Re-examination of Shaivite Hindu folk tradition, and its Bon
Po/Buddhist offshoot, reveals an archetypal substrata of
tremendous value. While Western spirituality focused on
authoritarianism, sin, and joy-to-come in heaven, these
Eastern traditions maintained closer ties to the
Earth-venerating concepts of Neolithic humanity. The Divine
Union of Opposites, of Goddess and God, female and male,
human and animal/plant realms, remained the central concern.
Hindu/Buddhist deities are depicted with animal and plant
attributes, just as among the ancients of Near East, Celtic, or Native American
traditions. In fact, many of their images, and the rituals practiced to invoke
them, have direct correspondences with deities in our pre-Christian past. Yogis
still serve a shamanic, guiding role for seekers, rather than as priests
imposing Gods will. Godhead is understood as immanent in Nature, immediately
accessible to human experience.
Eight clear paths, including bhakti (devotion), jnana (mental
concentration, akin to prayer), and karma (good works), offer union (samadi)
with the Divine. Both homo- and heterosexuality are viewed as tantric process to
be cherished and practiced joyfully, rather than as carnal traps that diminish
our spiritual capacity.
Clay images called murtis are used to concentrate meditative
focus. They are springboards into the spiritual realm, harbingers of inward
peace. They symbolize the interrelatedness of the mundane world with the sacred.
Sacred Source's goal is to reclaim the ancient images of
partnership with rather than dominion over Mother Earth, for without such images
how can we re-imagine our world away from the power-ego-competition cul de sac
of patriarchy and its resulting environmental degradation. Please join us,
supporting our third world artisans by bringing their Earth-healing images into
your homes and hearts.