Framed poster - MahaSiddha Yogi - Jetsun Milarepa - Tibetan Buddhism - Tibet
Lived Approx: 1040-1123
Known for: 'The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa'
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MahaSiddha Yogi - Jetsun Milarepa - Tibetan Buddhism - Tibet
Known for: 'The Hundred Thousand
Songs of Milarepa' The above gives a
vivid picture of the powerful Yogi and
Siddha that Milarepa was.
In summary while younger, and obeying
his mother, he mastered black magic
and did great damageto the region
crops with hailstorms and possibly
caused the deaths of
many perceived enemies.
He eventually repented and found
guidance in the great Master Marpa.
Marpa first tested him - for
example had him built clay and rock
temples and then destroy most of them
(teaching him transiency)until his hands
were full of sores. Marpa knew Mila was
destined for greatness, as he had a
vision of Mila becoming a sun of light
for the entire universe.
Mila then retreated to solitary cave
mediation for many years, and his
compassion and light as Marpa foresaw
extended the entire universe - past -
present and future.
There are many Tibetan teachers
today that can expound his teachings.
He remained for many years in arduous
meditation in remote caves. With nothing
but wild nettles to eat, his body grew
weak and his flesh turned pale green.
He later traveled widely across the
Himalayan borderlands of southern
Tibet and northern Nepal.
Milarepa spent the rest of his adult life
practicing meditation in seclusion
and teaching groups of disciples mainly
through spontaneous songs
of realization (mgur).
Marpa himself was a disciple of Naropa,
Narop aa disciple of Tilopa, all
remarkable masters and its very instructive
to read about them and their teachings.
He also is related to the eight-century
Indian master Padmasambhava.
There are very many resources about
Mila and we can not cover them here.
But the best one is to read his songs.
Below in the 1st (free) reference Mila
himself tells his story on page 9 -
his poeticstyle and unique way of
speaking and sincerity become clear.
Authors note - Raul: Do not be misled
the by huge volume of songs
by Milarepa andeven more by commentaries
on his life. Better read a few songs
and keep what makes
sense to you - his teachings and
lessons are forever direct to the heart!
We can also note that many of his images
show Mila in the cave with a hand
in his ear - this points that in the Silence
of the caves he was accustomed
to using the inner sound current -
Om or Shabda - as a means of concentration
very similar to teachers like Kirpal Singh.
The images of his masters show
the deep respect and devotion he had
for Marpa, Tilopa and Naropa.
To show this here we quote his
'Song of the Five Happiness's':
I bow at the feet of Lord Marpa most kind.
Bless me to give up concerns for this life.
In Drakar Taso Üma Dzong,
At the summit of Üma Dzong Fortress
I, the Tibetan cotton-clad yogin
Sacrificed clothing and food of this life
And then worked to become a perfected Buddha.
A small rigid cushion beneath me: happiness.
A soft cotton robe around me: happiness.
A meditation belt wrapped around me: happiness.
Illusory body neither hungry nor full: happiness.
Mind that gives up examination: happiness.
I am not unhappy. Happy is what I am.
If I seem happy, so happy, do all I have done.
If you don’t have the fortune to practice the dharma,
Spare me your mistaken pity.
The one who accomplishes lasting contentment
For myself and all sentient beings.
The sun’s rays have set on the mountain pass,
You should return to your homes.
Life is short and death strikes without warning—
While I work to become a perfected buddha
I have no time to waste on such meaningless talk.
Therefore, in evenness now I rest.
To understand the songs context -
he was visited by hungry hunters
but he had nothing but nettles to
Translated By: Garma C.C. Chang
By the same author the 100,000 songs of Milarepa: