MILAREPA ON THE ART OF NON-CLINGING
Because I have left my kinsmen, I am happy;
Because I have abandoned the attachment to my country and race, I am happy;
Since I disregard this place, I am happy;
As I do not wear the lofty garb of priesthood, I am happy.
Because I cling not to house and family, I am happy;
I need not this or that, so I am happy.
Because I possess the great wealth of the Dharma, I am happy;
Because I worry not about property, I am happy;
Because I have no fear of losing anything, I am happy;
Since I never dread exhaustion, I am happy.
Having fully realized the Mind-Essence, I am happy;
As I need not force myself to please my patrons, I am happy;
Having no fatigue or weariness, I am happy;
Since all I do complies with the Dharma, I am happy;
Never desiring to move (wander), I am happy;
As the thought of death brings me no fear, I am happy;
Bandits, thieves, hackers, and robbers never molest me,
So at all times I am happy!
Having won the best conditions for Dharma-practice, I am happy;
Having ceased from evil deeds and left off sinning, I am happy;
Treading the Path of Merits, I am happy,
Having lost all pride and jealousy, I am happy;
Understanding the wrongness of the Eight Worldly Winds (desires),
I am happy;
Absorbed in quiescence and even-mindedness, I am happy;
Without hope or fear, I am happy;
In the sphere of Non-clinging Illuminations, I am happy;
The non-distinguishing Wisdom of non-conceptual intuition,
I am happy;
Poised in the natural realm of Immanence, I am happy;
The five radiant gates of sense all make one happy;
To stop the mind that comes and goes is happiness;
Oh, I have so much of happiness and joy!
This is a song of gaiety I sing,
This is a song of gratitude to my Guru and the
Three Precious Ones –
I want no other happiness.
With no bad deeds and sins,
I shall be joyful when I die;
With all good merits, deeds and virtues,
I am happy while alive.
Enjoying yoga (meditation), I am indeed most happy.