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Product Details

  • Series: Sword of the Goddess (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: SRV Associations; 2 edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891893041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891893049
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Babaji has written a book, the immediate impact of which in every sense of the word is inward." -- Professor Shivaramkrishna, Nectar of Non-Dual Truth, Summer 2001

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Eternal salutations to Sri Durga, to Sri Kali, the boundless ocean of spiritual Wisdom who is the Divine Mother of the Universe. This ever-present Goddess epitomizes both the bliss of unlimited Awareness and the enthralling play of universal projection. She manifests countless beings abiding in an infinite set of worlds, seen and unseen, gross and subtle, hidden and exposed. Her existence is confirmed by the holy scriptures, for She is perceived intellectually by means of the Six Darshanas, Her perpetually flowing streams of eternal spiritual knowledge. She is approached and contacted by the devotees through intense sadhana, spiritual disciplines prescribed by the guru, and She is accessible through contemplation and meditation. Ultimately, She is realized as the essence of limitless Consciousness, infinite, indivisible, all-pervading and absolute...

The Twenty-Four Aspects of Mother Kali, then, represent in book form an attempt to remind humanity of their divine parentage, of their divine nature, of their source of origin. It is hoped that those who are still asleep to this supreme verity called the Divine Mother of the Universe will have their inherent spirituality awakened; that those who have fallen into complacency or despondency will have their commitment to this nondual Truth of existence rekindled; that those who are already abiding in this Truth will further exult in this sublime Essence of pure Being and continue to spread the pure light of Timeless Awareness to all inhabitants sporting consciously or unconsciously in the boundless ocean of the Universal Mother’s ineffable Grace.


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Babaji is Spiritual Director of SRV Associations and editor of Nectar of Nondual Truth, a journal of universal philosophical & religious teachings. He holds a dual spiritual heritage via initiation into the Ramakrishna lineage and Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism, and is the author of Twenty-Four Aspects of Mother Kali; The Avadhut; An Extensive Anthology of Sri Ramakrishna's Stories; Ten Divine Articles of Sri Durga, Reclaiming Kundalini Yoga, and more.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2012
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I love this book because Babaji Kindler really breaks down the symbolism of the Goddess Kali. I fully intend to buy his other books in the Sword of the Goddess series. To me, Hindu deities have always been mysterious and unfathomable to the western mind because no one took the time to explain why they stood in such particular poses with their hands in particular mudras (positions) holding particular items, etc. One had to read all the classic Indian literature to discover their stories, and many times these books have been poorly translated into English.

In Twenty-four Aspects of Mother Kali, Babaji Kindler really helps the reader focus on every single aspect of the Divine Kali from the base of her feet right to the top of her crown and beyond. Each symbol that is included in the traditional images of Kali is defined and described in such detail that I find myself reading a single chapter and then having to put the book aside so I can really absorb he deep meaning of what I have just read.

The writing itself is excellent and polished and makes me want to keep reading. The book is geared toward western understanding. It comes with a glossary of Hindu terms in the back in case the reader is unfamiliar with a term that is not fully defined in the text. It is interspersed with appropriate quotations from poets writing about the Mother Kali.

Even if one does not wish to worship the Divine Goddess, this book is vastly useful to western students of Indian religious culture. If one does choose to worship the Goddess Kali, then this book will definitely bring you closer to her, allowing you to focus on one aspect at a time and really get to know her full story as the Divine Mother of the Universe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sivakumar Patibanda on November 29, 2010
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Twenty-Four Aspects of Mother Kali

"Twenty-Four Aspects of Mother Kali" is an outstanding work from someone who seems to have personally "experienced" the Universal Mother. This book contains the essence of many of the ancient texts on Shakti/Kali worship in India. The author reveals the hidden meaning behind the imagery and metaphor of the popular Hindu Goddess while describing many of dimensions of the Mother simply and directly thus exposing us to the core of Mother Kali worship.
This book is useful on three levels:
1. It provides basic appreciation level information to the casual or curious reader.
2. To a beginner devotee it provides meaning behind some of the symbols associated with the Universal Mother.
3. To a practicing devotee it provides food for contemplation and inspiration.

"Twenty-Four Aspects of Mother Kali" is an invaluable resource for those who do not understand Sanskrit or any other Indian language translation of Indian scriptures on the subject.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan Pease Banitt on September 4, 2005
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This book really helped me to connect with Ma Kali and begin to understand the multitude of symbology around her form and history. I recommend this book to anyone who feels a connection to Divine Mother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ubalu on January 9, 2013
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Goddess Kali has been part of the Indian religious tradition for thousands of years. She is mentioned in the ancient books. In the last 2000 years, the famous worshippers of Goddess Kali are the great poet Kalidasa, and the saints of Ramakrishna Ashram. Goddess Kali is benevolent as well as fierce. The State of West Bengal and her big city Kalicut (Calcutta) are well-known for Kali worship, even though all of Asia worships Her. This book is written so well it is accessible to Westerners. The symbolism of the many aspects of the Goddess is explained very well. Great author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roger campbell on November 22, 2013
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This book was like experiencing the clarity of putting on seeing eye glasses after stumbling about in a dim lite library for 42 years searching for answers on how to heal after losing ones mother at the age of 7....Layers of confusion and suffering revisited during this injection of healing philosophy has clearified up reality of death in relativity by illuminating wisdom truth....I have a mother and her name is Kali!!.....:)
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