“You see, I cannot but believe
that there is somewhere a great power
that thinks of herself as feminine
and is called Kali and Mother. . . .
And I believe in Brahman, too.”
– Swami Vivekananda
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I am the empress of all that lives.
I am the sovereign power in all the worlds.
I am the bestower of all treasure.
I am the knower of the supreme.
Among those to whom homage shall be offered,
I am the first.
Everywhere the gods worship only me,
who am diverse in form
and permeating everything.
whoever eats or sees or hears,
does so through me alone.
they depend upon me.
Hear now, one and all,
the truth as I declare it.
This truth revered by gods and men alike,
I am myself revealing to you.
Whom I will, I make terrible or benign.
Whomsoever I wish, I make mighty—
a brahmana, a seer, a sage.
I transcend heaven above
I transcend earth below.
This supreme greatness have I attained.
– Vag-Ambhrni Sukta (Devi Sukta), Rig Veda