​Milarepa: Fame is unreal as an echo

I SHALL ALWAYS BE HAPPY AND CONTENTED

Realizing that fame is as unreal as an echo,

I abandon not the holy way of life,

Throwing away all cares, preparations and afflicted calculations.

Whatever reputation I may have,

I shall always be happy and contented.

Realizing that all things are illusion,

I cast away the notion of possessions;

For wealth obtained by strife I have not the least desire!

Whatever my means and prestige,

I shall always be happy and contented.

Realizing that all followers are phantoms,

I have no concern for human relationship

And travel where I please, when I please,

Unlike those artificial scholar-priests

Who act with discretion and restraint.

Whatever the status I may have,

I shall always be happy and contented.

Realizing that desires and sufferings

Are themselves the Great Equation,

I cut the rope of passion and of hatred.

With or without associates,

I shall always be happy and contented.

The nature of Beingness is beyond paly-words;

Attachment to any doctrine or concept

Is merely a matter of self-confusion.

Unshackling the fetter of the knower-and-the-known (duality),

Whatever I become and wherever I remain,

I shall always be happy and contented.

In the great Illuminating Mind itself,

I see no pollution of wandering thoughts.

Throwing away all reasonings and observations,

Whatever words I hear and say,

I shall always be happy and contented.

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