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Kali Yantra. For thousands of years, yantras have been used in the Tantric tradition as visual metaphors for the body of the divine. As expressions of devotion and contemplation, they are similar to Tibetan mandalas in that meditation upon them is tantamount to returning to the primordial fiat of one’s being. Because yantras are comprised of archetypal geometric forms and shapes, they are believed to offer liberation from bondage.

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Kali Yantra by Paul Heussenstaumm: "Created as a deminstration in one of my workshops, I returned to the classic form of Kali (five red down-facing triangles) in her fundamental, intrinsic form of a Yantra used for meditation."

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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.

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For Eyes of Time, Chitra Ganesh paired her own site-specific work with a curated selection of objects from across Brooklyn’s encyclopedic collections.  In the gallery, these works are showcased in a vitrine along with texts written by Ganesh, commenting on how these pieces from our Egyptian, Asian, American, and Contemporary collections expand on ideas central to her practice and this specific installation. We thought it would be great toshare these insights and surprising connections with…

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