“You see that lady bring her daughters to temple?” said lady one.

“Yes, I did. Can you believe that? What if all of dem start to play?” said lady two.

“That woman crazy! You come to temple to talk to Master to fix your problems, not for a family trip. Did you see some young kids running around in there? What if Master knock one of them down when he’s coming through the door?” replied lady one.

“Yes, it’s not like when you go to Mandir and ya know the children are safe,” lady two agreed.

There were so many things wrong with that conversation, I had to laugh. And I’ll explain why in this editorial.

Sitting on a New York City train listening to my fellow Guyanese, on their way home from kovil, can be heartbreaking to the point where you MUST laugh. No I’m not batting my ears, my people are loud! ūüėĬ†

We all have it in our nature to advise one another on the best possible path to take.

“Oh! Don’t take the BQE, it’s packed this time of day.”

“Oh! Don’t buy hassar from that west indian store, they keep their fish for years.”

“Oh! Don’t take young girls to Kali Church, dem go start play and then wha ya’ go do bai.”

If you are on public transit,¬†having a similar conversation on¬†your way home from Kovil, and the lady behind you starts to laugh real loud…she’s probably me.

Understand me, I’m not making fun of these people. Many of us Guyanese were raised in a way where we didn’t correctly understand Shaktism, or what is known as Madras religion in Guyana. Much of what we were taught was based on what others learned by word-of-mouth, teachings passed down from one pujarie to the next and ancestors’ traditions.

The first time I went to a Shakti temple, I didn’t take my children either.

My kids go with me every single time since that first time. Even when I don’t go, they go. Why? Because exposing my children to the greatness of Shakti worship¬†has put them on a path that I wish I was placed on how many years ago. These children of mine have such a deep love for the Divine Mother, that they make their choices based on what they believe Mother would want them to do. When they find themselves confused about a decision, they pray to her and ask for guidance.

It is sometimes truly heartbreaking to hear what others feel about Shakti worship. But it’s all due to just not knowing, to having to listen to people who don’t really know either.

If you’re wondering what was wrong with that conversation above, please read on as I try to break it down and explain in the hopes to enlighten those who have fallen prey to bad advice. I hope I can count on you to share this editorial with others so we can dispel the ignorance that makes so many fear the great Kali Ma.

I’ll also¬†share with you what you should truly fear about going to Kali Church. And no, this is not from word-of-mouth but from actual experience, from standing in attendance to our Divine Mother in multiple forms, discussing with other devotees their personal experience and from reading the¬†S‚Äôr√ģmad Dev√ģ Bh√Ęgavatam.

  1. “…What if all of dem start to play?” said lady two.

In order for a person to “play” aka offer¬†Arul Vaaku, they need a mixture of these ingredients to be in place:

  1. Balanced chakras, mainly from long experience with meditation and/or yoga.
  2. Active Kundalini. This is when Mother’s dormant power sitting in all of us is not-so-dormant anymore.
  3. The third eye to be open.
  4. Bhakti for Mother or one of her forms.
  5. Permission from yourself.
  6. Part of your karmic path.

Yes, some children do start to play from young, but this is because it’s in their karma to AND they have accepted the blessing to have the Divine Mother’s energy FULLY coursing through them. I have known parents to intercede and ask Mother to wait until the child is a certain age and she has agreed. Sometimes when a child is quite young, the reason their Kundalini has been activated is to heal their sicknesses.

2. “You come to temple to talk to Master to fix your problems, not for a family trip.”

This line of thinking is derived from two factors, lack of Shaktism from childhood and listening to others who also lacked Shaktism from childhood. I understand. I first went to temple with the intention of having my problems fixed. But what happens when the problem is fixed? Do you stop going? The answer to this question lies in the reason as to why you should fear going to Kali temple. I shall explain soon. Stay with me.

As for not being a family trip, if we can take our children to Mandir, why should we not take them to temple? I have heard Kateri Ma tell many people, myself included, that the family must join hand when they come to make offerings.

3. “What if Master knock one of them down when he’s coming through the door?”

I never did understand this. Are we truly taught in temple that Mother or any of her forms enter through a door?  Even worse, where do we get the nerve to say our Divine Mother, in any form, would hurt a child?

You just have to laugh.

I know that Mother will give you two swift cane lash if she has taken a vessel and finds your shoes in the “track” or the doorway, but I truly believe there’s a real reason for this pertaining to auspiciousness and people in general just haven’t asked why. I haven’t even asked why, I just do what Mother says. I know she always has my best interest.

4.¬†“Yes, it’s not like when you go to Mandir and ya know the children are safe,”

This right here is an example of judging a book by the cover. I understand, many people find those who go into trance and start dancing to be a little scary. I notice a divide in most temples, social circles of those who play and circles of those who do not play. Here’s something everyone needs to understand RIGHT NOW.

Everyone has the power to manifest for the Divine Mother and/or her other forms. 

We all come into this world with this power hidden.

Pujaries like to say that we are all Mother’s children. Mother will even refer to us as her child. But what is a child to a mother? A child is an aspect of that mother born into a separate vessel. Yet that child very much carries attributes from that mother. This is what we are in relation to the Divine Mother. We are manifestations of her. We all carry aspects of her, within our souls. We all came from her.

As for the safety of children… Mother/Master doesn’t hurt people.¬†People hurt people –¬†out of envy, because¬†of ego, due to misunderstandings and because of¬†money. Do not fear to take your children to Kali Temple. There is a bigger reason to fear Kali Temple.

It’s life changing. It’s soul changing.

Why you should fear Kali Temple.

People go to temple, they get help, they leave. Sometimes the help is temporary and those people return. But many people, don’t ever leave. Being in the presence of the Divine is life changing. If you’re afraid of change, then this is what you should fear about attending Kali temple. Change. Those who become devoted to the Mother in any or all of her forms, find that their thought process changes, their living situation changes, their environment changes, they lose those friends who are not good for them and gain those who can be. Those who become devoted find that they’re okay fasting half the week, they don’t mind not partying on the weekends, they research for anything and everything to read to help them learn more about our Mother and getting up earlier than usual to make time to pray and meditate upon the great Kali Ma is no longer a challenge. Your life changes. You invite abundance and happiness and blessings into your life. Change. THIS is the only reason to fear Kali Temple.

If you agree with me, I ask you to help me spread the word by sharing this editorial with friends and family. Let’s show people that they need not fear.

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2 Comments

  1. I think people are afraid of trance and the symptoms that go with it. I could be wrong but it seems like a topic very few address.

    • Sati

      I guess we should address it. LOL

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