Within the Yoga Camp of M.I.S.A this year a great meeting took place between the 2nd – 8th August, more than 400 aspirants “entered” into the sphere of force of the Great Cosmic Power Kali for a week of intensity … and profound spiritual transformation.
Kali is the first of the 10 Cosmic Powers (also known as Dasha Maha Vidya) together the Cosmic Powers are the 10 faces of God and as such they represent all aspects of creation. We will see further on in the article more details about the Cosmic Powers and the influence they can have on our lives…
Do you know that time is a form of love, and our look is outside it, because time is a cage beyond which there lies the Eternal Absolute.
In the first event of its kind, the Maha Vidya Kali camp took place as an integrated part of M.I.S.A.’S annual International Yoga Camp, the great spiritual event that gathers thousands of spiritual aspirants to the vibrant holiday resort of Costinesti, (Costinesti is located on the Romanian shores of the Black Sea). In the Yoga Camp the Yoga aspirants are exposed to an intensive month of spiritual initiations and special activities related to the teachings of M.I.S.A. Yoga school. Within this holiday ambience focusing upon the nature of
Time and Transformation became a unique experience in itself.
Every year the International Yoga Camp is dedicated to one of the Great Cosmic Powers and the choice is made by the Divine Consciousness, through a consecrated lottery. And this year by a great synchronicity the whole International Yoga Camp was consecrated to Kali. This was just a small link in the long chain of synchronicities that followed this special Maha Vidya Yoga Camp.
Making the Preparations for the Kali Camp
Along with my beloved Adina Stoian and Simona Popescu and other enthusiastic Maha Vidya aspirants we prepared the program of the camp, aiming to illustrate the specific resonances of the Great Cosmic Power Kali, the program included; lectures, seminars, specific exercises and surprises…
Maha Vidya Yoga on the Tantric Path
The Maha Vidya Kali special program marks the beginning in a series of 10 such events that will be dedicated to the 10 Great Cosmic Powers, or Dasha Maha Vidya as they are known in the oriental tradition. It also signifies a special moment of opening that will enable more people to access the mysteries of the lesser known Tantric path, Maha Vidya Yoga.
The great enthusiasm of the participants and the inspiration that we received in preparing and teaching revealed the great need for these initiating spiritual aspects to be spread throughout the world.Maha Vidya Yoga, is a complete spiritual system which offers the perseverant aspirant the possibility to attain the ultimate goal of spiritual liberation in this life, here and now, by following a complex method of personal spiritual development, with the aim to gradually unite the individual consciousness with one of the 10 Great Cosmic Powers. Each one in Herself reveals a complete path for attaining spiritual liberation, combining the spiritual principles with the experience of the daily existence integrated from the perspective of the respective Maha Vidya. This is the Tantric way of spiritualizing life in order to raise it to the highest level. The path of Maha Vidya is a very efficient path for our day and age, through the grace of the Cosmic Powers the aspirant is safely guided to the Revelation of the Self.
In my experiences until now I have found that our spiritual school M.I.S.A. is probably the only place where the complete initiation in Maha Vidya is offered to the modern spiritual seeker, with all the explanations and specific methods that make this exceptional path a path of evolution and effective spiritualization of daily life.
Being integrated with the latest discoveries of science and fitting perfectly with modern mentality, Maha Vidya or the Great Cosmic Powers represent a great revelation for the genuine spiritual seeker today; Tantra has brought forth a great secret from antiquity to help modern man in his complicated task of living in today’s existence.
One of the confirmations of this is the large number of people who participated to the camp, also considering the fact that only the yoga students from the second year upwards (of our M.I.S.A yoga classes) were allowed to participate.
Kali the Great Cosmic Power of Time and Spiritual Transformation
Kali is the first Cosmic Power we encounter on the Maha Vidya journey. She is the Divine Mother who reveals to the one who ardently adores Her the secrets of spiritual transformation, time and death, and of all that is imperfect. She is the one destroying all that is ephemeral in Her path, leaving only the essence of Reality.
Because of this She is often perceived as terrible by the ones who are attached to materialistic views or superficial values, for the uninitiated ones. In reality, Kali is the Divine Mother who cares and nurtures our souls with great intensity in all that we do, she takes us home to our Heavenly Father by destroying all that is illusory and revealing thus the Truth of who we really are and what the meaning of our life really is. Through the ‘apparent’ death Kali gives us back our Life, and the Tantric understands through Her Maha Vidya (Great Spiritual Vision) that death and life are part of the continuous process of becoming which is necessary for our evolution to the real Life.
