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However, in most of the interpretations she is portrayed as ferocious and evil. She is the mother of the world and the treasure-house of compassion.
She is considered as the primordial mass from which all life arouse. Kali is the first of the 10 Mahavidyas, or manifestations of the Great Goddess, or ultimate reality. Kali is portrayed mostly in two forms: The popular four-armed form : She is described as being black or blue in popular Indian art.
Her eyes are described as red with intoxication and in absolute rage. Her hair is shown disheveled, small fangs sometimes protrude out of her mouth and her tongue is lolling. She is often depicted naked or just wearing a skirt made of human arms and a garland of human heads.
Two of these hands usually the left are holding a sword and a severed head. The sword signifies divine knowledge and the human head signifies human ego which must be slain by divine knowledge in order to attain moksha.
Therefore, she is generally seen as the mother of language, and all mantras. The ten-armed form of Mahakali : Here she is depicted as shining like a blue stone. She has ten faces, ten feet and three eyes for each head. The implication is that Mahakali is responsible for the powers that these deities possess and this is in line with the interpretation that Mahakali is identical with Brahman.
Sh has ornaments decked on all her limbs. There is, however, no association with Shiva. She is the fast track, often on a bumpy road, to problem solution and spiritual advancement. When called by mantras that carry her vibrations, Kali responds with a direct power that often leads right through some cherished part of our ego attachments.
Her power tools are the Kundalini Shakti the power of spiritual electricity ; the Kriya Shakti, the power to creatively affect the universe; and Iccha Shakti, the power of will that personally compels our physical movements and actions, while in the universe it causes the galaxies to rush away from one another into cosmic night.
hRidaya related Sanskrit Documents in Devanagari script