Monday September 12, 2005
I woke up Monday morning viewing the letter 'K' and hearing ... Karma, Katrina, Kali ... Hurricane Katrina and Kali are linked!
It has only been a few weeks since Hurricane Katrina, one of the greatest natural disasters to hit the US mainland, hit the Gulf Coast.
As I awoke, I remembered that Kali was a Hindu Goddess, but nothing else about her, so I did a search.
Something about Kali, totally connects. We will conquer time as the experiment ends. Our reality is cleansing itself - will return to the void - and a new creation will begin as it does every day in this realm - but now in a higher frequency - not physical.
Kali is the fierce aspect of Devi, God's energy, i.e., Shakti or God as the Divine Mother, who is fundamental to all other Hindu deities.
The continuous, ongoing work of Creation is described as "the play of Kali".
Kali is considered to be the destroyer of evil spirits and the preserver of devotees. [This brought voodoo to mind.]
She is the consort of Shiva.
Her name seems to be a female version of the word 'kala' (Sanskrit for 'dark' or 'time' - time in this form being a euphemism for death). It also means Black Female, in contrast to her consort, Shiva, who is white. [Yin/yang]
Kali is the common name for Energy in her form as Shiva's wife, or Shakti.
Many people also believe her to be the same as Durga, even though this is not true as Durga is the terrible aspect of Devi, not the Shakti of Shiva. Other names are: Bhowani Devi, Sati, Rudrani, Parvati, Chinnamastika, Kamakshi, Uma, Menakshi, Himavati, Kumari. These names, if repeated, are believed to give special power to the worshipper.
Kali makes her 'official' debut in the Devi-Mahatmya, where she is said to have emanated from the brow of Goddess Durga (slayer of demons) during one of the battles between the divine and anti-divine forces. Etymologically Durga's name means "Beyond Reach". She is thus an echo of the woman warrior's fierce virginal autonomy. In this context Kali is considered the 'forceful' form of the great goddess Durga.
Skulls, cemeteries, and blood are associated with her worship.
She is black and emaciated. Her face is azure, streaked with yellow, her glance is ferocious; her disheveled and bristly hair is usually shown splayed and spread like the tail of a peacock and sometimes braided with green serpents.
She wears a long necklace (descending almost to her knees) of human skulls. She may be shown wearing a girdle of severed arms. Children's corpses as earrings (likeliest representing natural infant mortality and childhood mortality from causes such as disease), and cobras as bracelets or garlands add to her terrifying adornments.
Her purple lips are often shown streaming with blood; her tusk-like teeth descend over her lower lip; and her tongue lolls out. She is often shown standing on the inert form of her consort, Shiva. She is sometimes accompanied by she-demons. Her four arms hold weapons or the severed head of a demon: these objects symbolize both her creative and her destructive power, for Kali personifies the ambivalence of deity, which manifests itself, according to Indian tradition, in the unceasing cycle of life and death, creation and destruction.
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