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this body is a great ocean



Friend, this body is a great ocean,
Concealing reefs and sea-vaults heaped up with jewels.
Enter its secret rooms and light your own lamp.
Within the body are gardens, rare orchids, peacocks, the inner music.
Within the body, a lake; in its cool waters, white swans take their joy.

By Mirabai

In Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems
Translated by Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield