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Swamiji, I have often come across this word ‘Kala’ in the Indian scriptures. What exactly is meant by it?

It is the Great Time personified. It is the destroyer of name and form. In the Hindu
pantheon, there are various gods and goddesses who are members of the divine hierarchy. Just as
we have our government here composed of various ministers and officers, the celestials who rule
the world, too, have their own deities who control the various aspects of creation, preservation
and destruction of this world. Some are in charge of the various elements like air, fire and water;
some are in charge of birth, death, preservation of life and disease. Kala or Yama or Dharmaraja
is the Lord of Death. The entire universe is under his control in a way; for, when the time comes,
he brings about the end of the earthly sojourn of all beings. It is only the man of Self-realization
who transcends this Kala and realizes his own Self. All Sadhana is meant to help us transcend
this Kala, to conquer death, to go beyond time.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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