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Kali: The Feminine Force
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 294.5211
EAN: 9780892812127
ISBN: 0892812125
Label: Destiny Books
Manufacturer: Destiny Books
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 112
Publication Date: 1988-03-01
Publisher: Destiny Books
Release Date: 1988-03-01
Studio: Destiny Books

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The author draws on the powerful imagery of painting, sculpture, and literature in this celebration of the Hindu goddess.


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Summary: Passionate, Powerful, and Free
Comment: The value of this book is multifold and many-petaled: a compilation of interesting and beautiful images; informative text; and a medium for reflection upon divinity, the feminine principle, and how sacredness manifests in our world. The focus is Kali, a goddess created from Durga in order to defeat evil forces. So mighty was her power, according to Hindu belief, that after Kali defeated all the demons, her wrath and power were so great that only the loving surrender of Shiva, upon whose prostrate form Kali is often portrayed as standing, could assuage her.

In that image alone, there is much to consider. Today, as the world's body is being destroyed by violence and poison, there is urgent need to "ground" the free-floating rage and greed that threaten us all. It is useful to meditate upon the paradox of Shiva's appeasement of Kali, the red-tongued goddess now worshipped as the great liberator, ruler of death, and identified with blood. The acknowledgement of feminine power and yielding to it brings both peace and liberation to the cosmos. Unsurprisingly, Kali is especially important to women, signifying as she does, a power often obscured and even suppressed in the land where she is most often officially reverenced.

The author of this book begins by noting his wife's visionary or spiritual experience centered upon Kali, and alludes to how this subsequently transformed their marital relationship. This is a good illustration of how Kali and the feminine force embodied in her is not to be regarded as something "on the shelf" or solely present during puja (ritual worship); rather, her greater significance is the emergence of women from traditional limitations, opening them to the realization of their intrinsic power.

Readers who identify with Tantric, pagan, Wiccan, or mainstream Hindu traditions will find immediate relevance and value in this text and the wonderful images contained therein; those of a more secular inclination will appreciate this book's artistic and humanist impulse towards the liberation of humanity's greater half, with all the promise that holds for our shared destiny.

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Summary: wonderful and thorough introduction to Kali
Comment: A lot of books on Kali come necessarily from a scholarly perspective that is deeply rooted in patriarchal presuppositions (as this is the nature of most of the research that's been done). However, Mookerjee's book delves into the heart of Kali, creating balance in the approach. This book is a thorough and thoughtful introduction to her history and worship, and demystifies her symbolism and terrible imagery, reminding us that Kali is seen both as the fierce destroyer AND the benevolent, all-encompassing, compassionate mother.

I highly recommend this to those who are new to Kali, as it's very accessible for Westerners.


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Summary: Om Krim Kali!
Comment: This book is beautyful! The photographs, paintings and drawing are breathtaking. The information is on target. Its not a big book, but for its sized it has a good amount of information. The auther knows her stuff. I cant stand it when people write about Kali and have no idea what they are talking about and believe me people I see it often. Kali is not all about destruction, or hexing, or the end of time. Shes not just a goddess in her "Crone phase" Shes not just a Goddess of the moon. Kali is used for many things even for healing. In her Bhadra Kali aspect shes a young virgin. But some people do not know this about her. If theres one complaint about this book is that sometimes the auther can get off the subject of Kali. But regardless all the information is informative and wonderful. Its well researched. Its not as devotional as Kali by Elizabet U Harding but its defenitly a compliment to her book as well as to the book Kali Puja. I reccomend all three.

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Summary: An excellent introduction
Comment: This book gives a great introduction to many of the more fascinating aspects of Kali: the history of the divine feminine in Hinduism, her relationship to other godesses (esp. Durga), the devotional poetry of Ramprasad, her role in Tantra. It's also full of beautiful and fascinating photographs and art related to the goddess. It is definitely a great book for anyone wanting to learn more about this fascinating deity who is so often misunderstood in the West.

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Summary: Fascinating book about Kali
Comment: There is a popular misunderstanding in the Western world about the nature of Kali. Kali is often portrayed as some kind of demon and, unfortunateley, she sometimes even has been worshipped as such, even in India. There are documented cases where Kali worship has involved human sacrifice, and in the western world even some satanists has tried to integrate Kali in their pantheon.

But, of course, from the start she was the very opposite of a demon. In the original myth about Kali and Durga, wonderfully described in this book, these goddesses in fact save the gods and the world and defeats the male demons that threatens it.

In Mookerjees book, with a lot of splendid illustrations, you get the story of Kali, as well as some interesting insights in Devi worship, saktism, and, of cource, the story of Durga. It can highly be recommended.



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