Bhairavi, a Majavidja, is also a title of reverence for a female adept in Kundalini Tantra, one who has attained the secrets of the Serpent Power. Bhairavi means "the terror"or "awe inspiring".
Bhairavi is the Mahavidya who, apart from Kali herself, expresses in the most extreme form the warrior aspect of the Dark Goddess. Bhairavi can be equated with Simhamukha, the ferocious lion-headed dakini who instructed Padma Sambhava, or is considered to be the secret form of the guru himself, according to the charming origin legend of Tibetan Tantra.
In the Kalika War Party Manifesto the band Bhairavi is described in this way: "Bhairavi aka Sekmet, Simhamukhi (lion headed, Balam (black jaguar), Ixbalanque (Aztec) assigned in parallel to battle secrecy in all forms, expose and eliminate psychopaths in positions of power and influence, lethal strike on war criminals, arms dealer, defense industry contractors"...
Another form of Bhairavi is Chandi, the fiercest form of the Goddess apart from Kali Ma herself. Chandi is the demon-destroying devata praised in the Devi Mahatmya, a long poem dedicated to Kali. Frawley says that she eliminates oppositions to the four goals of life: enjoyment, wealth, recognition and liberation.
Bhairavi "embodies sexual desire and the mutual attraction of the sexes" Since Bhairavi is associated with heat and radiance, her wrath might be compared to a fever that burns toxins from the system.
The Bhairavi shift may be unique in presenting instruction through emotional states, intensities, extreme feelings, rather than in a cognitive mode.
The Five-Skull Crown: Bhairavi instruction on the transmutation of the toxic emotions of anger, denial, envy, defiance, and obtusity. Differs on several points from the usual treatment of the "five poisons" and their transmutation into wisdom nectars. Bhairavi, the "Terrible One.” can imply undergoing a terrible time in facing up to one's personal reality.
Sacred Anger, Sacred Honesty: Bhairavi instruction on anger as a transpersonal force of perception, and the role of honesty in eliciting choice. A succinct and elegant teaching.
The nature of honor and the call to heroic honesty reflecting high regard for the Divine Feminine, the Goddess. To honor someone is to recognize in that person, be it man or woman, the power of Woman, the Goddess. Tantra is "woman worship" in the sense of honoring the Divine Feminine in all expressions. Honor unto death is the heroic commitment to embody that same sacred feminine power in all situations, with everyone, at any cost. Anything really worth doing in life is worth risking your life for. To risk your life, including your emotional life and your sense of humanity, for the Goddess (in you, not you) is the perennial heroic venture. This challenge may be close to Bhairavi instruction. Honor is the key heroic trait or Pagan virtue, contrasted to obligation (due to guilt or shame) "awe-inspiring" Whoever has achieved the state of Bhairavi is beyond the fear of death, and all fear whatsoever. Pagan ethics was an honor system, not a set of rules imposed to enforce obligations: do good unto others, be charitable, etc. In its essence, honor is that aspect of self-respect that comes from choosing actions based on internal responses rather than imposed regulations of conduct.
"In the past, war was the setting for heroism, because conflict between human beings requires taking a strong position, a warrior stance, but today it takes a heroic attitude just to face the human condition."