A Practice for a New Conversation:
The Great Goddess of the Serpents
Mānasā, Durga, and the Sarpa-Drshti


Events have brought us to a conversation that takes us further into the shadows of our human experience. We grieve and rage, we feel a vulnerability that compares only to our most personal and collective fears, and there is no promise that “everything will be okay.” We need ways to find ourselves inside and out so that we can take the next steps to tell our stories and protect ourselves from those who would silence us. We are searching for our voices and this “difficult going” does not leave us helpless or alone. Our focus is a form of the Great Goddess named Manasa, the Mind Born One, who wears serpents in her hair and holds within her the empowerment of the shadow. We will learn a practice of the Manasa Durga, the Goddess of Difficult Going. The practice is called sarpa drishti, the “serpent’s vision” which takes us deeply into our places where we feel most vulnerable but also most resourceful and empowered. We will open that to that place where we can focus our rage, reach more deeply into empathy and inclusion, and take seriously the very real changes and threats before us. We are not alone or helpless. Quite the contrary. We know this is real and we need all the resources we can muster. We will learn mantra, meditation, and teachings to take us deeper so that we can emerge breathing and moving forward.

We are searching for our voices and this “difficult going” does not leave us helpless or alone. We will learn a practice of the Great Goddess Durga, Difficult Going, called sarpa drishti, the “serpent’s vision” which takes us deeply into our places where we feel most vulnerable but also most resourceful and empowered. We will open that to that place where we can focus our rage, reach more deeply into empathy and inclusion, and take seriously the very real changes and threats before us.
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Dr. Douglas Brooks

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Dr. Douglas Brooks is among the world’s leading scholars of Hindu Tantrism and the esoteric traditions of the Goddess. He is also a scholar of south Asian languages and the comparative study of religions. Currently, Dr. Brooks is Professor of Religion and Chair of Asian Studies at the University of Rochester, NY.

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