From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Dakini, DAkinI, Daakini
- pertaining to the sky/ space/ ether
- sky-clad; living in space; moving in space; one who traverses the sky
- a class of Tāntrika deities who are embodiments of enlightened feminine empowerment and female energy, and who are depicted as walking or flying in space; and who may act as inspiration, initiators and guides for practitioners to advance in their yogic practices; a human (female) guru who has reached the highest level of spiritual capacity and powers, who are realized beings and act as spiritual partners of consorts of equally realized and capable yogis, and who act as sources of wisdom and realization and also as protectors of spiritual disciplines, teachings, treatises and traditions.