In this narrow bottle neck of cultural narratives currently running our "civilized" world, the digitalized and institutionalized systems of information and communication have become a spiders web of mind intoxicating thought patterns, which we can either travel on with excessive speed, or get caught into, as the flies are prey to the predators teeth of total consumption, in other words a total annihilation of our individual freedom and power to act independently.These mechanisms in fact produce either we want it or not a kind of all-in-compassing social trance. We cannot be 'out' of the spiders web, but we can learn to dance on its thin grid of connectivity and knowledge, which ultimately can open up the golden door to Self-knowledge, if its rules of motion are mastered.Now one of the keys to the golden door is to thoroughly and passionately understand the nature of TRANCE, as one of the breathtaking navigating systems of our complex and superior energetic compound, called the 'mind'.With the right attitude and knowledge, we can turn the apparently uncontrollable machinery of the mind, sometimes carrying us to the brink of planetary apocalypse, into a intergalactic starship, as it in fact is the most supple vehicle of your consciousness, able to catalyze the vast universe of human experimentation, which is just waiting ahead of us to be explored; as light travels and finds itself again and again in an ever transforming universe.Our experience of reality depends on the way we get our head around things. The mind is at the same time our greatest challenge and our most extraordinary tool of perception. The mind filters out and creates preferences according to how we believe the world should be.This process is sometimes called 'illusion', because it shades and colors reality in a limited way. Through the ancient tradition of sacred art and trance inducing practices our ancestors have already shown us a natural way of dissolving the gross filters of the mind, and how to experience a genuine and unlimited perception of the visible as well as the invisible divine reality.When the habitual thought patterns quiet down and the mind become transparent, we are experiencing what we can call a process of 'trancemutation of the mind'. It is the sensation that we see, we hear, we sense and feel for real for the first time. Entering a state oftrancemutation of the mind, we will constantly perceive our thoughts,our emotions, our feelings and our sense perceptions being turned into liquid light or 'lucidity'.We become more and more lucid as the alchemical process of trancemutation accelerates and take us beyond any perception of reality we had ever thought possible. And it can all be experienced by consciously 'letting go' of any preferences into any form of human exploration and art performance such as dance, singing, painting, meditating, heart connecting, being breath taken by a sunset or ravished by the beauty of your lover or the magnificence of star gazing and so on and on as in truth it is only our choices in every moment that either illuminates or set boundaries for our divine and eternal possibilities.Article by Sahajananda, 2013
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A synthesis made by Verona Bucu and Dan Bozaru
She governs the sixty-four arts and she is also the one that produces the Joy and endless Happiness of the Master of the whole Creation. KALI is Shakti (the Feminine Cosmic Force) in Her Purely Transcendental aspect. KALI is the Night of the Darkness from which the mysterious energy of Time springs."
"KALI is the great Cosmic Power of the Energy of Time and for the one who adores her, she is the one who grants Spiritual Liberation. KALI always protects and inspires those who know and love her. For the fearless, KALI is the Terrible, the Destroyer of Time. As the dark Shakti of Shiva, KALI is the space, air, fire, water and earth. KALI carries out all the physical desires of Shiva.
KALI is the cosmic Force of time The great Cosmic Power KALI, one of the most emotional personifications of the primary female energy in the cosmic drama, has gained great popularity and she is often the subject of a full of fervor devotion in Tantric worship. She is, not at all accidentally, the symbol of power representing the unity of the transcendent.
This Great Cosmic Power got to be worshipped in her many forms in many parts of the world. Thus, in Nepal, it is known as Guhyakali; the Greeks used the name Kalli, formerly there existed a city named Kallipolis (currently Gallipoli); in Finland, the name of Kalma (Kali Ma) is also attributed to goddess Kali; even the Gypsies who came from India adore her under the name Sara Kali; in prehistoric Ireland the priestesses were called Kelles, because they were the worshipers of goddess Kele. Many other examples can be found.
The worship of Kali is characterized by a steady abandonment of oneself in front of Mother. By expressing their love and faith, the worshipper obtains a more profound spiritual consciousness and a gets closer to their own inner truth.
We briefly present you the contents of this ample material on the Great Cosmic Power KALI:
1. The act of the universal creation. The whole universe is Kali's stage In Tantric cosmology, the whole universe (the macrocosm) is considered as being born and constantly supported by the dual forces of SHIVA-SHAKTI, the masculine and feminine principle; however, the Supreme Goddess says in Devibhagavata says: "At the time of the final dissolution (pralaya), I am no longer man or woman, or neutral." She becomes devoid of form and attributes in this last aspect of reality.
The whole universe is the scene of Kali
In Hindu iconography, Kali is considered the first and most important of the tantric Pantheon deities, but her various forms and aspects are also fervently revered in the other spiritual traditions of India. The famous Mahanirvana Tantra text describes Kali as the one who gives birth to all things and beings in the Manifestation, from the least to the most significant. Thus, the whole of the Macrocosm becomes the theatre of her terrible, beneficial and harmoniously integrated actions, which are characterized by a total causal knowledge and a profound discernment. The mysterious influence of the great Cosmic Power Kali within the Creation is so complex and occulted, that virtually no human being can perceive its real goals and meanings, with the exception of those souls that have already reached a high degree of spiritual accomplishment. According to Tantric spiritual tradition, the whole Manifestation springs from Infinite Consciousness of the endless beatific Union between Shiva and Shakti. The creation function is fulfilled by that divine energy (Shakti) which is called Brahman and the maintenance or continuance of this creation is carried out by Shakti Vaishnavi. Both the creation and maintenance aspects involve every time a "death" or a molecular "destruction" of any form of the Manifestation, and this function is fulfilled by Rudrani Shakti. In particular, Brahmani, Vaishnavi and Rudrani Shakti are nothing more than the female aspects of the great Hindu gods forming the Hindu trinity of the Creation: Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra (or Shiva).
