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Lalleshwari (1320–1392), locally known mostly as Lal Ded, was a Kashmiri mystic of the Kashmir Shaivism school of philosophy in the Indian subcontinent.



  • I didn't believe in it for a moment
    but I gulped down the wine of my own voice.
    And then I wrestled with the darkness inside me,
    knocked it down, clawed at it, ripped it to shreds.
    • The Poems of Lal Ded, poem 48, p. 10
  • It covers your shame, keeps you from shivering.
    Grass and water are the food it asks.
    Who taught you, priest-man,
    to feed this breathing thing to your thing of stone?
    • The Poems of Lal Ded, poem 59, p. 15

From Kashmiri Poetry[edit]

  • yi yi karu'm suy artsun
    yi rasini vichoarum thi mantar
    yihay lagamo dhahas partsun
    suy Parasivun tanthar
  • translation:
  • Whatever work I did became worship of the Lord;
    Whatever word I uttered became a prayer;
    Whatever this body of mine experienced became
    the sadhana of Saiva Tantra
    illumining my path to Parmasiva.
  • Whatever work I've done,
    whatever I have though,
    was praise with my body
    and praise hidden
    inside my head.
    • Naked Songs, p. 18

External links[edit]

Wikipedia has an article about:
  • Ranjit Hoskote: I, Lalla, The Poems of Lal Dĕd, translated from the Kashmiri with and Introduction and Notes, Penguin India, July 2013
  • Barks, Coleman: Naked Songs, Maypop Books, 1992