Call of Kali – 2

23/Feb/2012…. Greetings on the holy occasion of 177th jayanti of Guru Maharaj Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa!

And on this most auspicious day, lets travel in this blog, to the holy presence of Dakshineshwar. To Kali!

Jai Kali!

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Above is a picture of Kali, abiding in a temple in America, which has been made in the model of Dakshineshwar Kali. Kali, standing on the body of Siva. Siva, bearing the fury of Kali on his chest!

In the Call of Kali – 1, we saw Cossipore. We then drive to Dakshineshwar, which is quite near.

After navigating through narrow lanes, we arrive at a good sized parking lot. And from there, I get the first view of the great temple…. The temple of Kali…. Built by that lady of power, Rani Rashmoni.

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How does one describe the joy of the moment… Being there and seeing the place where the Master came as a young man, as the priest of the temple… So many scenes that one has seen in one’s mind, reading the pages of Gospel, and the Great Master, and ever so many other books… All that has happened here…

With silent joy one walks into the temple compound. The map of the place is fresh in one’s mind. For “M” has painted ever so many pictures of the place in his great work, the Kathamrita. One sees the row of Siva temples near the banks of Ganges. One sees the three structures inside. The one on the left has to be the Krishna temple. The Krishna idol that broke… The fracture of which was ever so loving set by the Master… One has darshan of Radhey Krishna… Radhey Govinda…

Then one goes to the main shrine… Kali! First, walking up a few steps, one goes to a side entrance, which one cannot enter, but can peer through… Nothing has prepared me for the sight that greets me… Side view of Mother Kali… Her red tongue lolling out of her mouth… Thoughts flee from my mind, as I watch… Just watch….

A kind priest comes and gives one a flower and applies red vermilion on one’s forehead.. Also gives sanctified water…

We then get down and join a small queue… And five minutes later, we see Kali, face to face… Here She is! Bhavataarini! The One who ferries us across the ocean of transmigration! All glory to her! Jai Ma Kali!  Jai Bhavataarini!

The next building is the Naat Mandir…. A picture of Sri Ramakrishna pacing up and down the Naat Mandir in the night flashes through one’s mind… One looks for and notices the Siva on top of the entrance. One sees Sri Ramakrishna bowing to that Siva, before entering the temple of Kali… Scenes described so vividly by M.

One then goes to the twelve Siva temples… And then out to the banks of Ganga…. Where the Master used to bathe….

Jai Gange!

One sees Belur Mutt on the other side… Boats plying passengers to and from Belur Mutt…

After sprinkling the holy water on oneself, we get back to the temple…

And walk northwards, to the most holy room… The room of Ramakrishna…

One walks in, almost afraid of treading on such holy ground… But such is the compassion of the Master, that with all one’s shortcomings, one is unafraid.. One knows his all embracing love… Walking in, one sees the bed… The photographs on the wall… This is the room of the Master… One can see the Master getting up well before dawn, and saluting the pictures of the Gods… One can see the ever so many scenes that happened in this room. One can imagine young Narendra singing… And the Master dancing… And going into Samadhi… This is the holiest of the holy… What can one say… One sits in silence for a short while…

One walks to the semi circular porch attached to the room. From where the Master would see the Ganga…

And then gingerly, one walks to the Nahabat, the music tower, a small octagonal structure near the Master’s room, where lived   Goddess Herself… Holy Mother Sarada Devi.. Here, in this tiniest of rooms, she lived.. In one’s mind’s eye. one can see her standing behind a screen, peering through a small gap… To catch sight of the Master… To hear the songs from his room… One can see her cooking for him… One can see all the stuff she used to hang on ropes, from the ceiling…

One then walks northward, and comes to the Pancavati…

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This was the grove where the Master did so much penance. And in that grove is a small brick structure.. Which was a hut during Master’s time… Where the great Muni Nangta, Tota Puri, initiated the Master into Advaita sadhana… Where the Master merged in Nirvikalpa Samadhi….

Time is past 5 pm…. The Master has been kind… He has brought this one to His abode…. This insignificant one has been blessed…. One feels overwhelmed by the love of the Master and Holy Mother.. One remembers the words of the Mother – “I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself ‘I have a mother.'”

Yes, I have a mother…

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Driving out of Dakshineshwar…. Outside, in the melee of joyous kolkata, one sees an aged lady. trying  gamely, to make her way across a road buzzing with traffic…. And one sees a policeman going across to her, holding her hand and walking her across…. And I tell Shiv, “This is a Kolkata special…. How many other cities of India can one see such a scene….”. And he heartily agrees… And we speak of the wonder of Kolakata….

From Dakshineshwar we drive to Belur Mutt… One sees a beautiful museum…. One sees the great temple, designed by Swami Bibekananda (that’s the way he has spelled his monastic name in the letters displayed in the museum)… One walks towards the Ganga and sees the shrines of Raja Majaraj (Swami Brahmananda), of Sarada Devi, and of Swamiji (Vivekananda)… Built on the places where their mortal remains were consigned to the fire….

One sees large temporary structures being built… There is a buzz in the air… Preparations for the Jayanti, one surmises…

Back to the temple… Sandhya time…

The evening Aarati starts…. The hall is packed.. Sanyasis, brahmacharis, and devotees… A sonorous chorus fills the sky… “Aarati tumhaar! jaya jaya aarti tumhaar! hara hara aarti tumhaar…”…

One stands in one corner…. Like a bubble… Watching the homage to the Ocean…

Thank you my friend Shiv, for bringing me here…. With what words can I thank you….

Jai Guru Maharaj! Jai Sarada Ma!

Greetings once again, on this most joyous occasion of the 175th Jayanti of the Great Master, Thakur, Paramahamsa, Sri Ramakrishna…

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3 Responses to “Call of Kali – 2”

  1. Ravi Chandhiramouli Says:

    Absolutely Beautiful Kamesh. Jai Ma. Jai Ma. Jai Ma. Transported verily to Dakshineshwar itself. Plan to spend the next several hours with the Gospel. God Bless M too. We are so fortunate, thanks to him. Jai Ma.

  2. Ravi Chandhiramouli Says:

    And Thanks to you.

  3. G Says:

    Dear Kameshji, It is nice posting.Today being the birthday of the great saint of west bengal.I was at that place on the 150th birthday of Swamy vivekananda.The Daskhineswar temple was built by Maharani Rshamoi on the model of another temple near Pandua in west bengal.Pndua is also famous for contrversial SRINKHALA.The photo of this contrversial minar was placed in face book by me this morning.(G.Lakshminaryana Murthy)

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