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Kali's Bazaar Paperback – January 1, 2012
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From the Author
From the Introduction of Kali's Bazaar:
These poems were penned as accurately as possible as they appeared during meditative states which were often suffused with the gifts of unimaginably sublime ecstasy and overwhelming Love. (Such living meditative states aren't limited to sitting in a classic posture or specified time of practice.) Gathered along the path of devotion, the poems are gifts of grace, of Love, to be passed on to others. The path of Love, the path of devotion - bhakti yoga in the yogic tradition - fully engages the heart, mind, body and spirit of the seeker. The highest knowing is experienced through loving merger with the Infinite and the divine play of Lover and Beloved. I didn't begin my spiritual pursuits this way. I started out as an intellectual, seeking with the mind, studying Buddhism, Vedanta and yoga; doing practices of watching the breath, meditating with clarity, focus and energy, seeking an abstract Witness Consciousness, Buddha Mind, Transcendent Infinitude. I was blind to love and devotion. I didn't think of the heart. I didn't engage the heart or even want to remember it. In fact, I found the heart to be a problem. Feelings were obstacles to be subdued, mere mud that once stirred had to be allowed to settle before the clarity and light of the mind could be regained. Of course I didn't know That which illumines even the darkness and density of the mind.
Fortunately the Heart of hearts has never forgotten us, regardless of how long we may have turned away from Her. One of the poems in this collection ends with "Choose Love/For Love has already chosen you." Perhaps that's all that really needs to be said about the great paths to knowing and living the highest truth. Though I can say that now, from where I sit now, where I started from decades ago was very different. I grew up in an average suburb of New York City, on Long Island, and rebelling all the way, went through a disengaged confirmation process in the Methodist Church. But there was within me a very alive longing to know what lies beyond the ordinary mind and the ordinary things that occupy us all. I wrote more about this in my book The Soul's Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within and won't go into that here. Suffice it to say that I was blessed with heart and mind opening experiences of the Infinite One clothed in exquisite archetypal forms divine, as well as experiences of dissolution into formlessness which forever altered my view of the entire world and every being within it...
Kali is known as the Great Mother, the one who creates all the forms that appear in the universe and withdraws them all back into Herself. She is a fierce protector of true seekers. Creator and Destroyer, Lover and Beloved, She is all that is. When I first encountered Her decades ago in meditation I was completely overwhelmed and I was afraid to even contemplate the experience for many months. I literally wondered how a suburban New Yorker could possibly be having mind blowing experiences of the Hindu Goddess Maha Kali! Decades later it didn't surprise me that as She appeared in the form of Tara telling me to learn of Her in those forms, suddenly I was introduced to a great master of the Tibetan Buddhist Tara tradition visiting from his monastery in Bhutan, His Eminence Tsewang Seetar Rinpoche. Nothing is impossible for Her!...
The Source, the power and wisdom of Love, which attempts to push its way into this world through the words of these poems reveal Her gifts. Please look beyond the words, please feel beyond the words, please hear beyond the words for what is truly being offered by Her, and imperfectly conveyed by this scribe.
I pray that you fully receive all that She has to give.
In Her service,
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It makes me tired and sad when people gush about books in general or say “I just love words .” Would you love it if I said the words?” ‘Now I’m going to cut your throat’?” I want to ask. Or, ‘Do you admire the prose of Adolph Hitler?’”
Don’t get me wrong. Many books are miraculous. Somebody works for five years and distills all that acquired knowledge into something I can read (with naps) in eight hours. That’s a good deal, and yet it’s shaming to acknowledge how many books I am happy to get through. Often I enjoy the reading, but I’m also pulled along by the need to be done, the promise that forever after I can salt my conversation with knowing references to the author, genre, subject.
Kaili’s bazaar is not a book I ever expect to be done with. It's nourishing. I loved reading it the first time, but I also like to dip into it. Like Rumi’s work the poems sometimes border on the obvious, but like Rumi’s poems they are both resonant and profound.
This is a book to carry it around. Pick it up from time to time and read something that somehow you always sensed was true. Kali’s bazaar is a place where I can rediscover and remember what I seem always to have known.
Dorothy Walters, Ph. D.
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