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Lalleshwari Teachings

Just for a moment a flower grows,
Bright and brilliant on a green-clad tree:
Just for a moment a cold wind blows
Through the bare thorns of a thicket free.

Only is he blessed and at peace,
False hopes abandoned, who ascends
Where the hard loans of desire cease,
Where no debt, nor anyone that lends.

Thou art the heavens, and thou the earth:
Thou alone art day and night and air:
Thou thyself art all things that have birth,
Even the offerings of flowers fair.

Lalleshwari – a 14th century mystic poetess who lived in Kashmir – an ardent devotee of Shiva.