The Ten Universal Goddesses: Unifying Stream Of All Religious Traditions
Mother Goddess is worshiped in almost all religious traditions of the world. God is either looked upon as a Mother or has the power to “Create” which is “motherly”. The following idols of Goddess will be worshiped at the same altar at the Shrine of Universal Love (SOUL), also known as Sri Vidya Bhava Peetha in Noida, India.
Tara: Worshiped in the Buddhist tradition as the Saviour. She is visualized in many forms, depending on the various inner traditions of Buddhism. The goddess of universal compassion, Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother’s love for her children. Prime Energy: Discriminative Knowledge and Enlightened Action.
Kuan Yin: Worshiped as Bodhisattva of Compassion in China and entire East Asia. She is the feminine form of Avalokiteswara. Her name means “ She who observes the sounds of the world”. She is shown wearing white robes with a jar of water in right hand and a willow branch in her left. Her worship began in China about 2000 years ago. Being a Goddess of Compassion, She is associated with vegetarianism. Prime Energy: Compassion for All.
Amaterasu: Worshiped as a Sun Goddess in the Shinto tradition of Japan. She is Compassion. She holds a mirror in Her hands looking at Her own image. She is the Self, stunned by becoming aware of its own beauty as reflected in the mirror of its contemplative mind. Prime Energy: Self-Knowledge and Realization.
Maya: Worshiped in Mexico as the central deity around which the Myan civilization blossomed. She is the Goddess of Moon, Water Weaving and Childbirth. Her throne is crescent shape which is the Maya glyph for Moon. Prime Energy: Abundance of material wealth, success and fulfillment.
Yemanja: She is worshiped in West Africa in Yoruba tradition. She is the Creation Goddess, often depicted as a mermaid. She is associated with the Moon. The Ocean and female mysteries. Portrayed as a beautiful woman, She governs the household and intervenes in women’s affairs. She aids in childbirth, love and healing. She rules over the conception and birth of children and ensures their safety during childhood. As a creation goddess, Yemanja’s womb spilled forth the fourteen Yoruba goddesses and gods, and the breaking of her uterine water caused a great flood, which created the oceans. From her body the first human woman and man, who became the parents of all mortal beings on earth, were born. She is worshiped in various forms in Spain, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, New Orleans and Trinidad amongst other nations. Prime Energy: Creation and procreation, child-birth and women-matters.
Mary: She is worshiped as the Virgin Mary who gave birth to Jesus Christ. She represents the procreative power of intent in immaculate-conception. She is compassionate and a nurturing mother who makes way for evolving divinity within Self. Prime Energy: Forbearance and Forgiveness.
Sophia: Worshiped as Goddess of Knowledge in ancient Greece. In Kabbala tradition, She is the feminine form of God. In Christian theology, She is another name for Jesus Christ. Prime Energy: Wisdom and Music of Life.
Isis: Worshiped by the ancient Egyptian civilization during 6000-2000 BC. She was the most loving wife and mother. She was a magician and could delude Ra to reveal his secret name. She instituted marriage for human beings and infused it with sacred energy. She brought back Her husband Osiris from the gates of death. The last recorded festival of Isis was held in Rome in 394 AD.
Inana: She was worshiped in ancient Mesopotamia (now mostly Iraq). She is shown riding a lion (like Durga). She was worshiped almost 4000 years ago. She was worshiped as Ni-anna-Queen of Heavens. She represents the lunar energy of fertility and plenty. Prime Energy: Abundance of fulfillment and power of perception.
Padmavati: She is venerated in the Jaina tradition. She is the dedicated deity of Lord Parshvanatha. Her color is golden and her vehicle is the snake with a cock’s head. She has four arms. Her two right hands hold a lotus and a rosary. The two left hands hold a fruit and a rein. She grants success in all efforts, especially spiritual efforts. Prime Energy: Kundalini Shakti, the Life Force and self-control.