Milarepa May 3
I’m going to try write more later about this. For now, a short one.
On the “Chronicles” website, there’s a series of talks on Milarepa. In the commentary on one talk, the idea is presented that Milarepa’s life involves family troubles, conflicts just like our own. Milarepa was an ascetic yogi for most of his life, I believe, but in contrast to that, his story also includes ordinary stuff, stuff that is “relatable.”
A few years back I found a free download of a Trungpa Rinpoche talk somewhere online. It was entitled the “Origin of Suffering,” but was mistitled, and was actually a track from a teaching on the 100,000 songs of Milarepa, this particular talk focusing on the principle of the dakini. Milarepa, while meditating, encounters a dakini, a feminine spirit embodying certain energies. Dakinis, whether you think of them as spirits, or as energetic events, are associated with both “inspiration” as Rinpoche put it, and chaos- plague, war, famine.
The dakini seems esoteric and Tibetan and superstitious even, but it’s very real and ordinary. One way of looking at it- it’s like the Al Bundy aspect of life, the sitcom aspect. You just can’t win. Things keep falling apart and falling apart. You’re part of a “cosmic joke.” Another way of looking at it is in terms of your own subconscious and its influence on you/itself. You keep hearing voices, and they influence you, sometimes to be mean, or crazy, or habitual. Those subconscious pulls are the dakini, or dakinis.
paraphrased from talk:
“It’s not enough to … try to be good, try to do right.. under the surface, other energy aspects are creeping…”