Akka Mahadevi

Like a silkworm weaving

Like a silkworm weaving

Like a silkworm weaving Like a silkworm weaving her house with love from her marrow, and dying in her body’s threads winding tight, round and round, I burn desiring what the heart desires. Cut through, O lord, my heart’s greed, and show me your way out, O lord white as jasmine. by Akka M... »

Sunlight Made Visible By Akka Mahadevi

Sunlight Made Visible By Akka Mahadevi

Sunlight made visible by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada Sunlight made visible the whole length of sky, movement of wind, leaf, flower, all six colours on tree, bush and creeper: all this is the day’s worship. The light of moon, star and fire, lightni... »

Through Thee Have I Forgotten Thee! By Akka Mahadevi

Through Thee Have I Forgotten Thee! By Akka Mahadevi

Through Thee have I forgotten Thee! by Akka Mahadevi English version by Armando Menezes Original Language Kannada After my body became Thyself, whom could I serve? After my mind became Thyself, whom could I invoke? After my consciousness was lost in Thee, Whom could I know? Being Thyself in Thee, O ... »

People, Male And Female By Akka Mahadevi

People, Male And Female By Akka Mahadevi

People, male and female by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada People, male and female, blush when a cloth covering their shame comes loose When the lord of lives lives drowned without a face in the world, how can you be modest? When all the world is the eye of... »

You Can Confiscate By Akka Mahadevi

You Can Confiscate By Akka Mahadevi

You can confiscate by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada You can confiscate money in hand; can you confiscate the body’s glory? Or peel away every strip you wear, but can you peel the Nothing, the Nakedness that covers and veils? To the shameless girl we... »

Treasure In The Ground By Akka Mahadevi

Treasure In The Ground By Akka Mahadevi

Treasure in the Ground by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada Like treasure hidden in the ground taste in the fruit gold in the rock oil in the seed the Absolute hidden away in the heart no on can know the ways of our lord white as jasmine. »

When I Didn’t Know Myself By Akka Mahadevi

When I Didn’t Know Myself By Akka Mahadevi

When I didn’t know myself by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada When I didn’t know myself where were you? Like the colour in the gold, you were in me. I saw in you, lord white as jasmine, the paradox of your being in me without showing a limb. »

He Bartered My Heart By Akka Mahadevi

He Bartered My Heart By Akka Mahadevi

He bartered my heart by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada He bartered my heart looted my flesh, claimed as tribute my pleasure, took over all of me. I’m the woman of love for my lord, white as jasmine. »

It Was Like A Stream By Akka Mahadevi

It Was Like A Stream By Akka Mahadevi

It was like a stream by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada It was like a stream running into the dry bed of a lake, like rain pouring on plants parched to sticks. It was like this world’s pleasure and the way to the other, both walking towards me. Seeing... »

Breath For Fragrance By Akka Mahadevi

Breath For Fragrance By Akka Mahadevi

Breath for fragrance by Akka Mahadevi English version by A. K. Ramanujan Original Language Kannada Breath for fragrance, who needs flowers? With peace, patience, forgiving and self-command, who needs the Ultimate Posture? The whole world become oneself who needs solitude, O lord white as jasmine. »