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Bhadrakali - The Ever Hungry Goddess

Bhadrakali - The Ever Hungry Goddess

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In her lotuslike hands she holds
the severed head of the creator of
    the world.
She smiles and sounds satisfied
She devours the mover of the
    entire universe
Like limp darbha grass
she holds the bodies of
Vishnu and Shiva
I meditate upon Bhadrakali
glowing like new clouds
standing upon a corpse.

This painting shows the divine Mother Goddess in her wrathful and awesome aspect. The four-armed Devi stands firmly planted on a corpse. She is nude except for a girdle of severed hands tied around her waist, and a large amount of jewelry on her short and stout, burly body. She has large drooping breasts, with dark nipples hanging down. With one right hand she supports the severed head of Brahma, while the corresponding left holds the limp bodies of Shiva and Vishnu.

The upper left arm grips a sharp edged sword, and at the same time the Great Goddess gobbles up the faceless corpses held in her upper right hand. Indeed, according to the Tantrasara, Bhadrakali is defined as a form of Kali, who is hungry, and ready to devour everything.

This image of Kali, in a variety of ways, teaches man that pain, sorrow, decay, death, and destruction are not to be overcome or conquered by denying them or explaining them away. Pain and sorrow are woven into the texture of man's life so thoroughly that to deny them is ultimately futile. For man to realize the fullness of his being, for man to exploit his potential as a human being, he must finally accept this dimension of existence. Kali's boon is freedom, the freedom of the child to revel in the moment, and it is won only after confrontation or acceptance of death. To ignore death, to pretend that one is physically immortal, to pretend that one's ego is the center of things, is to provoke Kali's mocking laughter. To confront or accept death, on the contrary, is to realize a mode of being that can delight and revel in the play of the gods. To accept one's mortality is to be able to let go, to be able to sing, dance, and shout. Kali is Mother to her devotees not because she protects them from the way things really are but because she reveals to them their mortality and thus releases them to act fully and freely, releases them from the incredible, binding web of "adult" pretence, practicality, and rationality.


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  • Sorry for any mispelling / grammar, it just aggravates me how ppl claim to know about her when they are only writing false info
    by Michelle on 8th Dec 2013
  • This is ALL wrong , except the hands around her waist. First off kali ma has a garland of skulls arounf her neck . Second, she is not hold the severed head of brahma . Third she isnt holding shiva and vishu . When fighting the war with raktabija every time his blood was spilled he would multiply so in order to stop this she had to catch all of his blood into a container and drink it all up . She is also standing on shiva with her right foot , but that is only to protect him . Maybe you should go visit a kali temple or do more research before posting things up because im pretty sure if you google her , that picture & information wont show up . Im hindu & a proud devotee/child of my mother kali .
    by Michelle on 8th Dec 2013
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