In the following verses, the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded (aka Lalla) poses a series of questions, and then answers them …
Who’s asleep and who’s awake?
What is that lake in the sky
from which a rain of nectar is falling?
What is the offering that Shiva loves most?
What is that Supreme Word you’re looking for
in the hermit’s coded dictionary?
The mind’s asleep. When it outgrows itself, it will awake.
The five organs are the lake in the sky
from which a rain of nectar is falling.
The offering Shiva loves most is knowledge of Self.
The Supreme Word you’re looking for
is Shiva Yourself.
~ Lalla (from I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded)