And then he went off into a musing on Kali.
" I am not one of those, he chanted,
" Who put the garland of skulls, round Thy neck,
" And then look back in terror
" And call Thee " The Merciful"!
" The heart must become a burical ground,
" Pride, selfishess, and desire all broken into dust,
" Then and then alone will the Mother dance there ! "
" I love terror for its own sake, " He went on, " Despair for its own sake, misery for its own sake. Fight always. Fight and fight on, though always in defeat, That's the ideal. That's the ideal. "
" The totality of all souls, not the human alone, " He said once, " Is the Personal God. The will of the Totality nothing can resist. It is what we know as Law. And this is what we mean by Shiva and Kali " and so on.
- Swami Vivekananda
[ The Master As I Saw Him ]