Yoni and Lingam: the power of Yoni worship
In Tantra, each woman is a goddess because each Yoni is the custodian of the infinite mystery of existence. Yoni is the Sanskrit ford for the female genital system. It is softer than the English word, vagina, and far more poetic than the crude terms used in common speech. The Yoni is a sacred place.
Tantra is a life approach born in India at a time when women were revered as incarnations of the great mother goddess. The Yoni is a symbol of the universal womb, from which all creation emerges and into which it dissolved back.
In Tantra, a male student will sit in front of his consort and meditate on her Yoni. If the male Tantrica does not have a physical Yoni to meditate on, he can meditate instead on a downward-pointing triangle with a black dot in the center. This dot, known as Bindu, represents simultaneously the void from which springs creation, the divine mother, and the Yoni. This contemplation gives rise to an inner wisdom about the nature of the cosmos, because the woman’s Yoni is a microcosm of the macrocosm from which all creation emerges.
YONI IN TANTRA
In Tantra texts the Yoni is the symbol of the creation principle. Worlds are both devoured by her and born out of her. She is the cosmic mother from where comes all life. And yet, her vengeful nature destroys all hope of clinging to life and her darkness is all pervading. These two faces she exhibits upholds the entire world. Know her and you have known all. Ignore her and you will be tormented, finding no peace. Love her and find the balm for your soul. Try to crush her and you will be lost to yourself, a wanderer in the desert of despair. Worship her and you will know peace and abundance within all the cycles of creation.
MALE RULE OVER THE FEMININE
In many ancient cultures throughout the world, women were revered as birth-givers. The role of the mail in conception was not always understood, and men were excluded and became jealous. Eventually, they found that they could dominate the feminine, right-brain qualities through the development of left-brained advances in intellect, science and technology. But there is an high price to pay for the tremendous technological advances that make our lives materially comfortable. Our mother earth is dying under the strain of the rapist technology, which devours natural resources and gives back only pollution. People suffer under the domination of greed motivated governments, which have within them no balancing female qualities such as love and nurturing. In the past 30 years, we have destroyed one third of the world’s natural resources. If we continue at the present rate, it is obvious what the future holds.
THE POWER OF THE YONI WORSHIP
Reverence for the Yoni and for the feminine principle has tremendous implications for the world. Because the feminine principle is based on love, acceptance, and nurturing, Yoni worship can transform society. Tantra keeps this reverence in balance, by honouring the male and female principles equally. One sex does not dominate the other. Both can work together in co-operation, co-creation and inter-dipendence, opposite and yet complementary poles of human existence.
YONI WORSHIP IN THE WORLD CULTURES
Yoni worship is one of the oldest forms of religion and it continues today in many cultures of the world, including India, Japan, Aboriginal Australia, and South America. All our modern patriarchs are built on the foundation of Yoni-worshipping goddesses-oriented religions. But the patriarchal attitude successfully smothered the reverence for the Yoni and the feminine, and continues to do so. Women still wear high heels (which raise the bottom into a provocative position, but damage the feet and lower back), a sign of their enslavement as a sex object – the modern equivalent of the ancient practice of Chinese foot-binding. Many women hate their Yonis, thinking that they look ugly and smell disgusting. Many women have no idea of when they are ovulating or of the mechanics of menstruation. pregnancy, and childbirth, blindly leaving all that in the hands of (mostly male) doctors. Many women live in anguish because they have not discovered the liberating power of their orgasmic being. Many women hate men because they feel they have been cheated by a dream of love, which has never come true.
DO WOMEN GAIN EQUALITY BY COPYING MEN?
In our society some women have tried to gain equality by copying men, but this only serves to dis-empower women. A woman’s genitals clearly reveal that she is made opposite and yet complementary to man. This does not make her less than a man. When a woman discovers and accepts her own nature she will come into awareness of her unique power and beauty. This journey of acceptance and empowerment begins with her Yoni.
Source: “Divine Sexuality – The joy of Tantra” by Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita – Findhorn Press