Mahakal and Mahakali represent wrath and serenity

Oct 1 07:10 2010 Yuga Rishi Shriram Sharma Print This Article

In daily parlance Mahakali is also called a Great Revolution. It is possible only via help of discriminative radiant divine souls. From the bodies of despairing demigods Prajapati gathered a little energy from each of them so as to create Durga.

God has varied energies. Their goal,Guest Posting methodology, nature etc too are varied. Many precepts present themselves while executing various activities of this inert/conscious world and also creating/destructing the same. Hence God classifies these powers for various functions and thus the world is managed optimally. This then is the mystery of Avatars. Time and again God’s divine energies incarnate on earth for overcoming mismanagement and fulfilling various requirements.

As time flows by things that were useful become useless. Although time moves by speedily objects, situations etc cannot keep pace with it. As a result they become withered and useless. Today’s freshly cooked yummy meal starts rotting in just 2 days. Cloth kept for a long time too starts tearing. Strong buildings fall down and the body ages with time. In the same way traditions, beliefs etc too lose their utility value. Society like a house not swept with a broom gets surrounded by undesirable taints. Under such situations the old and tainted has to be removed a replaced with neo creation. For this transformation God’s energy again and again incarnates. Of course ordinary tasks go on as before.

The energy that fulfills the task of time is called ‘Mahakal’. It transforms an entire era. It is also called Rudra. Transformation is generally ‘Raudra’ or terrible in nature. Hence Rudra’s activities too are painful. Via Tandav dance he manifests world annihilation. Via opening of his 3rd eye he burns to ashes all desires including sexual ones. In every part of his body one finds poisonous snakes coiled around. Fearful ghosts, Bhairav, Vaital are his army. What to say about his piercing weapon called Trishul. When he sounds his Damru (small drum) a storm brews in all directions. Such is the terrific Rudra deity who is the leader of era transformation. Behind this terrible fear lies the sentiment of world welfare. Hence on his scalp flows the nectarine River Ganges. The symbol of peace and serenity i.e. moon too is found here. The bull who symbolizes gentlemanliness, faith and goodwill is his vehicle. He neither allows poison to spread in the world nor does he completely gulp it. Instead he holds it in his throat so as to be called Nilkantha (blue throat). Such is Maharudra-Mahakal.

Mahakal’s presiding deity is Mahakali. Mahakal is a precept and Mahakali is the power that manifests this potential in action. The sun dwells millions of miles away from earth. Its rays are known to influence various stars, galaxies etc in interstellar space. If Mahakal is the sun, Mahakali is its rays. The fact maybe anything but its experience is of greater importance for us. Mahakal’s existence can be experienced by us only via Mahakali. Hence we call her ‘mother’. Mahakal no doubt is our father but we can contact him only via Mother Mahakali. No doubt in era transformation Mahakal’s desire and inspiration exist yet the credit for fulfilling this task definitely goes to Mahakali. In order to transform an individual, society and the world that Great Energy which time and again laughs dancingly, dances for world annihilation is called Mahakali who harbors an attitude of world well being.

In Puranas or mythology one finds tantalizing divine sports of Mahakali. When demonic forces ruled the roost, sins augmented, vileness grew like weeds and the balance of world society got marred so as to spread lack, discontent and hell like agitation Mahakali incarnated and challenged vileness. In that battle demons were single handedly overpowered by her. That lack of peace which manifests to ultimately spring forth peace is called Super Peace. She is called Durga meaning one responsible to convert hardships (Durg) into joy. This Durga Energy is Shiva’s (one who wishes everyone’s well being) wife. In marriage males are given more importance than females. But here this is not true. In Shiva-Shakti, Shakti reigns. In the word Siva ‘I’ is none other than Shakti. If ‘I’ is removed the word becomes Shava or corpse. In pictures of Mahakali, she is seen to dance on Shiva’s chest who is lying down on the ground. It means that from shiva’s bosom manifests zest, enthusiasm and energy. If Shiva were not to attain all this, he would remain a mere taintless witness-seer.

Mahakal incarnates time and again. In order to fulfill the mission of era transformation again and again he has taken up many garbs and performed many divine sports. His external forms varied but his inner goal was one viz. ‘paritranaya sadhunam vinashaya cha dushkritan dharma sansthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge’.

