“You are the heaven and You are the earth,
You are the day and You are the night,
You are all pervading air,
You are the sacred offering of rice and flowers and of water;
You are Yourself all in all, What can I offer You?
Wander from shrine to shrine, visit gods, look all over for fulfilment.
The further away you look from your own self,
the greener seems the next heap of grass.
The way is like a herb garden:
enclose it with silence, self-restraint, and actions that follow these.
Then offer everything you do on the Mother’s altar.
Gradually your whole crop of deeds gets eaten,
and only emptiness remains.”
Lalla Ded (14th century Kashmir)