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About Lalla

From: (Jacquie Weller)
Subject: About Lalla
Date: Thu, 2 May 1996 08:07:50 +0100

Some have asked me about my name Sufi name Lalla what it means and also
about the Mystic Lalla.  At my ignitiation I was told the name meant
Darling, and also humorously my initiator said "a little bit crazy".  Now
about the Mystic Lalla.

quote from Book, Women in Praise of the Sacred, Edited by Jane Hirshfield-

Lal Ded, (14thc.?)  Also known as Lallesware, Lalla, or Lal Diddi, Lal Ded
was born in Kashmir.  Married at the age of twelve, she was neglected by her
husband and treated harshly by her mother-in-law; after twelve years she
left their house to become a disciple in the Shiva-worship tradition of
oneness between God and the phenomenal world.  Her words show both the
unmistakable clarity and the joy of her experience of that union.

After completing her training, Lal Ded wandered the countryside in a state
of undress, singing and dancing her passionate mystical experience.  One
story about her:  One morning, after a group of children taunted the
wandering devotee, a cloth merchant came spiritedly to her defense.  She
immediately purchaned two bundles of cloth of equal weight from him and
continued on her way.  As she went through the day, each time someone
ridiculed her, she tied a knot in the cloth on her left shoulder; each time
someone praised her, she tied a knot in the cloth on the right.  At dayu's
end, she returned to the merchant, and asked him to weigh the bundles again.
She thanked him for his earlier concern, but also pointed out that, as he
could see for himself, nothing had changed; whatever praise or blame she
recieved, they were of equal weight, and she accepted both with the same
attitude of equanimity.
From Jacquie W. Lalla in Moscow.

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