Shakti Rising

The ten forms of Shakti known as the Mahavidyas represent not only macrocosmic forces such as time and space, but also various interconnected shadow and light aspects in our psyche. The Mahavidyas have traditionally been steeped in esoteric and mystical descriptions, often removed from the practicalities of the spiritual journey.

In this book, which is written from the perspective of an ordinary woman—a cardiologist, wife and mother—these great goddesses come to life to reveal subtle aspects of the inner journey such as spiritual bypassing, spiritual materialism, and self-deception. The fierce symbolism of the Mahavidyas (Kali, Tara, Tripurasundari, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripura Bhairavi, Chinnamasta, Dhumavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi, and Kamalatmika) are explored through the lens of yoga, tantra and vedanta. These great goddesses become the focal points for inquiry into our various shadow aspects that keep us from realizing our eternal, unborn and undying blissful nature.


With practices, self-inquiry prompts, and stories from the author’s own spiritual seeking, this exploration of the divine feminine will gently reveal the source of your fear, pain, and suffering, showing you that when you allow those parts of yourself to arise and simply be, you can finally begin to heal, overcome your limitations, and open to the light and beauty of your true nature. Through exercises and contemplations of the progressive and the direct paths, you’re invited to embrace all aspects of yourself into wholeness, the essence of non-duality.

Praise

With the deft use of everyday examples that all readers can relate to, and an engaging, conversational writing style, Kavitha Chinnaiyan brings the Mahavidyas down from their lofty mystical perches so that they may tease our imaginations, sport with us, inspire us, and eventually lead us from the shadows to the light. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever wished to delve deeper into the subject, and of course, for anyone seeking to access and unlock the divine energy that resides within all of us.”

Roopa Pai, author of the award-winning The Gita: For Children

With the charming combination of personal insights gained through ardent spiritual practice, research, and study, Kavitha brings the Mahavidyas to life, where they become portals to inner beauty, joy, and fulfillment. I recommend Shakti Rising highly.”

Shri Param Eswaran, father of ParaTan Inner Sakthi Yoga, and founder of the Mahavidya Temple in Tamil Nadu, India, and Mahavidya Inner Health in Seremban, Malaysia

This book is filled with marvelous paradoxes–it unites both progressive and direct spiritual paths, and although rooted in rich and arcane Vedic imagery, it remains perfectly accessible and simple to apply. Above all, Kavitha has somehow captured the quintessence of a timeless wisdom and brought it down from the mountaintops for us all to learn from. I bow to both the author and the teaching.”

Richard Rudd, author of Gene Keys, and founder of www.genekeys.com

Kavitha Chinnaiyan presents an in-depth look at the Mahavidyas, ten aspects of the divine mother. Although there are a few books in English out there on this subject, she gives a deeper meaning to each goddess, which has helped me gain more clarity on their aspects. I really liked the practical meditations, creating a deeper and personal connection to the dark and light side of the goddess. I look forward to using this book with my students.”

Mavis Gewant, sacred artist

Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a gifted and insightful scholar-practitioner. Her book is original, practical, and rooted in her deep understanding of the yoga and tantric traditions. Kavitha brings new wisdom to the mystery of the Mahavidyas, the feminine energies of transformation. Highly recommended.”

Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti "In Shakti Rising

A remarkable journey along a path whose pavestones are the ten Mahavidyas, the creative forces of existence that are energetic doorways to either suffering or freedom. Read Shakti Rising in order to understand how the swirling energies of life have meaning for you, how you may transform their shadow qualities into light qualities, and how to go beyond and see that what you truly are is awareness itself. You will emerge from this reading as you unwittingly entered: free and joyous.”

Jerry Katz, editor of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, and founder of www.nonduality.org

Finally, and just in time, we are waking up to the vital need to honor the deep feminine. Kavitha’s wise writing on the great wisdom goddesses shows how to respect and understand the feminine powers of life that have been maligned and suppressed for so long. Her timely book is the perfect interweaving of goddess awareness within a structure of practices that deepen wisdom and help us to live a fuller, deeper life, embracing feminine consciousness through the ten great wisdom goddesses. Read this book, and awaken to the power of the feminine resurgence in your life.”

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, author of Yoni Shakti

A remarkable journey along a path whose pavestones are the ten Mahavidyas, the creative forces of existence that are energetic doorways to either suffering or freedom. Read Shakti Rising in order to understand how the swirling energies of life have meaning for you, how you may transform their shadow qualities into light qualities, and how to go beyond and see that what you truly are is awareness itself. You will emerge from this reading as you unwittingly entered: free and joyous.”

Jerry Katz, editor of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, and founder of www.nonduality.org

Shakti Rising is my favorite kind of book. In our overly busy, twenty-first-century lifestyles, many of us ‘seekers’ find ourselves with more desire than time to explore topics that pique our interest. Through her extensive breadth of knowledge, practice, and experience, Kavitha distills the Mahavidyas in an extremely digestible way for those of us who might fantasize about becoming renunciates, but have unavoidable things like jobs, families, bills, and responsibilities to tend to, to create a useful work we can integrate into daily spiritual practice and inquiry.”

Elizabeth DiAlto, author of Untame Yourself, and host of the Untame the Wild Soul podcast

Shakti Rising exposes in a deep way the practices of the Mahavidyas as an ensemble to arouse and balance the energy of the Shakti in us. Kavitha Chinnaiyan underlines the constant cosmic play of the ten goddesses as if they were dancing in our unconscious, to unify and bring out the balance between light and darkness. This guide of self-discovery, based on a profound comprehension of yoga, Advaita, and tantra, is also very practical, and the exercises proposed are efficient. The images of the Mahavidyas will make the primal energy of the Shakti shine and manifest in front of your eyes. The reading itself is a sadhana. A precious book!”

Daniel Odier, author of Tantric Kali, Tantric Quest, and Desire: The Tantric Path to Awakening