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Coins in the hand can be stolen,
but who can rob this body
of its own treasure?

The last thread of clothing
can be stripped away,
but who can peel off Emptiness –
pure Nakedness covering all?

Fools, while I dress
in the Jasmine Lord’smorning light
I cannot be shamed.
What would you have me hide under silk
and the glitter of jewels?

Mahadeviyakka. 12th C. India.

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