Glorious Light Show Tribute to Christ on Empire State Building
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I fibbed. That would never happen and you know it.  What actually happened, in August of this year, is that the Hindu goddess Kali, the goddess of Destruction, shone forth from the Empire State Building, the most iconic building in all of New York City:


I hadn't heard about this. Just found out about it a few minutes ago. It's Snopes-verified.

Who is  Kali?  From About.com's section on Hinduism:

From About.com Wrote:

Who is Kali?

Kali is the fearful and ferocious form of the mother goddess. She assumed the form of a powerful goddess and became popular with the composition of the Devi Mahatmya, a text of the 5th - 6th century AD. Here she is depicted as having born from the brow of Goddess Durga during one of her battles with the evil forces. As the legend goes, in the battle, Kali was so much involved in the killing spree that she got carried away and began destroying everything in sight. To stop her, Lord Shiva threw himself under her feet. Shocked at this sight, Kali stuck out her tongue in astonishment, and put an end to her homicidal rampage.

Hence the common image of Kali shows her in her mêlée mood, standing with one foot on Shiva's chest, with her enormous tongue stuck out.


The Fearful Symmetry

Kali is represented with perhaps the fiercest features amongst all the world's deities. She has four arms, with a sword in one hand and the head of a demon in another. The other two hands bless her worshippers, and say, "fear not"! She has two dead heads for her earrings, a string of skulls as necklace, and a girdle made of human hands as her clothing.

Her tongue protrudes from her mouth, her eyes are red, and her face and breasts are sullied with blood. She stands with one foot on the thigh, and another on the chest of her husband, Shiva.


Awesome Symbols!

Kali's fierce form is strewed with awesome symbols. Her black complexion symbolizes her all-embracing and transcendental nature. Says the Mahanirvana Tantra: "Just as all colors disappear in black, so all names and forms disappear in her". Her nudity is primeval, fundamental, and transparent like Nature — the earth, sea, and sky. Kali is free from the illusory covering, for she is beyond the all maya or "false consciousness." Kali's garland of fifty human heads that stands for the fifty letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, symbolizes infinite knowledge.

Her girdle of severed human hands signifies work and liberation from the cycle of karma.

Her white teeth show her inner purity, and her red lolling tongue indicates her omnivorous nature — "her indiscriminate enjoyment of all the world's 'flavors'." Her sword is the destroyer of false consciousness and the eight bonds that bind us.

Her three eyes represent past, present, and future, — the three modes of time — an attribute that lies in the very name Kali ('Kala' in Sanskrit means time). The eminent translator of Tantrik texts, Sir John Woodroffe in Garland of Letters, writes, "Kali is so called because She devours Kala (Time) and then resumes Her own dark formlessness."

Kali's proximity to cremation grounds where the five elements or "Pancha Mahabhuta" come together, and all worldly attachments are absolved, again point to the cycle of birth and death. The reclined Shiva lying prostrate under the feet of Kali suggests that without the power of Kali (Shakti), Shiva is inert.


Forms, Temples and Devotees

Kali's guises and names are diverse. Shyama, Adya Ma, Tara Ma and Dakshina Kalika, Chamundi are popular forms. Then there is Bhadra Kali, who is gentle, Shyamashana Kali, who lives only in the cremation ground, and so on. The most notable Kali temples are in Eastern India — Dakshineshwar and Kalighat in Kolkata (Calcutta) and Kamakhya in Assam, a seat of tantrik practices. Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Vamakhyapa, and Ramprasad are some of the legendary devotees of Kali. One thing was common to these saints — all of them loved the goddess as intimately as they loved their own mother.

"My child, you need not know much in order to please Me.
Only Love Me dearly.
Speak to me, as you would talk to your mother,
if she had taken you in her arms."

And all the kewl people go "awesome, man!" and run out to buy pictures of her to hang on their walls. All while mocking Christians' love for our Mother, the Mother of Christ, the God-bearer, the woman who is blessed amongst all women and who reigns as our Queen in Heaven. Putting an image of her or her Son on the Empire State Building would've brought out legions of atheists and Jews, angry at the affrontery to the non-existent (in the way they think of it) "separation of Church and State."  But an image of the demon Kali? Just fine! 

Go figure.

They can have Kali; I'll take our true Mamma.

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:puke:
"Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.” --G.K. Chesterton
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(11-19-2015, 06:15 AM)Jacafamala Wrote: :puke:

I think about sums it up...
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where's the atheist wing nuts on this one?  Can't say "one nation under God' but you can put a light-show "goddess' on a building?  what - no protests? no separation of church and state idiots?
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To people today, gods are like comic book characters. Just pick the ones you think have the coolest powers or the most attractive costume.
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The guy who owns the Empire State Building today is a radical homosexual so dont expect any good from him.
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#7
If the lights were depicting Jesus, there would have been enough complaints to get them shut off.
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That's pathetic. I guess we don't have to wonder why the Greeks who were so smart were so imprisoned by these filthy gods.
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I wonder if anything can be done about this? Find myself wondering about the need for coalitions between traditional/orthodox Catholics and conservative Protestants. In a place like NYC, I guess that doesn't count for much. But wonder if much more can and should be done along these lines elsewhere (and in NYC, of course!)

Raising awareness is the first step, anyway. Thanks, Vox!
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