The Soul by Lal Ded

I like this poem by Lal Ded. I did not know who she was, in fact this was posted by Elle Luna’s in her own blog and I am borrowing it to put it here. It is said that Lal Ded was born in 1355 in Pandrethan to a Kashmiri Pandit family. Even as a child, Lalla was wise and religious-minded. She was married at the age of 12 into a family that was reported to have regularly mistreated her. As a mystic, she wandered naked, reciting her proverbs and quatrain-based poems as a means for peace.

-“The Soul”
by Lal Ded

The soul, like the moon,
Is new, 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.

My teacher told me one thing,
Live in the soul.

When that was so, I began to go naked and dance.


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