Mahakali’s role is to pacify Mahakal’s ire, render his bosom zestful and disallow his potential to diminish. Their combined task fulfills their mission as Avatars. In an electrical flow one pole is positive and the other pole is negative. If this balance were not there the wire would burn and the aim of the powerhouse would fail to succeed. Mahakal has to execute very terrible and fiery Rudra like tasks. Mahakali renders these tasks well managed, balanced, peaceful, serene and mobile. If this were not the case this Avatar would be very fiery and an explosion could take place. When Shiva’s first wife Daksha-Sati gave up her mortal coil there was a compulsive need to fulfill this void. As Uma she was reinstated.

In day to day parlance Mahakali is also called a Great Revolution. It is possible only via aid of discriminative radiant divine souls. From the bodies of despairing demigods Prajapati gathered a little energy from each one so as to create Durga. It was she who defeated demons like Madhu-Kaitab, Mahishasur and Shumbh-Nishumbh. Madhu-Kaitab means mental weakness, vileness and sentimental disarray. Mahishasur means political anarchy, vileness in leadership and misuse of power. Shumbh-Nishumbh means social and economic mismanagement. The world faces strife when there is imbalance of the above kind. In order to rectify this there is a need of thought revolution, political revolution and social/economic revolution. Via Mahakali’s dance and destruction/creation the desired goal of an Avatar is realized. Via this activity Mahakal’s desire is fulfilled.

It is very clear that the credit may go to Mahakal yet deep down it is Mahakali who is at work. In Tretayuga when it was required that demon Ravan’s vileness be uprooted Mahakal incarnated as Lord Ram. Ram played a major role. He executed many divine sports and thus replaced unrighteousness with righteousness. But those who visualize things subtly know who exactly was orchestrating all this? A second leadership was there behind the curtain. Kaushalya had filled Ram’s psyche with greatness. Kaikeyi created that situation. Although her task seems disliking and inapt yet she carried it out so that the Avatar could fulfill his mission. Else how could a very young princely Ram go to the forest, congregate monkeys/bears and go to a beautiful land like Lanka and destroy its center of demonic acts? Mahakali not as Kaikeyi but as Sita executed the desired task. By accompanying Ram in the forest Sita imbued his psyche with zest and by giving him separation made arrangements to complete the final chapter of a revolution. Sita was born from a pot which contained drops of blood of various Rishis. The credit for her return from Lanka goes to the monkeys. From this it is clear that revolutions cannot occur via lone efforts but that it is executed by a large group of individuals. How much did Sita contribute towards Ram’s glory, leadership and fulfillment of his mission? This can be gauged not grossly but only via a subtle vision.

When Mahakal incarnated as Lord Krishna in Dwaparyuga he was nurtured by the affection of Devaki/Yashoda, Kunti’s encouragement and blessings, Draupadi’s faith and Radha’s divine love. Radha and Krishna together are worshipped everywhere. Both loved each other dearly and from the soul standpoint had merged into each other. The balance of Shiva-Shakti too was because of this. Yet this love was sacredly divine. Despite appearing as husband-wife they were beyond lewd sexual lust. Rayan Ghosh was Krishna’s maternal uncle. Radha was Rayan’s wife. It is said that when Radha was getting married her groom Rayan Ghosh lovingly seated child Krishna in his lap. Even while circumambulating the Yajna fire he carried this child. From this it is clear that Radha was much older than Krishna.

It is not possible for a child to harbor sexual instincts. When Krishna left Mathura/Vrindavan, Radha continued to dwell there and at that time Krishna was 16 years old. Later he married many brides. His chief queens were Rukmini, satyabhama, Jambavati etc and he had other queens too. This then was his ordinary householder’s life. Mahakali incarnated as Radha. She imbued Krishna with so much strength that subtle seers proclaimed her to be Krishna’s wife and everywhere there were jointly worshipped. The role of husband-wife is very inspirational since it gives a lot of strength to one another and there is self surrender too. For this there is no need of sexual activities. In Radha Krishna’s life there was not even an iota of lust. If the Maharas with Gopi’s is viewed from a spiritual standpoint it is clear that it is to render the soul zestful. The undesirable wall constructed between males and females is rent asunder via Maharas. No doubt lewd sex must be obstructed but why stop the sacred union between males and females? This problem was solved by Lord Krishna via Maharas. Maharas is a great sentiment via which the incarnation of God became more radiant and powerful.

