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The words of this 14th-century Kashmiri mystic speak to us across the centuries with clarity and courage.
Paperback, 79 pages
Published October 28th 1992 by Maypop Books (first published October 1992)
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Ivan Granger
The soul, like the moon,
is now, and always new again.

And I have seen the ocean
continuously creating.

Since I scoured my mind
and my body, I too, Lalla,
am new, each moment new...
It's been a few days since I read this, and I don't know if I can give a good review of it anymore.

Lalla was a 14th century Kashmir poet who decided to go naked and wander around, dancing. Her poems can strike me at first as too mystical or containing shades of new agey buddhism, or the voice can be a bit like the 'wise' voice of the poet. And indeed some of her poems are like that, which is either unfortunate, or lost in translation, or must be considered along with her entire body of work.

Eugene Pustoshkin
“Lalla, you’ve wandered so many places
trying to find your husband!

Now at last, inside the walls

of this body-house, in the heart-shrine,

you discover where he lives.

I made pilgrimages, looking for God.
Then I gave up, turned around,
there God was inside me!

Oh Lalla, why do you keep on wandering, and begging?

Make just a little effort. Act!
And God will appear in the form
of a love that fills your heart.”

© Lalla
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Lalla, also affectionately called Lalli, Lal Ded, Lal Diddi ("Granny Lal"), or Lalleshwari, was born near Srinagar in Kashmir in northern India.

Little is known with certainty about her life, other than hints that come to us through her poetry and songs.

She was a young bride, married, tradition says, at the age of twelve. After moving into her husband's family home, she was abused by her mother-i
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I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded Lalleshwari Naked Song Lalla Ded: Selected Poems

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