The Mysticism of Lal Ded and William Blake

Shamenaz Bano and Shaista Maseeh explore similarities between the mysticism of Kashmiri poet Lal Ded and William Blake.

Fergana State University in Uzbekistan has published conference proceedings entitled Current problems of modern linguistics and an innovative approach in teaching foreign languages, which includes a paper on Blake and Ded, "A Correlation Between Oriental & Occidental Mysticism: Lal Ded and William Blake":

There have been many philosophers, sages and saints in the Oriental world since ancient times and so mostly people in the Oriental world believe “mysticism” to be confined to their world. But that is not true as the history of mysticism in the oriental world also dates back to the ancient times. Mysticism which literally means the unification with God has its root in ancient Greek also like India. Hence the unification of the human heart with the essence of the Absolute, the Divine , could never be confined to any place or religion, even era. From time to time, in different parts of the world there have been many philosophers and seers who have swept the world with their mystical approach. In our paper, we will delve into the writings of two great mystical poets from two eras and two different countries, Lad Ded or Lalleshvari and William Blake. The purpose of this research is to launch a discourse on how Mysticism as a thought and belief traveled from one world to completely another, and how it crossed the centuries to reach people of one era into another. While Lal Ded was a 14th Century Kashmiri poet, William Blake belonged to England of the Romantic Age.

Shamenaz Bano is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at RTMM, Prayagraj, India. Shaista Maseeh is an independent researcher in Saudi Arabia.

This paper is available at the archives of Fergana State University. (Open Access.)