The great saint Ramakrishna once said, “When it is time for a soul to be enlightened, it will be led to the Divine Mother”
Junipur is proud to present
Mother of Light: The Book of Fire
Tao of the Mother: Cantos on Fire Eating and the Art of Love in the 21st Century
It is a concise, practical manual for those who seek to understand the role of the Divine Mother, the Devi, as She presides over the processes of liberation of the soul engaged in the human dream.
The Mother is the essence of the spiritual fire. Flanked by excerpts from Sri Aurobindo, Mother Meera, The Siva Sutras and more, Tao of the Mother reveals what becomes of the fire in the world – how it is lost, how it may be regained – with special focus on the deep psychology of the aspirant. This book is dedicated to you who truly burn to find the EXIT sign.
This book has been written with the express blessing of Mother Meera
Look inside the book
A summary of chapters with Prologue
Chapter 1: The Mother
This is an introduction of the reality of the Divine Mother, with the focus on Her Being as forming the substrata of the disciple himself, to open the discussion on the balancing and perfecting of this Divine relationship in pursuit of liberation. Excerpts are included from: Fifth Mahatmya of Chandi; Mother Meera (Answers); The Lalita Sahasranama; Sri Aurobindo (The Mother).
Chapter 2: The Wound
This chapter is in 4 sections, in descending order of the hierarchy of cause/effect: the cosmic level of “wound”, as the loss of universal fire,i.e. the illusion of duality, and how this primal wounding has devolved in this era of Kali Yuga; an outlining of the nature of thought, how matrika forms the basis of the malas; “closer to the earth’s surface”, some ways in which, in this time of spiritual darkness, the wound has complicated and entrenched in the psyche of the human collective and individual, barring the pathway to release; how this level of psychic/spiritual scarring pertains specifically to the spiritual seeker; and ways to understand the essential role of the Divine Mother in the healing of these wounds, i.e. the Divine Mother as the universal “soul-retriever”. Excerpts are included from: Mother Meera (Answers), The Siva Sutras, Lalita Sahasranama
Chapter 3: The Medicine: Fire-eating
This is an overview of sadhana as the cultivation of Fire, and as the art of love; including thoughts on the prerequisite for the maturation of the personality vehicle to even desire this Divine love and sacrifice. It is divided into specific treatment of the practices of Prayer, Japa, and Meditation. Excerpts are included from: The Lalita Sahasranama, Siva Sutras, Mother Meera (Answers), Sri Aurobindo (The Mother), Sivananda ((Japa Yoga)
These books were written with the blessings and expressed permission of Mother Meera, a universally accepted Incarnation of the Divine Mother. And it has been called “the Hour of the Mother”, the 11th chime striking as I embark on the discourse; in my understanding, it is the initiation of the entirety of the human collective, on the cusp of the cosmic Age of Pisces, and that of Aquarius. The piece is meant to be a notebook about the concerns of spiritual practice in preparation for the passage, but I have entered the topic through the doorway of psychological approach – what we citizens of the ‘new age’ would have called “process”.
Among other things, I hope through the course of the journal to discuss: how psychological work, and spiritual practice are the activity of one and the same principle, differing only in name relative to the age of the aspirant, the maturity of the intent in the continuum of consciousness; that it is the agency of the Divine Mother – also named “Maha Shakti” – who comprises both the inner being pursuing the labor, as well as forming the living stream of intelligence, knowledge and power creating and guiding the birth of transformation on any point on the arc, whether it be termed “therapy”, or “sadhana”. And whether the goal be resolution with one’s parents, integration of personality, or whole liberation of the soul from bondage.
I worried a bit when I was contemplating the writing of this book; while for me, these fields of contemplation, (and at such a pitch of intensity) are endlessly fascinating and hypnotic, I realize many find them dry, inaccessible…or worse, just pointless. If you find yourself searching for a reason to embark on some arcane study, I can but offer my own personal experience of the odyssey: I want to say spiritual practice is the pursuit of the wild. Beyond even instinct, it is primal, universal response to the irresistible call of the untamable, unquenchable wild. It is the human mind, in its arbitrary conceptual framework that is the finite, and the dead. But like everything in life, your interest depends on how you perceive things; how you see is, in turn, shaped and colored by what you really want.
It is my hope, as we are perched on a cliff overlooking the abyss, that these pages can add something fruitful to the dialogue in which we, as a people, are now engaged. But in the end, every path is a secret, inner way, singular to the unique individual. And no one knows the child but the Universal Mother – She alone possesses the book of the soul wherein is written, in letters of light, each intimate turn, step, sequence…the locks, the keys. I would not presume to outline lists of rules, or “things” to hold close. My intent has been to shed one beam on discerning the inscrutable way of the Divine Mother as I understand it – albeit from a limited human perspective – perhaps illuminating some syllable of Her language. Best of luck to us all.