The fiercest and most destructive manifestation of Shakti is thought to be Goddess Kali. She had four arms, a dark skin, and crimson eyes. She has a sword (khadaga) in one hand and a demon’s head that has been severed off in the other. The other two hands are holding up a benediction for Her followers. This aspect of the Goddess is even more terrifying and divine because she also wears a garland made up of the heads of the demons she has destroyed. You’ll notice that, in addition to Her intimidating appearance, the Goddess always has her tongue out. The fact that the Goddess is depicted walking over Her husband, Lord Shiva, in this scene is crucial.
This incident where Goddess Kali stepped over Lord Shiva has an intriguing backstory. So, are you interested in learning why Kali trampled Shiva’s chest? Continue reading: The Rakta Beej Story as recounted in the eight chapter of Devi Mahatmaya.
Once upon a time, Rakta Beej, an extremely potent demon, was endowed with the ability to replicate himself the moment his blood hit the ground. This blessing prevented the Gods from subduing the infamous demon. As a result, Shakti was called upon to vanquish the demon in the form of Goddess Durga. The Goddess charged at the monster while brandishing all of her weapons. However, the demon kept growing after She struck him with Her sword, causing his blood to fall to Earth. The pools of blood that plummeted to Earth produced Rakta Beej’s enormous armies. This infuriated the Devi, who assumed the ferocious form of Kali.
Then, using a sword, she proceeded to vanquish the monster. She would kill every demon and promptly ingest his blood. She soon defeated the entire Rakta Beej army, leaving only the genuine Rakta Beej. Then She killed him and drank all of his blood till he was rendered dead. After this occurrence, it is stated that the Goddess developed a blood thirst and became insane. When she began the dance of destruction, she lost track of the fact that the demon had already been dispatched. After that, she continued to kill innocent people. When the Gods noticed this, they were quite concerned and went to Lord Shiva for assistance. At this point, only Shiva possessed the ability to halt Kali.
Lord Shiva proceeded to where the Goddess was dancing and sat down among the dead people. Kali accidentally walked on Shiva, but she quickly realised her error. Immediately after, she stopped being upset and her tongue came out. She felt guilty that her bloodlust had made it impossible for her to recognise her own spouse. As a result, the damage was stopped and She returned to Her previous shape. Shiva’s position at Kali’s feet is another representation of how nature rules over humanity. It demonstrates unequivocally that Lord Shiva, a tremendous force, is dormant without Kali or Shakti. Kali is shown as stepping on Shiva’s chest as a result.
The lesson to be emulated from this story is that life can be controlled to the point where both life and death are entirely under your control; you can even take life apart and rebuild it. The Divine can even be killed and then revived. You are not attempting to impress anyone with this accomplishment. You want to have such control over life.
Prominent Indian sage Sadhguru describes the life lesson as follows You can’t do anything unless you have some level of control over life. Everyone has some level of life control. What else could you possibly do? How much you can do depends on your level of mastery. The image of Kali standing on Shiva essentially symbolizes having total mastery over the How much you can do depends on your level of mastery. the course of life. It implies that you can murder a God and then give him life again.
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