Gems of Kashmiri Literature and Kashmiriyat
of Saint Poets - I
N. Razdan (Mahanori)
fragrant flower garden of our great land tinged in the beautiful mosaic
of variegated hues, irrigated by sacred rivers, fed by a fertile soil and
enriched by mineral wealth, oceanic gems not for lassitude of luxury nor
for evil designs but effectively guided by vigorous spiritualism of ancient
heritage of India for self-confidence, self-reliance and similar positive
'Selves' to stem the tides of destructive storms of pseudo-secularism,
fundamentalism, Communalism and such other negative 'ism' that tend to
flicker out the consumed candle stick of Indian civilization at the end.
This in turn
envisages a high degree of patriotic zeal to firmly knit together the fragmented,
patchwork quilt of national integration to bring out and revive the cohesive
union of warmth of hearts and constructive logic of minds with a keen eye
on humanistic, domestic and international harmony in unison with global
union of brotherhood vis-à-vis the humans and the ecological balance
of the hydrosphere to reap the fruits of the bounty of natural gifts.
May you heed
has produced many saints, poets
and mystics. Among them, Lal Ded
is very prominent. In Kashmir,
some people consider her a poet,
some consider her a holywoman and
some consider her a sufi, a yogi,
or a devotee of Shiva. Sume even
consider her an avtar.
endearingly and in
veneration called Nunda Rishi, has
left an indelible mark on the
thinking and culture of all
Kashmiris. The great sage was one
of the twin stars of medieval
Kashmir along with Lalleshwari (Lal
Ded) with whom he shared the
intensity of mystic experience
whose profundity remains
unrivalled to this day.
rose to enviable eminence not only
as a saint, but also as a poet
articulating spiritual insights.
Born in the family of a village
Patwari he was named Nanda or
Nanda Ram, and his persistent
endeavour transformed him into
Parmanand (Parma Ananda, i.e.