Chinnamasta (Candanayika) with Her Two Attendants

Chinnamasta, the "Self-Decapitating Goddess, is mentioned in the Mahabhagavata Purana and Svatantra-Tantra, the symbolism of this story has various interpretations, including the concept of self-sacrifice, the awakening of the kundalini, and self-control of sexual desire, as well as ida, pingala and sushumna.

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
The experienced meditator seeks out the unwholesome areas within himself, endeavoring to expose and rid himself of each knot of karma.
—Gurudeva