Breath for fragranceby 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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