I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Dĕd
The poems of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, popularly known as Lalla, strike us like brief and blinding bursts of light. Emotionally rich yet philosophically precise, sumptuously enigmatic yet crisply structured, these poems are as sensuously evocative as they are charged with an ecstatic devotion. Stripping away a century of Victorian-inflected translations and paraphrases, and restoring the jagged, colloquial power of Lalla’s voice, in Ranjit Hoskote’s new translation these poems are glorious manifestos of illumination.
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Lal D ĕ d
ā khs Abhinavagupta appear aspirant awareness Azizullah body body’s Brahmin breath Buddhist centuries chakra companion v khs consciousness contributory lineage cultural cycle death Delhi Divine energy enlightenment experience guru heart heteroglossia Hindu Hinduism historical Lalla Hoskote’s identity Indian Islam Jayalal Kaul journey karma Kashmir Śaivite Kashmiri language lake Lal Děd Lalla Lalla’s poems Lalla’s poetry Lalla’s v khs language LD corpus Lord Marc Aurel Stein Master meaning meditation metaphor mind Muslim mystic Nārāyana note to poem offer one’s Pandit path Persian philosophical poems 17 quest questor realised reciters reference religious renouncer Rishi ritual sahasr ra saint-poet Śaiva Śaivism Sanskrit says in poem scholars scriptures seeker Shakti Shiva Shiva and Shakti Shiva-principle Siddha social soul soul’s subcontinent Sufi Sufism Supreme Tantra Tantric Tantric underground teacher teaching Toshkhani traditions transcendence translation universe Utpaladeva utterance Vasugupta Void what’s who’s woman word worship Yoga Yogācāra yogi Yogic yogini