PAINTING AND TEXT BY SARAH TOMLINSON DEVANAGARI AND TRANSLITERATION BY DR. JOHN CASEY
Navaratri is the Hindu celebration of the nine nights
of the Mother Goddess, the celebration of her triumph
over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura. This year, Navaratri falls from 28 September – 6 October. It is a time
to confront our own demons and impurities.
Kali Ma is one of these incarnations celebrated over
Navaratri. She has been feared and avoided for centuries as she represents the presence that allows one to
confront the hair-raising and horrifying aspects of reality. Kali is the embodiment of unavoidable truths about
the darker side of existence and even our own selves.
She shows us the world for what it is – a constantly
shifting place of creation and destruction – and teaches
us to not be attached to or repelled by it.
Kali is depicted in this design as the force that initiates
transformation. Change on the spiritual path implies removing the veils of ignorance; and change, even productive change, can be terrifying. Repeat the Mantra while
gazing at the bindu, the central dot within the dynamic
upward pointing triangular forms. Kali will literally pull
you up by your hair, swallows your attachment to darkness and propel you toward the light. Are you ready?
I confront the force of kali for transformation.
Sarah Tomlinson is the author of Nine Designs for Inner Peace (Destiny Books, 2008) and a student of the late, great Harish Johari. She teaches
Yantra Painting and Yoga worldwide. For more information: yantratecture.com
Dr. John Casey teaches classes in Sanskrit and Yoga philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, at the University of California at Irvine and at
Yoga studios and other venues around the country. For LMU classes, visit: lmu.edu