He who is born in the Snow Country,

Free from worldly taints,

Blessed by the Succession of Naropa

The wondrous one who has conquered pain

and trials

The cure, the supreme remedy

For the ills of sentient beings,

Revered by all like sun and moon,

He is the Holy One, the famous Mila.

I bow to him, the father Repa, with great veneration.

The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa


Who are we talking about here?  It is you, everyone one of you reading this song. The song is about you, the traveler of the way.
We lose our way and the most common detour leads to our heads. It is understandable because it is the way we have been taught to navigate our lives. It is an imporatant aspect of our self but it is often timid and powerless.We have a deeper, magical and more potent well from which to draw.
We can talk about this as the difference between “knowledge” and “being.”  Knowledge is what we know and how we process, analyze, and use it. “Being” is who we are which is manifested in what we do. In practice and teaching this is the heart of the matter.  The Dharma Lion’s roar.  Who am I really? How do I act in my life? Do I really practice with my life? Being is and has always been the truth of our practice.
May we all attain that which is in us –  the great courage of the Dharma, the great courage of being.
I bow with great gratitude to the great Dharma hero, Milarepa.
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