Rupa Bhawani (ca. 1621 – 1721 CE) was a deeply mystical poet of Kashmir. Her father was a very devout Hindu Pandit, and it is said that after many years of faithful worship, the Divine Mother appeared to him and asked him what he desired. He prayed She would take incarnation as a daughter to him, and he was blessed with the birth of Rupa. Rupa led a very spiritual life and until today is widely respected throughout Kashmir. In the poem below, both the seed and the circle of births refer to the constant succession of attachment and death in which, according to Hindu belief, the unenlightened are bound.
I did not come on this earth as a seed,
To fall in the circle of births.
I am not the elements
Earth, water, fire, air and ether.
I am beyond the primordial universal self and the individual self,
I am the Supreme Consciousness.
Translation Jankinath Kaul Kamal