The simultaneous existence of these three processes in the Manifestation clearly explain the statement of the tantric texts that proclaim that the act of Creation did not take place only once in a moment in the past, and its dissolution or destruction (of the Creation) is not going to happen only one time sometimes in the future either, but in every moment of time these aspects manifest as some sparks that are so fast that they create the impression of continuity and reality. Although the mind and the body of the human being are constantly assaulted by countless sensory experiences, the state of divine ecstasy (samadhi) which occurs due to an intense and perseverant spiritual practice involves the "dissolution" of the mental functions and of the consciousness of the body in the Supreme consciousness of Paramashiva (God the father) that transcends any duality.
The Great Cosmic Power Kali is considered to be the very nature and consciousness of the Supreme Divine (Brahman), this representing her transcendent aspect. On the other hand, she is at the same time the glory of the effulgent manifestation of countless worlds and entities in Creation. Therefore, Kali is worshipped in her two fundamental aspects: as the Great Goddess granting the favor of all enjoyments and happiness of this world, as well as the holy supreme divine energy (Shakti), that gives the spiritual liberation (Kaivalya).
In the Pantheon of the Tantric gods, Kali is referred to as the first of the ten Great Cosmic Powers because, in a certain way, she is the one who makes “the wheel of time" move, this being the primary impulse in the phenomenal existence and becoming. On the other hand, at the end of a cycle of manifestation, Time (or Kala, in Sanskrit) "devoured" all the worlds of the three plans (universes or spheres of consciousness) of Creation, which are the physical universe, the astral universe (or subtle) and the causal universe. The Great Cosmic Power Kali "devours" in the end even the aspect of temporality (i.e. the subtle energy of time, Kala), this being the reason she is considered the primary cause of creation and destruction of manifestation.
From another perspective, Kali is also the creator of the worlds, these worlds being born from the ashes of the purifying fire of the Divine Consciousness of this Great Cosmic Power, which has burned all the impurities, residues and imperfections of the forms of manifestation. Therefore, the action of Kali has a deeply evolutionary character, giving a sometimes dramatic or terrible impulse to the human beings’ existence on their way to spiritual accomplishment. However Kali always does this with a perfect divine discernment, and those who manage to overcome successfully these stages and tests they go though are true spiritual heroes, enjoying the ineffable favor of the Great Goddess Kali.
However, until the Omnipotent Will of God does not manifest the creator impulse, Shakti (or the Infinite Divine Energy) is located in potentiality and inseparably united with Shiva in his purely transcendental aspect. The texts of tantric spirituality name this perfect union, beyond any manifestation of duality, by the term Sat-Cit-Ananda (Pure Existence, Pure Consciousness - endless Bliss).
2. Aspects of the Great Cosmic Power KALI In his vision, Ramakrishna describes Kali as follows: "The world in its totality is the toy of the Divine mother, which, under various aspects, plays with it. Sometimes she is Mahakali, unconditioned, formless. Another time It is as the immortal Nitya-Kali, separate from her work. In another aspect, she is Smasana-Kali, the being who reigns over death, over the destruction of everything. She is on the other hand Rakshya-Kali, standing in front of us, always ready to protect and bless her children that love her (the worshippers). She also appears as Shyama, the intensely blue charming Mother, accompanied by the God of Eternity and Infinity."
The supreme Shakti (in her aspect of Kali) assumes the responsibility of creating the names, as well as their evolution in manifestation. Her sovereignty is often mentioned in the Tantric texts by the name Adimahavidya, which means the first of the Great Cosmic Powers, but this must not induce the idea of a hierarchy, but rather that of an order of becoming of the macrocosm. Thus, one of the many representations of the Great Goddess Kali is the one in which she is represented on a throne of gold, supported by five bodies (such as that of Shiva), a throne which is in the middle of a tree grove made of gems. A beach with golden sand lies at her feet, always washed by the peaceful waves of the Nectar Ocean of Immortality.
Kali is also called Adyashakti, in her aspect of terrible energy and power that impulses human beings into action and the world (Creation) to manifestation. For this reason she is often also called Mahamaya (the great Power of the Universal Illusion). The fact that she is represented naked without any garment that covers her, signifies Kali transcended any type of limitation, she being always identified with the endless Power of the Divine consciousness. Kali's action in Manifestation involves the destroying and at the same time purifying action of time (Kala).
This aspect is suggested by a decapitated head of a human being, that the Great Goddess holds in one of her hands, the significance being that the entire creation, is finally dissolved or revoked in the bosom of the Primordial Consciousness of God, because of the inexorable action of the subtle energy of time manifested by Kali, she herself being beyond time. This is the reason that the goddess is assigned also the name of Mahakali. However, as a yogi aims more and more firmly towards the goal of spiritual liberation, that transcends any duality and illusion, Kali will offer him her overwhelming grace (bhukti – the experience full of happiness and fulfillment in this world and mukti – the divine bliss of the Transcendent Divine Reality).
One of the most important aspects in which the Great Cosmic Power Kali is worshipped is that of the goddess Durga, the defeater of the demon Mahishashura. This demon represents in the tradition of the Hindu spirituality the incarnation of all the forces of Darkness. In the Vedanta philosophy there is the concept of the Divine Reincarnations (avatara) that come to Earth in order to achieve a profound spiritual transformation of humanity; in this direction, Rama, Krishna etc. were considered avatars of the Master of the Universe (Ishvara, adored in his male aspect as Vishnu). But for those who love God in his aspect of a caring omnipotent Divine Mother, the great Goddess is the only incarnation to destroy the evil that proliferates in the world under its various demonic and satanic aspects.
Thus, in the tradition of Hindu Mythology it is said that the invincible goddess, omnipotent in the three worlds (physical, subtle and causal), came out victorious in the battle with demons and their king, the great demon Mahishashura, saving thus the gods from captivity and restoring the order in Manifestation. The deep spiritual significance of this myth is that in every human being there are beneficial and malefic forces and energies, which are acknowledged in this way. Symbolically, the malefic forces are the demons, and the benefic ones are the gods, so there is a fierce internal battle for supremacy. The goddess Durga, personification of the Great Cosmic Power Kali, grants her grace and divine help to those who invoke and adore her powerfully so that their spiritual forces develop and suppress all the other negative influences of their psyche and mental. Durga, the Divine Light which eternally sparkles as a Lighthouse of Eternity, destroys and burns in the terrible fire of her pure consciousness any malevolent force and any residue of ignorance.
