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Lalita MahaKali Rajarajeshvari Goddess

Mum – Rajarajeshvari

I was writing a review on Monday when I suddenly stopped and started to write a poem (in which I stopped to do some designing) but later on I heard that Friday is World Invocation Day. Invocations are a calling, they can be likened to prayers, spells, mantras – they often don’t sound like much to the casual reader but it’s the intention/feeling of those who need to read/hear it.

I was going to post this on Friday – heck how could I pass up Friday the 13th on a Full Moon? But I’ve decided to post two days in advance. A Full Moon is the point (usually summarized as a day/night) where the Moon is fullest from where those who are looking at it are. However the full range of a Full Moon is three days so I’m posting this in advance of the Full Moon totally. So there 😛

I’ll note that World Invocation Day is known to many as a day for Christ invocation. Many confuse Christ/Christ consciousness with the character Jesus A/The Christ. Christ is not a singular term for one person/creature, names and titles have gotten shortened or changed. He is a character known and changed through time from the Daughter all the way to the masculanized Krishna (though still noted for his feminine qualities aka a ganymede) and Horus e.g. note the distinct likeness in depictions of Isis (who herself was taken down from the top to a consort) and Horus to Mary and Jesus. Anyway, Christ simply refers to Crystal or Crystalline energy which anyone could of attained or started off with but with all the literature it’s something that decreased and become rare like with many abilities/attributes ascribed to beings on Earth previously. Crystalline energy is the Crown Chakra working, known as the seventh chakra above the head (though there’s more than seven chakras/major energy flow points). It’s known as Purple (or Violent according to rainbow understanding) but the shade does vary and it can also found along with or blended with Fuschia/Hot Pink. When people experience Crystal energy their front eyes can be open or closed but they generally experience what seems like warmth at the top of the head and White light coming down/taking the upper part of vision. It doesn’t tend to last long but those who exercise their pineal gland can see the Purple/Pink. It is that energy which is depicted as a/the halo in pictures of ‘divine’ beings and has been done so long before Jesus A/The Christ. So he is now known as Jesus Christ like how his other title Son of Man was changed to Son of God. Regime changes = belief system changes.

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Special mention to http://www.crystalrivers.com/prayers/kali.html for this chant:

Hymn to Kali
Goddess of Life and Death

(strongly rhythmic – monotone chant
accompanied by a sudden sound
such as slashing or drumbeat)

Mother! Of all creation    Kali
Listen, and hear my call    Maha Kali

We call , upon your mercy    Kali
For the, great sins of all    Maha Kali

I name, your secret words    Kali
I intone, your name divine    Maha Kali

You are, the deepest cavern    Kali
From whence, the great light shines    Maha Kali

You are, the forest carpet    Kali
Dark yet, the source of life    Maha Kali

You are, heaven’s wrath    Kali
With great torch, and sacred knife    Maha Kali

You are, the depths of matter    Kali
Home of, the spiritual fire    Maha Kali

I am, encased in matter    Kali
I pray, to travel higher    Maha Kali

Save us, from the veiled snares    Kali
Give us, the truth you know    Maha Kali

Dance for us, with flute and drum    Kali
Make the land throb, with your feet    Maha Kali

Come down, o gentle mother    Kali
That we, may be complete    Maha Kali

Chase away, all fearful demons    Kali
With your fierce, and wrathful forms    Maha Kali

Give us love, and sweet protection    Kali
Shelter us, within your storms    Maha Kali

Raise your fists, and give us power    Kali
Show your heart, that we may rise    Maha Kali

Stand tall, upon a mountain    Kali
Spread your banners, through the skies    Maha Kali

We lay, our heads before you    Kali
Prostrate, o terrible one    Maha Kali

Shatter, destroy our bodies    Kali
Bring us, o bring us home
Maha Kali
Mother Kali
Maha Kali

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Kali Maa Creator Destroyer Protector Mother Goddess Divine Lalita

