As the 10th Goddess Kamalatmika completes the sequence of guiding wisdom offerings from the Mahavidyas - the great wisdom goddesses of Tantra philosophy. She is placed last as the culmination of final wisdom to be as David Frawley suggests "...the full unfoldment of the power of the Goddess into the material sphere".
The purpose of each individual Goddess, all of whom represent an aspect of Shakti, is to tingle some innate awareness, a hidden truth that hides in us, through their various archetypal energy or unique characteristics. Precisely how we resonate with their messages though is really up to us. We might connect deeply to their particular mythical story. The dramatic imagery that makes them so striking may stir something within us. Most frequentl once we journey with them and find out more their symbolism strikes a special note in our psychological make-up. The Goddess however in her many forms, does not need to reunite us with a lost part of ourselves - we can relate to her as something that exists outside of us. This might be as a particular force we understand or feel an affinity with or as an entity with a unique and distinct life - completely of its own making.
For a long time I've felt that there is something about a certain type of sky that when glimpsed suggests the close proximity of the sea - a sea tinged sky. Mother nature and the elements have always been important features in Goddess worshipping societies. In terms of the ancient texts, Shakti creates the world and then lives (or hides) within all forms which are in fact her creation. Like a lucid dream we can imagine a personality or presence within all of natures forms: a rock, a tree, a lake or even a sky that intimate some spirit or essence, a particular personality that we feel drawn to but is beyond that which our limited senses understand.
Kamalatmika closely resembles Lakshmi the eternal consort of Vishnu, the godhead who is the sustaining force of the Hindu Trinity. Her specific placement in the line up and her role in the context of the Mahavidyas however throws up many other interesting aspects, not limited to Lakshmi-esqueness, which can be investigated when cultivating a connection to her.
She is placed last deliberately as a means to bring us back to the beginning with a grand reveal as the bond between creator and creation is unfurled. In fact bonding or binding is one of her traits as she illumines the truth that there is beauty in ALL of creation if only we look deeply enough into it. This is essentially what the goddess alchemy is; to create, conceal and then reveal. By encouraging us to seek something deeper, something that connects and rings true with a level of uniformity, requires a decision to actually want to peek beneath the veil, delve deep and plunge into the essence of a thing. Why? Because it's only at the deepest level of investigation that we discover the same essence exists in all.
"This mighty energy is an equal and impartial mother. Brahman (the divine creative force) dwells equally in all existence, it is an illusion that the cosmos contains more awe than an ant-hill." Aurobindo (17th Century mystic and poet)
As with all of the Mahavidyas, Kamalatmika evokes questioning. As a serene deity she gently probes into how we divide and judge the world based upon quality and quantity and personal likes and dislikes by underlining the founding vedic principle that the 'Self' (true self, soul or divine spirit) is equal in all. She seeks to highlight that these judgements that limit, separate and cause suffering are made by the ego self and that it is the intellect which limits and separates in order to define, understand and shore up what appears challenging, different, sometimes even frightening.
As the manifesting force that creates form and then secrets itself inside, Shakti is the divine essence, the rasa, the very taste of everything. The ego self cannot recognise this because its vision is limited by separation. When the true self however witnesses itself in another and feels that connection as a flow of pure love unimpeded by the ego then there is no need for measurement based on pleasure and pain.
"As a man in the arms of his beloved is not aware of what is without and what is within, so a person in union with the Self is not aware of what is without and what is within..." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
We may have many moments when we feel this sense of deeper connection to other beings, animals, places and objects. Think of how a sunset can make you feel, the laughter of a small child, walking through a bluebell wood or feeling the touch of a warm breeze on your skin.
Each time we are gifted that deeper relationship with creation's essence as sheer beauty, love, abundance, delight and bliss (all qualities associated with Lakshmi) we might unknowingly be being touched by the energy of Kamalatmika.
Her names means "she who wears the waters as a robe". All life it said to emanate from water and water is the element connected to the subtle energy centre aligned with our creativity - the svadhisthana chakra, translating as 'ones own abode'. Our first sense of self arises here. The Puranas (Hindu religious texts) depict Lakshmi rising from the the milky ocean after it is churned by the gods and demons to bring forth amrita - the nectar of immortality. The Vedic rishis and seers considered the vast oceans as creative consciousness itself. (We can think of consciousness as awareness). Likewise the lotus flower, a ubiquitous symbol of creative consciousness grows in water. The lotus flower responds to nature, opening and blooming in the light of the sun and closing its petals at dusk, and