Meera yearned Krishna to be her husband and despite Krishna’s physical absence she attained that very intense sacred love which a normal happily married couple attain. In such divine love there is no need of bodily closeness.

Mahakal incarnated as Buddha. His mother like Madalasa had taught him a lot. Like King Gopichand’s mother had lovingly nurtured his bosom. In order to perform austerities for a certain time span Buddha had to leave his wife and son Rahul for getting solitude. But this state did not last long. Yashodhara by becoming his follower played the role of Mahakali. She took up the responsibility of awakening Buddha-hood in women and thus reaped amazing results. Buddha attained a lot of strength and what was lacking was fulfilled as Chandi. Ambapali was a world famous dancer but when her unconscious soul awakened she shed her dirty body. She surrendered her body, mind etc to Buddha and gave him wealth which was akin to Kubera’s wealth. Thus Tathagat got immense power. An ordinary person can never measure how much credit goes to Ambaplai’s self surrender for fulfilling the incarnation’s mission.

In the past few centuries such an illusion has crept in that women are storehouses of taints. The more someone hates her and stays away from her, the more he is considered a renunciate and ‘saint’. This philosophy is bang opposite to Indian culture. Indian religion is based on Varna-Ashram. The 4 Ashrams are Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. All 4 Ashrams include presence of females. In childhood a mother pours her affection lovingly. Sisters are companions. In married life, husband-wife self surrender and thus convert duality into non-duality. Even in Vanaprastha and Sanyasa a wife is ones companion. In ancient times Rishi-Munis along with their wives lived in forests so as to work for world well being. Right from Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh to other demigods, they all were married. It is sheer delusion to conjoin giving up women to spirituality. Yes! Her sexual enticement must be shunned. A person full of soul force can easily give up this tainted outlook. Very recently Mahatma Gandhi in his youth at the age of 33 years started looking at his wife very sacredly and without sexual inclinations. He looked upon Kasturba as his sacred companion and for their entire life lived with such pure emotions. The bond between Mahakal and Mahakali is never based on lust. Hence in the mission of an incarnation if we see the 2 wheels of a chariot moving in tandem there is nothing amazing about it. In fact it is natural and most required.

In the past 100 years Mahakal has incarnated in minor forms. He has played a great role in era transformation. Contemporary laymen can never measure contemporary human Avatars. The reality dawns much later. Jesus Christ while he was alive was very much harassed and oppressed. For his entire life he had only 13 followers and one of them tried to kill him. Now after 2000 years people revere Christ and 1/3rd of the world’s population have become Christians. Generally all prophets during their times have had to face insults, opposition, mockery and harassment. Hence in this century Mahakal who has incarnated is not being understood properly by the world. Yet the reality is this, that in the recent past, many extraordinary prophets full of soul force have incarnated and have amazingly laid down the foundation stones of era transformation. Along with these partial incarnations of Mahakal, Mahakali too has contributed a great deal and as always is working for establishment of righteousness in the world.

In these days amongst the partial incarnations for era transformation, Shri Ramkrishna Paramhans and Yogi Aurobindo stand out. Although both carried out different tasks yet they mutually supported one another. Both performed austerities and rendered the subtle world so influential, radiant and hot as a result of which radiant souls could take birth for era transformation. When we read past history it is clear that never before as has been seen in the past 100 years so many saintly people took birth. After Lord Buddha for the past 2000 years, saintly people’s appearance in this world had virtually stopped.

In order to overcome this there was a need of terrific spiritual energy which to a great extent was fulfilled by saints.

Shri Ramkrishna Paramhans imbibed Yoga of Devotion and Shri Aurobindo Yoga of Wisdom. Due to this light an upheaval took place in the subtle world. Thus a divine aura surrounded the psyche of everyone. Hence despite trying situations it was possible for India to attain political freedom. What seemed impossible before became possible. In their own way they performed austerities and created that atmosphere whereby so many great political leaders manifested.

Paramhans’ austerities aided manifestation of great leaders like Bankimchandra, Mahatma Malviya, Lokmanya Tilak, Gopal Gokhle, Justice Ranade, dadabhai Naoroji, Keshav Chandra Sen etc. in 1857 the famous Gadar war was fought in those days. At that time Tatya Tope along with Nana Saheb and Rani Lakshmibai fought so well that it helped induce the laymen’s psyche to yearn for freedom. So many reforming, religious and social centers took birth in these days.

