. This is the purpose of these poems, which are shared with you for your wise assessment.

These ‘poems’ reflect that exploration, and are the expression of spontaneous illuminations in prayer, written down at great speed.

I call them tantric poems – I am both priest of the Catholic Church and tantrika.

 

 

About interfaithashram

Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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2 Responses to Why these poems to the Goddess?

  1. Dear ‘anon’
    Yes, The Latin version of this text (Gospel of Thomas v. 70), which Kurt Aland (1963 edition) says is closest to the Coptic, reads: “When you give birth to what is in you, it will save you. It you do not have it in you, what you do not have in you will kill you.” The English version in Kurt Aland’s edition is seriously incorrect.
    This is text full of resonances. But I would like to know why it touches you so much.
    For me, it also brings out the fact that the outer and the inner coincide. What is within is expressed. It is like faith and good works. Faith leads to good works. Faith saves and works ave. Faith without works is dead. Without faith a person is condemned. This was one of the big debates of the Reformation. Kashmir Shaivism would also say that the inner and the outer must coincide, but the inner has the priority. John

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I am moved to think immediately of one of the conversations that Jesus had with his disciples – related in the Gospel of Thomas vs 70 Jesus said : When you bring forth that in yourselves, that which you have will save you….”

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