Kali is part of the Daughter/Mother/Dark Mother (Bala/Lalita/Kali) triad, she is an ancient remnant which survived even the post-diluvian/Vedic Arayan wave (long before the most well known takeover in Afrika i.e. Graeco-Roman) which changed the early tribal gnosticism to the foundations of Hinduism leading to modern Hinduism and Gnosticism. Branches of those modern systems used for later monotheistic religions e.g. the Indian prince otherwise known as Buddha spreading a diluted and more friendly version of modern Hinduism i.e. no untouchables/low caste to widen the net of believers and for which many disillusioned/outcast could ‘safely’ be transfered to. It then conveniently became monotheistic and masculine but by then the Zoroastrian method was rampant and in no chronological order along came Judaism, Christianity; prophets and gurus were allowed divinity with Islam and Sikhism and of course worshiping oneself or focusing on the self with Jainism (not to be confused with the hedonistic and nihilistic ‘self’ promoted with the version of free will where the individual is ‘god/divine self’ – for the masses rather than religious/political/cultural founders that ideology is more 19th/20th century).

As with hi-story in general her path has been skewered over time and her position, ‘stories’/actions, abilities/role(s) have changed e.g. originally the Dark Mother from the Mother from the Void, she was later described as from Pavarti/Durga who is the wannabe Mother Goddess substitution when ancient Hinduism became ‘modern’ Hinduism and the male triad made up of created beings not original beings from source was substituted over the female source triad (Daughter/Mother/Dark Mother). The consorts or their queens were then used as replacements to keep the status quo of a female triad for the sake of the populace who couldn’t let go or fully forget (like Christian missionaries adorning statues of Mary in traditional Indian ceremonial garb and parading Hindu style or the Black Madonnas – usually left purposely outside of churches). This juxtaposed female triad was then placed under the male one and the male one was streamlined over time aka the father, son, holy spirit.

The following quote has summarized various cultural likenesses/versions of Kali, as aforementioned bear in mind the differences between the newer cultures to the older ones.

http://www.vishvarupa.com/print-information-about-kali.html

Some of the more striking similarities between Kali and Goddesses of other parts of the world are as follows:

We find Kali in Mexico as an ancient Aztec Goddess of enormous stature. Her name is Coatlicue, and her resemblance to the Hindu Kali is striking. The colossal Aztec statue of Coatlicue fuses in one image the dual functions of the earth, which both creates and destroys. In different aspects she represents Coatlicue, “Lady Of the Skirt of Serpents” or Goddess of the Serpent Petticoat”; Cihuacoatl, “the Serpent Woman”; Tlazolteotl, “Goddess of Filth”; and Tonantzin, “Our Mother,” who was later sanctified by the Catholic Church as the Virgin of Guadalupe, the dark-faced Madonna, La Virgen Morena, la Virgen Guadalupana, the patroness and protectress of New Spain; and who is still the patroness of all Indian Mexico. In the statue her head is severed from her body, and from the neck flow two streams of blood in the shape of two serpents. She wears a skirt of serpents girdled by another serpent as a belt. On her breast hangs a necklace of human hearts and hands bearing a human skull as a pendant. Her hands and feet are shaped like claws. From the bicephalous mass which takes the place of the head and which represents Omeyocan, the topmost heaven, to the world of the Dead extending below the feet, the statue embraces both life and death. Squat and massive, the monumental twelve-ton sculpture embodies pyramidal, cruciform, and human forms. As the art critic Justino Fernandez writes in his often-quoted description, it represents not a being but an idea, “the embodiment of the cosmic-dynamic power which bestows life and which thrives on death in the struggle of opposites.”

We find Kali in ancient Crete as Rhea, the Aegean Universal Mother or Great Goddess, who was worshipped in a vast area by many peoples. Rhea was not restricted to the Aegean area. Among ancient tribes of southern Russia she was Rha, the Red One, another version of Kali as Mother Time clothed in her garment of blood when she devoured all the gods, her offspring. The same Mother Time became the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon, who also devoured her own children one by one. This image of the cannibal mother was typical everywhere of the Goddess of Time, who consumes what she brings forth; or as Earth, who does the same. When Rhea was given a consort in Hellenic myth, he was called Kronus or Chronos, “Father Time,” who devoured his own children in imitation of Rhea’s earlier activity. He also castrated and killed his own father, the Heaven-God Uranus; and he in turn was threatened by his own son, Zeus. These myths reflect the primitive succession of sacred kings castrated and killed by their supplanters. It was originally Rhea Kronia, Mother Time, who wielded the castrating moon-sickle or scythe, a Scythian weapon, the instrument with which the Heavenly Father was “reaped.” Rhea herself was the Grim Reaper.

