Three goddesses: Kali, Tara and Siddha-ratri



1.  The Kali goddess: first Object of transcendent Knowledge :


In primitive mythology Hindoue Kâli was an aspect of the goddess DEVI who was sent on ground to destroy a race of daemons.

Kâlâ time is the power which uses and destroys the worlds. Kâli is its energy represented in the shape of a goddess associated with Shiva when the god decides that times are accomplished and plunges the worlds in the darkness to deaden them in the supreme night.

The eternal night is a measurement of absolute time, as Shiva (of which the root shin wants to say to sleep) is that which makes sleep everyone. In the microcosm of our individual life the absolute night is this ultimate light which appears to relieve us when we are plunged in misfortunes of our poor wretch existence.

Only Kâlî the power of time, is unaware of the fear which it inspires with those which defy it, but Kâlî has also the capacity to protect those which call upon it and to put them in confidence.

Kâlî the black one, (which incarne the darkness) thus has two aspects:

" Can very powerful Kâli: capacity transcending of our conscience to cover us his benevolent protection, like a mother takes care on the sleep of his/her children and a hen protects from its wings its brooded by driving back the dangers.

That all the beings which took the wrong way during the day come the night to rest in its centre to find there the peace interior of the heart and the force to better act in the light. Then the meditation in silence and the rest will become a force and an energy able to fight against the forces of domination and crushing of weakest.

Even the beings which never heard the name of the goddess of the spheres will come in its arms to sleep there in peace like trustful children. Miséricordieuse Ô!

Power of the Conscience! Enveloping darkness! Ô divinity of the night! Do not take account of our actions, carries us far from those which want us evil, far from the wolf from the sin and the she-wolf from the insatiable desire.

Be for us the vessel of joy which will lead us on the other shore and will carry out us towards the bliss of the elected officials... " (Karapâtrî, Shrî Bhagavati-tattva)

When all is destroyed and that the power of time is past, the true nature of the eternal night appears like an immense happiness and an infinite peace.


2.  The double aspect of the goddess TARED :


The terrible star in the Night of Anger (Krodha-râtrî)


Târâ is regarded the second Object of Hindu transcendent knowledge, but also as the large goddess of Buddhism tibétain. Like Kâlî, it can be is the devastating Star which consumes malicious the incroyants or the LIGHT which carries out on other bank the good traveller threatened by the unchained elements.

Like the double of Kâlî, resulting from the Large Devî Goddess, it can devour and regenerate the worlds, or be shown like the goddess who comforts and alleviates those which are hungry.

Like Kâlî the warlike one, it dominates the power of time, it sanctifies the sufferings of the hunger and the body vacuum created by the asceticism for the expenditure of the sacrifices in order to force the bodies with the obedience and the supremacy of the spirit. The power of Târâ is such asit can destroy a whole solar system.

" It is the great vacuum, the STAR from where ALL was gradually formed and which leads ANY worms the release of the cycle without end... " (Mahâsundarî Tantra).
" It which deserve to be been useful by theImmense one (Brahmâ), Immanent (Vishnu) and transcending it (Maheshvara), It which creates, nourishes and destroys the world, which supports the Universe, It which removes the fear inherent in the existence, It: the supreme energy which only, That can avoid us " reappearing indefinitely "... It is the vessel which enables us to cross the Ocean of the world "   (Tantra quoted in Târâ-rahasya, Kalyâna, Shakti anka).

Like Vishnu and Shiva, Târâ can at the same time appear in the shape of a creature of ANY BEAUTY to order from the King of the kings who reigns on the vast universe...

Or as a shrew with four hands upright on a corpse which holds in a hand a cut head, the second a sword, the third a blue lotus and the fourth a bowl of beggar! Its russet-red hair in disorder is tied by poisonous blue snakes. Its blazing red eyes point out the flames of the hell while its face is decorated of a crown of bleached bones!

Terrible vision which goes from the greatest beauty to the nightmare full with fears and horrors...

