THE RAPE OF KALI
shall drink up all the waters, causing a long period of droughtand famine. A great fire shall be blown across the Earth,incinerating everything in its path. Clouds that resemble herdsof elephants shall stampede across the sky. The fires shall bequenched by many years of rain; the world shall become onedead expanse of water except for a lone banyan tree uponwhich sets the Water Boy, Narayana, so named because hishome (ayana) is the water (nara). If we could fly into hismouth, we would see the whole Universe, the entire kingdomof the king of gods. The Water Boy is also called Brahma. In theKALI PURANA, Brahma worships his divine mother, Kali, whoappears a pitch darkness: she is the mother ship with big oarswho saves the suffering people from the Sea of Terrors:
"Thou art the Supreme Goddess of the people," saidBrahma. "Thou doth favor all of them. The world begins in theebut thou art without beginning. Thou art the cause of theUniverse but thyself art causeless. Thou alone doth cause theend of the entire world while thou hast no end." (2)
What more could Brahma possibly say about the Motherof everything? Everything could be said, for instance: "I offermy obeisance to Thee, who are the cause of emergence anddisappearance of the world, who art the embodiment of creation and existence of the world, the strength of themovables and immovables who is the eternal, and enchantressof all."
Kali is the ultimate source and reconciliation of heroffspring, Matter and Mind. After the great dissolution, whenthe Universe is resolved into her, she shall spin out the nextGolden Age, the age of Truth standing on all four legs; it shallbe an age of meditation, filled with verdant gardens, ponds,temples, as well as universities for the cultivation of brahmaniclore. We speak of the Golden Age where everyone andeverything is in the right place, an age of universal orderemanating from the mouths of Brahmins. As for evil people, donot worry about them, for it has been said that Kalki, aBrahmin King of kings, will appear on a White Horse, and, withBlazing Sword, he will exterminate them all. The color of theGolden Age is actually white, in contrast to the black hue of Kali Yuga. We also learn, from the Voice of the Silence, thatArjuna ("white") will somehow appear during the crucial crisisseated on the Transcendental Ark of Kali as it floats on the Sea