Monday 30 January 2012

John Lash - Planetary Tantra - Talk Eight

The Terma of Gaia Awakening 

A One-Page Synopsis

In the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Tantra, a terma is a wisdom treasure brought to the attention of the world by a terton or treasure finder. Thousands of such termas exist, but very, very few have been circulated outside the tightly controlled lineage systems in which tertons operate. So much for the past and anything like a precedent.

The Terma of Gaia Awakening is the discovery of a free-lance treasure-finder, the Maine terton. It is an open source, group-generated, serial terma with a time-value of 208 years from October 2008. Its provenance cannot be found in any existing tradition or lineage, and it relies on no established authority, school, or doctrine. It comes from the future, not the past. It belongs to all humankind, but it can only be inherited by those individuals willing to test it out, with the aim of developing interactive magic with Gaia-Sophia, the planetary mother animal.

The TGA is an elegant framework for visionary practice, spare, transparent, and rigorously bounded. It is a unique terma of planetary scope, one of its kind. At its inception, it has almost no teaching content. It consists of three times three elements: three lines of instruction, three pointers of ritual, three magical practices.


The three lines of dakini instruction are:

You cannot become anything but more beautiful. 
Love and the supernatural operate on the same frequencies. 
Samsara and this enlightenment have the same look.

The three pointers of ritual are:

Gaia's secret dakini name, her identified persona in lucid dreaming.
The recital of previous names attributed to the planetary goddess. 
The Vow (to be written individually) performed with iron-bonding.


The three ongoing practices are: 
Observing the night sky to learn the Tantric Zodiac. 
Monitoring dakini instruction timed to the lunar cycles. 
Exploring sensory magic with the vajra star, VV central.

This ninefold practice in its entirety is Planetary Tantra. The specific tool for practice is the SHAKTI CLUSTER, a console of 10 devatas and 8 dakinis configured on a central pentagram (vajra star) with VV (Gaia's secret dakini identity) central. The Shakti Cluster may be compared to the Kabalistic Tree of Life, an iconic-magical device representing the divine body of the planetary goddess, Sophia.

That, in sum, is all there is to the Terma of Gaia Awakening. The bare elementary look of this schema may raise some questions. For instance, Does the terma acquire more instructional content? If so, how? For detailed explanations of the Terma and its applications in Planetary Tantra, see
What is the Terma of Gaia Awakening? 
The Terma of Gaia Awakening in Practice 
Introducing Planetary Tantra 
How to Practice Planetary Tantra

jll : 14 October 2010 Visvamata shift, Andalucia