Who is the Kali of the Yuga?

Right at the time of his birth Kali carried an Upaasthi (a small bone) and his entire body complexion was sooty and dark. This huge-being, with a terrible tongue and an obnoxious smell about his entire physique, chose gambling, liquor, woman (prostitutes) and gold as his permanent abodes. ~ The Kalki Purana

Often it is presumed that Kali, the fierce aspect of the Vedic Goddess, is the divinity ruling over the Age of Iron.

Kali Goddess of Time – Abhishek Singh Art

Not so. Our ferocious and merciful Mother has been much maligned. Her role, far from demonic, is in fact that of demon-slayer.


The Kali Yuga is instead the age of Kali, a demon born in different eras as Ravana ( the bad guy of the Ramayana tales) and Duryodhana.


Kali, the Goddess, is spelled and pronounced Kālī, with long vowel sounds. It is the feminine form of Kāla, a name for Shiva.

Kali the demon  - in contrast - is a snappy-sounding word. 

The demonic Kali takes his name from the Sanskrit root kad which means to “suffer, grieve, hurt, confound, or confuse”. (Gwendolyn Taunton, see Source below)


Some legends say that Kali, the demon, was formed from that portion of the poison, generated by the churning of the oceans, that Shiva did not drink. Others say that Brahma brought Kali into being to fulfil the pralaya (Dissolution) of the last age, and to usher in the age of iron.


Kali  incarnated when Krishna left the earth. Krishna is an avatar of Visnhu. And Kali will remain on his stampede through the ages, until Vishnu incarnates again in his future avatar known as Kalki, at which time a new Golden Age will commence.


Kali ~ The name of the worst throw in dice, and of the worst of the four ages of the world, personified as a powerful evil being. (Wikipedia)


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  • The Kalki Purana describes him as a huge being, the color of “soot,” with a large tongue, and a terrible stench. ...a kind of Filthy description  for Kali

    but interestingly  :

    The name 'Kalki' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'kalka' (Devanagari: कल्क) which means Sediment or Filth. So, the name "Kalk"+"I" means "Born in (or from) Sediment/Filth'

    Kalki Purana
    The Kalki Purana (Sanskrit: कल्कि पुराण Kalki purāṇa) is a prophetic work in Sanskrit that details the life and times of Kalki, the tenth and final o…
    • Oh. Cool. I hadn't looked up the etymology of Kalki. Makes sense though.

      Quote about the arrival of Kalki (note Hari and Kesava are fond names for Vishnu)..

      0 Kesava, O Hari, who have assumed the form of Kalki! You appear like a comet and carry a terrifying sword for bringing about the annihilation of the wicked barbarian men at the end of the Kali-yuga. 
      [ Sri Dasavatara Stotra, 10th Sloka]

      I thought I would put in the list of Vishnu's avatars, the dashavatara, dasa meaning ten. They all have interesting stories attached to them in the mythologies, though the ones people might be most familiar with are Krisha, and earlier tales of Rama (and Sita and the forest etc.) from the Ramayana. One of the interesting things I have noticed about the avatars is they include ...hmm...not reptilian in the perjorative sense, but at least the Tortoise is a reptile, and there is first a fish, a aquatic being (our gills in the womb). Then Tortoise / Reptile. And then the avatars move through pure animal - boar, to half human half animal Narasimha, and then it is a stunted form of human, the dwarf avatar, then it is a war-like human, then priestly and princely noble avatars, and related avatars, then Buddha who has gone beyond caste and status, is almost ethereal, and will finally be Kalki, who I have not thought that much about yet. So there is this progression that mirrors our possible evolution, or at least the evolution of our soul essence. Anyways, here are the list of avatars, with Nina Paley's thumbnail illustrations of them. I like her work, Sita Sings The Blues is an awesome piece of animation.


      Matsya The Fish


      Kurma The Tortoise


      Varaha the Boar


      Narasimha the LionMan


      Vamana The Dwarf


      Parashurama The Axe Wielding Brahmin


      Rama The King


      Krishna The Cowherd Prince


      Balarama, Krishna's Brother




      Kalki, the Future Avatar

      Kalki is supposed to manifest in the village of Shambhala. This is not the same Shambhala (in my opinion, so take it for what that's worth!) as depicted by the Theosophists. It is described in the Kalki Purana as being a very beautiful place, 

       ''The entire village of Shambhala, which was as good as the heavenly planets, appeared very beautiful with its assembly houses, gates, raised platforms, and flags flapping in the breeze that has been placed here and there. Anyone who gave up his material body in Shambhala was freed from all sinful reactions and awarded shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Kalki. Thus, the village of Shambhala, which was profusely decorated with blooming flowers, pious trees, forests and gardens, became a holy place that granted liberation from material existence."

      And even though Roerich was very influenced by the theosophists and Blavatsky, here is his image of Kalki emerging from the mountains, on his white horse, in a cloud like form..

      Nicholas Roerich: Kalki Avatar (1932)

    • Quote about the arrival of Kalki (note Hari and Kesava are fond names for Vishnu)..

      0 Kesava, O Hari, who have assumed the form of Kalki! You appear like a comet and carry a terrifying sword for bringing about the annihilation of the wicked barbarian men at the end of the Kali-yuga. 
      [ Sri Dasavatara Stotra, 10th Sloka]

      this is quite intriguing as many  other civilizations  associated sword and comet :

      Stunning Depictions of Ancient Comets That Scared the Hell Out of H...

      1527: The comet's "head like a bent arm, as if it had a sword in its hand and wanted to strike. And at the point of the sword there were three big stars and from the stars sprang a cloud-coloured stream, which was longer than the comet’s tail." - The Book of Miracles


      A sword as if about to strike, 1560.


      we know that the ancient Vedas were familiar with the Great Year  and all its astronomical relations ....

