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Of Gouri and Shankar in a single form *

(Free translation by Swami Vivekananda)

( * This poem was not published in the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda)


On one side grows the hair in long black curls, And on the other, corded like rope

On one side are seen the beautiful garlands,

On the other, bone earrings and

snake-like coils.

One side is white with ashes, like

the snow mountains,

The other, golden as the light of

For He, the Lord, took a form,

And that was a divided form,
Half-woman and half-man.”


(Notes of some wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda by Sister Nivedita)