"Dance, Mother!"

Sri Ramakrishna is dancing, mad with divine love. As he dances, he is entering into samadhi. He stands there, in that state of samadhi, body motionless, eyes fixed, a smile upon his face, his hand on the shoulder of a beloved bhakta. And then, as the mood ends, he dances like a mad elephant! Regaining outer consciousness, he is improvising a song:

“Dance, Mother,

Round and round

Your throngs of devotees!

And by your own dancing

Make them dance, Mother!

Again I say:

Dance, Mother, just once

In the lotus of my heart!

You who are full of Brahman:

Dance in all Your world-bewitching beauty!”


(From “Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita” - 1.12.7)


(Translated from the Bengali by Swami Ambikananda Saraswati)


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