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 mystic lives, and is taught to live, two-thirds within himself and only one-third in the external. In learning how to do this, the mystic is taught to become consciously conscious, or aware that he is aware.
—Gurudeva