Kālī - feminine form of kālam ("black, dark coloured"). Kāla means "time" and "black", being first creation before light itself. Kalika Purana depicts as "Adi Shakti" (Fundamental Power) "Para Prakriti", beyond nature. Conveys death, destruction, the consuming aspects of reality - a "forbidden thing". Transformation. Distillation of divine wrath into a goddess of salvation, who rids the sadhaka of ignorance & fear. Kali appears as a symbol of triumph over death.