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and Pisacha and those that are revolted and hostile. Even her
        rejections are only a postponement, even her punishments are a
        grace. But her compassion does not blind her wisdom or turn her
        action from the course decreed; for the Truth of things is her one
        concern, knowledge her centre of power and to build our soul
        and our nature into the divine Truth her mission and her labour.


        Mahakali is of another nature. Not wideness but height, not wis-
        dom but force and strength are her peculiar power. There is in her
        an overwhelming intensity, a mighty passion of force to achieve, a
        divine violence rushing to shatter every limit and obstacle. All her
        divinity leaps out in a splendour of tempestuous action; she is there
        for swiftness, for the immediately effective process, the rapid and
        direct stroke, the frontal assault that carries everything before it.
        Terrible is her face to the Asura, dangerous and ruthless her mood
        against the haters of the Divine; for she is the Warrior of the Worlds
        who never shrinks from the battle. Intolerant of imperfection, she
        deals roughly with all in man that is unwilling and she is severe to all
        that is obstinately ignorant and obscure; her wrath is immediate and
        dire against treachery and falsehood and malignity, ill-will is smitten
        at once by her scourge. Indifference, negligence and sloth in the
        divine work she cannot bear and she smites awake at once with
        sharp pain, if need be, the untimely slumberer and the loiterer. The
        impulses that are swift and straight and frank, the movements that
        are unreserved and absolute, the aspiration that mounts in flame
        are the motion of Mahakali. Her spirit is tameless, her vision and will
        are high and far-reaching like the flight of an eagle, her feet are rapid
        on the upward way and her hands are outstretched to strike and to
        succour. For she too is the Mother and her love is as intense as her
        wrath and she has a deep and passionate kindness. When she is al-
        lowed to intervene in her strength, then in one moment are broken

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