“In my individuality, I express the Divine Power within me.
In my service to others, I offer up what I have become.
Eternal, universal and infinite, I am a child of the Cosmos”
In Tibetan, the Sanskrit term Dakini is Khandroma or “she who traverses the sky” or, more poetically, sky dancer. Their iconic curved bodies are depicted in sinuous dance poses, active manifestations of energy or Shakti. Dakini (Sanskrit for sky dancer) is a Tantric priestess of ancient India who carried the souls of the dead to the sky.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the dakini is a female being of volatile temperament, who acts as a muse for spiritual practice. Dakinis can are akin to elves, angels or other supernatural beings. Dakinis symbolize the testing of one’s awareness and adherence to Buddhist tantric sadhana. In some New Age belief systems, they are called angels.
Love is their usual domain, which is why they supposedly dwell in the sky or heaven. Manifestations of dakini in human form occur as they can assume any form but mostly female. By convention, a male of this type is called a ‘daka’. In Tibetan Buddhism, a dakini is deemed to be a supernatural being who tests a practitioner’s abilities and commitments.
Once a dakini has passed her test, the practitioner is then recognized as a Mahasiddha and elevated into the Dakini Paradise, a place of enlightened bliss. While dakinis are depicted as beautiful and naked, they are natural symbols, not sexual ones. There are instances where a dakini has come to test a practitioner’s control over their sexual desires, but the dakini itself is not a being of passion. Tantric sex may involve a “helper” dakini – a human female trained in Tantra Yoga – or an “actual” dakini. Both increase the level of erotic pleasure for the sexual participants by helping them focus on a non-physical state of spiritual joy and the physical pleasure of sex at the same time.
The Dakini is a Goddess of Life’s Turning Point. Distillations of archetypal emanations, the Dakinis represent those essence principles within the self which are capable of transformation to a higher octave. Dakinis are ‘sky dancers,’ heavenly angels devoted to truth (dharma), female consorts or partners with the god-creators of India and Tibet. Dakini serves as instigator, inspirer, messenger, pushing the tantrika (aspirant) across the barriers to enlightenment. Dakini’s wrathful aspect is depicted by the mala of skulls. Her peaceful aspect is depicted by the lotus frond. Like Hindu goddess Kali, her role is to transmute suffering. Her left hand holds high the lamp of liberation. Dakini represents the sky being a womb symbol connoting emptiness, creativity, potentiality. Objects of desire and carriers of cosmic energies that continually fertilize our human sphere, Dakinis bring us pleasure and spirituality. They provoke the enervating lust that brings life into being. These poetic, cosmic souls are put here to tempt us to spirituality.
Dakinis are questing and testing agents. At times, a dakini will test an aspirant’s control over their sexual desires; however, the dakini must not be construed as a passionate sexual being. When the dakini’s test has been fulfilled, the aspirant is then recognized as a Mahasiddha and elevated into Dakini Paradise, a place of enlightened bliss.
Those new to the study Tantra think the dakini’s role involves being a sexual equal or replacement; rather, the dakini acts as a guide to help one understand their own path to love through God.
Jaya Jagadisha Hare = Lord of the whole Universe