<<Shiva was the first to introduce the system of marriage. To unite the major races he married three wives- the Aryan princess Párvatii, the Tibetan-Mongolian girl Gaunga and the local Kálii who was ethnically Austrico-Mongolo-Negroid. Parvatii had a son called Bhaerava, Kálii a daughter named Bhaeravii. “Bhaeravii” means “a woman who practises Tantra sádhaná”. Bhaeravii learned the process of sádhaná from her father and practised it regularly. Gaunga had a son Kárttikeya, or Kárttika, or Sanmukham, or Śad́ánana. (In Tamil Sań-mugam, Bálasubrahmańyam or Murúgam).>>
Other concepts of Shiva having Ganesha as a son, Sarasvati and Durga as wife, the Ganges river flowing from the head of Shiva etc. are mythologies and not related to the living Tarakabrahma, the Mahasambhuti, Mahakaola, Mahadeva -Lord Sadashiva who lived around 7000 years ago and deserves the title of Father of human civilization due to his great contributions to humanity in all spheres of life. Shiva taught Bhaevara Tantra meditation.
<<So Shiva taught Bhaerava. Then He thought: “If I teach this only to my son; that is, if my son alone knows this secret spiritual cult, this great asset for humanity, and my daughter remains ignorant, then fifty per cent of the society will remain a burden for the other fifty per cent; that is, the women will remain a burden for the men, and the movement of the men also will be greatly impeded.” Even in those days, 7000 years ago, Shiva thought in this way. “If I only give the strength and responsibility to carry the burden to my son, Bhaerava, that will not be good. I will also have to give some of the responsibility to my daughter, Bhaeravii.” And that is what He did. And since that day, any woman practising Tantra is known as Bhaeravii.>>
<<From a study of history we learn that in those days there was no differentiation between men and women regarding spiritual practices or the spiritual code of conduct. To enable the entire society to develop what He propounded in social, economic, educational, medical, scientific and artistic fields, Shiva taught His daughter in the same way that He taught His son.>>
<<In both the Hindu and Buddhist Tantras, men and women are permitted to do sádhaná together. In the Hindu Tantras, males are advised to ideate that they are Bhaerava, and sádhikás [female spiritual aspirants] to ideate that they are Bhaeravii. Buddhist Tantras prescribe the same thing. There the sádhaka is Vajradhara and the sádhiká is Vajrayośita.>>
To this day there is no discrimination in Tantra when it comes to women’s rights in spiritual or social aspects whereas in religious spheres many injunctions and injustices and discriminations are still prevailing in respect to women. Tantra is primarily a practice and not a belief system.
Text in brackets <<>>by Shrii PR Sarkar