HD3. THE FEROCIOUS KALI
Sterling Silver Bound Pendant
1/2" wide by 2" long
On the Battlefield:
Shaktas identify absolute reality with the Goddess and her gentle or
ferocious manifestations are but different aspects of her. Kali, although
terrifying, is the mother of the universe and the destroyer of ignorance.
Through Kali's grace the devotee is liberated from karma and the cycle of
Kali is a feminine
form of the Sanskrit word kala, meaning "time"
and "black." Thus, her name can mean, "She who is time,"
"She who devours time," "She who is the Mother of time,"
"She who is black," and "She who is black time." Kali's
association with blackness stands in contrast to her
Shiva, who is white, like the ashes of the cremation
ground (Sanskrit: śmaśan) in which he meditates,
and with which they are both associated, hence Kali's
epithet Śmaśanâ. Kali properly
transliterated from Sanskrit is Kālī, which
should not be confused with the common Sanskrit word
properly transliterated as kali, meaning "terrible."
They are grammatically unrelated, the first being
nominal/ablative the latter adjectival. Frequent
confusion comes in interpreting the kali yuga, or
"terrible age," one of the four great ages (yugas) of
Hindu cosmology, as conflated with the goddess Kali.
This is mostly due to her appearance, which is often
described as terrible and fearsome. In fact, the goddess
Kali should not be confused with kali yuga, as
her name holds separate and unrelated meaning.