pierce through the weaponry of the self
until my armour plate breaks in two,
and i crumble at your feet
the way Naraka fell before you and Satyā.
show me mercy,
before your sudarśana delivers my final blow,
hold me as one’s beloved would.
the way you embraced your gopis
when swaying with the woods of Vṛndā.
to your flute’s tune
show me the hills
where the milkmaids bathed your feet with their tears.
let our waltz come to end
when my hand slips from yours…
then claim your victory over me,
unchain me from my bonds of delusion
burn the bitterness weighing my heart
so we meld as one.
free me into union with you,
lover of Rādhā,
the way you wedded Naraka’s imprisoned women.
purifier of the fallen,
“defeat me”, poem / prayer for Naraka Caturdaśī… wishing a blessed Dīpāvali to all! may our ignorance dissolve into the light of consciousness as the asuras were absorbed into the devatās.
credit for the second, beautiful image: Madhav, unsplash.
tiny personal note: this is the first Dīpāvali i am spending in a place of my own, and it has been so precious to decorate my apartment (and even my rabbit’s hutch!) for the festival of lights.
the tapestry behind me: the feet of Hari & Rādhārāṇī, by Harsh Malik.