Swami Vivekananda was Ramkrishna’s shadow. By giving the atheist Narendra a fair portion of his divine energy transformed him into Vivekananda. One day the young Narendra engulfed by dire economic circumstances approached Paramhans like other devotees for blessings. The latter sent Naren to Goddess Kali’s temple and asked him to pray to her. Narendra had gone to pray for wealth but as soon as he came face to face with Kali he prayed fervently: Give me wisdom, give me devotion, give me strength and peace. Apart from this I do not want anything. Kali gave him exactly that and this youth later became Swami Vivekananda. Once Paramhans gently kicked his chest and Naren entered a deep trance or Samadhi. At the time of death Paramhans transferred a lot of his soul power into this spiritual heir of his. On the basis of this power Swami Vivekananda rendered Indian culture enlightened, revered and re-awakened in alien countries. The knowledge attained by those who came in contact with Ramkrishna Paramhans is found in various books. On reading it we realize that he poured so much nectar in order to render the individual and world society great and advanced in stature. Not only via the speech of tongue (Vaikhari) but via speeches of Madhyama, Para and Pashyanti too, rendered the atmosphere with an aura of divine light. Vivekananda was like his mouth piece and it was he who churned the brains of Indian public.

The fount from which Paramhans attained energy was the 2 images of Mahakali. Yogini Bhairavi taught him secret occult sciences for 6 years. She made him execute extraordinary penance and thus emerged that potential which helped fulfill Mahakal’s mission. The 2nd image is his wife Sharda who with the serenity of her soul nurtured the psyche of Paramhans who was thought to be divinely mad. Both knew each other from past lifetimes. When the 4 year old girl Sharada saw Paramhans sing sacred songs she told her mother: This saint will be my husband. None paid heed to what she said at that time. Ramkrishna then turned into a youth. When talks of his marriage were going on he told his relatives: Do not waste your time; instead look out for my wife in Jairam Bati village. Go there and you will find my bride in Ramchand Mukherjee’s house. From the worldly social standpoint it is inapt that a 6 year old girl marries a 25 year old youth but the marriage took place in a very natural manner. In order to sire children, there is need of the age of husband and wife being similar yet in this case the marriage was meant only for soul uplifting and that it was closeness based on the proximity of the soul. Hence age of the couple was not of any consequence. Despite there being an age difference of 20 years they were true soul mates for their entire life. The girl Sharada and the elderly Paramhans lived for a long time in one hut. Their soul union was so blissful that not for a moment lust entered their minds. The gush of vital force calms down in the Rayi element that pervades the subtle world. Sharada came like a Goddess of Peace and by ceaselessly pouring divine affection on tha Great vital force Mahakal rendered his potential extraordinary. No doubt people mocked him saying: The sage has married and is living with his wife. But Paramhans ignored all this vain talk. He would say: This is Sharada, she is Goddess Saraswati. She has come to give wisdom. She is my divine energy.

When Vivekananda reached America for spreading divine culture Mrs. George, W. Hale and England’s Miss Noble helped a lot in his divine mission. Ultimately she became Vivekananda’s disciple, imbibed Hindu ideology and was christened Sister Nivedita. She surrendered her life span for Vivekananda’s mission and after coming to India lived as a mendicant to work for Indian culture. She also looked after Swami Vivekananda.

Mahakal’s second partial incarnation was in the form of Shri Aurobindo. For rejuvenating India’s culture he commenced a violent revolution but very soon he realized that for this great task soul force and not weapons were needed. Not only for himself but in order to awaken soul power in the entire world, performed penance in solitude in Pondicherry (India). A desirable effect was seen as a result. In summer when the air becomes hot cyclones erupt and it carries with it leaves, dirt etc on the ground high up in the sky. In the same way his austerities heated the subtle atmosphere and as a result ordinary people started manifesting rare leadership qualities. Even in laymen the sentiment of renunciation and sacrifice emerged and they manifested it in a big way.

In Aurobindo’s era so many era creators were born like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Chitaranjandas, Lala Lajpatrai, Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad etc. Annie Besant was an Irish woman but she played a dynamic role in attaining India’s political freedom. She spent her entire life in rejuvenating India. There was no dearth of great women like Sarojini Naidu who awakened people of India. Like the non violence movement India’s violent revolution too was great. Every child knows people like Virendrakumar, Rasbihari Bose, Shachindranath Sanyal, Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh etc. Shri Durgadevi nurtured India’s revolutionary movement with love and a powerful personality which is incomparable.

