Brave Dreamer, recognize and claim
the dreaming power that brings you here!
To approach Nemeta, picture an open, leafy campus with a commons (“student union”) shrouded by the ceremonial Banyan Tree and, facing it, a large and elegant structure that houses 12 Classrooms (Courses) and 3 Great Halls (Vocations). There are reception areas for all Classrooms (the Course landing pages) where guests can look around and can consider the material on offer. The Great Hall 16 of the Sophianic School, Planetary Tantra, is entirely open to guests, and all material posted here is open source, accessible at no charge.
Consistent with my wishes, as expressed from the initial moment of the Terma of Gaia Awakening, Planetary Tantra is free. I have highlighted this message on the home page of metahistory.org where I announce the migration of all content in that site to Nemeta:
**Go to The Menhir (school notice board) for the current lunar cycle (Dakini Shift)**
Where To Begin?
§ Added April 20, 2020: Registered guests are advised to note the new block in the Curriculum panel, *WHERE TO BEGIN. To review the original landing page for Planetary Tantra, as it appeared on metahistory.org in October 2008, click here. Begin with that essay and the one titled Gaia Awakening: Introduction fo Planetary Tantra, in the panel below. Those two essays provide the initial orientation you need to benefit your approach to Planetary Tantra. Welcome to this unique and daring adventure in “interactive magic” with the Wisdom Goddess, your divine mother.
“The Dakinis are Devata (radiant-emergent) aspects of the Forces of Nature. Work with them and success is attained. Work against them and ill-fortune follows. Identify the self with the partial aspects which are the yoginis (bonding forces) and then various Powers (siddhis: occult faculties) are attained. Identify the self with the Great Yogini Herself and the human creature is liberated. This is the Shakta teaching.”
– Sir John Woodroffe, The World As Power
Course 16 on Planetary Tantra comprises a vast array of material, some of it new, much of it taken from metahistory.org and elsewhere, but here organized, corrected, upgraded, and revised. It will take some time to pull this enchilada together.
NOTE: I have added this talk 16.101 Running on DOS: Dakini On Shift MP3 (PT For Beginners) from 2018 on January 14, 2020 for the purpose of orientation to visitors. Ceridwen, Crooked Claw, and myself discuss six points about the unique version of Gnosis that comes with Planetary Tantra. This talk raises the issue of the great dissent, the rejection of Christianity. “No, no, no. I’m not going to rehab in a salvationist gulag.” It also alludes to the taunting meme of “hijacking” Tibetan Buddhism which today assumes a form that could not have been foreseen at that moment— DOG ZEN. The verification of encountering the Organic Light by the detecting a drop of temperature that actually does not occur in the ambient temperature is a salient point, one of the wonderful proofs of the veracity of the telestic method, which can be consistently tested. Everyone who encounters the Organic Light has the same experience.
So, how to get started with Planetary Tantra? Everyone who comes to this “field of dreams” faces the same question, Where to dive in first? The immensity, diversity, novelty and richness of the content can be overwhelming. In truth, if you are not overwhelmed, you are not getting it! And that sensation persists in time. PT never becomes habituated or clichéd. Or if it does, you are not handling it correctly.
Traditional Buddhism in the genre of the non-attainment schools uses the nifty term bodhicitta (BOW-dee-CHIT-tah) for the thrilling sensation of hovering constantly on the verge of enlightenment. Bodhi means illumined, awakened: in gnostic terms, the enjoyment of the full power of your intelligence grounded in the naked awareness of mind in its own nature. Citta is a variant of cit, pronounced CHIT, with a hard accent on the c. Cit is consciousness itself, with or without an object. Any claim to “spirituality” in this day and age has to be proven and demonstrated, authenticated by the correct use of intelligence based on knowing how consciousness works, both affecting the world-event and being effected by it. Otherwise, it is just empty talk.
On these primary notions, you can always remind yourself why you choose to attend Nemeta and engage in PT: to get your cit together. (“Get your shit together” being an archaic meme of the 1960s).
The routine translation of bodhicitta is “inceptive bodhi” or “the thought of enlightenment.” In non-attainment teachings (virtually unknown to most people who get involved in Buddhism of any kind), inceptive bodhi means that merely entertaining the notion that you can be enlightened brings you to the verge of being so. Some texts assert that the mere conception of what enlightenment is enlightens you.
There is deep wisdom in this assertion, as traditionally stated, but it can be taken to an even deeper level through the practice of PT. As I have insisted time and time again, and will continue to insist, Planetary Tantra based on the Terma of Gaia Awakening clarifies and amplifies all that is genuine and sustainable in Buddhist teachings. It makes it over and goes to the goal with it.
Not to get too fancy at this moment, let me propose for the sake of orientation that bodhicitta means “inceptive syntax.” Compare it to the source code of a computer app. All the functions of the app depend on the integrity of a certain array of propositions in the source code. Likewise with PT where you encountered an array of terms, phrases, and memes that present the inceptive or primary syntax for the entire wisdom system. Here are some examples:
- worship of power: Tantra is the worship of power (Shakti), so those who practice it call themselves Shaktas. Go to The Terton on Video in the curriculum bar below for a cogent exposition of this idea.
- material immanence: The cosmic source of life is immediately presented to you in the presence of the earth, the planetary body of the Aeon Sophia, the Maha-Shakti.
- everything is material: There is no formless incorporeal spirit anywhere in the universe. “All material forms are passing modes of this one Power (the Maha-Shakti). Maya becomes a possibility and not the absurdity which some have supposed it to be” (Woodroffe, The World as Power). In other worlds, this natural physical world you inhabit is not an illusion.
