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The Last Kashmiri Savant?

Today the name Kashmir invokes images of violence and terror in our minds. It brings back memories of the horrific genocide perpetrated on Kashmiri pandits, reminding us, sadly, of brutal extremists in its midst. Even though Kashmir today epitomizes chaos, this is not what the real Kashmir –the land of sage Kashyapa – originally stood for.

Kashmir ranks amongst the most beautiful and pristine lands in all of India, reverberating with the sacred sounds from the Himalayas. The real Kashmir is the residence of Ma Sharada Devi – (recall the verse “namaste Sharada devi kAshmirapuravAsini”. Sri Adi Sankara after his visit to Kashmir, set up the Sharada Peeth here). Kashmir is the also land of the accomplished Kashmiri pandits – who Monier Willams described as being the ‘finest representatives of the Aryan race’ – and it is also the land which gave us the supreme philosophy of Kashmiri Shaivism.

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Lalleshwari – The Kashmiri mystic saint (1320 – 1392)

Foremost among Kashmiri saints was the poetess mystic and Shaivite yogi saint called Lalleshwari. Even centuries after her existence, Kashmiris still revere her and remember her teachings and use her quotes on appropriate occasions.

Lal Vakh in Kashmiri

yi yi karu’m suy artsun
yi rasini vichoarum thi mantar
yihay lagamo dhahas partsun
suy Parasivun tanthar -138

Translation in English

Whatever work I did became worship of the Lord;
Whatever word I uttered became a mantra;
Whatever this body of mine experienced became
the sadhana-s of Saiva Tantra

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“Sapo Aham”

I start this blog with a very sweet story from the life of the great sage Patanjali.

There was a sage who went to the banks of a river everyday to perform his daily prayers. One day, as usual this sage was praying in the river, and he took some water in his cupped hands and then closed his eyes. After the prayer, when he opened his eyes, the sage was terrified by the sight of a snake in the water in his palms. He trembled and fearfully asked “Kor BhavAn ?” (He would have said “Ko Bhavaan” – meaning Who are you?)

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