What is worship? Who are this man
What kinds of flowers should be brought,
Real worship is done by the mind
There is a liquid that can be released
Let that be your sacred pouring.
Note: The untitled poem above was written by Lalla, also known as Lalleswari or Lal Ded, a Kashmiri woman who lived from 1320-1391. She had an unhappy marriage, so she left home to study under a spiritual Hindu teacher. Later on, she traveled around the Kashmiri countryside and met Sayyid Ali Hamadani, a famous Sufi saint. She wrote several mystical poems, which have been translated by Jane Hirshfield, Coleman Barks, Willis Barnstone, and others. This poem was translated by Coleman Barks in the book, "Holy Fire" edited by Daniel Halpern.
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