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The Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Kali are all manifestations of Shakti, Shiva’s consort. These representations of Ma, the Divine Feminine, govern the world of forms, and each gives us tools to navigate the here and now of our daily lives. Durga is known for her “fierce compassion.” She rides a tiger and each of her ten arms carries a different instrument to deal skillfully and effectively with circumstances as they arise. Lakshmi represents abundance—material abundance, but also spiritual and emotional abundance. She helps us drop deeply into the knowledge of what we have, rather than what we lack. Through Lakshmi we remember to be grateful; we see that we already have enough. Kali is often represented in terrifying forms, with skulls around her neck and blood dripping from her mouth, but Kali’s ruthless warriorship is no random violence. With her sword, she cuts away fear, ignorance, and greed, the delusions that keep us from finding peace and joy within our lives, just as they are.
Shri Ma Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma!