Mirror

When my mind was cleansed of impurities,
like a mirror of its dust and dirt,
I recognized the Self in me:

When I saw Him dwelling in me,
I realized that He was the Everything
and I was nothing.

Let them jeer or cheer me;
Let anybody say what he likes;
Let good persons worship me with flowers;
What can any one of them gain from me being pure?

If the world talks ill of me
My heart shall harbour no ill-will:
If am a true worshipper of God
Can ashes leave a stain on a mirror?

– Lalla Ded

Lalla Ded. (Lalleshwari) (1320–1392) was a mystic of the Kashmiri Shaivite sect. She wrote many devotional and mystic poems, expressing her longing for the Divine.
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