who came first? mother or father?
it's worthwhile to notice that all of history's greatest saints, regardless of tradition, are Kali worshippers -- whether they are blatant about it, or not. they all worship Mother Divine.
for instance, it's obvious from "Autobiography of a Yogi" that Yogananda was a strong Kali worshipper. he mentions Her all the time, in various stories and contexts. if he worshipped Her, then so did his guru, and his guru before him, etc.
other great saints who worshipped Kali -- Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, of course. also, Ramana Maharshi (many people are surprised by this, but he kept a Sri Chakra yantra buried under the very top of Arunachela, his mountain-guru, in India.) Shirdi Sai Baba. Lord Buddha (some accounts say that his 'mother's name was Mahamaya' -- Mahamaya being another appellation of Divine Mother...) Adi Shankaracharya. Jesus, too -- scholars are just beginning to entertain the idea that sages have known during the last 2000 years, namely, Jesus studied in India with great saints and gained his abilities in India.
anytime we're talking about an avatara, a supernatural soul (especially one who demonstrates miracles), they've had to have had a relationship with the Divine Mother in Her highest form. She is the creation, all of Nature (and all of the divine beings) are in Her. Yogananda alluded to this when he was explaining who She is, in Autobiography of a Yogi. but this means, practically speaking, if you want to access the mystery and the mechanisms of creation, you have to go through Her, the ultimate creator.
if you look at my teacher's website, www.kaleshwar.org, under 'golden statements,' you'll find his comment about the Divine Mother:
"Mother is Mother. She doesn't belong to any religion...."