the Great Mother Goddess of the Hindu tradition, is the Source, the One
that gives birth to All. Known as a slayer of demons, She destroys the
army of mind-born delusions symbolized by demons that separate us from
the Divine as our own true Self. To our bound, limited and contracted
ego identities She may strike terror, at times appearing as a coal-black,
sword-wielding, blood-smeared dancer of death and destruction. To our
Divine Self, She is our supremely beautiful Beloved, our dear spouse,
performing a ballet of incomparable grace, overwhelming us with love.
Kali ("the Black Goddess") is the destroying form of Devi ("Goddess"), the Indian Great Goddess. Her power and prominence show mythological roots in the matriarchal Dravidian past.
As Kali, the Goddess fought with Raktavija, the lord of the Asuras (Demons). But for every drop of Raktavija's blood that touched the Earth, a thousand demons sprang up. Kali in Her divine madness solved this by licking up every drop of his blood with Her tongue, and won the day. Wild with joy, She continued to dance her dance of destruction until the gods begged Her to stop; but She did not listen. Finally Her husband Shiva came to implore Her--still crazed, She did not recognize Him and instead threw Him on the floor with the corpses and danced over Him.