Lalla Arifa’s Sufi poetry – Medieval India

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Indian food: rice, chapatis, sauces, lentils

Indian food: rice, chapatis, sauces, lentils

A second poem:

When to this self I was firmly attached,
from me, hidden You were still staying.
While I was seeking You, time passed:
looking in, You and I blissfully, uniting!

And a third poem:

By pandering to your appetites,
you get nowhere;
By penance and fasting,
you get conceit.
Be moderate in food and drink
and live a moderate life,
The gates of Heaven will surely be
thrown open wide for you.

Back to the first poem

Lalla’s life

Bibliography and further reading about Lalla Arifa:

Lalla Arifa
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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Lalla Arifa’s Sufi poetry – Medieval India. Quatr.us Study Guides, July 20, 2017. Web. November 13, 2018.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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