We find Kali in historic Europe. In Ireland, Kali appeared as Caillech or Cailleach, an old Celtic name for the Great Goddess in her Destroyer aspect. Like Kali, the Caillech was a black Mother who founded many races of people and outlived many husbands. She was also a Creatress. She made the world, building mountain ranges of stones that dropped from her apron.

Scotland was once called Caledonia: the land give by Kali, or Cale, or the Cailleach. “Scotland” came from Scotia, the same goddess, known to Romans as a “dark Aphrodite”; to Celts as Scatha or Scyth; and to Scandinavians as Skadi. Like the Hindus’ destroying Kalika, the Caillech was known as a spirit of disease. One manifestation of her was a famous idol of carved and painted wood, kept by an old family in Country Cork, and described as the Goddess of Smallpox. As diseased persons in India sacrificed to the appropriate incarnation of the Kalika, so in Ireland those afflicted by smallpox sacrificed sheep to this image. It can hardly be doubted that Kalika and Caillech were the same word. According to various interpretations, “caillech” meant either an old woman, or a hag, or a nun, or a “veiled one.” This last apparently referred to the Goddess’s most mysterious manifestation as the future, Fate, and Death–ever veiled from the sight of men, since no man could know the manner of his own death. In medieval legend the Caillech became the Black Queen who ruled a western paradise in the Indies, where men were used in Amazonian fashion for breeding purposes only, then slain.

Spaniards called her Califia, whose territory was rich in gold, silver, and gems. Spanish explorers later gave her name to the newly discovered paradise on the Pacific shore of North America, which is how the state of California came to be named after Kali. In the present century, Irish and Scottish descendants of the Celtic “creatress” still use the word “caillech” as a synonym for “old woman.”

The Black Goddess was known in Finland as Kalma (Kali Ma), a haunter of tombs and an eater of the dead. The Black Goddess worshipped by the gypsies was named Sara-Kali, “Queen Kali,” and to this present day, Sara is worshipped in the South of France at Ste-Marie-de-la-Mer during a yearly festival.

Some gypsies appeared in 10th-century Persia as tribes of itinerant dervishes calling themselves Kalenderees, “People of the Goddess Kali.” A common gypsy clan name is still Kaldera or Calderash, descended from past Kali-worshippers, like the Kele-De of Ireland. European gypsies relocated their Goddess in the ancient “Druid Grotto” underneath Chartres Cathedral, once the interior of a sacred mount known as the Womb of Gaul, when the area was occupied by the Carnutes, “Children of the Goddess Car.” Carnac, Kermario, Kerlescan, Kercado, Carmona in Spain, and Chartres itself were named after this Goddess, probably a Celtic version of Kore or Q’re traceable through eastern nations to Kauri, another name for Kali. The Druid Grotto used to be occupied by the image of a black Goddess giving birth, similar to certain images of Kali. Christians adopted this ancient idol and called her Virgo Paritura, “Virgin Giving Birth.” Gypsies called her Sara-Kali, “the mother, the woman, the sister, the queen, the Phuri Dai, the source of all Romany blood.” They said the black Virgin wore the dress of a gypsy dancer, and every gypsy should make a pilgrimage to her grotto at least once in his life. The grotto was described as “your mother’s womb.” A gypsy pilgrim was told: “Shut your eyes in front of Sara the Kali, and you will know the source of the spring of life which flows over the gypsy race. We find variations of Kali’s name throughout the ancient world.

The Greeks had a word Kalli, meaning “beautiful,” but applied to things that were not particularly beautiful such as the demonic centaurs called “kallikantzari,” relatives of Kali’s Asvins. Their city of Kallipolis, the modern Gallipoli, was lefted in Amazon country formerly ruled by Artemis Kalliste. The annual birth festival at Eleusis was Kalligeneia, translatable as “coming forth from the Beautiful One,” or “coming forth from Kali.”

