a finger pointing at the moon.
Kashmiri Poetess Lala who lived in the 14th Century:
about enlightenment and her direction she said;
in this state there is no Shiva,
nor any holy union.
only a somewhat something moving
dreamlike on a fading road.
when asked about sacred practices she said;
there are those sleeping who are awake,
and others awake who are sound asleep.
some of those bathing in the sacred pools
will never get clean.
and there are others
doing household chores
what are free from any action.
Enlightenment absorbs this universe of qualities
when that merging occurs, there is nothing
but God. This is the only doctrine.
there is no word for it, no mind
to understand it with, no categories
of transcendence or non-transcendence,
no vow of silence, no mystical attitude.
there is no Shiva and no Shakti
in enlightenment, and if there is something that remains,
that whatever it is
is the only teaching.
version translations by Coleman Barks