      When the sky was clear with moon and stars, it is said that Asi (sword) arose, emitting fire. As it arose, the earth shook and the oceans got disturbed. Displaying the sword in the sky, being intent on a battle, (Rudra) moved in various directions. For Asi, Krttika is the birth star; Agni (fire) is the godn Rohini is the gotran and Rudra is the teacher.

      as  Above so Below

      from: Comets in the Vedas

      Stunning Depictions of Ancient Comets That Scared the Hell Out of Humans
      Long-tailed stars and mysterious glowing fireballs from the heavens were among the biggest and most fearful mysteries for stargazing humans throughou…
      • thank you for mentioning

        Matsya The Fish

        Matsya (Sanskrit: मत्स्य, lit. fish), is the avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu in the form of a fish. Often listed as the first avatar in the lists of the ten primary avatars of Vishnu, Matsya is described to have rescued the first man, Manu, from a great deluge.....   following the fall of a Comet  maybe  or  the passage of a large celestial body  ....


        for a while i wanted to approach the subject of "beings of the water" but did not know how to go about it .....  will follow on  it soon

        for starter :

        Dogon Tribe - The NoMMos are also referred to as “Masters of the Water, “the Monitors”, and "the Teachers”.....  in Sumerian : NINAZU - Lord Knowing the Waters



        Sanskrit (IAST: Saṃskṛtam; IPA: [sə̃skr̩t̪əm]) is the primary liturgical language of Hinduism; a philosophical language of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhis…
        • Heh, coincidentally I was skyping on Sunday with a pal of mine in Bulgaria and she told me all about a book she is reading - Beyond Atlantis, by Frank Joseph, which apparently goes in to the aquatic ape style theory. Since then I discovered Frank Joseph is a reprehensible sort, a Neo Nazi with pedophile predilections so I'm gonna completely ignore him. Still the theory is obviously out there.

          Instead I will link to Thomas Sheridan's recent video on the Dogon tribe, also coincidental since I just watched it before you mentioned Dogon. Thomas is a hard to decipher chap, grouchy, irritable, a grumpy bollox according to a friend of mine who met him. He lives in a town nearby me, and someday I intend to meet him to see what's his story. Underneath all the hatred for Abrahamic religions, his affection for casting spells and his artistic rage, I reckon he has a good heart. Haha, seriously! At least he is a determined contrarian, which I admire.

          • thoughtful minds are connected :)

            if you don't  mind i'll  move the discussion here :

            Reality is Stranger than Fiction .....

            so  as to keep the kali talk on the subject

            Reality is Stranger than Fiction .....
            put on your suit .... grab your Mind Board here comes a few observations ( Patterns ) that made me ponder or  flow .... ps feel free to offer your o…
  • Funny I have managed be to brainwashed into thinking all this Kali business is about a evil female goddess.Thanks Spielberg and G.Lucas..

    3029671?profile=originalKali Ma Shakti Te...

  • Sanskrit means "hidden dream" in slavic which is very related to Sanskrit.
    Kala resembles the term Kolo which means "people gathered in a circle"....or connotes "circular movement or form".
    Kali has some resemblance with Koliko...which literally means "how much" and is a question of amount.
    Yuga has its resemblence to the word Jug which means South.However looking into older etymology Jug...Iug..iig and other similar forms connotes Yoke.Iug in Sanskrit which might be the root to Yug/Yog connotes "reconnecting"......joining...following.

    So today Kolo is usally used when talking about a bunch of people in a big circle dancing or following...joining together...
    I leave you be to ponder upon possible implications of this decoding information..
      • Yoga can take on meanings such as "connection", "contact", "union", "method", "application", "addition" and "performance"
      • Yehidah ( Hebrew יחודה) Literally "oneness" or "unity" or "union."

      kälä > gal-am=arise, climb up; Hu: kel =arise, cross over (sumerian)

      "Utterly fearless and uninhibited it is this consciousness that brings into manifestation and sustains the infinite variety of beings, from the creator to the blade of grass. It is ever dynamic and active, yet it is more inactive than a rock and is more unaffected by such activity than space." (Yoga Vashishtha - 5:23).
      Truth is one, sages call them by different names (RV 1-164-46)
      Exclusivism and Dualism

      We could think of an exclusive view as a circle. This circle is drawn around one, absolute, divinely-inspired tradition. Inside the circle is OK, and outside is definitely not OK. Truth is only in the circle. And likewise others do the same. We are left with a world of many circles. These circles are mutually exclusive.

      Exclusion is a theologian’s way of saying, “my way or the highway.” There is one absolute, uncompromising, and indubitable view of the world. This is 100/0 thinking. I have 100% of the truth; you have 0.

      So, let’s pause. That the exclusivist way.

      The inclusivist person, on the other hand, realizes that, at their core, religions share many principle teachings. Inclusivists focus on the point at the center of the circles, the core.

      "He is Allah, the One." ' (112.1)

      Yehidah,Yechidah,Jihad,Jehad,Yihad,Yah,Jah,Yehudah - Featuring GNU ;)
      “Scholars should endeavour to spread knowledge and provide education to people who have been deprived of it. For, where knowledge is hidden it disapp…
      • addendum:

        a-nun-gal (d) a-nun-ke-ne un galga sum-mu (Temple of the Anunna-gods possessing great power, which gives wisdom to the people)

        “un galga’ which can be interpreted as higher(un) wisdom(kalka).

        Kes Temple Hymn 9

        from The Assemblies in Sumerian and Dravidian

        The Assemblies in Sumerian and Dravidian - மரபு விக்கி
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