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In this namasankirtana, when we invoke the Goddess by reverently saluting her—kali durge namo namah—we welcome the liberating power of the supreme Shakti.
By chanting this namasankirtana with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, we celebrate the liberating power of the supreme Shakti, saluting her in her forms as the warrior goddesses Kali and Durga.
This chant is set in the Mand raga, whose characteristic melodic turns often appear in devotional songs and dances of North India. This raga conveys the rasas, or qualities, of love and lightheartedness.
Many different forms of the Goddess are worshipped throughout India. Each of these forms represents an aspect of Kundalini Shakti, the cosmic power that creates, sustains, and dissolves the universe and that lies dormant within us until it is awakened by the grace of Shri Guru.
Kali and Durga, the names of the Goddess invoked in this namasankirtana, represent the liberating and purifying aspects of Kundalini Shakti. Through the grace of Kundalini Shakti and our own self-effort, we gradually let go of the ideas, concepts, and behaviors that prevent us from experiencing the Truth: that we and the supreme Shakti are one and the same.