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Rebirth

said on July 18th, 2015 filed under: Selections from Azriel Dancer

From Azriel Dancer . . .

“Crushed from without by overwhelming pressures, deep within her body, two of Daniel’ spermatozoa reached the corona radiata of two of Azriel’s ovum, penetrated the zone of pellucida, crossed the periviteline space, merged with the egg’s outer membrane, and were drawn into the inner cytoplasm where, illuminated for the briefest instant by an subterranean blue radiance, they began the secretive entwining of male and female chromosomes.

"Rebirth" painting by Sheryl Karas

The resulting zygotes, fraternal twins, would bear the legacy of their preternatural creation. Azriel’s children would be celebrated as the first daughters of the Kali Yuga apocalypse.

Azriel knew none of this, and would not discover for many weeks that she was pregnant. She was aware only that the mysterious fluxes around her were fading away, the waves of sensation growing further apart and softening with each pulse. When the vibrations stopped altogether Azriel and the bewildered farmers of Shiva Puri picked themselves up from behind the rocks where they had been hiding.”

Painting of “Rebirth” courtesy of Sheryl Karas

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Kali vs. Kali vs. Kalki

said on July 16th, 2015 filed under: Hindu mythology

Kali vs. Kali vs. Kalki

It’s easy to get confused.  The Goddess Kali is pronounced with both vowels long: Kaaaaah-Leeeeee.   She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga, and in some cosmologies depicted as the wife or consort of the god, Shiva.   Her name means “Time” or “Death.” She is the Goddess of Time and Destruction, charged with devouring human sin and ego, fearsome mouthfuls, indeed.

Kali

The Goddess Kali

 

The Kali of the Kali Yuga is pronounced with both vowels short: Klih,  from the root verb kad, “to suffer, grieve, hurt; confound, confuse.”  This Kali is the King of Demons.  He is charged with bringing about the Apocalypse.  Kali Yuga means the “Age of Kali” also called the “Iron Age” or the “Last Age of Humankind.” It is the last of the four stages of the world as described in Sanskrit scripture.

Rakshasa

Kali, Demon King of the Kali Yuga

 

The Demon Kali  is the reigning lord of the Kali Yuga and the archenemy of Kalki the 10th and final incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

Kalki

Kalki, the Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

It is said that towards the end of this Yuga, Lord Kalki will return riding on a white horse to do battle with the demon Kali. The world will suffer a fiery end that will destroy all evil . . . and a new age will begin.

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Daughters of the Kali Yuga

said on July 9th, 2015 filed under: Overview

When Azriel Burke-Kucinich, temple dancer of Shiva Puri (the last great hippy farm and tire center) teams up with Corporal Maxine Flythe, displaced woman Marine with a chip on her shoulder, the Apocalypse doesn’t stand a chance. Spanning fifty-one years and four generations of mothers and daughters and granddaughters, the four books of the series titled Daughters of the Kali Yuga, draws inspiration from the gods and demons of Hindu mythology. From the darkest corner of the Indian Otherworld, Kali, World Eater, Lord Enormity of the Rakshasa, (think Loki meets Hannibal Lector) closes in on Azriel and Max. The Demon King knows that these two women are all that stand between him and his sacred goal—the utter destruction of humanity.

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