“Janani janmakale cha kanyaka
Bharjya bhogay smprikta anta kale cha kalika
Ekeiba kalika devi biharanti jagatrayee”
The woman is a mother at birth. Wife, in enjoyment. A daughter in affection and at the end of this worldly journey She is the “Kali” in the form of nirvana or salvation. She is that same Kalika, the divine power, who is present there in all three worlds.
Kali, the goddess, is the symbol of the purest energy. She is the embodiment of unconditional, free, and uncontrollable energy. She is the Wisdom, the source of all knowledge. She is Shiva, she is power. She is the Purush, the man, she is the Prakriti or nature. She is both, she is powerful, She is beautiful. Like nature, she can create and destroy with the same ease.
Kali is the perfect feminist icon of today’s world. She is a completely free, uninterrupted wave. She is the embodiment of equality, rights, the freedom to live with dignity without anyone’s permission or condition. In short, she is the limitless power who speaks of liberation of existence, the knowledge that women of the present time need.
How can we forget that warrior Sita in “ ADVUT RAMAYANA’’? when Ram was defeated by Sahastranan Ravana ( Ravana with thousand heads ), it was Sita who not only descended on the battlefield in the form of Bhadrakali and faught against sahastranan Ravana, but killed him too. When Draupadi fell behind on the way to Mahaprasthan, Timirasur started teasing her. To protect herself from that Timirasur, Draupadi assumed the form of Kali, engaged in the battle against him and won that battle also.
Who were Durga, Kali, Sita, Draupadi or Savitri, we can explain that later to our society but before that let us feel and understand our own inner power?If we can’t get victory over those Ravanas or evils residing in our society and in our thoughts, all Diwali’s will remain incomplete and lightless.
So this Diwali let us accept it that I am not only Sairandhri but, I am also the Laxmi, the Sita. I am that shakti. I am, the Kali.
(The article is solely the opinion of the author. The views expressed here are solely personal and not in any way connected to any organisation or any political party )