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    Judith Simmer-Brown, based on teachings she received from Tibetan lamas, identifies four main classes of dakini. These follow the Twilight Language tradition of esotericism in referring to secret, inner, outer and outer-outer classes of dakinis. The secret class of dakini is Prajnaparamita (Tibetan yum chenmo) or voidness, the empty nature of reality according to Mahayana doctrine. The inner class of dakini is the dakini of the mandala, a meditational deity (Tibetan:yidam) and fully enlightened Buddha who helps the practitioner recognise their own Buddhahood. The outer dakini is the physical form of the dakini, attained through Completion Stage Tantra practices such as the Six Yogas of Naropa that work with the subtle winds of the subtle body so that the practitioner's body is compatible with an enlightened mind. The outer-outer dakini is a dakini in human form. She is a yogini, or Tantric practitioner in her own right but may also be a kamamudra, or consort, of a yogi or mahasiddha.

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    The femininity of a dakini is linked with the symbolism of space. It's the ability to give birth to or actualize the full range of potentialities. It is in the space of becoming, where the full range of the four kinds of enlightened activity occur. The four kinds of activity being: pacifying, enriching, magnetizing and destroying.
     
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    I am the black dakini, goddess of the Void
    I am the night sky empty of stars
    the lake without reflections
    When I take on human form, I am wrathful in appearance
    With skin and hair that is blue-black
    And jewelry that is of jet and ebony

    In a sky of deep sapphire blue
    I sit on a lotus with petals of gold,
    and a center of black velvet
    When I have two hands, I hold the vajra and bell
    When I have four hands, I also hold the noose and the goad
    In my six armed form, I add the axe and the mala.

    My true form is in the depths of space,
    The vast reaches of silence
    But with the sound of HUM I emerge,
    in the form of a spinning black vajra edged in gold
    Around me are HUMS like beads on a string
    Spinning, exploding, shooting blue pearls of light
    in every direction.

    I am called by many names.
    I am the dark face of the Void
    the waves upon the lightless ocean
    I am the crow-headed goddess, flying high
    my feathers in black, green, blue, and purple
    I am the black goddess of death
    holding the world in my arms
    as I return to the deep waters
    I am the mother who brings forth children from dark nothingness
    who watches their lives and their deaths.

    I am a wrathful emanation of Vajra Dakini,
    she of rainbow crystal
    Yet I am also her origin out of the dark void.
    I dance with my bhairava
    to the drumbeats of the heart of the universe
    And from our dance come millions of whirling comets
    Who form the guardians of the vajra worlds
    When the dance is stopped, the comets return
    And the universe is re-absorbed into our footsteps.

    I create from the void and call things back to return
    I tear apart form and attachment
    My nails tear bonds to ribbons
    which dance in the winds of prana
    Those are my prayer-flags, and the banners of my warriors
    They scatter the shreds of karma
    before the winds of the Void
    To create the dances of the worlds

    I may be of help to the aspirant, but I am dangerous
    For I will take away all he possesses
    If he gives them up gladly,
    we will dance together in their ashes
    But if he clings to them
    He will lose his mind and his heart.

    I seek only beings ready for full liberation
    Leave all behind and we will find beauty
    In the emptiness that remains.
     
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    judith,

    simmer down
     

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