Goddess Kaumari on her Vahana, the Peacock

Also called Kārttikeyānī, Kaumari is considered the Shakti of Lord Skanda, and is also one of the Saptamatrikas, ‘seven Mothers' all of whom were looked upon as the different aspects of the goddess Śakti or Durgā,

Image of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
It is an error to say that the universe is mere illusion, for it is entirely real when experienced in ordinary consciousness, and its existence is required to lead us to God.
—Gurudeva