Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | November 2, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: What is Worship?

by Lalla Ded (14th Century).

 

What is Worship

 

What is worship? Who are this man

and this woman bringing flowers?

 

What kinds of flowers should be brought,

and what streamwater poured over the images?

 

Real worship is done by the mind                                                 5

(Let that be a man) and by the desire

(Let that be a woman). And let those two

choose what to sacrifice.

 

There is a liquid that can be released

from under the mask of the face,                                                10

a nectar which when it rushes down

gives discipline and strength.

 

Let that be your sacred pouring.

Let your worship song be silence

 

Notes:

http://ikashmir.net/lalded/index.html

 

 

 

 

 


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