November 22nd, 2009

Lalla (Lal Ded): I traveled a long way seeking God

Lalla (Lal Ded): I traveled a long way seeking God

Lalla (her name can mean either "darling" or "seeker") is one of the few pre-19th century Hindu poets who speak to me. Of her twenty-four poems in poetry-chiakhana, about half guide me inward and/or outward toward the real. Most are as short as this one. Legend has it that she was an abused wife who left her husband and went in search of God (Shiva),