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November 18th, 2013

Your way of knowing is a private herb garden.
Enclose it with a hedge of meditation,
and self-discipline, and helpfulness to others.

Then everything you've done before
will be brought as a sacrifice
to the mother goddess.

And each day, as you eat the herbs,
your garden grows more bare and empty.


-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - Your way of knowing is a private herb garden

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Lalla - To learn the scriptures is easy

To learn the scriptures is easy,
to live them, hard.
The search for the Real
is no simple matter.

Deep in my looking,
the last words vanished.
Joyous and silent,
the waking that met me there.


-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - To learn the scriptures is easy

Lalla - Playfully, you hid from me

Playfully, you hid from me.
All day I looked.

Then I discovered
I was you,

and the celebration
of That began.


-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - Playfully, you hid from me
One shrine to the next, the hermit can't stop for breath.
Soul, get this! You should have looked in the mirror.
Going on a pilgrimage is like falling in love
with the greenness of faraway grass.


-- from I Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded, Translated by Ranjit Hoskote
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - One shrine to the next, the hermit can't stop for breath

Lalla - I traveled a long way seeking God

I traveled a long way seeking God,
but when I finally gave up and turned back,
there He was, within me!

O Lalli!
Now why do you wander
like a beggar?
Make some effort,
and He will grant you
a vision of Himself
in the form of bliss
in your heart.


-- from Lalleshwari: Spiritual Poems by a Great Siddha Yogini, Translated by Swami Muktananda
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - I traveled a long way seeking God

Lalla - I searched for my Self

I searched for my Self
until I grew weary,

but no one, I know now,
reaches the hidden knowledge
by means of effort.

Then, absorbed in “Thou art This,”
I found the place of Wine.

There all the jars are filled,
but no one is left to drink.


-- from Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women, Edited by Jane Hirshfield
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - I searched for my Self
I made pilgrimages, looking for God.
Then I gave up, turned around,
there God was inside me!

Oh Lalla, why do you keep on
wandering, and begging?

Make just a little effort. Act!
And God will appear in the form
of a love that fills your heart.


-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry Chaikhana | Lalla - I made pilgrimages, looking for God

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6: Sankhya-yoga

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Chapter 6, Verse 5.
A man must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well.

Chapter 6, Verse 6.
For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his very mind will be the greatest enemy.

Chapter 6, Verse 7.
For one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquility. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same.

Chapter 6, Verse 8.
A person is said to be established in self-realization and is called a yogi [or mystic] when he is fully satisfied by virtue of acquired knowledge and realization. Such a person is situated in transcendence and is self-controlled. He sees everything--whether it be pebbles, stones or gold--as the same.

Chapter 6, Verse 9.
A person is said to be still further advanced when he regards all--the honest well-wisher, friends and enemies, the envious, the pious, the sinner and those who are indifferent and impartial--with an equal mind.

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Chapter 6, Verse 29.
A true yogi observes Me in all beings, and also sees every being in Me. Indeed, the self-realized man sees Me everywhere.

Chapter 6, Verse 30.
For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me.

Chapter 6, Verse 31.
The yogi who knows that I and the Supersoul within all creatures are one worships Me and remains always in Me in all circumstances.

Chapter 6, Verse 32.
He is a perfect yogi who, by comparison to his own self, sees the true equality of all beings, both in their happiness and distress, O Arjuna!

Chapter 6, Verse 33.
Arjuna said: O Madhusudana, the system of yoga which You have summarized appears impractical and unendurable to me, for the mind is restless and unsteady.

Chapter 6, Verse 34.
For the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krsna, and to subdue it is, it seems to me, more difficult than controlling the wind.

Chapter 6, Verse 35.
The Blessed Lord said: O mighty-armed son of Kunti, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by constant practice and by detachment.

Chapter 6, Verse 36.
For one whose mind is unbridled, self-realization is difficult work. But he whose mind is controlled and who strives by right means is assured of success. That is My opinion.


Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6: Sankhya-yoga

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