• Kali the Trickster, BLOG MARCH 2011

    Posted in Blog by Eric Shaw

    Kali, I know that you know
    how to play tricks.
    You let anyone call you
    by any name they choose:
    The Magas call you Pharatara,
    Europeans call you God;
    Mughals and Pathans,
    Saiyids and Qazis
    all call you Khoda.
    Shaktas say you are their Shakti,
    Shaivas call you Shiva.
    Sauryas think you’re the sun,
    and pious Vaishnavas call you
    O gracious Radha.
    Ganapatyas call you Ganesh,
    and Yakshas call you Kuber.
    Craftsmanen call you Vishvakarma;
    boatmen say you’re their saint, Badar.
    Ramdulal says this is no illusion.
    From what comes to pass,
    the truth is felt.
    Only the mind misbehaves,
    and takes One God
    to be many.

    Ramdulal Nandi, 1785-1851

     

     

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