Ramprasad Sen

(1718 - 1775 / Halisahar / India)

Meditate On Kali! Why Be Anxious? - Poem by Ramprasad Sen

Meditate on Kali! Why be anxious?
The night of delusion is over; it's almost dawn.
The sun is rising, dispelling
thick nets of darkness, and lotuses are blooming thanks to Siva
at the top of your head.
The Vedas throw dust in your eyes; blind too
the six philosophies. If even the planets
can't fathom Her
who will break up these fun and games?
There are no lessons between teacher and student
in a market of bliss.
Since She owns the actors, the stage, and the play itself
who can grasp the truth of the drama?
A valiant devotee who knows the essence -- he
enters that city.
Ramprasad says, My delusion is broken;
who can bundle up fire?

[Translated by Rachel Fell McDermott]


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012



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