The Divine Mother is the Kundalini (“coiled up” power) sleeping in us; without worshiping Her we can never know ourselves. All-merciful, all-powerful, omnipresent are attributes of Divine Mother.
She is the sum total of the energy in the Universe. Every manifestation of power in the Universe is “Mother”. She is Life, She is Intelligence, She is Love. She is in the Universe yet separate from it.
She is a person and can be seen and known (as Shri Ramakrishna saw and knew Her). Established in the idea of Mother, we can do anything. She quickly answers prayer.
“Go ahead, light your candles and burn your incense and ring your bells and call out to God, but watch out, because God will come, and He will put you on His Anvil and fire up His Forge and beat you and beat you until He turns brass into Pure Gold.” – Saint Keshavadas
There are myriad traditions of
how Kali came into existence. One version relates when the warrior goddess
Durga, having ten arms, each equipped with a weapon and who rode a lion or a
tiger in battle, fought with Mahishasura (or Mahisa), the buffalo demon. Durga became
so enraged that her anger burst from her forehead in the form of Kali.
Once born, the black goddess went
wild and consumed all the demons she came across, stringing their heads on a
chain which she wore around her neck. It seemed impossible to calm Kali’s
bloody thrashings, which now extended to any wrongdoers, and both people and
gods were at a loss what to do. Fortunately, supreme Shiva stopped Kali’s
destructive rampage by lying down in her path, and when the goddess realized
just who she was standing on, she finally calmed down. From this story is
explained Kali’s association with battlegrounds and areas where cremations are
In another version of the
goddess’ birth, Kali appeared when Parvati shed her dark skin which then became
Kali, hence one of her names is Kaushika (the Sheath), whilst Parvati is left
as Gauri (the Fair One). This story emphasizes Kali’s black aura which is
symbolic of eternal darkness and which has the potential to both destroy and to
In a third rendition, men and gods
were being terrorized by Daruka who could only be killed by a woman, and
Parvati was asked by the gods to deal with the troublesome demon. She responded
by jumping down Shiva’s throat. This was because many years previously Shiva
had swallowed halahala, the poison which had risen from the churning of the
ocean during the creation and which had threatened to pollute the world. By
combining with the poison still held in Shiva’s throat, Parvati was transformed
into Kali. Leaping from Shiva’s throat in her new guise, Kali swiftly defeated
Daruka and all was well with the world once more.
Gold Solar Serpent and the Black Lunar Serpent are alchemical opposites with different paths through the alchemical container of the body. When they meet, the Marriage of the Sun and the Moon takes place and this is when there is a possibility of immense energy. When the two serpents reach the crown, they become known as the Uraeus, which anoints the higher brain centres and leads to increased intelligence.
As they ascend, they crisscross one another to form nodes at each chakra, and magnetically energise them, as they go. The chakras spark into life as each one is touched in this alchemical weaving dance. In this way, with the interwoven pattern, the two serpents create what’s called the Central Column or Central Pillar. Eventually the two serpents reach the crown and then the hypothalamus, which is visualised as a Chalice.
The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.