I made pilgrimages, looking for God

by Lalla

English version by Coleman Barks
Original Language Kashmiri

I made pilgrimages, looking for God.
Then I gave up, turned around,
there God was inside me!

Oh Lalla, why do you keep on
wandering, and begging?

Make just a little effort. Act!
And God will appear in the form
of a love that fills your heart.

-- from Naked Song, by Lalla / Translated by Coleman Barks

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