Talk in Malayalam, English sub-titles
Shiva and Shakti are two sides of the same energy - in its passive state it is Shivam and in its active state it is Shakti. Shakti is the all pervading pure energy which is the force behind all creation. After having completed the work of creation she lies in a dormant state in all beings and yet without losing an iota of her power. The practice of worshipping this dormant energy using mantra, yantra and tantra, awakening it and raising it through various levels to the highest level of consciousness where one experiences unending bliss, is Sri Vidya
The Soundarya Lahari of Adi Shankaracharya is one of the foremost texts on Sri Vidya which includes not only the description of the practice but also brings with it a wave of beauty and devotion by extolling the Devi's form from the crown on her head to her lotus feet.
'M' (Mumtaz Ali), as he prefers to be called and is popularly known, is a genuinely secular voice that has assimilated the essence of all religions and is committedly engaged in passing on his understanding of the oneness of all religious paths to spiritual seekers.
Born into a muslim family in Kerala in 1949, 'M' nurtured keen interest towards spiritual pursuit since childhood. Even as a lad he spent time reading books on yoga, vedanta and vedic scriptures. At twenty, he could no longer subdue his strong attraction towards the Himalayas where he met his great master. Emulating the teachings and life of his guru, 'M' strongly asserts that one has to live like the lotus, which, while growing in water and deriving its nourishment from it, still does not let water wet its petals. He shuns the pseudo outer shell of all formal religions, yet cognizes their inner mysticism that can nourish the innate goodness in all human beings.
To all those who seek clarifications, guidance and help in spiritual matters he is available with matchless compassion and unconditional love. He lives in a valley on the outskirts of Madanapalli in Andhra Pradesh but is often on the move travelling far and wide for lectures. He writes and paints when he is not away from his house "Snow White" in Madanapalli. Although not formally trained in music, 'M' sings beautiful bhajans in mellifluous tunes. He is a 'grihasta' not a monk, an has wife and two children.
"Go to the core" he says, "theories are useless".