Lunar priests of Sinai, formerly priestesses of the Moon-Goddess, called themselves “kalu.” Similar priestesses of prehistoric Ireland were “kelles,” origin of the name Kelly, which meant a hierophantic clan devoted to “the Goddess Kele.” This was cognate with the Saxon Kale, or Cale, whose lunar calendar or kalends included the spring month of Sproutkale, when Mother Earth (Kale) put forth new shoots. In antiquity the Phoenicians referred to the strait of Gibraltar as Calpe, because it was considered the passage to the western paradise of the Mother.

The Black Goddess was even carried into Christianity as a mother figure, and one can find all over the world images of Mother Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, depicted as a black Madonna.

Grim Reaper

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As times, usually when they are desperate or sucking up/worshiping so fixedly for a wish, the commonly known top level hierarchy aka the false male triad and their nearest and dearest will admit to the existence of  Mother Goddess. The following excerpt from the Devi Gita, one of their early works describing ancient times, shows Her importance in the detailed fervour and pretend admiration/respect they use to beg. More than unfortunately it also shows just how giving and humble She can be to lower Herself to talk to them in such a friendly tone on ‘their’ level, to see Her in a form that wouldn’t kill them by the sheer radiance and then – as all the cultures show – to separate a part of Herself to live amongst them. All beings are creations but to separate Herself is a distinction between creation/realities and her own separate/private sphere which is higher/purer. There is the created/children and those who look after them and design their homes. So to have a part of Herself amongst the children is a higher level being but not so high as to be unable to live there. Such a being is usually called a Daughter, or a Daughter of the Daughter aka a part of the original Daughter from the Daughter/Mother/Dark Mother triad who is all One Lalita anyway. Confusing but creation is a branch.

The Cosmic Form quote from the Devi Gita:

http://sacred-texts.com/hin/dg/dg03.htm

CHAPTER XXXIII.
The Goddess displays her Cosmic Form

1-19. The Devî said:–“O Girirâja! This whole universe, moving and unmoving, is created by My Mâyâ S’aktî. This Mâyâ is conceived in Me. It is not, in reality, different or separate from Me. So I am the only Chit, Intelligence. There is no other intelligence than Me. Viewed practically, it is known variously as Mâyâ, Vidyâ; but viewed really from the point of Brahman, there is no such thing as Mâyâ; only one Brahman exists, I am that Brahma, of the nature of Intelligence

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I create this whole world on this Unchangeable Eternal (Mountain-like) Brahma, (composed of Avidyâ, Karma, and various Samskâras) and enter first as Prâna (vital breath) within it in the form of Chidâbhâsa. O Mountain! Unless I enter as Breath, how can this birth and death and leaving and retaking bodies after bodies be accounted for! As one great Âkâs’â is denominated variously Ghatâkâs’a (Âkâs’â in the air), Patâkâs’a (Âkâs’â in cloth or picture), so I too appear variously by acknowledging this Prâna in various places due to Avidyâ and various Antahkaranas. As the Sun’s rays are never defiled when they illumine various objects on earth, so I, too, am not defiled in entering thus into various high and low Antahkaranas (hearts). The ignorant people attach Buddhi and other things of activity on Me and say that Âtman is the Doer; the intelligent people do not say that. I remain as the Witness in the hearts of all men, not as the Doer. O Achalendra! There are many Jîvas and many Îs’varas due to the varieties in Avidyâ and Vidyâ. Really it is Mâyâ that differentiates into men, beasts and various other Jîvas; and it is Mâyâ that differentiates into Brahma, Visnu and other Îs’varas. As the one pervading sky (Âkâs’a) is called Mahâkâs’a Ghatâkas’a (being enclosed by jars), so the One All pervading Paramâtmâ is called Paramâtmâ, Jîvâtmâ (being enclosed within Jîvas). As the Jîvas are conceived many by Mâyâ, not in reality; so Îs’varas also are conceived many by Mâyâ; not in essence. O Mountain! This Avidyâ and nothing else, is the cause of the difference in Jîvas, by creating differences in their bodies, indriyas (organs) and minds. Again, due to the varieties in the three Gunas and their wants (due to the differences between Sâttvik, Râjasik and Tâmasik desires), Mâyâ also appears various. And their differences are the causes of different Îs’varas, Brahma, Visnu and others. O Mountain! This whole world is interwoven in Me; It is I that am the Îs’vara that resides in causal bodies; I am the “Sutrâtman, Hiranyagarbha that resides in subtle bodies and it is I that am the Virât, residing in the gross bodies. I am Brahmâ, Visnu, and Mahes’vara; I am the Brâhmâ, Vaisnavi and Raudrî S’aktis. I am the Sun, I am the Moon, I am the Stars; I am beast, birds, Chandâlas and I am the Thief, I am the cruel hunter; I am the virtuous high-souled persons and I am the female, male, and hermaphrodite. There is no doubt in this. O Mountain! Wherever there is anything, seen or heard, I alway exist there, within and without, There is nothing moving or unmoving, that can exist without Me. If there be such, that is like the son of a barren woman. Just as one rope is mistaken for a snake or a garland, so I am the One Brahma and appears as Îs’vara, etc. There, is no doubt in this. This world cannot appear without a substratum.

