October 14, 2012
Sanatana Dharma (more commonly called Hinduism) and its pantheistic ritual magick is my primary path/tradition, but I've dabbled in Faerie magick, European Witchcraft, work with the Judeo-Christian Angels, shamanism (mainly Lakota), animism, general New Age spirituality, the Ascended Master teachings, Theosophy, etc.; I love all paths and traditions of Magick, the Occult, energy work, and metaphysics. Krishna is my Ishta-Devata, my personal primary form of the Divine. Right now my daily Puja (ritual worship) is to Ganesha, Hanuman, Shiva, Krishna, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvati, and my Satguru (primary spiritual teacher) Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, a female spiritual and humanitarian leader from India, but I also love the traditional European Wiccan conceptions of God/Goddess and pantheistic divinity. Right now I'm especially interested in the Morrigan. I also have a personal connection with Pan. And don't worry about me having a specific Guru; I'm totally open to all spiritual teachers.
I'm extremely fortunate and grateful to have been born into a family that practiced these things, so I've been practicing my tradition(s) since the moment I was old enough. That is, unless we count past lives, in which case I may have been practicing it quite a bit longer - but that's another matter. :-) My mom raised me in Sanatana Dharma, and also talked about and introduced me to many of the other traditions I mentioned above. I was formally initiated into a children's form of Mantra Dhyana Yoga on my fifth birthday, and into the full practice on my tenth birthday, so you could say I've officially practiced my tradition since then. I recently turned twenty-two. But I've had many more initiatory experiences and rites of passage since then, like meeting my Guru when I was twelve, formally accepting her as my Guru and being initiated by her in a Krishna Mantra practice, and more recently doing a pilgrimage in the Himalaya. I'm sure I'm not nearly done yet, nor would I want to be. :-)
First thing that popped into my head - I know a guy who's barely five feet tall, but has fourteen-foot-long hair. He piles it on the couch next to him, puts stuff on it, forgets about it, and walks away, and some time later his hair follows him and the stuff falls to the floor. He lived naked at sixteen thousand feet in the Himalaya for twelve years on a diet of potatoes and snow. He has not touched a potato since.
Hi, I'm Devala, pronounced DAY-va-la. My girlfriend Malinda and I recently moved to Saint Paul, and we'd love to join the Magickal/Wiccan/Occult community here! We've already met up with a few such people, and we're very excited to meet more.