Mother Kali, A Prayer. Mother Kali, hear my cries…Your lessons in this life are harsh.Double edged swords that cleave away pieces of my soul.You taught me to survive the touch of man,Those who would take the white lotus, not yet bloomed.And when man took the flesh of my flesh, youShowed me how to forgive the unforgiveable.You took the flesh of my flesh to teach me loss.The burn! Mother, I hated You for a time!Then You brought me the greatest of loves.Only to take her to Your bosom before she had even bloomed!I rage against Your lessons. Damn you Mother Kali Ma!I spit at Your wisdom.And then my rage is spent and I am broken.I lie before You broken and bruised.Destructor and Creatrix! With heart broken and soul in tatters, I wandered lost.The majesty of Your beauty lost on my watering eyes.A glimpse. A splinter of the Light that shone from Your sword.You were there. In the majesty of lava spewing from the mouth of the volcano.From the monsoon spinning deftly off the coast, threatening yet not.From the swirl of white of the blizzard as You rage at us for harms.I see You. I embrace You.Here, at the end where wisdom lies.Original work by LadyHawke. Copyright 2008.
whose name means ‘the black one’ is a Hindu Goddess known as the Mother
Goddess as well as associated with destruction. Contrary to media
representation, what She destroys is ignorance. She also
maintains world order and blesses and frees those who seek knowledge of
the Divine. According to legend, Kali comes from the God of Fire,
Agni, would had seven tongues of fire coming out of Him, one of which
was Kali. Kali was known as the black, horrible tongue.
Also, She is known as a lover of Shiva. 1. Um Klim Kalika-yei Namaha [Dm Kleem Kah-lee-kah-yea Nahm-ah-hahl"Om and salutations. I attract she who is dark and powerful."2.
Om Hrim Shreem Klim Adya Kalika Param Eshwari Swaha [Om Hreem Shreem
Kleem Ahd-yah Kah-lee-kah Pah-rahm Ehsh-wah-ree Swah-hah]"Om
and salutations to She who is the first one, dark within her own
reality, the supreme primordial feminine, who cuts through illusion to
the unabridged truth of existence."The above written by Thomas Ashley Farrand. Used by permission.Prayer to Goddess KaliOM Sri Maha Kalikayai NamahProstrations to Mother KaliPrayer to Kalio goddess of black deedsI have felt the knife'sfury in my wrists, the urgeto throw my babydown the stairs, the bloodsurge making me crazyor just a lack of sleepa fever in the chestnever enough reststomp yell slap bangthe knife on the counterinstead of hitting himyet, next momentall is calm, I soothe hishead, caress him next tomy heart, tell him I am deadserious. I will not yellif you don't. bargain, dealbut not beg, onlyrequest. o ungentle goddess,this angeris not for him.help me give tears to my sadnessvoice to my rageThe above is original work by Little Mother, 1997jennifer boireKali's GardenWay down here in Kali's gardenWay down here digging deepwith seeds of anger, betrayal, and the recurrent cryof the dispossessed, the searing drive for blood and vengeance.6Way down here in Kali's gardenWay down here digging deepWay down herewhile the faithful sleepThe pain of imperfection is always there.This thing called human difficult to bear.Only sensory deprivation or sensory overload will make you not care.Whichever road you take will lead you to death.Cheers to the few who dance their way throughtil death comes into view.But way down here in Kali's gardeneverybody's angryeverybody's got an ax to grind.From the first war of birth, Kali oversees in blood.A mythic image cast in a dark shadow to the violencethat leads to the awareness of the human.Kali receives the prayers of we depraved humans,the prayers of the downtrodden,the prayers of our greed,the prayers for protection in our weakness.For the awesome power of Kali's image is because we are corrupt,violent, angry, and seek revenge.We know of Kali's blood lust so we invoke her.We know violence, force and fear work more efficiently than meeknessand humble words.So we invoke her.We call upon the animal soul and dress it in the trappings of god,in the ceremonies of the Goddess, in the music of the emotions,to obscure and sanctify our primordial urges.Way down here in Kali's gardenWay down here digging deepWay down here while the faithful sleep.7Way down here in Kali's gardenwhile the faithful sleep.Maybe
it all started with French junkies or the educated fringe of British
colonial aristocracy (more likely the wives), but the patrons of Kali
lore, Kali Ma art in the American pantheon of chic intellectual
souvenirs of power giving gods (goddesses) of twentieth century
boudoirs and drug dens of depravity have surely adopted Kali. Exotic
upper class Anglos, intellectual Jews, drugged artists, and the
Catholics who will tell you they are no longer Catholics running to and
fro in the bank of Asian consciousness always adopting some
corresponding icon, or image or artistic representation to pray towards
or ask power from, or get blessings from in mirrored reflection of the
Catholicism they violently deny.KALI MA KALI MA KALI MAWords
from a Hindu chant familiar around the world, in the unchallenged
conditioned mind of the catholic educated Kali becomes Mary. The rest
of the world makes no such connection, bemused by the connection to
Mary much less in confusion or equivocation with Kali. Cults of
Catholic Kali spring like weeds in the unthinking.8Way down here in Kali's gardenwhere roses bloom in blood andrevolutions spring from angry tombsWay down here digging deepwhile the faithful sleepKali's moon is darkfar beneath the earth with motives hiddenThe whisper of her lust forbiddenin ceremonies of darkness driven.Legend
has it that Kali was messing around with some pretty boy, and Shiva the
big Yang God got very pissed off and cut off Kali's toe,throwing it in the marsh land from which grew the city of Calcutta ...Kali's toe.The above was written by The Observant BuddhistŠ used by permission.Mother KaliGreat Mother, I stand before you humblyAsking your protection for my son,And all Your sons and daughters in harms' way.They feel Your darkest hour before dawn.The power of Your blackness as You rage.May You protect them at first light of day.c All prayers and pictures used by permission of author or artist.
