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By Aditi Devi

In compliment of Adya Kali details the goddess Kali, and her tradition of devotion in West Bengal and South Asia. various from such a lot modern books approximately this darkish Goddess, this e-book bargains a liturgy of worship--a religious perform, the Song of the Hundred Names of Adya Kali, that readers can use to domesticate a right away devotional courting to Kali.

In compliment of Adya Kali is additionally a context-setting consultant, developing this tradition as a normal orientation to existence. such a lot compelling, the textual content of this liturgy and Commentaries include an intimate revelation of ways the goddess establishes herself in her devotees' our bodies and therefore intervenes, through unconditional love and recognition, of their lives.

A long advent, either scholarly and private, describes the goddess and the probabilities that those prayers will provide. Aditi Devi courses us in find out how to construct a shrine to Kali, numerous different types of choices to make to her, and indicates a time table for the way to take advantage of this liturgy with a long term dedication over the process 108 nights.

"This Song of the Hundred Names is a strong instructing that each one kinds are her forms," the writer notes. Male, woman, or different gendered, readers are offered with the chance to event the depths in their personal inner female energies, and thereby come into better therapeutic and wholeness, extra simply capable of exhibit this frequently missed a part of ourselves.

Aditi Devi's long-term religious perform and immersion inside dwelling Tantric lineages in South Asia is the resource of this booklet. aditi

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How could they be? How can this primordial ultimate non-dual reality have a singular all-inclusive form? One way to approach this question is to begin to take in the depth and complexity of Ādyā Kālī’s forms through the recitation of her hundred names that begin with ka. In this way, we can begin to have the direct experience of her, the felt experience of her, in our bodies and around us. This, by the way, is the essence of why we undertake pilgrimage: to feel her body in the landscape, temples, and people and let it permeate us.

The version of our community recitation of the Tantric liturgy of the Song of the Hundred Names of Ādyā Kālī that you hold in your hands was first practiced inside this sacred cakra* of female practitioners, yoginīs, who had requested that we undertake a community practice commitment based on my devotional re-translation and editing of the original Tantric liturgy of the ādyā kālikādevyāḥ śatanāma stotram. Together, we committed to the spiritual practice (sādhana*) of the recitation of this ancient and sacred liturgy to the Śakta Tantric goddess Kālī over 108 nights during a recent cold and dark winter.

May this liturgy in praise of Ādyā Kālī be an offering to you as you establish your own relationship to her. May all beings benefit! Om namoḥ Ādyāye! * All terms marked with * are defined in the Glossary, pp. 200–210. 2 Kālī and Ādyā Kālī What does this all mean and who is Kālī, more precisely? I have been sitting with the question of what can I share with you about my beloved, the love of my life. What can I say about her that will support you to know her? How do we slip into this river together, in a way that will help you approach the blue-black goddess Kālī at the center of the yoniverse?

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