Friday, May 24, 2013
In Hindu and Tibetan Tantric mythology Jogini represent the triumph of the feminine over demons or over the heart and the mind. Part of this concept is to have mastery over ones sexual desires and not to be an undisciplined emotional and hedonistic disaster. Respect for the feminine spiritual teacher is a necessary part of every beings path to spiritual enlightenment. Sadly, in modern times the term 'Jogini,' has become synonymous with young girls being forced into prostitution in India. Sexual slavery is the antithesis of feminine power and of the enlightened mind. I believe that as women become more respected and empowered, our global community will begin to heal and become more balanced. When Buddhists pray for the enlightenment of all sentient beings, this development of moral reasoning is really what they are praying about. As we become more aware, we naturally act on that awareness and create a better world for all of us to live in.
Long may the Jogini dance on the head of her demon foe!