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And That Substratum is My Existence. There can be nothing else.

20. The Himâlayâs said:–“O Devî! If Thou art merciful on me, I desire, then, to see Thy Virât form in the Fourth Dimensional Space.

This sight is developed when the mind resides in the heart centre or in the cenlre of the eye-brows. A proper teacher is necessary.

21-41. Vyâsa said:–“O King! Hearing the words of Girirâja, Visnu and all the other Devas gladly seconded him. Then the Devî, the Goddess of the Universe, knowing the desires of the Devas, showed Her Own Form that fulfils the desires of the Bhaktas, that is auspicious and that is like the Kalpa Vriksa towards the Bhaktas. They saw Her Highest Virât Form. The Satyaloka is situated on the topmost part and is Her head; the Sun and Moon are Her eyes; the quarters, Her ears; the Vedas are Her words; the Universe is Her heart; the earth is Her loins; the Bhuvarloka is Her navel; the asterisms are Her Thighs; the Maharloka is Her neck; the Janarloka is Her Face; the Taparloka is Her head, situated below the S’atyaloka; Indra and the Devas and the Svarloka is Her arms; the sound is the organ of Her ears; the As’vin twins, Her nose; the smell is the organ of smell; the fire is within Her face; day and night are like Her two wings. The four-faced Brahmâ is Her eyebrows; water is Her palate; the juice thereof is Her organ of taste; Yama, the God of Death, is Her large teeth; the affection is Her small teeth; Mâyâ is Her smile; the creation of Universe is Her sidelooks; modesty is Her upper lip; covetousness is Her lower lip; unrighteousness is Her back. The Prajâpati is Her organ of generation; the oceans are Her bowels; the mountains are Her bones; the rivers are Her veins; and the trees are the hairs of Her body. O King! Youth, virginity, and old age are Her best gaits, positions or ways (courses) paths, the clouds are Her handsome hairs; the two twilights are Her clothings; the Moon is the mind of the Mother of the Universe; Hari is Her Vijnâna S’âkti (the knowledge power); and Rudra is Her all-destroying power. The horses and other animals are Her loins; the lower regions Atala, etc., are Her lower regions from Her hip to Her feet. The Devas began to behold Her this Cosmic (Virâta) appearance with eyes, wide awake, with wonder. Thousands of fiery rays emitted from Her form; She began to lick the whole universe with Her lips; the two rows of teeth began to make horrible sounds; fires came out from Her eyes; various weapons were seen in Her hands; and the Brâhmanas and Ksattriyas are become the food cf that Awful Deity. Thousands of heads, eyes and feet were seen in that form. Crores of Suns, crores of lightnings flashes, mingled there. Horrible, Awful, That appearance looked terrific to the eyes, heart and mind. The Devas thus beheld and began to utter cries of horror and consternation; their hearts trembled and they were

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caught with immoveable senselessness. “Here is the Devî, our Mother and Preserver.” this ides vanished away at once from their minds.

