Presented By: Andrew Barker
“Four Questions: Who is awake and who is asleep? What is this lake that is continually oozing back into the earth? What can a human being offer to God? And what do we most deeply want?”
Lal Ded, the amazing Kashmiri visionary, teacher and poet, is mysteriously not well-known in the West, though she is beloved throughout South Asia, by both Hindu (as Lalla Yogini) and Muslim/Sufi(as Lal’arifa). Her magnificent and evocative words touch deep into the heart of spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Her magically creative writing is unique in all the world of literature, combining deep compassion and humility with soaring illumination and non-dual other-worldliness.
We will hear Lalla’s answer to the Four Questions above, and meditatively experience and consider many of her short but brilliant poems. We will also discuss the importance of this gloriously feminine voice and perspective on creativity and the spiritual path, most appropriate on Mothers’ Day.
Andrew Barker is the president of the Theosophical Society in Seattle and a long-time Theosophist and meditator. He has a deep affinity with nature and the mystical traditions East and West.