PAINTING AND TEXT BY SARAH TOMLINSON DEVANAGARI AND TRANSLITERATION BY DR. JOHN CASEY
Bagalämukhé is the eighth of the ten mahävidyäs, the wisdom goddesses, invoked for her ability to protect against
slander and libel. The personification of Bagalämukhé
shows her holding in one hand a mace (for subjugation)
or a sword (to slice through speech and actions of malicious intent). In the other, she is holding the tongue of a
demon, in order to silence his mischievous wordplay. Her
protection offers external manifestations of sacred activism to create positive change – anything from cutting off
maligning gossip to defeating great injustices.
These actions allow the ego to reduce self-sabotaging
thinking and quiet redundant chatter. When useless and
negative thought patterns are averted, peace and calm
reign, and courage, self-confidence and justice prevail.
Calling upon Bagalämukhé’s strength allows a person to
overcome adversity by conjuring or cultivating the opposite qualities: truth instead of untruth, equality rather
than inequality and good fortune instead of misery.
The Yantra, containing the essence of Bagalä, contains
an array of yellows, browns and maroons, colors said
to overcome fear. The inner, downward pointing triangle represents the Goddess in her stupefying, paralyzing
power, as she stops people in their tracks who are not
sitting in their full integrity. The bindu, or central dot, is
the Goddess herself.
Call on Bagalämukhé as a steadfast reminder that satya
– the ultimate truth – always wins.
I call upon the strength of Bagalämukhé to overcome adversity
Sarah Tomlinson is the author of Nine Designs for Inner Peace (Destiny Books, 2008) and a student of the late, great Harish Johari. She teaches
Yantra Painting and Yoga worldwide. For more information: yantratecture.com
Sarah will be teaching a Yantra painting workshop in LA on 3 Mar. 10am-6pm. Contact: Sarahtomlinson3@gmail.com to register.
Dr. John Casey teaches classes in Sanskrit and Yoga philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, at the University of California at Irvine and at
Yoga studios and other venues around the country. For LMU classes, visit: lmu.edu