of Her are grim. She is depicted as a fearsome Goddess, with
large consuming eyes, Her tongue sticking out and four arms. Most
images have Her with a sword in one of her arms, most often the upper
left, while her lower left arm holds the severed head of a demon.
The right upper arm is shown with a gesture of fearlessness and the
lower right gives rewards to those who honor Her. She wears a
chain of severed heads and a belt of arms. No wonder She is seen
as gruesome! Many images show Her as the Divine Mother or with
Shiva in tantric sex.
Kali Ma is the Goddess most often in Bengal in modern times. She has temples in Kalighat and Dakshineshvara.
Worship of Kali Ma
one worships this Goddess, the place is heavy with incense or
smoke. Most often the scene is very similar to the media
representation seen in the second Indiana Jones movie. Burning
funeral pyres, ash, lots of scattered bones on the ground, and many
types of carrion eating creatures. A frightening image at
best. However, for the worship of this Goddess, it is what She
prefers. She loves those who are brave and relentless. A
hero in other words. The person seeking union with Kali Ma has
relinquished all worldly goods and only wants to know and have sexual
congress with Her. There is no fear or aversion in the one who
adhere to this demanding Goddess. Most people do not worship Her
this way however. They worship Her in the home, or in Her
aforementioned temples. Most often those prayers are
for children, money, food, or liberation from misery.
Temples dedicated to Kali Ma
temple in Calcutta called Dakshineswar is an amazing architectural feat
whose beauty belies the Goddess the temple is dedicated to. This
temple holds that the Goddess is a protectress and not a destroyer as
most see Her.
Shakti worship of Kali Ma can be seen as terrible. On the one
hand, She is seen as benign, and called Dakshina, while on the
other She is seen as fearful and called Smashan, both of which depend
on where Her feet are positioned. If She steps out with Her right
foot, holding Her sword in Her left hand, She is the Dakshina Kali
Ma. If She steps out with her left foot, holding the sword in Her
right hand, She is the terrible mother, the Smashan Kali Ma.
Why people worship this Goddess
would seem that no one would want to have anything to do with this
Goddess. However, legend holds that those who are Her disciples
gain success very quickly. The clear images of death and life
bring the adherent to the realization that both are transitory and that
one can transcend them with the Mother Goddess’ help. In other
words, the dualistic nature of life is embraced and understood, gaining
the adherent the gift of God Knowledge. That someone can face
these heinous things is something this Goddess admires much.
Surrounding oneself with the images and hideous symbols of death, dying
and all things related to death makes life all the more sweet and
seeing the face of Goddess is that much easier.
of having to have a separate form for what would be called evil, Hindu
worshippers of Kali Ma understand that they are two sides of
life. Christendom has its devil which is equally obnoxious and
heinous. For Hindu’s, there are no dual powers, as in God and the
devil but rather one universal power that is both and none of
them. Kali Ma is the embodiment of that power. She is
the mother, benign and loving as well as the destroyer. She
creates and nourishes as well as kills and spreads destruction.
Her magic shows that there is no such thing as good and bad but rather
one universal that is both.
The many names of Kali Ma
of Hinduism’s greatest prophets, Sri Ramakrishna, spoke of the many
names of Kali Ma. She is known by The Black Goddess.
Maha Kali, Nitya Kali, Smashana Kali, Raksha Kali, Shyama Kali,
Kalikamata, and Kalaratri. She is mentioned in the Vedas, and is
known by the Tamils. She is known from Tantric philosophy.
Depending on what one wishes to achieve is how one chooses Her
form. For example, if someone wants to get rid of fear, one would
use the form called Shyama Kali. If there were disease or some
other disaster afoot, the form would be Raksha Kali.