Kali is also the energy of Time, devouring all in its path. For the ignorant one, Time is to be feared, for the initiates it is the necessary element in the process of transformation which brings us closer to the Divine Life. Where there is no transformation, there is no Life and death reigns! When we waste time we risk the wrath of Kali, the implacable and merciless action of time. Tantra reveals the close connection between awareness, attention and the flow of time, an aspect that was also underlined by modern research regarding time energy.
Understanding some of the fundamental Tantric principles gives the practitioner amazing possibilities to influence the flow of time in individual cases, and even to transcend its effects upon him/her. Those who waste time do not pay attention to life energies, but when the energy of Time is polarized by consciousness then spiritual transformation occurs which brings about evolution. All these fundamental principles were practically explained in this exceptional Maha Vidya event, we even made some significant experiments with the energy of time 😉
Kali also offers us the possibility to understand the profound phenomenon of polarization, without which life and the universe could not exist. Understanding the principles of polarity and polarization (fundamental universal principles that are revealed to the tantric adept in a practical manner when entering in deep resonance with the Great Cosmic Power Kali) the adept is able to realize a paranormal control over the inner energies and even to become capable of solving many of the problems that otherwise appeared previously almost impossible to solve.
The Principle of Polarity in Practice; separating the men and the women
In this camp we practically applied this principle through the separation of the men and women for the first three days of the camp. Separating the sexes is a very simple exercise that in the same time reveals amazing and very complexed levels of reality, that we usually don’t have the time and lucidity to pay attention to. Through this exercise, both men and women have the possibility to consciously discover their inner nature, respectively. The women’s special program was led by Adina and Simona, while the men joined me in a special program. Our ‘men’s’ program commenced at 5.30am, with a two hour meditation on the beach, followed later with topics that are of specific interest to the male aspirant on the spiritual path.
By taking this time to deepen the self-introspection through the perspective offered by Tantra (the principle of polarity), the spiritual aspirant can reach profound levels of understanding about who we are in essence, beyond the limited perspective imposed by the ego. By the woman consciously assuming her womanhood, and the man consciously assuming his manhood, we deepen our Self-knowledge, overcoming inhibitions, prejudices, misconceptions and limitations in the process. It brings us closer to the attainment of the glorious state of androgyny which is the crowning glory of Tantra, the perfect union between the masculine and feminine inside our own being.
Integrating this period of polar separation with the specific resonances of Kali, the whole lesson became an ecstatic experience.
After the three days of separation, the powerful manifestation of polarity created a magical ambience within the whole group, everyone was transfigured by the refined feelings and experiences that were now appearing integrated within the sphere Kali’s power.
As the days passed by, the number of participants increased, we were forced to move the meetings to the night as with the heat of the day it became increasingly difficult to keep the already full meeting hall at a reasonable temperature. Despite all these “challenges” people enthusiastically followed the whole program until the end.
The presentation of Maha Vidya starting from the fundamental spiritual principles that are analogically “the skeleton” of their manifestation offers a completely new and practically efficient perspective to this exceptional aspect of the Tantric path. It was indeed also a revelation for me how this high spiritual path of Maha Vidya Yoga can be made so easily accessible and highly effective to the modern day seeker, integrating in this way all the traditional aspects without it being necessary to cut out the most important spiritual aspects due to the cultural differences.
Adoration of Kali
The highlight of the last part of the Maha Vidya special activity was the ritualistic adoration of the Great Cosmic Power Kali, an event that gave all participants the opportunity to experience some of their most intense communions with the Great Mother of Time and Transformation.
Many days after this special experience the participants were still talking about it and informing their colleagues (who arrived later to take part in the yoga symposium) about their amazing experiences.
All in all I was impressed by the enthusiasm people showed to this approach in Maha Vidya and the amazing ambience that is created by hundreds of people focusing in the same direction for longer durations of time. The immense interest that people manifested for these teachings during the Maha Vidya Yoga Camp is also a great sign that in our times the contrasts are significantly widening; ignorant people are more vocal in rejecting spirituality and the aspirants who seek spiritual transformation and spiritual evolution are more ardent in their search.
In Costinesti, hundreds of active spiritual seekers sacrificed their holiday comforts, in order to enter deeper into the mysteries of the Great Cosmic Powers.
During the concluding lecture at end of the camp, a great image appeared on the afternoon sky in Costinesti, strikingly similar with the sky on the first day and the above image on the stage (where we held many of our lectures), suggesting the time cycles were closing and the unity of the whole event.
See the images and enjoy!
The Evening Before the Camp Started
The Last Day of the Camp…