Friday, July 29, 2005

The 1000 Names of Kali

Selections from the Sri Kali Sahasranama Stotram (1000 Names of Kali), translated by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, published in Kali Puja.

She Who Confronts the Forces of Duality

She Who Illuminates the Whole World Family

She Whose Forehead is Marked with the Vermilion of Love which Brings the Light of Wisdom

She Who Tears Apart Thought

She Who Dwells in All

She Who Creates

She Who Destroys

She Who is the Spirit of Illumination

She Whose Neck has Lines like a Conch Shell

She Who Has Disheveled Hair

She Whose Beauty Radiates the Light of Knowledge

She Who is a Young Girl

She Who is a Middle Aged Woman

She Who is an Old Woman

She Who is Beyond Age

She Whose Heart is Very Soft

She Who is the New Moon

She Who is Beyond

She Who is Hidden

She Who is Everywhere

She Who is the Beloved

She Who is the Intrinsic Nature of the Intoxicating Light of Infinite Love

She Who is the Energy that Pulls Beyond Fear

She Who Holds an Unusually Small Bell

She Who is the Life Force of the Flower Which is Born of Itself

She Who Always Moves with the Flowers of Light

She Who is the Enjoyer of Passion

She Who is the Mother of the Bliss of the Female Seed of Life

She Who is the Expression of All That Can be Expressed

She Who Causes Dissolution of the Subtle Body into the Causal Body [this is Shakta tantric lingo for the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, expressed in the syllable

You can listen to three characteristically energetic talks by the Swami about the 1000 names here or here.


  1. Great selection. Love "She Who Tears Apart Thought" and can identify with "She Who Has Disheveled Hair."

    These made me think of the blind men & the elephant -- how everything has so many pieces/names and yet is unified (within and among) -- and how the challenge is to not be myopic.