WHAT IS THE MYSTERY OF NO.64?
1-There are five Yogini Temples in sacred India that have, to varying degrees, survived thecenturies. All have received deliberate and significant damage but the original energy generatedby the powerful techniques of tantra remains in each of them. Each Yogini temple in India has aunique shakti cluster. None are the same. The identification of these sixty-four varies, both in thetemples and the literature.
2-These manifestations of Kali are literal doorways to thehighest consciousness, the oneness of Brahma, knowledge of self, the goal of the great Chakra Pujas as described inthe Mahanirvana Tantra and performed with Kali and her magnificent Goddess clusters.
3-The square of eight, or sixty-four, occupies an even more profound position in the field of Tantra which, from the
point of view of the Kaula Marg practitioner, identifies both the
sixty-four Yoginis and the sixty-four tantric kriyas.
4-A representation of the sixty-four Yoginis is found on the
ancient Khechari Yantra. Each of its sixty-four petals represent one of these ancient feminine deities of Tantra, the
Yoginis.Within this yantra is also obscured the sacred
geometry of a bindu,centered in a triangle, and encompassed
by a square, surrounded by a circle. This sacred geometry
has often been associated with the root chakra.
5-Within the Khechari Yantra,triangle is shrouded within,
and as a portion of, the hexagram star. There can
be no doubt that the Khechari Yantra is rich with mystic
symbolism. Its very name, transcribed from
the mystical mudra of tongues tip, suggests its esoteric
importance as unbounded space itself. (Kha=space)
6-The millennia old Khechari Yantra, described in the
Mantotara Tantra, with its 64 petals, is associated with both the 64 Yoginis and the 64 Tantric Kriyas.The sixty-four practical techniques (kriyas) of trance and transformation correspond with the Yogini energies within nature, all of
which interact together to produce spiritual growth when the
appropriate catalyst is available.
7-Their purpose is to pull souls out of illusion.This is precisely
the significance of both the sixty-four hexagrams seen in the Taoist tradition as well as the sixty-four yoginis of the Shakti
8-Similar references in classical literature includes the sixty-four yogic induced paranormal powers(siddhis), the
sixty-four divisions of the arts (kalas), and, within the ancient
Shaiva Siddhanta tradition, the sixty-four saints (nayanars). There are also sixty-four forms of Bhairava, sixty-four
tantric mudras, as well as sixty-four siddhas, beyond even the 18 Maha Siddhas, which are more commonly celebrated, and so on.
9-This sacred number is intimately associated with power and
life itself. In the Indian classic, Mahabharata, Lord Krishna fired sixty-four arrows and in a separate skirmish,
Bhishmas armor was pierced sixty-four times. The
Aitereya Brahmana speaks of the sixty-fourth and final step into the heavenly world.