Look, it is a matter of culture. Throma Nagmo is just like Kali, Ishtar, Lilith, Morrigan, etc. a projection of the same force, which is the dark feminine energy. Someone who was raised with tibetan culture will have an easier connection to Throma Nagmo, but somebody who is Irish for example will feel much more connected to her manifestation as Morrigan. When the irish pray to Morrigan, it is the same as a tibetan praying to Throma Nagmo. Both pray to the same essence, so you can't say that one is fully enlightened and the other not. Since we live in a dualistic world, these energies show themselves as different names, bodies and faces, because for non-realized souls like me it is hard to pray to a formless, abstract energy. But the end goal is the same in my opinion. We all seek unity and the realisation that all things have the same source. Some try to reach this source by devotion to "A" and others by devotion to "B". I believe that when one cultivates this unconditional love and devotion, one also merges with the "object" of devotion and you lose your false sense of self. So the way one reaches this goal might be very different between someone who devotes himself to Throma Nagmo and someone who devotes himself to Lilith, but the goal is the same.
The age-old "my god is the right god" debate should be left to the people who are trapped in the dualistic world of Maya.
Then I guess Swami Sivananda who never called himself a Buddhist just wasted his whole time?Doing a Buddhist practice without taking Refuge in the Triple Jewel is, at best, a waste of your time.
The Buddha never placed unconditional demands on anyone's faith. He advises testing things for oneself. Buddha demands from you faith in your own Self, in your own latent forces and everyone's latent forces are different but lead to the same thing when applied with the right practices. Have you for example seen Yogis from different traditions trying to delegitimize each other? An enlightened tibetan Yogi will see the different schools of Buddhism and yet at the same time acknowledge that all of them lead to the same end, just like a realized hindu bhakti Yogi will see that a realized Raja Yogi reached the same goal as him, but with different methods and different experiences.
I think it is interesting that you seem to be able to judge that I'm under the influence of delusion, when you don't even know what I really believe, how I conduct myself in everyday life and know absolutely nothing about my morals. This thread startet as a question on how I can improve my awareness of the dreamy nature of waking consciousness and now we seem to be hung up on an insignificant detail that I dropped in a sentence.What you believe does not have much bearing. Under the influence of delusion people believe and reject all sorts of things.
I'm sorry but this analogy doesn't make sense to me. If you want to compare me with a drug addict whose actions and thoughts are all a result of karmic traces that he/she is not aware of, fine, but that's just not how it is. Buddha said that there should always be a healthy skepticism on matters concerning faith and I do have the necessary flexibility and skepticism. I'm not a dogmatic zealot. Buddha said: to put an end to suffering you should take certain things on faith, as working hypotheses, and then test them through following his path of practice.I once saw a guy, who was as high as a kite on LSD, jump into the middle of a fire and grab burning pieces of wood believing it could not hurt him.
That's why I'm doing dream yoga. I'm basically testing my faith. I want to know if my faith and the dreams associated with it are samsaric or the source of true wisdom. If they are a source of wisdom I will further approach them and try to attain enlightenment in my current life cycle. If not, then I am ready to let go of the faith.