Naked Song

by Coleman Barks

Lalla lived in Kashmir in the 14th century, when many doctrinal streams were merging: Shaivism, Sufism, Vedantic non-dualism, and other –isms, but Lalla is beyond religious categories, a living combination that cannot be described in those terms.

Born in Kashmir, probably in a village near Srinagar, maybe in 1320, she died near there in 1391. All these facts are speculative. There are stories of her being mistreated as a young wife living with in-laws. Her mother-in-law would put a stone on her plate and cover . . .


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