The world has an aspect of raw power and force that cannot be denied or avoided. The entire manifestation of life on earth results from the force of the sun’s power interacting with the earth. Weakness does not achieve the result. Similarly in the spiritual life, there is an aspect of power that is needed to bring about change and overcome resistance and obstacles, both within oneself and in the evolutionary process in the world. This aspect of the Divine Shakti is called Mahakali.
Sri Aurobindo’s description: “To knowledge she gives a conquering might, brings to beauty and harmony a high and mounting movement and imparts to the slow and difficult labour after perfection an impetus that multiplies the power and shortens the long way. Nothing can satisfy her that falls short of the supreme ecstasies, the highest heights, the noblest aims, the largest vistas. Therefore with her is the victorious force of the Divine and it is by grace of her fire and passion and speed if the great achievement can be done now rather than hereafter.”
Psychologically this force aids the seeker who is willing to open himself to the intensity. “There is in her an overwhelming intensity, a mighty passion of force to achieve, a divine violence rushing to shatter every limit and obstacle. All her divinity leaps out in a splendour of tempestuous action; she is there for swiftness, for the immediately effective process, the rapid and direct stroke, the frontal assault that carries everything before it.”
To the sincere seeker, Mahakali is the divine warrior, protecting and aiding the ascent. To those who oppose, she is the implacable enemy. “Terrible is her face to the Asura, dangerous and ruthless her mood against the haters of the Divine; for she is the Warrior of the Worlds who never shrinks from the battle.”
This force works to overcome the internal failings and resistance within the seeker himself as well: “Intolerant of imperfection, she deals roughly with all in man that is unwilling and she is severe to all that is obstinately ignorant and obscure; her wrath is immediate and dire against treachery and falsehood and malignity, ill-will is smitten at once by her scourge. Indifference, negligence and sloth in the divine work she cannot bear and she smites awake at once with sharp pain, if need be, the untimely slumberer and the loiterer.”
She supports the honest and direct impulse and the intensity of focus to achieve the divine realisation. “If her anger is dreadful to the hostile and the vehemence of her pressure painful to the weak and timid, she is loved and worshipped by the great, the strong and the noble; for they feel that her blows beat what is rebellious in their material into strength and perfect truth, hammer straight what is wry and perverse and expel what is impure or defective. But for her what is done in a day might have taken centuries; without her Ananda might be wide and grave or soft and sweet and beautiful but would lose the flaming joy of its most absolute intensities.”