In Hindu iconography, Kali appears as well in multiple other forms, which are often similar to the form of Dakshina Kali, the differences involving the number of arms, of the face of the goddess or of the symbolic objects which she holds in her hands. Thus, Shmasana Kali, Siddha Kali, Mahakali, Guhya Kali are all aspects of the Great Goddess who are revered in various parts of India..
Among these forms of the Great Cosmic Power Kali it is worthy to note that of Bhadra Kali, which in the famous treatise Tantrasara is described as a hungry deity, ready to devour every illusory form or aspect of Manifestation, having three eyes (symbol of complete spiritual knowledge) and four hands in which she holds a skull, a drum, a trident and an axe. A variant of Bhadra Kali is Chamunda Kali described as having a pleasant and benevolent appearance, although her teeth are terrible at sight. She wears a long human bone, with a skull in the end, and a sword in her both right hands, and in her two left hands she hold a noose and a human head. Unlike other representative forms, Chamunda Kali wears a tiger fur on her body and sits on a corpse.
At certain times and circumstances, Kali interferes in a terrible way to destroy everything that is weak, useless or perverted. She often assumes symbolically four or more hands to hold and use various objects and weapons in order to maintain the order in Creation and the control over the malefic forces embodied by certain demonic and satanic entities (yaksha, rakshasa, naga, bhuta, etc.). In her highly elevated aspects, Kali is the very endless Divine Bliss which lies beyond any ability of common human perception.
3. The traditional symbolic representation of the Great Cosmic Powers, KALI Kali is often depicted, as the Divine Universal Mother, being surrounded by a lot of other gods and goddesses. She is at the same time the low and the unscrupulous in the Creation, but also she is the highest refinement and subtlety in the various spheres of the Manifestation. Devoid of any sizes and spatial-temporal objectivities, she however takes countless forms and names in order to meet the most hidden desires of her fervent worshipers. Kali is represented in most aspects as having a black body, holding in her many hands symbolic objects or making mudras (symbolic gestures), with garlands or necklaces with dead heads around the neck, having her tongue pulled out and dancing on the inert body of Shiva, in the midst of a burning pyre. She appears as the aspect of Death, transcending Illusion.
The description of the Great Cosmic Power Kali, as it is revealed in the Kalitantra text, describes the goddess as having her skin the color of a dark and purple cloud before the storm. She dances over the inert white body of Shiva, this representation signifying the two fundamental aspects of reality: on the one hand, the static and transcendent aspect of Consciousness (which is identified with Shiva), and on the other hand the dynamic and immanent aspect of consciousness (which is identified with Kali's dance). In this iconographical representation, Shiva is white because he signifies the infinite divine light without support (prakasha), he is inert and motionless as a corpse (Shava), because in the absence of action and movement, Consciousness is pure, homogenous and compact. On the contrary, the dance of the Great Goddess Kali most importantly signifies the dynamic and active aspect of the Divine Consciousness in Manifestation, and the dark color of her skin shows that in the processes taking place in Creation, Kali "dissolves" everything, which is associated with darkness and existential vacuum.
The various depictions of the goddess have in common some fundamental elements, which are: Shiva's corpse, a glorious attitude, black color, etc., but they may however differ in other details, that constitute as many shades of the role that Kali plays in Manifestation. Thus, in one of these images, the great Goddess is represented in a stately, profoundly meditative attitude, overwhelmed by the nectar of the endless spiritual bliss; she is on top of Shiva’s chest, who is lying on the ground in the corpse posture (shavasana).
Kali is represented in the well-known position of the archer, with her right leg bent forward, with the sole on Shiva’s chest, and her left leg bent backwards. Both images (both that of Kali and the one of Shiva) are illustrated in the midst of a place corpses are burnt, meaning that all illusory objects of the world are finally reduced to "ashes" due to their terrible consumption in the fire of the passage of time (time being the main way of manifestation of Kali in Creation), or that such ephemeral things (matter, objects, human beings. phenomena, actions) return to their primary stage of essence origin causal synthesis.
As usual, also in this representation Kali is black, being thus the source of any other color that springs from the unknown abyss of the fundamental quality of sustainment (tamas guna). Although, this suggests that she is associated with the occulting depths of the Supreme Consciousness of God in Creation under the densest forms of matter and action, still Kali is also surrounded by a bright white halo of light that does not cause blindness or eye pain to the eyes that look at it, but on the contrary it calms them down and relaxes them due to the deeply “cooling” nature of this energy (amrita), which is like the effulgent manifestation of the nectar released by millions of subtle and spiritual worlds.
In this picture, Shiva's corpse signifies that the power of divine consciousness is inherent even to inanimate matter. Kali has her mouth wide open and her tongue much pulled out, representing thus symbolically the gesture (mudra) of "devouring" or "consumption" of the entire Creation. At the same time, however, this awesome and scary aspect (for those who do not know the profound esoteric meanings of this image) is doubled by a smiling attitude of the Great Goddess, who looks with kindness and affection to all the beings in Manifestation and supports their life and evolution feeding them to the huge breasts of an all-loving Divine Mother.
On the other hand, Kali's laughter signify her ironic attitude towards all those who, ignoring the laws of macrocosmic harmony and balance, imagine that they can escape from their spiritual evolution as individuals and also as parts of a unique and perfect Whole. The great Goddess has three eyes "overseeing" all worlds which operate in the three aspects of time (trikala): past, present and future. In one of the hands she holds a skull which symbolizes, firstly, a receptacle of the mysteries of Creation, of the occult teachings and of the origin of the three main spheres of consciousness (physical, subtle and causal), and secondly, it represents figuratively what remains in the end after the destruction or the dissolution of the whole Macrocosm.
