Shimla was annexed by the British in 1819, after the Gurkha war. At that time it was known for the temple of Hindu Goddess Shyamala Devi.
I can never acknowledge the right of slavery. I will bow down to no deity however worshipped by professing Christians — however dignified by the name of the Goddess of Liberty, whose footstool is the crushed necks of the groaning millions, and who rejoices in the resoundings of the tyrant’s lash, and the cries of his tortured victims.thaddeus stevens
Kali represents the disintegrative force in nature as displayed in the passage of time and an increase in entropy. Kali is symbolized in the yantra as black. The downward pointing triangle is the ancient symbol of the primal female, the origin of all things – the pubic triangle of the Great Goddess.In "Crossing the Healing Zone: From Illness to Wellness", pp.162-63
Cease, gentle Maid, cease, cease to grieve,Thy Goddess does thy Pray'rs receive,And Providence will Thee relieve.Those, who on Providence depend,And patiently its Will attend,Shall be rewarded in the End,By Ways and Means least thought upon,That Mortals may be forc'd to ownTheir Help comes from the Gods alone.jane barker
That power of the Gods which orders for the good things which are not uniform, and which happen contrary to expectation, is commonly called Fortune, and it is for this reason that the Goddess is especially worshipped in public by cities; for every city consists of elements which are not uniform.sallustius
One should worship the Supreme Goddess with blood , meat and wine .Yogini Tantra (og T.2.8) quoted in in "Matrix of Power: Tantra, Kinship, and Sacrifice in the Worship of Mother Goddess Kamakhya, South Asia: South Asia Journal of Asian Studies, n.s., Vol. XXXI, no.3, December 2008"
...when the Goddess is invited to take her place, before the moment of worship, the yoni mudra is made since the yoni , the female organ is her pitha or yantra. The yoni can never be regarded by Tantric adept otherwise than an altar.By Zimmer in Heinrich Zimmer (13 May 2013). Philosophies of India. Routledge. p. 583. ISBN 1-135-02918-0.
The Realization of the Nondual traditions is uncompromising: There is only Spirit, there is only God, there is only Emptiness in all its radiant wonder. All the good and all the evil, the very best and the very worst, the upright and the degenerate each and all are radically perfect manifestations of Spirit precisely as they are. There is nothing but God, nothing but the Goddess, nothing but Spirit in all directions, and not a grain of sand, not a speck of dust, is more or less Spirit than any other.Ken Wilber, in The Eye of Spirit : An Integral Vision for a World Gone Slightly Mad (1997)
When you begin to read a poem you are entering a foreign country whose laws and language and life are a kind of translation of your own; but to accept it because its stews taste exactly like your old mother's hash, or to reject it because the owl-headed Goddess of wisdom in its temple is fatter than the Statue of Liberty, is an equal mark of that want of imagination, that inaccessibility to experience, of which each of us who dies a natural death will die.Randall Jarrell
Although conceived as female in nature, Shakti is not an individual Goddess , but rather a dynamic quality that all goddesses (and even all women, at least within the Shakta Tatric tradition ) are said to possess. Unbridled, uncontainable.George Orwell, in Critical Companion to George Orwell, p.399
"I hate to tell you this," Jason said, "but I think your leopard just ate a Goddess."Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero, Heroes of Olympus Book 1 (Penguin UK, 2010), Ch. VII: Jason
Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper, as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, them on thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, ’t were all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch’d, But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence, But, like a thrifty Goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use.Duke Vincentio, scene i
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