Kali is the divine qutub; erect upon the inert corpse of Shiva, She generates the impulse of life, of the manifest moment; Mother of the gods. Consort of Lord Shiva, who dances the Universe into being. Order from Chaos.
The universe descends from the eternal void, the infernal Absu. 1
“Kali, also known as Kalika, is the Hindu goddess associated with eternal energy. The name Kali means “black” but has, by folk etymology, come to mean “force of time (kala).” Kali is today considered the goddess of time and change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilation still has some influence. More complex Tantric beliefs sometimes extend her role so far as to be the “ultimate reality” or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatarini (literally “redeemer of the universe”).”
Why is Mother Kali so radiantly black?
Because she is so powerful, that even mentioning her name destroys delusion. Because she is so beautiful, Lord Shiva, Conqueror of death, lies blissfully vanquished, beneath the red soled feet. There are subtle hues of blackness, But her bright complexion is the mystery that is utterly black, overwhelmingly black, wonderfully black. When she awakens in the lotus shrine within the heart’s secret cave, her blackness becomes the mystic illumination that causes the twelve petal blossom there to glow more intensely than golden embers. Her lovely form is the incomparable Kali- black blacker than the King of Death. Whoever gazes upon this radiant blackness falls eternally in love and feels no attraction to any other, discovering everywhere only her. This poet sighs deeply, “Where is this brilliant lady, this black light beyond luminosity? Though I have never seen her, simply hearing her name, the mind becomes absorbed completely in her astonishing reality.
Om Kali! Om Kali! Om Kali!3