In the other hand Kali holds a sword (khadga) which is intended to symbolize the cutting of the links and attachments to the manifested world in order to prepare the believer for the moment of the supreme spiritual liberation. It is also interesting to note that the hair of the Great Goddess is represented as being long and waving in the wind, which signifies the power of the full grace of this Great Cosmic Power to confer the human being the liberation from the heavy "chains" of the karma in Manifestation. Kali's goodwill and compassion are also highlighted by the specific position of two of her hands that perform the gestures to remove fear (abhaya mudra) and to render spiritual gifts and paranormal powers (varada mudra).
The goddess wears around her neck a bead made of the decapitated heads of demons and some evil entities proving the complete and always present victory of the good and the fair action in Creation. Her naked body is sprinkled with blood that drips from the decapitated heads, and as earrings she wears the bodies of two human corpses. The whole terrible aspect of Kali is amplified by the blood that flows through the two sides of her wide open mouth, which as explained above, signifies the continuous "devouring" of any manifested aspect.
The nakedness of the goddess symbolically indicates that her power is not limited by any aspect of Creation and also that the goddess herself is the creator of the entire universe (Macrocosm), but also represents the constituents (i.e. things, beings, etc.) it consists of. Sometimes it is represented on top of Shiva in a reversed romantic act of making love (viparita rati), indicating that the mahavidya upasana (or, in other words, the adoration full of fervor and devotion of this Great Cosmic Power (Kali)) essentially symbolizes the principle of resorption of the entire universe (prapancha) into the consciousness now infinitely expanded of the believer, through the grace of the Great Goddesses Kali.
This is the complex in significances representation of the terrible shape of Kali, form known as Dakshina Kali or Shyamakali.
4. The Tantric Sadhana. Ways of adoring the Great Cosmic Power of Time, KALI The great Yogi and liberated Ramakrishna said: "What does the strength of a disciple consist of? Of his tears of longing for God. Just as a mother cannot resist to the desire of her crying child, so God grants His child who cries with longing for Him, His Supreme grace."
Sadhana, or the spiritual practice with regard to the Great Cosmic Power Kali, involves the spiritual effort to purify and energize the subtle centers of force of the aspirant to the highest degree and also to achieve at the same time the glorious awakening and ascension of Consciousness and Divine Energy, located at the level of Muladhara Chakra as Kundalini Shakti. The ascent of Kundalini Shakti is also one of the most important aspects of the sphere of influence and manifestation of the gigantic sphere of cosmic consciousness of Kali in the worshiper’s being, being directly linked to the practice of making love with transfiguration and continence, in full conformity with the principles and ideas of the tantric system doctrine.
Sadhana (the specific spiritual practice) of adoring the Great Cosmic Power Kali is undoubtedly one of the most novel ways of spiritual adoration, which is in particular specific to the typology of the spiritual hero. Full of courage and fearless in front of the terrible shapes that Kali takes in front of him (testing thus his audacity, determination, patience, perseverance and spiritual maturity), the adept that becomes stronger in this way in the purifying fire of the sublime spiritual experience, has within the shortest time (and sometimes even instantly) access to the transcendent condition of the Absolute Divine Consciousness, which is God the Father himself.
Because for most of the worshippers the subtle aspects of the goddess Kali (and, generally speaking, of any other deity) cannot be perceived directly by an inward vivid transfiguring emotion (bhavana), it is necessary for the deity image to be placed in front of the adorer in the form of a statue or even a drawing (photo) that is well realized. Although this method may seem like an extreme form of adoration (upasana), it can create, in the depths of the adorer’s heart, the resonance of state which is specific to the adoration of that deity. The lowest form of adoring is a three dimensional image (murti) of the goddess (the statue of Kali or of any other Mahavidya), then the so-called emblems (salagrama shila) of virtues, which are represented by some black stones with intricate designs, and, then, at a higher level there is the way of adoring the goddess through her specific yantra.
The special Yantra or, in other words, the sacred geometrical shape to evoke (resonance) with Kali is composed of a series of five equilateral triangles placed one inside the others and placed on the circle of a lotus with eight petals. The five triangles pointing downwards of Kali’s yantra actually symbolize both the transcendence of the five senses, and of the five elements (tattva-s). The lotus in the form of a circle with eight petals indicates that the goddess Kali can be correctly understood and perceived by focusing our elevated emotions in the secondary centre Hrid Chakra or at best in Anahata Chakra. In the centre of this yantra we should visualize a little point, symbolizing the full stability of our consciousness. The Yantra of Mother Kali is a powerful symbol for mental concentration and meditation and it can also be used as a protective talisman.
Finally, the most elevated form of adoration is the use of that goddess (in our case it is the bija mantra of the Great Cosmic Power Kali) mantra (or bija mantra) that can be integrated in the technique of japa (out loud, whispered or mental repetition of the mantra that corresponds to that deity) or the more complex technique and more nuanced as effects, the laya yoga meditation technique. We also have to mention the fact that when adoring the image (murti) of the goddess, the adorer’s mind gradually tends to identify with the shape of that Great Cosmic Power (Kali), at which point the perception of the material image is no longer related to a simple exterior object, but it is replaced with the actual perception of the divine power of the goddess which is evoked with fervor and which is in this way made to "descend" at the level of the statue or image. Other ritual elements of an adoring consist of the prostration full of love in front of the deity’s image, in offering flowers, fresh fruits or other products of a pure quality, in burning of incense, etc.
Nyasa is also an important aspect of adoration. This action (nyasa) involves placing the adorer’s hands, palms and fingers on different parts of his body, simultaneously with the mental repetition of the mantra-s specific for those areas, and using the creative imagination he realizes thus the identification of the various parts of the deity body with the parts of his own body. The ritual ends with a specific movement of the hand that "diffuses" the subtle energy of the goddess within the adorer’s whole body.
Kali is always ready to answer to those who evoke her through the worship of her perfect qualities, through mental repetition of her mantra-s, and by the visualization of her yantra and of her many sacred traditional forms. Kali conveys much love when the passionate impulse of sincere desire to unite with her gives birth to an effervescent vitality, through which, the one who adores her falls and then rises through the Great Axis, which is the central channel of the subtle body, Sushumna Nadi. She is also instantly thrilled at the ecstatic amorous experiences of a man and a woman in their endless sexual tantric union (with continence). Kali offers us her immense happiness whenever we remember of her. Kali is felt as an oceanic ecstasy when she frantically evoked as being together with Shiva.
