‘I was nothing’ by Lalla

When my mind was cleansed of impurities,
like a mirror of its dust and dirt,
I recognized the Self in me:
When I saw Him dwelling in me,
I realized that He was the Everything
and I was nothing.


Lalla was a Hindu mystic and saint who lived in Kashmir, India, in the 1300s. I think this poem is a beautiful expression of what it feels like to meditate on God. We realise that God is “Everything” and that the “I’ — our ego — is “nothing”. This is not a negative thing, and we are losing nothing in this transformation, we simply become connected to the Divine — are filled and consumed by it — and become one with it.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jill
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 11:57:27

    Happened to come across this which I think continues the idea
    ‘I am nobody. Nobody is perfect. Therefore I am perfect.’
    It made me laugh on this glorious sunny morning!


  2. anafransilva
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 18:16:30

    This is beautiful; so expressive, and so unlike other God loving poetry. Thanks for following my blog, I hope you continue to enjoy my posts! I look forward to yours, Ana x


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