Heart of India

Heart of India

Heart of India

Heart of India

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The dominant fact in India is heat . WILL DURANT

Kali, the wife of Shiva, shook her necklace of human skulls in the dance of death. Under the pounding of the divine feet, the earth shrank to a smoldering ember. It was the end of the world but, with the cunning that comes only in dreams, I had taken refuge inside one of the skulls of Kali's necklace. I could smell the sweat of the goddess's flesh as she grew mad with the joy of the dance. It was a poor refuge, for I was being shaken and jolted over terrifying abysses of space and time. Only Shiva could end the dance, and I wished he would come.

I awoke from nightmare, and the sweat was my own. Kali was the train, rattling the blistered brown boxes of its carriages like castanets. The shaking was real enough, for the train was rocking across a vast glaring plain. It was morning, and I had a taste of cinders in my mouth. Above the compartment's lavatory door, a fan rasped tinnily behind its wire screen. From his corner of the compartment, sitting comfortably cross-legged with his bare feet on the green leather cushions, Mr. Kaviraj Lal was telling Rud about the Godhead.

"On the controversial subject of attaining union with the Godhead," he said, "Krishnamurti has some exceedingly sound common sense. . . ."

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