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The Hundred Names of Kālī
O Devī, you are the measure and you measure. You are beyond measure and measurer. You are one in many forms. You are the form of the universe. I bow to you – Kaulavali Tantra.
Here is the text and a translation of chapter 23 of the influential Brihadnila Tantra. If there are defects in my translation, I beg the indulgence of readers.
Patala 23. Śrī Devī said: Before, O Deva, when engaged in amorous play, you mentioned the 100 names of Mahākālī. Lord, speak of this to me. Śrī Bhairava said: Well asked, Mahādevi, I will tell you that hasn’t been told before. Varārohe Sundari, you should hide it like your own yoni. [1-2]
Mohini, you who are as dear to me as life itself, I could not live for an instant without you, Parameshvari. 
Like sight is inherent in the sun and as ghee is inherent in milk, so I, the Nātha am everywhere present in you. 
Listen Devī, I will speak to you of the japa giving all knowledge. Sadāśiva is the ṛṣi, it is said; Cchanda is the metre,  the devatā is Bhairavī Devī, bestowing the four aims of mankind.
The application is that it gives all knowledge. 
Mahākali Jagadhatri (creator of the world) Jaganmata ( mother of the world) Jaganmayi (consisting of the world) Jagadamba (world mother) Jagatsara (essence of the world) Jagadanandakarini (cause of bliss in the world) 
Jagadvighnasini (destroyer of world obstacles) Gauri (golden one) Dukhadaridyanashini (destroyer of unhappiness and poverty) Bhairavabhavini Bhavananta Sarasvataprada (bestower of eloquence). 
Chaturvargaprada (giver of the four aims) Sadhvi (holy) Sarvamangalamangala (greatest fortune of all) Bhadrakali Vilakshi Kamadatri (giving desires) Kalatmika (self of kalas) 
Nilavani (blue Sarasvati) Mahāgaurasarvanga (greatly golden in all limbs) Sundaripara (supremely beautiful) Sarvasampatprada (giver of all prosperity) Bhimanadini (sounding terrifying) Varavarnini 
Vararoha Shivaruha (riding Shiva) Mahishasuradhatini Shivapujya (worshipped by Shiva) Shivaprita (loved by Shiva) Danavendraprapujita (worshipped by Danavas)
Sarvavidyamayi (consisting of all vidya) Sarvasarvabhisthaphalaprada (giver of the fruit of every possible desire) Komalangi (soft of limbs) Vidhatri (creatrix) Vidhatrivaradayini (giver of boons in creation) 
Purnenduvadana (with a face like the full moon) Nilameghavarna (the colour of a blue rain-cloud) Kapalini
Kurukulla Viprachitta Kantachitta Madonmada (drunk with desire) 
Matangi (elephant lady) Madanaprita Madaghurnitalochana (eyes full of desire) Madottirna Kharparasinaramundavilasini 
Naramundasraja (with a necklace of men’s heads) Devī Khadgahasta (holding a cleaver) Bhayanaka (giving fear) Attahasayuta (laughing loudly) Padma (lotus) Padmaragopashobhita 
Karabhayaprada (hand removing fear) Kālī Kalaratrisvarupini (true form of the night of time) Svadha Svaha Vashatkara Saradindusamaprabha (as bright as the autumn moon)
Sharatjyotsna (light of the autumn moon) Samhlada Viparitaratatura (addicted to taking the superior sexual role) Muktakeshi (dishevelled of hair) Cchinnajata Jatajutavilasini 
Sarvarajayutabhima Sarvarajoparisthata Shmashanstha (dwelling in the cremation ground) Mahānandistuta (praised by Mahānandi) Samdiptalochana 
Shavasanarata (addicted to the corpse asana)Nanda Siddhacharanasevita (served by Siddhacharas) Balidanapriya (fond of animal sacrifice)Garbha (the womb) Bhurbhuvasvahsvarupini (true form of Bhurbhuvahsvar) Gayatri Savitri Mahānilasarasvati
Lakshmirlakshanasamyukta (showing all the signs of Lakshmi) Sarvalakshanalakshita (having every single characteristic)
Vyaghracharmavrita (wearing tiger skin) Madhya Trivalivalayanchita Gandharvaihsamstutasa (praised by the Gandharvas) Inda Mahāpara (greatly supreme one) 
Pavitra Parama (supreme) Maya Mahāmaya Mahodaya. Maheshvari, so to you are declared the 100 celestial names 
Whosoever reads these at morning time for certain gains a treasure. Here in this world, he is happy and afterwards attains union with Devī. 
He cannot be subjugated by siddhas, aughas, all which moves and does not move, whether they move on earth, in space or in heaven.  The names are called ‘Boon’, Maheshani and one may give up the 1000 (names).  One should recite the 100 (names) Devī, the giver of the fruit of the four aims (of mankind). O Parameshani, without knowing these 100 names , there is no siddhi from Mahākali in this Kālī Yuga.
One who recites with devotion gains good results, listen!  He gains the resilts of hundreds of millions of Kalipujas. What use of more words? He will become the desired. 
Artwork is © Jan Bailey, 1975-2022. Translations are © Mike Magee 1975-2022.Questions or comments to email@example.com