Chinnamasta - Mahavidya

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
Sadhana is performing the same discipline over and over and over again. Just as we methodically exercise the physical body to build up its muscles, we perform spiritual disciplines over and over again to strengthen our spiritual, inner bodies.
—Gurudeva