Kali the Goddess: Gentle Mother, Fierce Warrior
Frequently she is called Kali the goddess of destruction. But she destroys only to recreate, and what she destroys is sin, ignorance and decay. She brings the death of the ego as the illusory self-centered view of reality. The ego sees Mother Kali and trembles with fear because the ego sees in Her its own eventual demise. A person who is attached to his or her ego will not be receptive to Mother Kali and she will appear in a fearsome form. A mature soul who engages in spiritual practice to remove the illusion of the ego sees Mother Kali as very sweet, affectionate, and overflowing with incomprehensible love for Her children.
Kali comes from the Sanskrit root word Kal which means time. There is nothing that escapes the all-consuming march of time. She is beyond time and space. After the destruction of the Universe, at the end of the great cycle, she collects the seeds of the next creation. She destroys the finite to reveal the Infinite.