At this moment the Vedas that were on the four sides of the Devî, removed the swoon of the Devas and made them conscious. The Immortals got, then, the excellant Vedas; and, having patience, began to praise and chant hymns in words choked with feelings and with tears flowing flowing from their eyes.

42-53. The Devas said:–“O Mother! Forgive our faults. Protect us, the miserable, that are born of Thee. O Protectress of the Devas! Withhold Thy anger we are very much terrified at the sight of Thy this form. “O Devî! We are inferior immortals; what prayers can we offer to Thee! Thou Thyself canst not measure Thy powers; how then can we, who are born later, know of Thy greatness! Obeisance to Thee, the Lady of the Universe! Obeisance to Thee of the nature of the Pranava Om; Thou art the One that is proved in all the Vedântas. Obeisance to Thee, of the form of Hrîm! Obeisance to Thee, the Self of all, whence has originated the Fire, the Sun, and the Moon and whence have sprung all the medicinal plants. Obeisance to the Devî, the Cosmic Deity, the Self in all whence have sprung all the Devas, Sâdhyas, the beasts, birds, and men! We bow down again and again to the Great Form, Mâhâ Mâyâ, the Self of all, whence have-sprung the vital breath Prana, Apâna, grains and wheats, and Who is the source of asceticism, faith, truth, continence and the rules what to do and what not to do under the present circumstances. The seven Prânas, the seven Lokas, the seven Flames, the seven Samidhs, the seven Oblations to Fire, have sprung from Thee! Obeisance to Thee, the Great Self in all! Obeisance to the Universal form of the Deity of the Universe whence have sprung all the oceans, all the mountains, all the rivers, all the medicinal plants and all the Rasas (the tastes of all things). We bow down to that Virât Form, the Great Self, the Mahâ Mâyâ, whence have originated the sacrifices, the sacrifical post (to which the victim about to be immolated is bound) and Daksinâs (the sacrificial fees) and the Rik, the Yajus, and the Sâma Vedas. O Mother! O Mahâ Mâyâ! We bow down to Thy front, to Thy back, to Thy both the sides, to Thy top, to Thy bottom and on all sides of Thee. O Devî! Be kind enough to withhold this Extraordinary Terrific Form of Thine, and sbew us Thy Beautiful Lovely Form.

54-56. Vyâsa said:–“O King! The World Mother, the Ocean of mercy, seeing the Devas terrified, withheld Her Fearful Cosmic Form and showed Her very beautiful appearance, pleasing to the whole world. Her body became soft and gentle. In one hand She held the noose, and in another She held the goad. The two other hands made signs to dispel all their fears

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and ready to grant the boons. Her eyes emitted rays of kindness; Her face was adorned with beautiful smiles. The Devas became glad at this and bowed down to Her in a peaceful mind and then spoke with great joy.

Here ends the Thirhy-third Chapter of the Seventh Book on the Devî’s Virât Rûpa in the Mahâ Parânam, Sri Mad Devî Bhâgavatam, of 18,000 verses, by Maharsi Veda Vyâsa.

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Comments on: "Ready or Not Friday the 13th – Invocation" (4)

  1. I now see where Gantz got its inspiration for the killer statues.

    • I’ve never read or seen Gantz so I can’t be sure but from a quick image search I saw a large multi-armed/headed character (very Indian) and a statue (later Chinese early Buddhist pre-monotheistic phase style) – definitely very Asian influence on the design (no surprise there). I hope they didn’t butcher the representation though like in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, though that film was representing Kali directly and this is probably/hopefully just using culture variants based on generic deity imagery.

      • They are aliens with regenerative powers than dismember people by tossing acid. Is that a faithful representation? 🙂

      • Lol I meant a representation of Kali, I’ve never seen/heard of Her using that method :P. That doesn’t mean She couldn’t but I know people and probably aliens could, I saw people with some pretty big guns in those pics!

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