November 1, 2020
The month of November is dedicated to Kali Maa.
Shree Maa and Swamiji have given us a new sankalpa, but before we give the mantra, let's remind ourselves why worship Kali this month.
Kali Maa takes away our darkness – our kala. She takes away the darkness from everyone who strives for perfection by performing the spiritual disciplines of purifying austerities.
“Kala” also means time, and Kali means the One Who is Beyond Time.
In the form of Prakriti, Mother Nature, Kali dances on the field of consciousness – depicted as the broad chest of Lord Shiva. She dances with wild and unselfconscious abandon. She is Mukti, the primal energy of spiritual freedom.
Kali Mata is the Energy of Wisdom (jnana shakti), and by Her Grace all knowledge is conceived, and all wisdom is intuited. With Her wisdom, Kali takes away the darkness of the external world. Then She bestows the True Light of the inner world. Her love and her grace are beyond what words can describe.
Kali is our Mother, and the Mother of all the universes. With Her love we become unattached and free from action and reaction – we become a silent witness resting in universal delight.
So why this month do we worship Kali? Because in our tradition, we worship Kali prior to Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Diwali will be celebrated on November 15, 2020.
Let's take this time to dissolve our darkness and increase our higher intellect in preparation for Diwali.
Please do three malas (3 x 108 mantras) of this mantra and contemplate on the meaning given by Swamiji.
ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं क्रीं परमेश्वरि कालिके स्वाहा
I am one with God!