The Shiva-Linga and the Cosmic Yoni
Hence, the Cosmic Linga and the Cosmic
Yoni represented as the
vajra and the
padma, are really representations
of the twin Holy Mountains, the Sumeru and the Kumeru. The Sumeru is Mt.
Kailasa, the silvery abode of Shiva in the Himalayas. Mt. Kailasa is the
Vajra Mountain and its icy shape is aptly called the Silver Mountain.
The Kumeru is the Vadavamukha ("Mare's Mouth") or Kalamukha
("Black Hole"). It is the exploded volcano of the site of Lanka, whose
peak vanished in the process, becoming the Fiery Pit, the entrance to Hell.
In other words, it is Hell s Hole, the giant caldera of the Krakatoa volcano.
A remarkable representation of the Cosmic
Union of Shiva and Shakti is shown in Fig. 2 below. It represents Ardhanari
("half male") as the Primordial Androgyne, half male-half
The figure is laden with esoteric symbolism, as are usually all such Hindu
First of all, we note the
Cross of Life) placed over the Androgyne s sex. This fact shows that the
ankh is not really an Egyptian symbol, but a Hindu one. And it represents
the mystic union of the two sexes, with the
linga figured as a Cross
yoni as a sort of noose of loop that captures its top portion,
In other words, the
the same thing as the Cross + and the Star of David Y , that is, the mystic
union of the Linga and the Yoni. Secondly, we note the peculiar lotus in
the hand of Ardhanari. It is really the union of the lotus bud (upper position)
vajra (lower portion), as usually represented in ancient
Vajrapani and Padmapani
The dualism of the Lotus and the Vajra
is also illustrated in Tantric Buddhism in the twin figures of Vajrapani
and Padmapani, names that mean "Vajra in hand" and "Lotus in hand". The
two are the representations of Indra or other gods. Padmapani is a representation
of the Sun (Surya or Pushan). Vajrapani and Padmapani are considered the
two aspects of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. They also represent
Yama and Yamantaka (Death and Defeater or Death), as well as the two aspects
of Manjushri (Shiva).
The figure of Padmapani has a third eye,
the emblem of the Fire with which Shiva incends and destroys the world.
Over his head he has sinuous lines representing water. These are said to
represent the Celestial Ganges, which flows down on top Shiva s head. Indeed,
it represents the waters of the Flood, the other agent of the destruction
of the world. Ardhanari is also said to correspond to Brahma. Brahma is
the Primordial Androgyne who split into two halves, becoming Man and Woman.
The myth of Brahma s splitting into the two sexes recalls the first Adam (Ish) created "male-female" by the Elohim, and later separated into two halves, (Gen. 1:27; 2:21). Ardhanari is shown rising from
the waters standing on a giant lotus. This represents the Primordial Island
amid the waters (Lanka or Sutala), often equated to the Lotus and to Hell
(after its destruction). The Lotus is the same as the Golden Flower that represents the"Atomic Mushroom" of the gigantic volcanic explosion that destroyed Atlantis, as we explain in detail on our book on the sunken continent.
Lakshmi as the Archetype of Venus
Padma ("lotus") is also a name of Lakshmi,
who rose from the waters over a lotus on the occasion of the churning of
the Ocean of Milk. The rising of Lakshmi (or Padma) from the soiled waters
of the Flood (the meaning of the myth) is the archetype from which the
birth of Venus in Hesiod was taken. The two goddesses, as well as their
roles and births closely recall each other. So there can be no question
on who copied who, for the Hindu myth is far more complete and far more
ancient than its Greek copy, and even predates the existence of Mycenian Greece.
One of the Central features of Tantric
rituals particularly the
chakra puja where sexual rites are performed
in a group (chakra) is that the women should be of a lower caste
and of dissolute character. They are usually young 12 to 16 year is the
prescribed age and ardorous. The idea is that it is up to the male to
exercize control, while the woman attempts to "seduce" him and make him
reach an orgasm.
This aspect of Tantric rituals is extremely
important, as it sheds light on its origin and meaning. It relates to a
prevalent idea of ancient myths which is central to Indian mysticism. The
woman is the tempter, the nymph that attempts to seduce the male, who must
resist her, in order to avoid doom and perdition.
In the myth Shiva was tempted by his
Parvati. Provoked by Kama, the love god, he was disturbed in his meditation
and fell. Angered, the God inflamed Kama with his third eye and, as a result,
the world was nearly all destroyed by the inflamed love-god. In order to
prevent a total destruction, Kama was enclosed by Brahma inside a mare s
skull and deposited inside the Ocean, where he became the Fiery Mare.
The Primordial Incest
In another myth, it is Brahma who is hit
by Kama s arrow, and falls in love with his own daughter, Ushas (or Dawn).