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Goddess Kali

The power of the divine feminine to heal and restore

Oh Kali, most compassionate divine mother and protector, may you always guide your children to live righteously, guide them to know the nature of existence and encourage them to express joyously.

So many seek to know the taste of the fruit before they eat and within their ignorance they become stubborn. There is no way of knowing outcomes and yet there is an alignment with proper thought, speech and action which moves one into the future.

The divine mother, the essence of the feminine within each and every one of us is sometimes benevolent as represented by Laksmi or Parvatti, but when we need some serious direction or as some others may say, 'a kick in the pants' then Kali is the divine feminine aspect that enables one to overcome fears and become a responsible human being.

While I see the divine Kali as a force of compassion that motivates when one becomes stuck in life, guides us to avoid mistakes, there are many other opinions. According to Wiki,  "Kali's earliest appearance is that of a destroyer of evil forces. She is the goddess of one of the four subcategories of the Kulamārga, a category of tantric Saivism. Over time, she has been worshipped by devotional movements and tantric sects variously as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe, Adi Shakti, or Adi Parashakti. Shakta Hindu and Tantric sects additionally worship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also seen as divine protector and the one who bestows moksha, or liberation. Kali is often portrayed standing or dancing on her consort, the Hindu god Shiva, who lies calm and prostrate beneath her. Kali is worshipped by Hindus throughout India especially in West Bengal."

MahaKali Mantram

Kapoor Galleries say: "Kali is proof that boys don’t get to have ALL the fun when it comes to love and war. Although she is typically labeled as the goddess of death, this generalization is misleading. Despite her violent inclinations, she is often associated with sexuality, and serves as a symbol of motherly love.

Inextricably linked with Shiva the destroyer, she is considered to be his consort and Shakti (power). Kali requires Shiva to calm her bloodthirsty tendencies, while in turn she provokes his destructive nature.

Here, Kali is shown in an archetypal scene standing over Shiva. After she had become insatiable with bloodlust, she went on a killing spree harming innocents, until the gods asked Shiva to intervene. He laid among the corpses of her victims and upon realizing that she was standing over her celestial partner, she was ashamed and returned to her original form.

This imagery has a deeper meaning, however, representing the eternal triumph of nature over man; even a powerful force like Lord Shiva is obsolete without his Shakti (Kali)." (via Instagram: Kapoor Galleries)

In much of the iconography, Kali stands atop Shiva in her wrathful splendour, perhaps that is because she went over the top and he had to intervene because when someone gets truly angry, many of the daily importance is can get trampled underfoot yet the Shiva within us all can be awoken and we can look upon Kali with love and devotion as did Shri Ramakrishna, and we can by her grace overcome our weaknesses.

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