She can be worshiped by offering (consecrating) her anything with love, but without hypocrisy. It is very easy to evoke her by means of her sensual smells of sandalwood, musk, patchouli and camphor. She also likes garlands of red flowers, the rhythmic love music and a profoundly transfiguring sensual dance. Kali responds with joy at spontaneous laughter, emotional songs of love, passionate love and to the mental attitude of "all or nothing".
A beautiful, sensual and vital woman can quickly become one with Kali identifying deeply and widely with her terrible power that is obtained through the mysterious initiation in her sphere of force. So, she will get in ineffable resonance with this Great Cosmic Power Kali. When the hypocrisy, self-doubt, selfishness and jealousy are almost completely removed from the soul of a woman, the deep intuitive wisdom of Kali, giving bliss and harmony, powerfully comes to light. Full of an effervescent amorous vitality and sexual energy, giving divine wisdom and discriminatory power, Kali then acts permanently as a very strong initiator in the ineffable nature of reality. For a woman who truly feels her, Kali is fearless and passionate; once you have obtained the grace of this Great Cosmic Power, she will never withdraw it. In her role as Kali, the woman acts as the destroyer of illusion and as the one who spontaneously fulfills the most intimate desires of the one who adores her.
Hymns of praise dedicated to the Great Cosmic Power KALI
“Great Goddess, who are You?"
She responds: "In my essence I am in Brahman (the Absolute or God).
Out of me the world was formed at the beginning..."
KALI the Mother a hymn by Swami Vivekananda
The stars are blotted out,
The clouds are covering clouds
It is darkness vibrant, sonant.
In the roaring, whirling wind
Are the souls of a million lunatics
Just loosed from the prison-house,
Wrenching trees by the roots,
Sweeping all from the path.
The sea has joined the fray,
And swirls up mountain-waves,
To reach the pitchy sky.
The flash of lurid light
Reveals on every side
A thousand, thousand shades
Of Death begrimed and black —
Scattering plagues and sorrows,
Dancing mad with joy,
Come, Mother, come!
For Terror is Thy name,
Death is in Thy breath.
And every shaking step
Destroys a world for e'er.
Thou 'Time', the All-destroyer!
Come, O Mother, come!
Who dares misery love,
And hug the form of Death,
Dance in Destruction's dance,
To him the Mother comes.
fragment from SHAKTISANGAMA TANTRA
“Shakti, the feminine principle, is the Creator of the Universe.
She is indeed the very body of the Universe.
Shakti is the foundation of all three worlds.
She is the essence of our body.
There is no jewel rarer than woman,
no condition superior to that of a woman.
There is not, nor has been, nor will be
any destiny equal to that of a woman;
there is no kingdom, no wealth, no happiness, no beauty
to be compared with a woman.
There is no prayer equal to a woman.
There is not, nor has been, nor will be
any yoga to compare with a woman,
no mystical formula nor asceticism
to match a woman.
There is not, nor has been, nor will be
Neither yesterday, nor today nor tomorrow
Any treasure superior to a Shakti.
Fragment from BHAIRAVA YAMALA
She is the Divine Light and Transcendent itself.
From Her body burst thousands of rays –
Two thousand, one hundred thousand
Tens of millions, a hundred million –
their number may not be counted.
Thanks to Her and through Her,
all beings and things are moving,
and through Her stillness shines.
Due to the divine light
of this all-encompassing divine Power,
all things and beings are manifested."
- (Legal and Media Cases)
After 5 days in court, the deliberations of the case of the ownership of Bhoga are concluded, pending decision by the court.
Upon following the testimonies and declarations from both sides, one can notice a significant phenomenon: while Natha's team has focused upon presenting it’s case for the right of ownership over the farm (Bhoga), Kim Schmock focused most of all on attacking Natha and Mihai Stoian (as the coordinating teacher) – trying to depict it as a sect. This is alike 2 people debating over what day it is: one says ‘its Wednesday’ and the other argues ‘you’re ugly’.
It should be mentioned that the judge has specifically asked that the parties will only focus upon the juridical aspect. Therefore, the team which represented Natha in this trial decided to focus only on the juridical arguments and did not mention the long list of harassments, threats and physical attacks from Kim against the Bhoga spiritual community, its individual members and against Natha. Natha has tried to keep a correct and responsible trial and avoided bringing up Kim’s violent behavior, knowing that it would damage his reputation severely. Unfortunately, Kim and his tiny group of colleagues did not share this attitude. Instead, they focused almost entirely on attacking Natha, trying to present it as a sect, hardly even approaching the actual matter of ownership of the farm. This is a very cheap strategy which shows that Kim doesn’t have good arguments. He therefore prefers simply to attack Natha since it’s much easier to destroy a reputation then it is to build one when you lack proof. The goal was obviously to play upon the innate fear that people have today of being manipulated and abused by sects – trying in this way to influence the Judge's emotional opinion upon Natha's stand.
For this purpose, Kim “produced” as witnesses 3 former members of the school who had personal grudges against Mihai Stoian. It is well known that these 3 people have over the last two years, and out of vindictiveness, been spreading lies and gossips about him and about the school in the social environment and even in the media. It is significant to note that they had absolutely no proof for any of their claims, accept for their word – thus being no more than gossip which has no place as evidence in a court of law, beyond being irrelevant to the case. In fact, should they have tried to sue Natha or Mihai for their complaints, they would certainly lose, as they had no proof and there are so many witnesses to testify to the contrary. Yet in this case, their imaginary complaints were not the subject of the trial and therefore Natha did not bother to produce witnesses to refute them. And so, the Helsingør court of law became the stage on which the good name of Natha and its members were smeared by vicious gossip invented by a tiny handful of resentful people who had nothing to add to the actual case at hand. Should Kim win the trial, it would signify the victory of prejudice and lies without proof over logic and evidence.
