Lalleshwari (लल्लेश्वरी) (1320–1392), also known as Lalla, Lal Ded or "Lal Arifa".She was a mystic of the Kashmiri Shaivite sect, and at the same time, a Sufi saint. She is a creator of the mystic poetry called vatsun or Vakhs, literally 'speech'. Known as Lal Vakhs, her verses are the earliest compositions in the Kashmiri language and are an important part in history of Kashmiri literature.
Lal Ded and her mystic musings continue to have a deep impact on the psyche of Kashmiri common man, and the 2000 National Seminar on her held at New Delhi led to the release of the book Remembering Lal Ded in Modern Times. A solo play in English, Hindi and Kashmiri titled 'Lal Ded' ... more »
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The Soul, Like The Moon
The soul, like the moon, is now, and always new again. And I have seen the ocean continuously creating.
Five Sayings of Lal Ded
I By a way I came, but I went not by the way. While I was yet on the midst of the embankment with its crazy bridges, the day failed for me. I looked within my poke, and not a cowry came to hand
If You've Melted Your Desires
If you've melted your desires in the river of time, choose to be a recluse, or choose a family, the village job.
I Searched For My Self
I searched for my Self until I grew weary, but no one, I know now, reaches the hidden knowledge by means of effort.
I Will Weep And Weep For You, O Mind
I will weep and weep for you, O Mind; (my Soul) The world hath caught you in its spell. Though you cling to them with the anchor of steel,
Dance, Lalla, With Nothing On
Dance, Lalla, with nothing on but air: Sing, Lalla, wearing the sky.
At The End Of a Crazy-Moon Night
At the end of a crazy-moon night the love of God rose. I said, “It's me, Lalla.”
When My Mind Was Cleansed of Impurities
When my mind was cleansed of impurities, like a mirror of its dust and dirt, I recognized the Self in me: When I saw Him dwelling in me,
The Sling Of My Candy Load Has Ggone Loo...
The sling of my candy load has gone loose, (and it galls my back): My body has bent double under its weight; how shall I carry the load ?
Fair or Foul, Satire or Sarcasm
Fair or foul, satire or sarcasm, all I deserve: Blockade of audition, screening eyes, As the voice of god tickled
O Infinite Consciousness
O infinite Consciousness, brimming with elixir, You live within my body, and I worship only You.
A Thousand Times I Asked My Guru
A thousand times I asked my guru, 'The name of the One who is known by No-thing', Tired and exhausted was I, asking time and again; Out of Nothing emerged Something, bewildering and great!
It Is Easy To Read And Tto Recite
It is easy to read and to recite; It is hard to practice what one reads, And, reading seek out the Self within.
Though You Are Wise, Be As A Fool
Though you are wise, be as a fool; Though you can see, be as one blind; Though you can hear, be as one deaf; Patiently bear with all you meet,
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The Soul, Like The Moon
The soul, like the moon,
is now, and always new again.
And I have seen the ocean
Since I scoured my mind
and my body, I too, Lalla,
am new, each moment new.
My teacher told me one thing,
live in the soul.
When that was so,
I began to go naked,
[Taken from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks]