Pregnant Nothingness
An Interview with Neela Bhattacharya Saxena

April 13, 2018

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Neela Bhattacharya Saxena speaks with Joanna about: Kali and the Black Madonna; the womb from which all creativity arises; dancing dualities; the wounded masculinity and the longing for the Mother; the ecological, psycho-spiritual consequences of a male-only Divinity; the mystical, redemptive darkness in Gnostic Christianity; the similarities between the Gnostic traditions and Tantric Buddhism; Mary Magdalene from a Tantric perspective; facing all aspects in us; Tantric ecology; the hunger to re-enchant the world; “Black Panther” and the foundational vibration; AI as Awakened Intelligence; the mystic river where all religious identities dissolve; recognizing that we are the heart of totality.

Dr. Neela Bhattacharya Saxena is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College, NY. She has published two books, Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover’s Journey into Christianity and Judaism and In the Beginning IS Desire: Tracing Kali’s Footprints in Indian Literature. Some of her other publications include, “Mystery, Wonder and Knowledge in the Triadic Figure of Mahavidya Chinnamasta”, “Shekinah on the ‘Plane of Immanence’: An Intimation of the Indic Great Mother in the Hebraic Wholly Other”, “Gaia Mandala: An Eco-thealogical Vision of the Indic Shakti Tradition”, “Gynocentric Thealogy of Tantric HInduism: A Meditation upon the Devi” and “Dance of the Dual Self and Creative Play: A Shakta Reading of Rasa Theory”. Her forthcoming works include, among others, “Iridescent Self in the Womb of the Wholly M(O)ther: A Vajrayani Introspection”, “Mapping the Chiasmus: Liberating Patterns in a Planetary Mandala” and “AI as Awakened Intelligence: Buddha, Kurzweil and the film Her“. She writes a blog called “Stand Under the Mother Principle.” More information can be accessed at her website: neelabhattacharyasaxena.com 

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