Already regarded as the Star-Mother in Brâhmânda Purâna in a less alarming form, it is especially venerated by the jaïna-s and the buddhist monks who practise the severe fast and definitively gave up the world.

For the sect White-vêtue (Shevtâmbara) it is as a fairy which protects the Suvidhinâtra prophet.

Seeing in nothing of the terrestrial life the end of the universe, the wise ones leave an illusory world to be based in the vacuum in the immutable form of the Vastness. (Târâ-Rahasya).


3.  The 16 year old girl " Goddess of the spheres " in the name of SIDDHA-RâTRî


The three worlds being created, the power of Shiva wakes up and in its glance with the three lights spouts out the sunlight which works young a sixteen spring old goddess: image of the perfection, the bright beauty.

Very quickly Siddha-râtrî will open out and soon to make place with resplendent " the goddess of the spheres " 3rdpouse of Shiva-with-three-eyes, she becomes the power of the knowledge and the power of the Night of the realization. Sovereign with the universe, one will honour it like the Queen with the queens (Râja-râjeshvarî).

The " All-Powerful goddess of the spheres " carries the crescent of the moon on her face and its smile radiates with a marvellous glare to give again confidence and hope with all those which call upon it.

It carries on its head three attributes which mark its All-Power:

  1. the lingua which is the male principle of the cosmic person,
  2. the yoni which represents female nature and
  3. the snake, symbol of time.

Its face seems radiant: molten gold. These three attributes are also of old symbols of the age vedic...

Two with its tended hands draw aside fear and make the gesture give, its two other hands hold a lace and a hook to direct the elephants. Made sometimes that one represents it with a large bludgeon in a hand proves that the worship of this large goddess is probably former to the age of iron.


4.  Other aspects of former goddesses


Let us quote some aspects of worships given to the former goddesses with the multiple, malefic or beneficial aspects:


It is difficult to locate the age of these goddesses very former to the almost indefinable pre-védique age whose origins are lost in the millenia of the night of times!

The Brahmans and buddhist monks obviously did not want to destroy the old worships but to show them under new aspects to incite the mass of the people, too often illiterate, to follow the example of the gods and to get under way on the length and difficult path of the search of self and the nirmala.


Kundalini: spiritual energy


If to Védiques times the Shakti goddess of energy were to give to Brahmâ her force to give life to theCosmic one from where came out Creation of the Universe, as of Vè century before our era Shakti, omnipresent energy was seen equipped with a great capacity of cohesion between Vishnu, Shiva and Brahmâ.

One can add to this energy of cohesion, also called : " the ENROULEE " (Kundalini), two other functions:

  1. " the orbitation " (or attraction) around the central core and
  2. the dispersion or capacity of destruction by purifying fire.

In Shri Lalita Saharasnama, a book Sanskrit which gives more than thousand qualities the Large Goddess or the interior Mother:

" the word Kundalini one of the names is allotted to the Goddess Mother. "
Kundalini is the way which leads to the divine one: Nirvana.

Spirit comes from Latin spiritus means the breath, the wind like says it the root of Yahvé, YHWY " the wind, " In India this breath is called Brahma Chaitanya, the breath of God.

Religion (comes from Latin religare) = to connect or link. Yoga wants to also say " Union "

The union is before a a whole search for oneself, a setting in awakening of the conscience of each individual in the search of his entity. For that it must call upon " the spiritual energy " called in India " Kundalini. "

When the goddess Mère Kundalini wakes up, it starts in our memory the union with SHIVA, the reflection of God the Father in the skies, this is why the search of balance in oneself is a decisive stage which raises our thoughts above the vanity of the world materialist. It is a kind of second birth, the connection or setting in contact with another world: that of SPIRITUAL which leads to the eternal life.

" I turned to the Goddess And now I am ONE with God I rose above the cycle of the rebirths... " (Adi Shakti)

The man must to some extent release himself from his mental terrestrial whom symbolizes the snake to wake up and release its second nature: the bird which flies away with the sky.

In Dahomey, the creator of the Marwu-cLisa gods represented in the form of the snake which crawls, was at the same time male and... female.


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