- Shakti Cluster: The icon and operative mandala of the World Mother which displays the full array of the powers (dakinis, devatas) by which she is interactive with human creatures.
- autogenic magic: interactive magic with Gaia, the living earth which is both mother and matrix (habitat) of the human species.
- yogini: bonding force, to be considered as natural and fully material, comparable, say, to the bonding force that causes water to be formed out of hydrogen and oxygen, or the bonding force of magnetism, or static electricity, to cite but a few examples
- Gaia-Sophia: Compound term that expresses the identity of the Aeonic Mother Sophia, a plasmic emanation of the galactic core, with the natural world, this earth, the setting of human life and matrix of all life as we know it.
- the world dream: …
The list goes on, but those terms are enough for initial grounding in the practice of PT. Consistent with the passage from Woodroffe, bonding yourself intentionally with the power of the Earth Mother is the purpose of Planetary Tantra. The “magic” to be discovered and tested in this adventure happens through the coupling of human forces with the superhuman matrix of telluric powers displayed in the Shakti Cluster. Bear in mind, always, that the Shakti Cluster does not merely present a schematic display, like the circuit diagram of a television, but is itself the actual instrument for interactivity, the app.
Finally, a note on the Sanskrit and Tibetan terminology: (Forthcoming)
The curriculum panel for PT is similar to that of all Courses on Nemeta, with the difference that only staff (student-teachers who support the school materially and creatively) can access the units in the 12 Courses and published material in Vocations. Once you are signed in as a guest, using your password, you are free to access any unit in the Great Hall of PT. Note that you may have occasion to click the “START COURSE” panel (blue, upper right of this page) to activate or re-active your access.
“Some days I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so I do both.”
|* WHERE TO BEGIN|
|16 Gaia Awakening: Invitation to Planetary Tantra||1012 years, 10 months|
|Planetary Vision Quest (Celestics Lesson 13)||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 Surfing the Wave of Planetary Tantra||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.101 Running on DOS: Dakini On Shift MP3 (PT For Beginners)||1012 years, 10 months|
|Private: 16 The Jargon and Jive of Planetary Tantra||1012 years, 10 months|
|PT ORIENTATION & BASICS|
|16.101 How to Practice Planetary Tantra Orientation||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.101 Gaian Tantra Vow MP3||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.101 Gaian Tantra Vow Text||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.101 Gaian Tantra Vow Procedures & Example Text||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.101 Rimsite (Real Sky Constellations)||1012 years, 10 months|
|11.101 Coastlining||1012 years, 10 months|
|§ HIGHLIGHTS AND PREVIEWS|
|16 Dreaming the Grand Sablon||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 Self-Love in Gaian Tantric Practice||1012 years, 10 months|
|NEW ON PT|
|16 Skatach: Trainer of Warriors||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.101 Breathing With the World Mother||1012 years, 10 months|
|Kali Shift 2019||1012 years, 10 months|
|Kurukulla Shift, December 2018||1012 years, 10 months|
|§ CRUISING THE DAKINI SHIFTS|
|16 Romancing the Virgin||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 The Pretence of Enlightenment||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 Idris Shift 2019||1012 years, 10 months|
|14 INTRO to Celestics: What’s In It For You||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 Correction and Selection||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 Chinnamasta’s Glory (Mirita’s Calendar)||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 Nav Briefing No. 4 Swan Deva Shift 2012||1012 years, 10 months|
|16 Matangi Shift 2019: The Planetary Vision Quest||1012 years, 10 months|
|The Sovereign Moment Revisited||1012 years, 10 months|
|Private: 16 Iamblichus on Divination||1012 years, 10 months|
|THE TERTON ON VIDEO|
|16 Gnosis and Shamanism||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.100 Divine Pulsation||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.100 Dakini Dance||01:30:00|
|16.100 Dakini Weather||01:30:00|
|16.100 Dakinis on the Roof||01:30:00|
|16.100 Heart Drop Medicine||01:30:00|
|16.100 Desire in Planetary Tantra||01:30:00|
|16.103 GALLERY OF THE DEVATAS|
|16.103.8 Bagalamukhi Bagala as Bridle||01:30:00|
|16.103.4 Bhuvaneshvari Tara||01:30:00|
|16 Matangi vs the Two-Faced Trickster||01:30:00|
|16.103.3 Shodashi (Ist Shift 2009)||01:30:00|
|16.100 GTT Planetary Tantra Talks||00:00:00|
|16.103.15 Visvamata – The Riddle of Reciprocity, Human and Cosmic||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.104 SHAKTI CLUSTER|
|16 Shakti Cluster App||00:00:00|
|16.100 Shakti Cluster Compilations||01:30:00|
|16.100 Vajra Star||01:30:00|
|16.100 Shakti Clustergeo||01:30:00|
|Private: 16.100 Shakti Cluster||01:30:00|
|16.100 Shakti Cluster Basic||01:30:00|
|16.100 PT 2010 Reckoning||01:30:00|
|16.100 How to Practice Planetary Tantra||01:30:00|
|16.100 Dakini Dance||01:30:00|
|16.100 The Shakti Cluster: A Gaian Tantric Mandala||01:30:00|
|16.100 Tantric Conversion I||1012 years, 10 months|
|16.100 Tantric Conversion II||01:30:00|
|16.100 The Union of Desire and Compassion||01:30:00|
|16.100 The Compassion of Release||01:30:00|
|16.100 Toward the Secret Gathering||01:30:00|
|16.100 Year End Review of Shaktis 2009||01:30:00|