Sri Vidya Tantra is a spiritual practice that centers on goddess worship — more specifically, Sri Devi or Lalita Tripurasundari. The term comes from the Sanskrit, sri, which means “wealth,” “grace,” “divinity” or “prosperity”; and vid, meaning “to know.” Tantra, which means “to weave,” refers to spiritual, esoteric practices that direct cosmic energy inward, nurturing the Divine within. Tantra can also mean the actual texts of the tradition.
This Hindu sect promotes both self-realization and material abundance.
The goddess, Lalita Tripurasundari, is the cosmic mother who represents the sleeping, dreaming and waking worlds. Worship of the goddess includes the Sri Yantra, a ritual object made of nine intersecting triangles, representing the chakra energy centers.
In the Sri Vidya Tantra tradition, the deity is worshiped as the Self, or the Divine within. It is, therefore, a non-dualistic tradition in which the individual existence and the cosmic world are the same. Sri Vidya Tantra beliefs vary in the sect’s various texts and among the different schools, but are similar to those of Kashmir Shaivism, another non-dualist tradition.
You need to develop your ability of discernment. It is crucial in these drastically changing times on earth. You are living on a planet where Satan is worshipped. Those who have ruled over you, those who have created the capitalistic system of modern-day slavery for you and those who have entertained you to distract you from it all, they all worship Satan. They perform dark acts of the occult faith that are far more evil than what you can imagine. These evil creatures have been in power on planet earth since the beginning… This has given them plenty of time to infiltrate all and everything. ~ Unknown
“I see many rationalist, pragmatic, skeptic, and scientifically-minded people misunderstanding the origin of the phenomena of worship. They tend to see it as a hoax or a con perpetrated by shysters and demagogues on small-minded folk who haven’t learned enough critical thinking skills. But that’s not true worship.
Yes, there is that silly form of worship, such as maybe worshiping the Pope. People worship the Pope without even knowing what the guy did or why he’s Pope. He could be an elitist asshole and people would still bow to him. This is false worship. Needless to say it’s neurotic, dangerous, and small-minded. This kind of worship is easy to denounce for scientifically-minded people.
But if you’re really curious about reality, you gotta wonder, “Where did the idea for worshiping the Pope come from? Is it just a complete fabrication? Or could it be an imitation? And if so, an imitation of what? Why would any commonsense person worship another? Is it really just because they are simple-minded?”
Turns out there is such a thing as TRUE worship — it just gets conveniently ignored because it requires a certain rare kind of experience in order to appreciate. True worship happens when you are in the presence of a truly masterful human being, and you have the requisite awareness and knowledge base to actually fathom the depth of his mastery. So advanced is his mastery that from your point of view, it is inhuman. It is incredible. It is impossible. So advanced is his mastery, it strikes you with awe like a sledgehammer. It’s a physical experience of awe. This is real worship, and you can experience it if you go deep enough in this work.
The deepest field of human mastery — by a long shot — is not business, or military, or art, or science, or sports. It’s self-mastery and consciousness-mastery. How can I make such a bold claim? Because mastery of the self is the most emotionally laborious and trickiest endeavor possible for a human being. Just try it! Everything else is easy by comparison. A human being who has thoroughly mastered himself cannot help but evoke awe (or anger) in those who come in contact with him. Because he’s like a totally different class of human being (while at the same time not really above anyone). Here is a guy who has accomplished something that you never imagined possible. Here is a guy who has accomplished something that you personally KNOW is amazing, because deep down inside you know how little control you have over yourself.
And that’s the true origin of religious worship. Mystics — the guys who were the seeds of every serious religion — were such people. They mastered themselves so thoroughly that even 3000 years ago, before books, newspapers, radio, TV, advertising, and social media, they were able to amass huge followings — not through false promises and gimmickry as “skeptics” like to believe — but by evoking genuine awe. An awe which was deserved.
Mystics were the original Purple Cows!
This is a phenomena that you can still experience for yourself today. There are people alive right now whose self-mastery is so deep that should you meet them face-to-face, you will be genuinely awed and humbled.
Sound far-fetched? I dare you to put your own skepticism to the test!
But be warned, a true worship experience will not reveal itself to “skeptics”, cynics, dabblers, and smart-asses. This isn’t college philosophy or debate class. You must first put some skin in the game. Only after years of your own pitiful meditation or self-help efforts will you be in a position to fully appreciate the achievements of a master. You don’t even have enough experience yet to realize just how deep this deepest field of human mastery goes. It would make you dizzy and ill to your stomach to find out all at once. Which is why it’s so easy for people to play the skeptic.
Only when the student is serious, will the master be revealed.”
Shraddha is a Sanskrit word, referring to a concept similar to “faith,’””drive” or “purpose.” Although it does not have a direct English translation, it describes a type of positive energy that comes from deep within a person, shaping their world and life. The term is derived from two Sanskrit roots: shrat meaning “truth,” “heart” or “faithfulness,” and dha, meaning “to direct one’s mind toward.”
In Hinduism, shraddha is also a ceremony performed in honor of a deceased ancestor. It is considered to be the social and religious responsibility of all male Hindus and is one of the most important rites connected with ancestor worship. Offerings of food and drink are made to the deceased, alongside sacred rituals to nourish, protect and support their passage from lower to higher realms.
Ishta devata is the term in Hinduism for a worshipper’s personal preferred deity. Because Hindus may worship many gods and goddesses or their incarnations, they may choose one beloved deity as their focus for devotion.
In Vajrayana Buddhism, ishta devata is not a deity but an enlightened being with whom a person identifies during personal meditation. In this sense, it is often translated as “meditational deity.” It is also a key component of Deity yoga, in which the yogi imagines him/herself in the form of the Buddha.
Ishta devata comes from the Sanskrit, ishta, meaning “desired,” “cherished” or “preferred”; and devata, meaning “godhead” or “divinity.” It translates as “cherished divinity.”
The word astrotheology (or astro-theology) comes from the Greek word astron, which means “star,” and the word theology, which means “the study of God.” Since ancient times, man has worshiped deities associated with the heavenly bodies—the stars, moon, and sun (Zephaniah 1:5)—and this practice is called “astrolatry.” The term astrotheology is more specifically applied to a religious system based on the observation of the heavens. Astrolatry is usually polytheistic, while astrotheology allows for monotheism. In fact, some people attempt to combine astrotheology with Christianity.