source: Kali, Black Goddess of Dakshineswar
by Elizabeth U. Harding
Kali in her seed mantra is KRIM. This mantra is a sound representation of the Mother. While the inner meaning of this mantra can only be understood in deep meditation, the word meaning is as follows: K stands for full knowledge, R means she is auspicious, I means she bestows booms, and M that she gives freedom. Through the repetition of her mantra, OM KRIM KALI, the aspirant's mind becomes divinely transformed and passes from the gross state of worldly affiars into Kali's subtle light of pure consciousness.
Kali in her yantra form is the Supreme Generative Energy in the central point, or bindu enclosed by three pentagons (actually five inverted concentric triangles), a circle and an eight-petalled lotus. While the triangle within the female deity's yantra points downward, it points upward within a male deity's yantra. But the bindu in the heart of the Kali yantra is in the same position as the one in the Shiva yantra. This symbolizes the oneness of the Supreme Female Principle with the Supreme Male Principle- Kali, as the energy aspect of material nature, is united with the Absolute (Shiva) for the sake of creation.
The Kali yantra above is both an object existing in the external world as well as a subject to be internalized within the human body. Kali is represented here as Prakriti, symbolized by the eight-petalled lotus, since she is the cause of material nature. The eight petals stand for the eight elements of Prakriti- earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect, and ego-sense- of which this phenomenal world is composed. The circle symbolizes the circle of life and death which we must pierce in order to reach the Absolute Reality. The fifteen corners of the five inverted concentric triangles represent the fifteen psychophysical states- five organs of knowledge (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), five organs of action (hands, feet, speech, organ of evacuation, and organ of procreation), five vital airs (prana-upward air; apana-downward air; vyana-air within the body; udana-air leaving the body; and samana-air at the naval which helps digest food).