Kali Ma, Black Mother, Goddess of Death,
Mother of Karma, is a Hindu Goddess with a serious case of split
Exhibiting traits of both love and gentleness, and revenge and death.
Kali is often pictured with black skin and a
hideous face smeared with blood, four arms, and bare breasts. She wears a
necklace of skulls and is draped in snakes. Her brow has a third eye and her
four arms hold weapons and heads. One of the more dramatic images of Kali shows
her squatting over the dead Shiva (her consort) taking his penis into her vagina
while eating his intestines. This image, though visually startling is not ment
to be taken literally. Instead is is ment to be viewed as a metaphor of Kali's
power to simultaniousley destroy and create life. She reminds us that, even in
the face of devestation and destruction, good really can come out of bad
situations. Though how, you might ask, can any good come of September 11th's
cowardly attack on our people? My only answer to you is the Global community
coming together, despite race, religion and socio-economic backgrounds, and
embracing eachother as equals. Should it have taken such devestation to bring
about a closer Global community? No. It is unfortunate but History shows that it
is only through these gruesome events that Men and Women from all nations band
together, thrown down their weapons of prejudice and fight the common enemy.
One final note from me on this issue. Let us
not forget our muslim brothers and sisters to also stand with us during this
time and also try to embrace us. They should not be the target of our anger
because of those who have perverted the holy scriptures of the Koran.
Where there is sorrow, Kali dances to bring
joy. Where there is injustice, Kali dances to bring revenge. Where there is
fear, Kali dances to bring courage. Where there is Death, Kali dances to bring
Long ago in a land far away there was once a
demon, named Raktavira, who was tear-assing around the countryside wreaking
havoc on everyone, including the gods. You might be thinkin, "Now why would
the gods be afraid of a demon?" They were afraid because the god Brahama
had a brilliant idea one day and decided to give Raktavira some special powers;
every drop of his blood would produce thousands more like him. While at one time
these special powers were favored by the gods, now they are a threat. So, the
gods call upon Kali to defend them. Kali engaged Raktavira in single combat and
pierced him with her spear. As Raktavira's blood bagan to spill out, Kali lifted
the demon high and drank his blood. But Kali had become enraged with a blind
lust for destruction and nothing could stop her until her consort, Shiva, threw
himself under her feet and let her trample him as she did her victory dance.
This was the only way to bring her to her senses and keep the world from being
In the light of events so tragic that an
entire nation cries out for retribution, it is easy to forget this darker aspect
of ourselves and, like Kali, give in to the blind lust that will enevitably lead
to our detruction.
Kali Ma is the dancer of death.
Her belly is the cauldron of rebirth.
Beneth her stamping, dancing feet all humans die.
She presses out the life-blood like wine.
No human may escape her Dance of Death in Life.
Yet Kali Ma is also the Great Mother.
Out of her cauldron comes new life on the wheel of karma.
Her Dance of Death in Life returns us to her warm, dark embrace
That we may rest, may set new goals for another life.
When our rest is done, Kali dances her Dance of Life in Death
and we are once again reborn.
To truely love the Goddess, we must love her Dark aspect
as well as the Light.
To gain complete spiritual understanding, we must honor all her faces.