In order to understand Aurobindo’s great penance and mission France’s well known philosopher Paul Richard went to Pondicherry. He understood the importance of the mission and hence respectfully left his wife to serve this lone saint. This was an incomparable sacrifice on the part of Paul Richard. The very dutiful wife instead of leading a life based on physical union with her husband accepted the command to serve that Rishi like saint for world welfare and hence she started dwelling in Pondicherry. This great lady called Divine Mother looked after all mundane and mental needs of Shri Aurobindo and made sure that his terrific austerities remained unobstructed. Not only this, she gave up her all to serve Aurobindo Ashram and render the mission powerful. This then is a divine glimpse of the coexistence of Mahakal and Mahakali.

The faith and trust between Mahakal and Mahakali can be called a pair in the sensitive arena. Their terrific ireful form can be seen as agitation and revolution. Within the realm of sacrifice and service this very pair renders individuals great. In talented people they can be seen as discrimination and steadfastness. As character and affection they can be seen as civilized people. As valor and activity they represent world humanity. The main aim of this couple is to replace bad behavior with a wholesome one and imbalance with balance. Time and again, in order to fulfill this goal, this couple imbibes varied activities via their incarnations. Contemporary situations inspire them to carry out certain immediate functions. Hence although the goal of all their actions is to uplift saintly people and ward off vile people yet their functioning is varied.

No one is a messenger of God from birth itself. On some special occasion Mahakal and Mahakal make an individual their vehicle and via his/her body subtle powers carry out divine tasks. The activity of invisible powers can manifest only via visible instruments. Hence whenever they notice an apt personality they choose it. The preliminary life of Valmiki, Angulimal, Ambpali, Surdas etc was lowly. But when that Super Power entered them without delay their previous roles changed. Generally this is what happens. Many times ordinary people give up their old beliefs, aspirations and activities like a snake shedding its old skin and without paying heed to mocking and censure of so called near dear ones daringly take up the task of neo creation and era transformation. At that time know for sure that Mahakal and Mahakali’s grace is pouring on them. While landing on earth from heaven Goddess Sursara chose Lord Shiva’s matted locks as her vehicle. Time and again so many men-women fulfill the goal of these matted locks.

In the near future souls like Saptarishis, their wives, Shivi, Dadhichi, Harishchandra, Prahlad, Dhruv, angad, Hanuman, Bharat, Lakshman, Bhishma, dronacharya, Arjun, Bhima, Karna, Buddha, Mahavir, Gandhi, Dayanand etc will incarnate. Goddesses like Gargi, Maitreyi, Bharti, Kunti, draupadi, savitri, Anasuya, Mira, Lashmibai etc too will incarnate. With their cooperation the great mission of Mahakal and Mahakali will be realized.

The next 10 years are very dire and chaotic. Many types of strife will have to be faced by world humanity so that all will learn a lesson that a life full of wiliness, sense merriment, selfishness and vileness will not benefit anybody. These facts will be taught not via speeches but via bitter experiences. Thus nature makes arrangements for bitter lessons and harsh punishment for those who insist on behaving tainted. Such punishment will be meted out in the near future. Along with this that education and creative movement will be set rolling on the basis of which when the apt hour arrives required transformations will naturally take place.

Even at present Mahakal’s activities are going on appropriately. Today powers like Ramkrishna Paramhans and Yogi Aurobindo no longer exist. But their austerity energies will enter other bodies and fulfill the divine mission. Mahakali is helping her 9 Durga aides to incarnate. But it is not possible for contemporary people to recognize them. Today they will be looked upon as ordinary humans and like other divine messengers will be harassed and insulted. The foundation of era transformation is strengthening from within. Mahakal’s aspiration can never go unheeded. Mahakali is immersed in rendering creative and agitating task more intense. Within many radiant souls upheavals are taking place and by giving up lowly narrow mindedness daringly many men/women in order to fulfill Mahakali’s desire are imbibing her light. They will definitely march forward and will fulfill the historical task of neo creation.

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AUTHOR: Shriram Sharma Acharya founder of the International Gayatri Family was a great Yogi seer and incarnation of God who wrote volumes of scientific literature mainly on spiritual subjects for world welfare and peace. For more scientific e-books visit: and

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