This strange strategy embraced by Kim's team might make one wonder: since one of the witnesses, Karsten Brask Fischer (known in Jyllands Posten and other papers as ‘Jesper’) is pretending to be an exponent of the democratic theory, how can he come with an argument like this in an ownership trial? What he tried to prove was that Natha is a sect and doesn't know a democratic way. But as an exercise of democratic thinking, what is the point in proving Natha as a sect in this ownership case? Is a sect not allowed to benefit from the justice as anyone else in a democratic system? Can a sect be cheated without problems and without juridical consequences? The logic of this kind of argument is typical to xenophobic extremists and not to people that are used with democratic rules.
Unmoved by this vicious and degrading strategy, Natha's team presented a clear-cut and common sense case, supported by sound evidence: Kim was only the front man in the buying of the farm while it was abundantly clear from the initial deal that the farm was Natha’s, Kim’s name on the papers being only a formality for the time being, until it will be transferred to Natha. Kim has made this commitment completely clear both in writing and in speech on many occasions, which dozens of people were testifying for now in the court or on their written and signed declarations. On the basis of this commitment, Natha has invested a great amount of money, and over a hundred persons – members and friends of Natha – have volunteered their services dedicating more than 20,000 working hours all for extensive renovations and improvements in the farm, increasing its value and functionality to what it is today. These people and Natha have done so only because they knew that it was belonging to Natha and the purpose of their voluntary work was to turn the farm into a spiritual community where students from Natha can live and practice spirituality together – also in large camps, guided by the teachings of Natha. Kim was involved in all these actions, and well aware of the common knowledge of the purpose of the farm and its ownership, he confirmed it on many occasions and by no means ever said anything to contradict it (until much after the work was done). Kim’s own contribution was only 130,000 kr. which he had put for the down payment.
Going over Kim’s testimony his response to these proofs is evident: on each count he either says that he doesn’t remember (he stated this on several accounts!) or he denies it – yet Natha has presented a dozen witnesses to confirm every statement and could easily put forward dozens more, should the time of the court would have allowed it. The attentive reader will rightfully ask: how come Kim doesn't remember important moments which prove him wrong and yet he “remembers” with complete certainty that he has the right to own the farm?
What was striking in the court was also to notice the difference in attitude and quality of the witnesses. The witnesses from Natha had nothing to gain, unlike Kim, who stands to gain a profit of millions of dk crowns from selling the farm – the fruit of the work of countless people from Natha, who united for the sake of the vision of creating a spiritual community. These witnesses were relaxed regarding the possibility of winning the ownership, being motivated by affirming the principle of Justice. Of the many witnesses on behalf of Natha some were not even friends of Mihai or Natha, they were former students as well as people that were never attending any courses in Natha. On the other side we find few people that were all having a personal problem with Mihai.
Let’s have a look now at what are the arguments that Kim brings forth with the help of his 3 witnesses: Karsten Brask Fischer, Celia Clausen and Michael Eriksson – all of them former students with personal resentments against Mihai:
1. Kim claimed that Bhoga could not belong to Natha, since, according to him, Natha could not afford owning Bhoga. This argument, beyond being irrelevant is also ridiculous, considering that Natha invested significant amounts of money in the Bhoga property – around 1,8 millions kroner in 5 years – and furthermore hold the entire economical responsibility of the place, providing all the resources for mortgage, energy consumption, maintenance and building developments (2,2 millions kroner). Beside that, active and responsible members of Natha control a foundation (Prema Fonden) which owns two significant properties in Copenhagen facilitating Natha Yogacenter and ashram community.
2. Karsten claimed that Natha cannot own Bhoga, and no contract with it is valid, since, according to him, it did not exist legally at the time – not having legal registration. This is pure disinformation. Natha has existed as an association since 1993, registered according to law and fulfilling all the legal requirements. The proofs presented and the witness of former chairmans of the organization were very conclusive in this respect.
3. As we have said earlier, the main argument by Kim and his handful of witness is that Natha is a sect in which all the members are manipulated by the leader and their wills are subordinated to his. Therefore even if Kim had made a commitment to Natha and its members, it was under manipulation and therefore not valid. Here the attentive reader may ask: if Kim says he didn’t make any commitment to give the farm to Natha, then how can he say that the commitment (which he claims he didn’t make) was under manipulation? Furthermore, this argument is meaningless – implying that people are free of responsibility for any of their actions, if they only claim that ‘they were influenced’. Should this argument win in court it would mean a danger to our entire society, which is based upon people assuming in a mature way responsibility over their actions. What about the enormous contribution by the many people who helped build Bhoga? Will that be taken away from them just because Kim will be relieved of his promises because he screams ‘sect! sect!’?
Moreover, accusing Natha as being a sect is a very serious accusation – which requires proof. No such proof was provided. Karsten Brask Fischer claimed to be an expert of sects and thus judges Natha as such, yet he has no expertise in the matter what so ever. We may ask – how many articles has he published about sects, if he indeed is an expert? On the other hand, the most renowned Swedish expert on sects, rev. Karl-Erik Nylund, whom the Swedish high court occasionally call upon for consul on such matters, concluded categorically that Natha is not a sect in AN OFFICIAL REPORT.
Kim and his 3 colleagues spent hours telling tales of how Natha is a sect. Yet all their inventions are easily refuted by the hundreds of members of Natha who through their own lives demonstrate the opposite. In many places even their own tales were contradicting themselves. We would not tire you with the hours that would take to refute them, one by one. We will just mention one accusation by Karsten who claimed that Mihai Stoian was abusing his influence to gain more power and enjoy the resources of the school for his own personal wealth! Anyone who knows Mihai knows that he works an average of 16 hours a day for the benefit of the school and the students, day in and day out, even weekends, and in return he is given a salary that is smaller then that of a school teacher. This accusation from Karsten is even more absurd, considering that for a long period, Mihai was living in a small damp room in the basement of the ashram Prema, while Karsten was enjoying two large rooms in the upper floor. Is this the image of a leader who creates a sect in order to abuse its members for his own profit? Those from Natha who knew Kim’s witnesses while they were in the school can tell of the irony of their accusations. These people were notorious in Natha for their fanaticism and their individual tendency towards sectarian like behavior. Karsten and Celia especially were known for on many occasions preaching to others that they should be more dedicated to the school. This was an attitude which was specific to them and was not characterizing the life of the school. They were reproached by others and were even corrected many times by Mihai, explaining that this is not fit for a spiritual school – a school which is based on the freedom inherent to each of us. Therefore, when they criticize Natha – it is themselves that they criticize, for they were the sectarians in Natha.
