Conquer Death with the drumbeat Ma! Ma! Ma!

by Ramprasad (Ramprasad Sen)

English version by Lex Hixon
Original Language Bengali

Who is this unique warrior woman?
Her terrifying war cry
     pervades the universal battleground.
Who is this incomparable feminine principle?
Contemplating her limitless nature,
the passion to possess and be gratified dissolves.
Who is this elusive wisdom woman?
Her smooth and fragrant body of intense awareness
     is like the petal of a dark blue lotus.

A single eye of knowledge
     shines from her noble forehead
like a moon so full its light engulfs the sun.
This mysterious Goddess, eternally sixteen,
is naked brilliance, transparent insight.
Cascades of black hair stream down her back
     to touch her dancing feet.
Perfect in the art of wisdom warfare
she is the treasury of every excellence,
the reservoir of all that is good.

Her poet sings with unshakable assurance:
"Anyone who lives consciously in the presence
     of this resplendent savioress
can conquer Death with the drumbeat
     Ma! Ma! Ma!"

-- from Mother of the Universe: Visions of the Goddess and Tantric Hymns of Enlightenment, Translated by Lex Hixon

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