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Sunday, December 05, 2004

who came first? mother or father?

kali statue with shiva
Originally uploaded by alxindia.
while we argue this out for another yuga, let's talk about Her saints...

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,, under 'golden statements,' you'll find his comment about the Divine Mother:

"Mother is Mother. She doesn't belong to any religion...."


  • At 2:22 AM, Blogger A One Girl Revolution said…

    Could you post more information about Yogananda for those of us who are not familiar with him. I just recently came across a description of a book he wrote about the second coming of Christ and wanted to know what you thought of it and what Kaleshwara thought of it?

  • At 6:57 AM, Blogger Alx said…

    hi, Jackie! hey, I'll add some stuff about Yogananda. he was one of the greatest saints of the 20th century -- and he spent most of his life in the U.S. a large part of his dharma (soul-mission in life) was to explain how similar the great scriptures of India (like the Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, etc) are identical in concept and philosophy to Christ's teachings.

    he wrote many books and gave a ton of lectures in the United States. his most famous book is his life story: The Autobiography of a Yogi. it's been published in many languages and has sold, like, a gajillion copies since it was first published in the early 1950s.

    most people I know who got seriously whacked by Indian spirituality credit that book as having inspired them first. it's a classic -- and also one of the most beautiful, luminous books I've ever read. for more information about Yogananda... I'm promise I'll write more soon, too.

    his book about Jesus has been waiting for publication (on his instructions) since the 1950s. someone's sending me a copy from the U.S. -- as a Christmas present!!!! I've been waiting to read it for years, am very excited.

    Kaleshwara has a very deep relationship with Yogananda and Yogananda's lineage -- which includes some heavy-duty saints, as well as Jesus.


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