Kali The Mother – A Poem by Vivekananda

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The stars are blotted out,
The clouds are covering clouds,
It is darkness vibrant, sonant.
In the roaring, whirling wind
Are the souls of a million lunatics
Just loose from the prison-house,
Wrenching trees by the roots,
Sweeping all from the path.
The sea has joined the fray,
And swirls up mountain-waves,
To reach the pitchy sky.
The flash of lurid light
Reveals on every side
A thousand, thousand shades
Of Death begrimed and black —
Scattering plagues and sorrows,
Dancing mad with joy,
Come, Mother, come!
For Terror is Thy name,
Death is in Thy breath,
And every shaking step
Destroys a world for e’er.
Thou “Time”, the All-Destroyer!
Come, O Mother, come!
Who dares misery love,
And hug the form of Death,
Dance in Destruction’s dance,
To him the Mother comes.

16 Responses to “Kali The Mother – A Poem by Vivekananda”


Gautam Samanta
July 25, 2017 Reply

Imagination of Kali, the Mother as described in the poem by Swami Vivekananda creates a void within leaving me light, light like a feather and filling my heart with joy.

Arup Mitta
October 29, 2016 Reply

Swamiji had also said
“KALI WORSHIP IS MY PERSONAL FAD”

As a proud devotee, he had the awareness that the essence would not appeal to all.
Thereby acknowledged the catholic spirit of accepting every individual’s freedom to choose their own path.
One in thousand seek,
One in thousand of the seekers find..
Swamiji also questioned Thalkur about some practices which he found disturbing, Thakur replied that there are many gates to GOD’s mansion,, The main gateway for guests of honour, one for regular visitors and friends, service gates for housekeeping staff, and others for disposal of garbage and like.
Why bother about them when one has been shown the way to enter with pride through the main gateway.
And strangely, it seems the orthodox keepers of Dakshineshwar Temple had denied Swamiji entry, after having been “polluted” for being abroad.

Our society has gone beyond such superstitions, however one wonders how Swamiji would have tolerated the present situation at Kalighat, where it is apparent the pujaris create a stampede like situation, almost aboriginal, for the devotees to have darshan, so that they may give a privileged few a better access to earn some more.
Wonder how other devotees, feel about this?
Thakur had also mentioned that the pride or ego of being a devotee would help in dissolution of the worldly ego.

Haritima yadav
October 6, 2016 Reply

Realy thats type of mother exist in real life??

Friend beyond form
October 29, 2016 Reply

You might find the experience at Kalighat, where the priests create a stampede like situation, swinging on ropes like monkeys, so that they can dig into pockets of of the privileged, for an easier darshan at the inner sanatorium.
Hope you get to read this before this truth is censored.

Phalguni
September 13, 2016 Reply

I have tried to paint a glimpse of the poem … please check and comment. Here is the link : http://fineartamerica.com/featured/kali-the-mother-phalguni-roy.html

Rabin Maity
November 10, 2015 Reply

she is furious ,angry ,dangerous and destroyer . Yet she is the Mother , come mMother come , I bow to thee.

Krishnendu Paul
August 14, 2015 Reply

Can hardly find words to express my feelings. This poem is enough to transform a life …..at least for me ….absolutely.

Swamiji : pls come back.

shammu
January 11, 2015 Reply

Om kali
dear frnds kindly send me this poem in tamil please if u’ve a translation means

SUDIPTO BOSE
November 25, 2014 Reply

goddess kali has remained an enigma. in official hindu scriptures,vedas and upanishads, hardly there is any reference.even young narendranath had been sceptic about it.but the god himself,sriramakrishna,the final authority explained the deitys position to swamiji in a surcharged moment,which is a secret.he told “naren kali menechhe”.
later swamiji explained kalis significance to all and particularly to sister nivedita.kali is not for weak hearted,he who embraces all storm in life with open arms,kali manifests herself to him.swamiji did and she opened up to him.this is the grandest bengali poem ever written by the prophet in a moment of divine inspiration,a gem.

nabanita
September 27, 2014 Reply

The poem has a very deep meaning which really touches our heart.
SWAMIJI is always a great source of inspiration to all of us.

pintu dey
July 29, 2014 Reply

very good

TSSitaraman
July 8, 2014 Reply

With humble pranams,
Very deep poem. Written by Swamiji after he experienced a very profound/exalted state.
Can we take that if one could see the hand of Mother vividly even behind misery, then one could dare to love misery too.
Dance in destruction’s dance – Does destruction refer here to the annihilation of the sense of ‘I’ & ‘mine’ and hence the destruction of the primordial ignorance.

Sayan Mukherjee
July 7, 2014 Reply

Really, it’s a very good poem.

Swami Pareshananda
July 4, 2014 Reply

Good. Thanks.

sreenivasa kumar
July 6, 2014 Reply

need mothers blessings.bowing to her for blessings .

Arup Mitra
October 29, 2016 Reply

I’m at a loss of words, to describe the…. magic of the moments this Kali Puja.

Glittering lights on a moonless night,
Worship and sacrifice are life delights
May this season off festivities bring
Moments off joy for us to sing.

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