The Mother Divine
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(Excerpts from Madman’s Jholi)
By Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

The Madman stands at the crossroads. He is beating a hand drum, saying, ‘Rama, Rama! Your act! Your act! Your act is running well.’ A crowd gathers. There is no break in the madman’s dance. ‘Your act goes on splendidly.’ A wise man from among the spectators, asks, ‘What is the matter, madcap’?

Madman: Your act! Your act is going on.

Man: Where is this show going on?

Madman: Rama, Rama. That sky is You, this air is You, that Sun is You, the water is You, the earth is You, the Ganga is You, the pond is You, the ocean is You. Your act goes on splendidly.

Rama, Rama, Sitaram.

The man, the cow, the goat, the cat, the ant, the mosquito, the bug and the louse, all are You. The Sadhu is You, the dishonest man is You, the thief is You, the dacoit is You, the minister is You, the soldier is You, the contemplating conqueror of the senses is You and even that dissolute person smoking a bidi and whirling a walking stick is You. The chaste woman devoted to her husband is You, the lustful, luxurious prostitute engaged with the husbands of other women, is also You. The boy, the old man, the young man, the young woman, the Brahmin and the others are all You. That one-eyed man with a stick in his hand is You. That leper crying at the street side is You. Your act goes on splendidly. Rama, Rama.

(The Madman sounds the damaru and begins to dance).

Man: Go on.

Madman: The bullock cart is You, the bullock is You, the driver is You, the motor-car and its driver are You, the railway carriage, the lines, the guard, the driver; all are You. The Vedas, the Vedanta, the Tantra, the mantras, poetry, drama and the novel; all are You. Life is You and death is You. You are the bone, marrow, flesh, fat, blood, hands, feet, mouth, nose, ears and the eyes. You are the entrails, brain, heart and whatever belongs to the body. Sin, religion and irreligion are You. Your act goes on splendidly. Ahead, behind, right, left, high, low; all are You.

You are the Muladhara, Swadhisthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara. You are the Ida, Pingala, Sushumna and the Seventy-Two Crores Seventy-Two Lakh Ten Thousand Two Hundred and One nadis. The seven notes are You. The twenty-two Shrutis are You. The six ragas and the thirty-six raginis are You. One Crore Thousand Nada are You. A Hundred Crore lights are You. The past, the future and the present are You. Rama! Rama! Rama!

Your act goes on splendidly. You are Indra, the Moon, Vayu, Varuna, the planets and the stars. The earth is You and the land of Bharata is You. The Vindhyas, Himalayas, Tibet, Nepal, Kanya Kumarika and the Malay mountains are You. Arabia, Tartar, Africa, England, America, Russia, China, Japan, the Andamans and all the islands are You.

The seven continents, the seven Varshas, the seven seas, Bhuvah, Swah, Mahah, Janah, Tapah, Satya; the seven Lokas are You. Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Mahatala, Rasatala and Patala; the seven lower worlds are You. Andhatamissa, Maharourava, Rourava, Ambarisha, Mahakasha and Avichi, are You. The waters, ten times in expanse and surrounding these fourteen worlds, are You. The Fire surrounding the waters is You. The air surrounding the Fire, the sky surrounding the Air, the Ether surrounding the Air are You. The ‘I’, ten times greater and surrounding the Ether are You. Mahat element, surrounding the ‘I’ and ten times greater in size, is You. Prakriti, ten times larger than the Mahat element and surrounding it, is You. This universe is You. Ananta holding the universe on his head is You. The Mahakurma under Ananta and on the head of Adhara Shakti is You. You are the innumerable universes. Everything above, below, before, behind and on the sides of these universes is You. There is nothing in this grand act that is not you. Rama, Rama. Your act goes on splendidly.
(The Madman begins to dance again, sounds the damaru).

Man: And what about yourself?

Madman: Sitaram. This you is such an insignificant part of You! It is only an atom from the quarter part of the manifestation. Still there are You; in the three Padas above, immortal and full of light. Light and nectar flowing from there sustain this act. Rama, Rama. Your act goes on splendidly! The eternal Kailash above the universe is You. Seated there, the three-eyed, five-headed Sadashiva playing the damaru is You. The shining and cheerful Mother is You. Kartika, Ganesha, Lakshmi and Saraswati are You. Nandi, Bhringi, ghosts, spirits, peacocks, lions, rats, snakes, bulls and the wood-apple tree are You.

The Golok is You. Nanda, Yashoda, Rohini, Sridama, Sudama, Dama and Vasudama are You. The female friends, Lalita, Vishaka and others are You. Radharani, full of pique, is You. Muralimanohara is You. The flute is You. The song of the flute is You. The kadamb-tree and the bank of the Jamuna are You. Rama, Rama. Your act goes on splendidly.

Eternal Ayodhya is You and Dasharatha is You. Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, Sumitra, Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna are You. Nala, Nila, Gaya, Gavaksha, Gandhamadana, Jamavanta, Sugriva and Hanuman are You. You are Rama armed with the bow, You are the merciful mother Janaki. Rama, Rama. Your act goes on splendidly.

You are Vaikuntha. You are the Five Hundred nymphs wearing heavenly garlands, collyrium, scent and clothes. You are the heavenly goddesses. You are Sunanda, Nandakumuda, Garuda, Sudarshan and Viswaksena. You are the bejewelled canopy with a thousand columns built of great jewels. Seated there, Vimala and seven others with the eight-petalled Lotus, are You. Above that, You are the Purushottamottama wearing yellow clothes, holding the conch, wheel and the mace; cheerful faced, having beautiful eyes, smiling and dark-hued. You are the joyful Mother on the left. You are dispersed in the joy and light. Rama! Rama! Your act goes on splendidly. Rama, Rama.

The Madman started dancing while playing the damaru and singing, ‘Your act goes on splendidly.’ Nobody could stop his dance.