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April 20, 2013

From a blog reader commenting on http://kausthub.com/discover/2013/4/8/who-are-the-kapalikas

He needs help…..

From Kausthub’s website…..disturbing to say the least……and totally in alignment with the rumors of what he has been up to recently….

The Kapalika-s (Sanskrit कापालिक) are one of the two main sects of Siva follows, who follow a non-Puranic or tantric form of Saivism. Some of their members were considered to have written the Bhairava Tantra-s, including the subdivision called the Kaula Tantra-s.

They are called Kapalika-s literally meaning the ‘skull-men,’ because, they carried a skull-topped staff and a cranium begging bowl. Differing from the more respectable Brahmin householder of the Saiva Siddhanta, the Kapalika ascetic imitated his ferocious deity, Lord Siva, and covered himself in the ashes from the cremation ground, and propitated his Gods with the supposedly impure substances of blood, meat, alcohol, urine and sexual fluids from intercourse unconstrained by caste restrictions. Flaunting such rules that were considered impure by the more orthodox Brahmin-s, the Kapalika-s went against Vedic injunctions, and hence were considered a Tantric sect. Their main aim was power through evoking powerful deities, especially the Goddesses.

They also have had a significant influence on Yoga, especially Hathayoga. Evidence of this can be found through texts such as Hathayogapradipika, which list some of their eccentric practices. This apart the main texts of their lineage the Bhairava Tantra and the Kaula Tantra offer many Yogic practices as part of their teachings.

Bhairava Tantra is a key text of of Kashmir Saivism. It is presented as a discourse between Lord Siva and his consort Sakti. The text talks about 112 meditation methods, known as dharanas, which include pranayama, concentration on energy centres of the body, non-dual awareness, chanting, visualisation and contemplation through each of the senses. A an important aspect discussed in these texts is the prerequisite to success in any of the 112 practices, which is a clear understanding of which method is most suitable to the practitioner.

Kaula or Kula describes a kind of Hindu Tantrism, more associated with the Kapalica sect of ascetics. The concepts of purity, sacrifice, freedom, the spiritual master (guru) and the heart are core concepts of the Kaula tradition. Similar to other tantric schools, the Kaula-tantra adopts an approach of positive affirmation, rather than prescribing self limitations and condemning of various actions. Thus it embraces acts such as sexuality, love, social life and artistic pursuits as important domains of spiritual evolution. The main approach of Kaula-tantra is practical methods for attaining enlightenment, rather than merely engaging in complex philosophical debates. The main means employed in the Kaula practice are spiritual family, initiation into rituals, sexual rituals such as maithuna, spiritual alchemy, controlling or energy through mantras and other mystical methods, and the realisation of individual and universal consciousness .

The Kaula lineage is closely linked to the Siddha and Natha traditions. Owing to this fact, their influence on the Yoga tradition was quite significant, as the Natha lineage is an influential lineage of Yoga teaching. It is highly possible that Svatmarama and others in this lineage belonged to the Kaula tradition, and perhaps even to the Kapalika sect. It is perhaps the reason for some of the mysterious practices that form part of texts such as Hathayogapradipika.

Many conservative Yogin-s were disapproving of their methods, and shied away from their practices. Yet the Kapalika-s and their mysterious methods have endured till the current day. Visitors to Varanasi, the ancient and holy city on the banks of the river Ganga, can very often come face to face with such ascetics.

 

He needs help…..

See below from Wikipedia on the Kaula tradition…. If you look at the wikipedia you will see that Kausthub’s website and Wikipedia have very similar descriptions of Bhairava and Kaula…so either he wrote the Wikipedia descriptions or he copied almost word for word certain sections.

I am sorry to say, but I don’t think he is done abusing people sexually….just found a convenient way to justify it…..I really hope that his family can get their heads on straight and take him to a mental facility so that he can get the help he so desperately needs.

Yamala – the tantric couple
Abhinavagupta: “The couple (yamala) is consciousness itself, the unifying emission and the stable abode. It is the absolute, the noble cosmic bliss consisting of both Shiva and Shakti. It is the supreme secret of Kula; neither quiescent nor emergent, it is the flowing font of both quiescence and emergence.” (Tantraloka)[57]
The sexual practices of the Kaula schools, also known as “the secret ritual”, are performed with a so-called “external Shakti” (sexual partner)[58] as opposed to the purely meditative practices which involve only one’s own spiritual energies (the “interior Shakti”). The role of the sexual Kaula ritual is to unite the couple, yogini (initiated woman) and siddha (initiated man), and induce one in the other a state of permanent awakening.[59] This achievement is made possible by the intensity of their love.[60]
In their exalted state, the two become absorbed into the consciousness of the Self. Becoming united on all the levels, physical, astral, mental and even in their consciousness, they reconstitute the supreme couple of Shiva and Shakti.[61]
The Kaula sacrifice is reserved for the few, the elite who can maintain a state of Bhairava (spiritual illumination) in sexual union.[62] Other couples, even if they reproduce the ritual to the letter (as perceived from outside), if they do not attain Bhairava consciousness, are merely engaging in a sexual act.
“Initiation by the mouth of the yogini (yoginī-vaktra)”, is a method by which the adept unites with a purified yoginī and receives the unique experience of the illuminated consciousness.[63] He is to see her as both his lover and guru.
The energy generated during the tantric sexual act is considered a form of “subtle emission”, while the act of ejaculation is considered a form of physical emission.[64] In Kashmir Shaivism, the energy of emission (visarga śakti) is considered to be a form of ānanda (bliss).

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3 Comments
  1. Honey permalink

    It is serious sign of mental imbalance, yes. Under the covering excuse of Kashmiri Shaivism. a lineage that was entirely alien to his grandfather’s sect, Kausthub appears to excuse himself from any responsibility to his victims, or to the state for that matter. The other take-away is that he is smart & quite likely to offend again (some of us have been saying this all along). We have not heard the last from this psychopath. Just because he is mentally ill, and certainly deserves our pity, that doesn’t not mean he is not prepared to violate laws again. Which is simply outrageous, of course.

  2. allise rhode permalink

    Not much has happened here (yoga sentinel wordpress) in a looong while…

    I read the information presented by Kausthub on his website as delineating the ‘white’ tantra FROM the ‘black’ tantra.
    So I’m saying, in what K. presents on his web-site, I don’t see some smoking gun about how he has come to assault his female students based on an allegiance to black tantra!

    I think, K. presents this because it’s a problematic area to students of yoga, and he is presenting a background to the issue/s. That is all.

    That K. has demonstrated a very odd and harmful aspect is apart from what is presented on his website. That K. wishes none of his bad behavior was public is certain, who would like to be exposed a pervert?

    However, perversion is part of prakriti. And none of us are immune to perversion/s. I’m sorry to say that K.’s perversions are front page material, but look at the log in your own eye. All perversions are equally perverse?

  3. allise rhode permalink

    Oh My. This just in.
    — This morning I note a blog post of interest.
    — You want to check out Linda’s Yoga Journey.
    Looks like the blog post on LYJ was inspired in great measure by this Yoga Sentinel WordPress blog. I think maybe you should post it to this Yoga Sentinel blog and let others comment in this forum too.

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