Breath for fragrance

by Akka Mahadevi

English version by A. K. Ramanujan
Original Language Kannada

Breath for fragrance,
who needs flowers?

With peace, patience, forgiving and self-command,
who needs the Ultimate Posture?

The whole world become oneself
who needs solitude,

O lord white as jasmine.

-- from Speaking of Siva, by A K Ramanujan

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Breath for fragrance