Kali Ma Symbols
Ma, at least the part Kali, comes from the word kala which means
time. Kali Ma cannot exist without Shiva and Shiva cannot reveal
who or what he is without Her. Kali Ma is the manifestation of
Shiva’s power. For example, Kali Ma is depicted as black while
Shiva is seen as snow white, polar opposites in other words. Her
hair, which is always seen as disheveled, means freedom from
repression. Kali Ma’s three eyes mean wisdom, the three eye most
often correlated with the Third Eye Chakra. The four arms depict both
good and bad, a dualistic position of the Goddess. Kali Ma
is seen as the power of the Divine, or God in all that there is.
Fragrances most often associated with Kali Ma are jasmine, rose and
sandalwood. Her blackness is seen as depth, fathomless depth that
cannot be comprehended. She is thought to have originated on Mt
Kalanjara. Located in north central India. She is first seen in
Sanskrit literature somewhere between the 8th and the 5th centuries
Kali Ma’s forms.
Ma has many ways and forms that may be used to worship her. For
example, when there is a disaster, she is worshipped as
Rakshakali. Or when one travels to magnificent Calcutta and
visits the Dakshineswar temple, she is young and beautiful and
known as Bhavatarini, the Goddess who saves the universe. There
are 30 different forms of Kali Ma in the Tantras, from the Divine
Mother to the Black Goddess to Nitya Kali. She is also one of the
creation Goddesses, Maha Kali, The Great Power, The Absolute. She
has a softer aspect known as Shvama Kali that one would see in
households in India where She can either dispel gifts or fear,
depending on the need. When times are difficult, such as when the
Tsunami came a few years ago, the people called on Shamshan Kali, the
power of destruction in the form of earthquakes, droughts, and as was
in this case, the Tsunami. One of the four forms of Buddhism,
this the Yogic form, or tantra uses Siddha Kali to attain Boddhisatva
status, the highest one can get in this faith. Before the
time of the Christ, She was known as Kalika, but over time, Her name
was shortened. In that form, She was the embodiment of perfection
of wisdom. In some places, She was known as the consort of the
Buddha. This form developed into Tara, the one who saves the
world through being the consort of the Buddha, and became known as The
Compassionate One. One theorist and expert on Buddhist
traditions, Dr. Ben Bhattacharyya, states that Her name, known in
some places as Kadi or Kakaradi, has all of the various letters of the
Sanskrit alphabet contained therein, therefore equating Her with the
highest form of Deity.
Similiarities to other world Goddesses.
as Isis was the impetus for Mary, the Holy Mother, so too is Kali Ma
found worldwide. She is found in ancient Aztec lore as
Coatlicue. This Aztec Goddess is both protector and destroyer, as
is Mother Kali. Rather than a necklace of skulls, Coatlicue has a
skirt of serpents. Similarly, Tlazolteotl and the
twin Tonantzin, respectively the Goddess of Filth and Our Mother
Goddess, became, of all things, the sanctified Virgin of Guadalupe, the
one dark faced Madonna. She, too, wears a skirt of serpents
but this one is closer to Mother Kali as She has a necklace of human
Crete, She was known as Rhea, the Aegean Universal Mother. Great
was Her sphere of influence. She even extended into ancient
Russia and was known as Rha. She became the Celtic Goddess
Rhiannon, who was known to have devoured all Her own children, one at a
time. Rhea’s consort, Chronos, known then as Father Time, also
consumed his own children to emulate Mother Kali or Rhea.
Chronos, in myth, castrated his own father and in turn, was castrated
by his son, Zeus. All to emulate Rhea Kronia, or Mother Time, who
was the direct reflection of Mother Kali. Rhea is also known as
the Grim Reaper, a very familiar symbol in current lore.
Ireland, Kali took the form of Caillech, or Cailleach. An ancient
name for the Mother Goddess who is also the great destroyer.
Cailleach made the world, but also destroyed it. Scotland called
Her Caledonia. A very familiar song if one listens to Celtic
music. Scotland, in fact, is named after Scotia, what the Romans
called the “black Aphrodite”. Scandinavians knew Her as Skadi,
which reflects the close association in spelling of the name
Kali. Finlandians called Her Kalma, once again reflecting the
obvious associations. Think of Kali more formal name, Kali Ma and
you can see how close Kalma is. Gypsies, from the eastern
woodlands of Europe, knew Her as Sara-Kali. In France, the
festival of Ste Marie De La Mer, is held in honor of Sara of the
Gypsies. A common Gypsy name is still Kaldera and as anyone who
plays role playing games knows, Morrowind uses Caldera as one of its
towns. Druids call Her Kauri and Her depictions are very similar
to the images offered at the beginning of this discussion. Some
argue that modern Christian representations of the Dark or Black
Madonna are in fact, Kali Ma reborn.
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