4. Another claim by Kim’s accomplice’s was that the arguments provided by Natha have been falsified. Their proof to that is that, according to themselves – they were the ones who falsified them while they were still in Natha. This can be hardly considered as proof; since it is only their word and no one can confirm it (they do not even confirm each other’s statements). Celia Clausen, for example, created a situation that was surprising for all that were in that moment in the court (after Karsten Brask Fischer was performing something similar another time). At the moment of witnessing, Celia was asked by the lawyers how come she changed sides? She was the one who was responsible for running the civil case about the ownership of Bhoga and she wrote the subpoena together with Nathas lawyer, and thus to built up the defense of the Bhoga farm against Kim's attempts to steal the property from Natha. She also wrote herself a declaration with all her knowledge and experience about this case. Yet now her statements were contradicting her signed declaration. To this she explained that she was falsifying the declaration for the case to look good. When asked if she was forced to make such false documents she stated that she was not forced but she was considered responsible!!! This is a strange argument from a future lawyer. So, if one take a task and is considered responsible, then this will entitle him/her to do whatever it takes? What kind of character is using such argument? The situation is interesting also from a logical perspective: if Celia was lying in the court now it means that her previous declaration was true and now she is trying just to make things better for Kim. If she was falsifying indeed the declaration then it means that she was lying in that situation and this already disqualifies her as reliable witness and even as a lawyer later. Yet from all her statements in the court it comes out very clear the fact that she was now lying in the court and her previous declaration was true. For instance she stated (to the big surprise of all the former friends that were present in the court) that in reality she did nothing in Bhoga but to paint half of a wall and therefore her written declaration was false. Everyone that was involved in the Bhoga project will understand why was this statement a surprise for us in the court. Lying is something bad but lying in the court and in front of your former colleagues is much worse. Considering the fact that Celia Clausen is in the fourth year in the law school, her testimony in court prove a severe lack of responsibility and even fanaticism in defending her new friend Kim with any risks.
Furthermore, why should we believe Celia and Kims other witnesses (also Michael Eriksson stated in court that he lied before), since they themselves confessed that they falsified evidence for court? So, why believe a liar? How do we know that they are not lying now? They ask us to believe that all the dozens of witnesses of Natha and the dozens more who were not allowed to testify for lack of time, were all lying, and instead we should believe them – confessed liars. If anyone can believe that argument I dare say that their judgment is hindered by prejudice.
5. Another argument that Kim presented is what he considered as a precedent: when Natha rented a place on Købmagergade 26, which at the time was its center, the school invested effort and money into renovating the place, yet, when Natha moved out of that address, all that work was left behind. According to Kim, this precedent should be applied also for Bhoga. This is a very strange line of argumentation, since the two cases are totally different – in the case of Købmagergade 26 it was clear from the beginning that Natha is only renting the place and has no ownership over it, therefore Natha knew that all its work on renovating the place will be left behind one day, when they will move out. This was also the reason why the school paid very little rent for the place, since the renovations were considered as an investment. In Bhoga, however, the case was entirely different – there was a commitment from Kim that the farm belongs to Natha, and therefore, all the work invested into the place was done on the basis of the understanding that Natha owns the place. This is also why Natha paid all the bills and covered all the expenses. This is also showing that Natha is not going to trial for profit – otherwise it would have also went to trial over Købmagergade 26 – but is simply standing for justice.
We find 3 persons spreading lies that severely hurt the reputation and work of hundreds. One might ask, what could motivate 3 such individuals? Mikael stated himself that he is motivated by the fact that Kim has another legal case against him, one in which he might lose 100,000 kr. Therefore, Kim has the means to pressure him to comply with his agenda. As for Karsten and Celia, much can be said as to their motives, but since we do not wish here to degrade ourselves to their level of spreading malicious gossip, it would suffice to say that for a along while during their time in the school they have made serious mistakes against their fellow students, treating them badly as well as treating each other badly. Both of them being very sensitive to their image, they have tried to hide their mistakes and for a long time managed to do so, until eventually, their injuries against their colleagues and against each other exceeded themselves and were revealed by the student body. Confronted with the consequences of their own actions they decided to leave the school. It could have ended there, and friendship could have continued between them and their former colleagues. Yet, in order not to face their own mistakes, Karsten and Celia chose to throw the blame, saying that it was not their faults but everyone else’s. They turned themselves in their minds into victims – pretending that everything bad that happened to them was because of ‘the sect’ and not because of their own mistakes. Since then, they have used any opportunity to hurt Natha and their former colleagues: speaking ill of Natha in any occasion, commenting against it on the net, publicizing their fictional stories in papers and even testifying in court at any trial against Natha (The Bhoga case is not the first case to which they were lying in order to testify against Natha). Here one cannot but note that their obvious and active hostility towards Natha disqualifies them from being considered as objective and reliable witnesses. A witness biased by their own personal problems cannot be used in the court without biasing the result of the testimony. We can only hope that the judge has also noticed these elements and will consider with care these contradicting statements from the three witnesses.
The Bhoga trial is a case of formality vs reality. Kim's arguments are obviously formal while Natha's arguments are based on the reality of facts. The Judge is confronted with a difficult task since Kim Schmock has some documents on his name, yet there are plenty of witnesses which clearly prove Natha's version of the story. Today we are sometimes hiding under the shield of formalisms in order to protect ourselves from the impact Reality would have upon our soul. Yet sometime, in order to feel alive, one needs to cut out the formalisms and dare to look into reality without hesitation.
