➰ This is the Sri Yantra, one of the oldest and most powerful symbols. It's the Hindu symbol for Creativity and Enlightenment. It is conceived as a place of spiritual pilgrimage. It represents the cosmos at the macrocosmic level and the human body at the microcosmic level 〰each of the circuits correspond to a chakra of the body.
This mantra box contains one of the most powerful mantras, the "Om Namah Shivaya" - the mantra of Shiva, the Hindu deity who is know as "the Destroyer" and "the transformer", but also "the Auspicious One". It is a mantra for purification and deep and total tranformation. Some meanings of the mantra: "I bow to Shiva/ God", and " I honor the divinity that resides within me", and my favourite: " Infinite Spirit, Infinite Being, and Infinite Manifestation."
This 'Yonitrantric' figure of Kali in menstrual flux is like a handsome, well-carved sheela-na-gig. cf Ballinderry Castle It was, however, carved in the 17th century. Could the influence have travelled from Ireland to India ? Kali is the (currently impotent!) goddess-challenger of demonic testosteronic madness. Similar wooden figures of the 17th and 18th century depict goddesses giving birth.
Shakti is the Goddess or cosmic feminine force and is generally translated as power. Whereas the God or cosmic masculine force is worshipped as SHIVA, meaning peace, SHAKTI is the power of peace. It is not power born of violence or aggression. It is power born in passivity, in silence of mind, the energy which comes forth from the void, like life that comes forth from the womb. SHAKTI is not power which is asserted against something, but a power that enlivens everything from within.
Kālī is the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, shakti. She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga (Parvati). The name Kali comes from kāla, which means black, time, death, lord of death: Shiva. Since Shiva is called Kāla— the eternal time — the name of Kālī, his consort, also means "Time" or "Death" (as in "time has come").