but air. Sing, Lalla,
wearing the sky."
from "Lalla: Naked Song" translated by Coleman Barks
Lalla, a beloved 14th century poet from Kashmir, wandered and danced in the streets naked singing her songs. Once, when children were making fun of her, she asked a merchant for 2 strands of cloth that weighed the same. She draped a strand of cloth over each shoulder. That day when someone praised her she would tie a knot in one strand, and when someone rebuked her she would tie a knot in the other strand.
She returned to the merchant at the end of the day and asked him to weigh the 2 strands again. Of course they both were still equal in weight, showing that "praise and blame have no substance of their own."
We'll dance (with clothes on), practicing with music in class this week. Join us!
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