Now the truth only needs to wait for the Judge to give the final verdict on December 14th. And so, all our eyes are turned to the Judge Morten Larsen, in wait for him to acknowledge what is obvious to all those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
On behalf of Nathas Bhoga team
Hans Hvass & Mariah Claire
A great test in the couple relationship is the consumption attitude.
We call it the consumption attitude, because it is the attitude of someone who always wants to consume the effects, without trying to look at the causes that produced the desired effects.
This attitude is not connected only to the couple relationship, it is about their entire existence. For example, some people like comfort. Because their life is comfortable they consider themselves lucky. But they never ask themselves where this is coming from, why do they like this state of comfort, where does this luck come from, which makes them have a comfortable life, what is the source of this comfort? One day, the wheel of fortune turns and they start to be followed by bad luck instead of good luck. Then, they are destroyed and try desperately to go back to what was before. This is a consumption attitude. Or, for example in the couple relationship, we like to make love and we feel very good making love to the other one, but we never ask ourselves what are the mechanisms of this pleasure, we do not go deeper into these things.
One day, we notice with surprise that the erotic attraction between us is gone and we do not know what to do, because we never asked ourselves where it came from or how was it possible. We just happily consumed everything that was there and when the state of attraction starts to fade, we get desperate, we act like we are squeezing an old lemon in our tea. Instead of cultivating an entire field of lemon trees, so that we constantly have fresh lemons, we keep squeezing the same lemon, until nothing comes out of it. This is the consumption attitude. This attitude is a real plague of the modern couple relationships, because basically we live our entire existence at this superficial level of effects, without aiming to find the level of the causes.
Therefore, in order to pass this spiritual test, we must always aim to have a spiritual direction. In fact, the spiritual direction means to always shift from the effects towards the causes. Ultimately, it means to direct ourselves towards the ultimate cause, towards God, that is why we can say that the spiritualization of the couple relationship automatically dissolves this consumption attitude.
This attitude is superficial, gregarious, in which we just want to consume – the supermarket attitude. Many yoga practitioners, when they complain that they have lost aspiration or that they had certain states and that they’ve lost them, and you ask them “OK, but how did you get those states? What triggered them?”, most of them have no clue about it. Some say: “They came from God.” In fact, this is a great revelation, it is not just a stamp. In that moment, the state of unhappiness that the yogi feels as a result of the loss of the state of happiness or fulfilment that he had before is a lesson that teaches us that we did not understand the cause of that wonderful state we had before. This game always tends to direct us towards the causes. In the couple relationship, the consumption attitude is deadly. It destroys the couple relationship.
There is a situation that appears extremely often, especially in women. It is like this: she does not have a lover. This is a problem, because all these revelations about transformation in a couple do not apply. Moreover, God made man and woman to be together and the androgynous state is reached more easily through love in a couple relationship. As a spiritual relationship, evolution in a couple is much faster then individual evolution. So, the woman has every reason to try to find a lover. By going to a shakti group, she receives many techniques for finding the ideal lover. She is a spiritual person, she is open to transformation, she takes part in all courses, conferences, meetings, she practices a lot, she is involved in extra activities – such as being in the theatre group, etc. She is a complex person, with her heart open to love.
Eventually, she becomes an extremely wonderful being, fascinating and attractive and she finds a lover. Unfortunately, in time, after a few months, the following situation appears: the woman (this is also valid for the man) starts to give up, one by one, the activities she was involved in before, saying: “Now, I have a lover, we have to spend more time together, we must work for our relationship, we must become harmonious.” And she does this by giving up those spiritual activities which had made her a very special and wonderful being, worthy of finding a couple relationship.
These spiritual compromises change that being into a less and less interesting person. In fact, she is no longer interesting from the spiritual point of view, even energetically. Everything she used to manifest before, in the theatre plays, or by applying the knowledge received in the courses she attended to her life, or by making sacrifices in her spiritual practice, fades away. She says: “Now I cannot practice, I have a lover that takes me for a walk,” as many people do. It is sad, but true - this state of spiritual compromise, through which the two stagnate and even regress after a while. After a few months – a year, she changes from a being that was actively transforming and becoming wonderful, due to the fundamental confusion that made her think that finding a lover is a purpose and not a way – a way to create a spiritual couple, which is also not a purpose in itself, but a way of evolution, the respective person enters a state of inertia, saying: “Now, I have a lover. There is somebody to call me, to take me for a walk, to take care of me.” And she gives up the individual transformation and even the practice.
They involve themselves in materialistic issues, such a making a company, building a house, moving somewhere else, having a child. Little by little, from the yogic ideal, which is to put God in the first place and to follow the spiritual life towards this goal, the two lovers put all kinds of other things on the first place and this is reflected in them. Sadly, after 1, 2 years, even less, that lover who had fallen in love with a wonderful being, which had manifested a certain aspect of the Divine Mother in a fascinating way due to the tapas she kept, he looks and he sees a more and more ordinary and boring being, who indulges in discussions such as: “Shall we go to that activity or shall we better go for a walk on the beach? Or shall we go and eat, because we were at that restaurant and it was so good, let’s see if we can repeat the experience.” In this situation, the consumption attitude is manifested, because the woman wishes and throws herself, blinded, into the new relationship, especially if this happens after a long period of loneliness, she is truly blinded by the glamour of “Now I am not alone anymore, somebody loves me and takes care of me”, and she spends her time and energy for that false support of the relationship and she makes more and more compromises with the spiritual aspects.
You must be aware that the responsibility to evolve spiritually is that of the individual, and every now and then the couple must look back and see where they started from and where they are now. If they started from a state of spontaneity, effervescence, joy, happiness, love, manifested in a wonderful way and now they are fighting and being jealous, possessive after one year, then they must be very careful. Because they have made compromises on the spiritual path and other mistakes, after one year friends have to tell people who did not manifest jealousy and other impurities before they entered the couple relationship: “You are worse than before you found the lover you worked so hard to find.”
Taken from "The spiritual couple relationship", conference kept by Mihai and Adina Stoian in 2006, in Costinesti - Romania.
Published by Natha.net