Friday, February 5, 2016

Milarepa's song of realization

Bhutanese painted thanka of Milarepa (1052-1135), 
Late 19th-early 20th Century, Dhodeydrag Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan

 When I’m meditating, I abide
In the natural state, effortlessly settled
In the unwavering state, freely settled
In the open state, luminously settled
In the bliss state, clearly settled
In the concept free state, lightly settled
In the multiple & variable state, evenly settled
And this is how Awareness itself settles.
Multiple certainties ceaselessly arise,
manifesting as
naturally effulgent
effortlessly enlightened activity.
Wishing for results? No!
What a pleasure!
Hope & fear addicted? No!
What contentment!
Confusion becomes wisdom.
What a delight!

 This poetry appeared in Tibetan Literary Arts, Curated by Marit Cranmer, 
published By Shang Shung Institute, Neilson Library, Smith College, May 2007.

source text here

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