Ma Kali Mantra 108 X Meditation Practise Beginning with one OM – followed by 108 times chanting:
ॐ हरिं श्रीं कलिं अद्य कालिका परम् एष्वरी स्वा:
OM HRIM SHREEM KLIM ADYA KALIKA PARAM ESHWARI SWAHA
This mantra is commonly translated in English as:
‘O Kali, my Mother full of Bliss. In Thy delirious joy Thou dancest, clapping Thy hands together! Thou art the Mover of all that moves in thy world.’
MOTHER OF FULL BLISS
Before we dive into this powerful practice, let’s learn a little more little more about Kali and why one would want to align energies with a force recognized by most in the West as “dark”, “ferocious” and “intimidating”.
KALI: also known as Kālikā (Sanskrit: कालिका), the mother of compassion, protector and a fierce force of Nature, Kali is the destroyer of the negative aspects of ego; she offers us the powers of destruction, transformation and surrender to the Divine.
Kali is the Hindu Goddess most commonly recognized as the uncompromising aspect of Durga/Parvati who embodies the primal force of LOVE that destroys ignorance and liberates us from evil. The severed head she holds represents the death of the ego and the sword represents Divine Knowledge – the only way to break the ignorance away that possesses us in darkness.
The name Kali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Kala” meaning “time”. Therefore she represents and reminds us of the great cosmic cycles of Life known as: Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation and Destruction.
Kali wears a garland made of human heads (108 or 51), which represent as Devanagari – the Garland of letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. (Devanagari is a compound of “deva” देव and “nāgarī” नागरी. Deva means “heavenly or divine” and is also one of the terms for a deity in Hinduism. Nagari comes from नगरम् (nagaram), which means abode or city. Therefore, Devanagari denotes from the abode of divinity or deities.) Hindus know that Sanskrit is a language of the Divine, and each of these letters (heads) represent a form of energy, or a form of Kali. Therefore, Kali is generally seen as the mother of language, and all mantras.
This mantra is said to be a very powerful invocation. It is said this Kali mantra will accelerate one’s spiritual growth; however, one should be aware that change does not always come in the way the “small self” wishes. Invoking change from the Divine is to ask to be aligned with our Truest Self and Soul Purpose – often, the very things we avoid are what we are being called toward… When called by the vibrations of her mantras, Kali responds with a direct power that cuts through egoic attachments of illusion and delusion.
The mantra we are working with acknowledges that Kali is the MOVER of ALL that moves – such is the power of LOVE.
Indeed, KALI possesses and awakens the Shakti force within those who love and appreciate her tenacity for Truth and Fierce LOVE. Kali possesses, demonstrates and awakens within each of us her three SHAKTIs:
Kundalini Shakti (the power of spiritual electricity);
Kriya Shakti (the power to creatively affect the universe);
Iccha Shakti (the power of will that personally compels our physical movements and actions).
Although Kali values “effectiveness” before “gentleness”, in her responses to our calls, amidst some of the more challenging effects she creates, Kali is a repository of great compassion and can be called upon to give us the strength to face any and ALL challenges. We can trust that Kali will not give us more than we can handle and in doing so, may learn to TRUST OURSELVES.
Working with this mantra for 30 days is an alchemical process unique to each who choose to embrace the power and co-create with ShaktiKali. FIERCE LOVE and INFINITE COMPASSION
Not counting the Om at the start, this is also known as “the Great Fifteen-Syllable Mantra”. One should only use this mantra if one is prepared for results.
From personal experience, I can confirm the power of this mantra to accelerate physical change and spiritual growth! However – Goddesses, in any form – do not appreciate being “used” only when we “think” we “need” something. Therefore, if you wish to experience the true magic and power of working with a Goddess, it is important to build a relationship. As you cultivate a deeper connection and understanding of Kali, energy is exchanged and integrated in a much more intimate way as you come to recognize and rise the Divine Kali within you!
Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
You may choose to make offerings to Kali before and after your practice, acknowledging the Divine forces and the power of FIERCE LOVE we all hold within to affect change in our worlds.
You may choose to create a small altar to Kali where you can place your offerings and connect to her essence.
Find out a little bit more about Kali and spend some time meditating with the ancient images depicting her manifest form.
You may explore countless Kali honouring traditions, sadhanas and mantras to further your connection.
Infinite ShaktiKali blessings and LOVE on your journey!
Jai Sri Kali Ma!
If you tried the mantra and worked with it, please share your experiences and reflections in the comments!