Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded. Poetry Chaikhana 2019-01-24

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Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

We find Sanskritic terms and phrases here, drawn from a larger Hindu-Buddhist universe of meaning that ectended from Balkh in the west, across Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, to china, Korea and Japan in the east, and shouthward through the Gangetic regions to peninsular India, Sri Lanka and South-east Asia. If he comes to Iran I will kiss the fingertips that wrote such a masterpiece inspired by the Creator of all. She was illiterate, but she was wise. In this state of enhanced consciousness induced by special techniques of concentration, the inside and the outside, the subject and the object, the self and the world, did not remain separate entities but fused in a single process. Some, who have closed their eyes, are wide awake.

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Lal

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

Finally, Lalla could endure no more mistreatment and, in her early 20s, she left. She articulated the spiritual path and message she had inherited; in Kashmiri language which was the language of the man in the street. We find Sanskritic terms and phrases here, drawn from a larger Hindu-Buddhist universe of meaning that ectended from Balkh in the west, across Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, to china, Korea and Japan in the east, and shouthward through the Gangetic regions to peninsular India, Sri Lanka and South-east Asia. His poems have appeared in Akzente, Boulevard Magenta, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, Nthposition and Wespennest. With what water will they sprinkle Him? On the other hand, we have the ritual free Trikamat of Lal-Ded which is a syncretic tradition that assimilates not only the essence of Buddhist spirituality but also reaches out to the Sufi-Mystic tradition of Islam.

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Poetry Chaikhana

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

Stripping away a century of Victorian-inflected translatio The poems of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, popularly known as Lalla, strike us like brief and blinding bursts of light. Or am I seeping away like water from a half baked cup? In Kashmir, some people consider her a poet, some consider her a holywoman and some consider her a sufi, a yogi, or a devotee of Shiva. I saw a fool beating his cook. Stunningly beautiful and fully enjoyable, I adore them to bits! Across the expanse of her poetry, the author whose signature these poems carry evolves from a wanderer, uncertain of herself and looking for anchorage in a potentially hostile landscape, into a questor who has found belonging beneath a sky that is continuous with her mind. As a corpus, the vakhs were first committed to print early in the twentieth century, have since appeared in several editions, both in the original and in English translation. Who taught you, priest-man, to feed this breathing thing to your thing of stone? Here is a verse that deals with this issue and also demonstrates some of the exciting shifts in diction that would not look out of place in a journal of contemporary poetry: Now sir, make sure you've corralled your ass.

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Poetry Chaikhana

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

Water in a cup of unbaked clay, Whirling and wasting, my dizzy soul Slowly is filling to melt away. I wore myself out, looking for myself. She was a young bride, married, tradition says, at the age of twelve. She challenged the validity of all the socio-political and religious structures, and was deadly against maintaining the status quo, thus she was perceived as a threat to the established social order. Accordingly, we find occasional but unmistakeable hints of Sufi and possibly also of Sikh usage in this corpus of poems. There are several translations of the poetry of Lalla available in English now, good ones too, but Ranjit Hoskote's versions are my favorite. Translation lxvii The Poems 1 Notes of the Poems 149 References 234 Acknowledgements 243 I Lalla — The Poems of Lal Ded Back of the Book I trapped my breath in the bellows of my throat: a lamp blazed up inside, showed me who I really was.

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I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

I shall amplify on this observation in the course of this essay. As a corpus, the vakhs were first committed to print early in the twentieth century, have since appeared in several editions, both in the original and in English translation. We find Sanskritic terms and phrases here, drawn from a larger Hindu-Buddhist universe of meaning that extended from Balkh in the west, across Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, to China, Korea and Japan in the east, and southward through the Gangetic regions to peninsular India, Sri Lanka and South-east Asia. In Buddhist tradition being a Bodhi-sattva implies being full of compassion conjoined with insight into reality, realizing emptiness shunaya or the essence of all things. It is entrance into principle. This understanding of wall-examining must have been widespread in early Tibet. Since this school is itself the confluential outcome of an engagement with several philosophical traditions, she was receptive to the images and ideas of those other traditions.

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I Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

A lot of old Indian poetry has already been translated by loquacious Victorians, and much of Laleshwari's work is out there already. As a corpus, the vakhs were first committed to print early in the twentieth century, and have since appeared in several editions, both in the original and in English translation. She did not think in terms of men and women. Like a tenuous web Siva spreads Himself, Penetrating all frames of all things, If while alive, you cannot see Him, How can you see Him after death? However I feel the author has done a fine job here of translating without losing the spirit of Lalla. Here's a short verse: I'm towing my boat across the ocean with a thread.


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Lalleshwari

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

Known as Lal Vakhs, her verses are the earliest compositions in the Kashmiri language and are an important part in history of Kashmiri literature. In a radical break with the established convention of treating Lal Ded as a single author, Hoskote instead proposes the theory that her name stands for a contributory lineage of questions and recites who followed in her wake. These poems are as likely to demand that the Divine reveal itself, as to complain of its bewildering and protean ubiquity. She was a young bride, married, tradition says, at the age of twelve. Lal-ded rebelled against the educated elite of Sanskrit academia who were the custodians of knowledge and tradition. The relay culminates in the realm of print, when the scribal text is codified and formatted within the protocols of modern scholarship by compilers and editors: at first by the colonial scholar-administrator using English, followed by South Asian scholars using English, Kashmiri, Urdu and Hindi.

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The poems of Lal Ded

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

Epiphanic and provocative, they shuttle between the vulnerability of doubt and the assurance of an insight gaine. She was treated with contempt by some and much reverence by others, seeing her as a saint and eventually as God-realized. Illumining my path to parma shiva Lal-Vak forms the foundation not only of the contemporary Kashmiri literature but also of Kashmiri culture as a whole. Lala-vak is not primarily poetry nor is it mere learned discourse. About the Author Ranjit Hoslote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator.

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Lal Ded

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

In writing of her in this book, I will also use the name by which she is most popularly and affectionately known, across community lines: Lalla. Her in-laws lived in Pampur. Jayalal Kaul ed : Lal Ded Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 1973, P. The humor and whimsy of the spiritual poetry makes sure the work is always on the reader, always on the practitioner to continue to think and search, not in an abstract way but in the actually physical world. It is nondiscriminative, quiescent, and inactive; we call it entrance by principle. In yet other poems, she transmits the teachings that are the fruit of her experience: these poems aim to renew the immediacy of everyday life by placing it in the context of eternity, to redeem the self from the cocoon of narcissism and release it towards others, the world and the Divine.

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Lalla Ded: Selected Poems by Lalla

Lalla Awakens: Nondual Poetry of Lal Ded

Contents Introduction 9 1 Lal Ded 9 2 The Vetors of Lalla's Voice 28 3 Lalla's Poetry 36 4 The Tantric Underground 44 5 Lalla's Utterance 60 6 Translation 67 The Poems 1 Nnotes to the Poems 149 References 234 Acknowledgements 243 I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded About the Book The poems of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, popularly known as Lalla, strike us like brief and blinding bursts of light. These poems are as likely to demand that the Divine reveal itself, as to complain of its bewildering and protean ubiquity. Epiphanic and provocative, they shuttle between the vulnerability of doubt and the assurance of an insight gained through resilience and reflection. Meem Hai Zaffar, born and brought up in Kashmir, now lives in Delhi, he holds a Ph. Emotionally rich yet philosophically precise, sumptuously enigmatic yet crisply structured, these poems are as sensuously evocative as they are charged with an ecstatic devotion. Oh, how fain would I reach my goal. Her poems are more influential today than ever, not only in Kashmir but around the world.

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