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June 25th, 2012

Daily Tao - 44

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What's more important,
fame or your well-being?
What's worth more,
your money or your life?
What is more dangerous,
winning or losing?

If you are too attached
to your possessions,
they will bring you misery.
If you hang on to your riches,
you will suffer substantial loss.
If you know when you have enough,
you will never be disgraced.
If you practice moderation,
you can stay out of trouble.

And that's the secret to lasting success.
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The Beatrice Tao.

Daily Tao - 44
There is something wonderfully terrible about the devotion of the great Kali poets, particularly Kamalakanta and Ramprasad. In their poetry and their worship, they are saying, in effect, "Do whatever it takes, Mother, to bring me to you. Shatter me, if you must. Destroy me. I don't care. So long as you do not withhold yourself!" Such spiritual courage is both frightening and exhilarating to participate in. -- Ivan M. Granger

Poetry Chaikhana | Kamalakanta - Yoga/Hindu/Shakta(Goddess-oriented) - Poetry, Biography

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Wonderfully terrible" (awesome) indeed.  But worshipers of Kali are not unique in this.  Rabia's devotion to Allah, and Catherine of Genoa's devotion to God were similarly expressed.  Cast me into hell, they pleaded, if that be thy will --  If i fear hell more than i love Thee.  The true mystic is as disinterested in Heaven and Hell as she/he is in ... you name it... the doings of the Kardasians?

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