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in a world of banal pigeons i was a peacock on acid

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thus spoke the holy kozmic kali flowah
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अग्नि॒म् ई॑ळे पुरो॒हि॑तं यज्ञ॒स्य॑ देव॒म् ऋत्वि॒ज॑म् । होता॑रं रत्नधा॒त॑मम् ॥
i praise agni, the high priest, the shining one, minister of sacrifices, the invoker, the bestower of wealth!

असतोमा सद्गमय। तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमया।
मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय॥

aum asato mā sad gamaya
tamaso mā jyotir gamaya
mṛtyormā amṛtam gamaya
aum śānti śānti śāntiḥ

from ignorance, lead me to truth;
from darkness, lead me to light;
from death, lead me into immortality

(bṛhadāraṇyaka upaniṣad i.iii.28)

listen to me, death!
you must leave here immediately.
how can you touch me?
i have captured goddess kali.
i have bound her hands and feet
with adamantine strands of pure love.
her intimate presence alone
now shines from the stronghold of my heart.
the twelve-petal lotus that floats in my chest
is surrounded by her fierce flames.

i contemplate with awe
the thousand-petal lotus at my crown
where the golden honey of mystic union
is flowing eternally.
o mother kundalini,
my entire being is swept upward continuously
by your current of wisdom energy.

i have taken precautions so that goddess kali
cannot escape from within me.
single-minded devotion guards her with every breath.
these two eyes are her gatekeepers.
my third eye has become her own clear vision.

suspecting that the fatal fever of egocentricity
would attack my mind and body,
i have taken the ancient remedy
prescribed by my illumined master.
the medicine om kali, taken four times daily,
cures the chronic illness of me! me! me!

emboldened by the indwelling of the mother,
this warrior poet calls out:
listen to me, death, so your insane pride
will at last be humbled.
you can take away only this form.
i have already begun my deathless journey,
chanting kali! kali! kali!

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