Excerpt from Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-shape Our World by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate with permission … From the interview with Rev. Sandra Spencer:
In my adult years I discovered the Hindu Goddess, Kali-Ma. She is a triple Goddess that cares for birth, life and rebirth that women look to when they require strength and courage to face the challenges life brings to them. Kali is widely worshipped in India, and every village has their own version of the Goddess and her attributes. Kali has been openly worshipped by men and women for countless thousands of years and survived the centuries when many other gods and goddesses have fallen into obscurity. In fact, the myth of the Age of Kali is that time when women are recognized as equal to men, when the balance of the universe shall be restored, with women returned to the revered status they used to have centuries ago. I believe we are living in the beginning of this age as more of humanity becomes aware of life’s injustices and acts to right these wrongs.
Still, there is much work to do. We have hungry, homeless and desperately ill populations of men, women and children all over the world due to careless and incorrect political decisions usually made by men who do not care about the average person. Some people say this is “fate” and cannot be changed. A business deal made on a global basis may make a profit of billions for an elite few while leaving millions of people without shelter or food.
Sometimes these decisions close the doors of manufacturing and service industries, leaving hundreds, sometimes thousands, of hard-working men and women out of work, frequently in geographical areas where there is no alternative source of employment at that skill level. Many productive and useful lives are cast aside into the abyss of despair and loss due to greed and the all-consuming desire to attain more wealth. This destructive use of power must end because our world can no longer survive the disruption and destruction that continues every day in the name of profit. We are defiling our earth which is the only home mankind has.
Because of thousands of years of repression, some subtle, some not so subtle, our human race has become seriously out of balance with one half of the population subservient to the other half. Women have been relegated to the back of the bus for many centuries, though we can thank Rosa Parks and others like her for standing up for all women of every culture and color who were so downtrodden we did not even realize we were considered second-class citizens, just because of our gender.
Getting back to Kali, a source of hope to combat the aforementioned woes and injustices, she has been found all over the world in many ancient cultures and has been worshipped as a nurturing mother, a benevolent Creatrix and as a Mistress of Time. She is recognized as the cause of all change and development in the universe. In Hindu stories when she is needed to fight evil in any form, she appears and fights alone. If she requires assistance she turns to other females, never to men or gods, for it is the Feminine Aspect of divinity that will always prevail over evil in all forms.
Kali is usually seen with four arms. Her lower right arm bestows boons or gifts, and her upper right arm promises fearlessness and courage. Her upper left hand holds a sword to cut the thread of bondage, and the lower left holds a severed head, indicating the annihilation of ego-bound evil forces such as greed, or lust. Kali-Ma also wears a garland of fifty skulls; this represents the fifty letters of the Sanskrit language that she gave to mankind to facilitate communication, civilization and accumulate knowledge. Some images of Kali show her wearing a girdle of human arms cut off at the elbow; the arms represent the capacity of all work or action because Kali is the source of all energy and power in the Universe.
Kali has called to many women and men over the years to become her devotees and assistants in bringing the universe back into balance, beginning with humanity on this earth. Another often misunderstood aspect of the Goddess Kali shows her manifesting as the “destroyer” to reveal truth and restore balance to our world in the form of the Divine Feminine Spirituality that has been submerged in the chaos that is our world. Her followers understand it is sometimes necessary for something to end or die so that something new and better may take its place. The Goddess movement all over the globe is rapidly growing and promotes love, peace and equal justice for all persons. Some Goddess women and men are strongly encouraging all of us to use eco-friendly products, and to live our lives treading lightly on this earth as we strive to protect endangered land and sea creatures, along with conservation of dwindling resources. Death of the old ways, of greed, waste and destruction, must come to pass so a new way of life might prevail if this world is to survive and have a future.
Most of us have come to realize patriarchy – rule by a male-dominated society revering solely a male God – is not working for Mother Earth or most of the people on the planet. How do we counter beliefs that there is no option but the authoritarian father? How does society go about making a course correction? How do ideas that permeate every level of society from womb to tomb, boardroom to bedroom, voting booth to the workplace shift into a more fair, equal, and just world of partnership, sharing, caring and peace?
Those are exactly the questions discussed on the long-running radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine, hosted by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate in her show dedicated to the Sacred Feminine as deity, archetype and ideal. Never before has an internet radio show cast such a wide net to include so many voices whose ideals are in alignment with “sacred feminine liberation thealogy.”
If we can imagine it, vision it, and restore ancient truths swept beneath the rug and kicked to the curb by patriarchy, then we can manifest it! Hear solutions from these visionaries, scholars, wayshowers, foremothers and activists – women and men – dedicated to reshaping our world…
Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World by Rev.Dr Karen Tate is being published by Changemakers Books in November 2014. ISBN: 978-1-78279-510-0 (Paperback) £13.99 $24.95, EISBN: 978-1-78279-509-4 (eBook) £6.99 $9.99
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