July 4th Milarepa
I supplicate you, Marpa the translator.
I pray that you grant me more bodhicitta.
No matter how beautiful the words of a song might be
it’s just a song
to those who know the truth.
If a parable doesn’t agree with the buddha’s teachings
however eloquent it might be
it’s nothing but noise.
If one does not practice the dharma,
but claims to be learned
one is only self-deceived.
Living alone is being imprisoned
if you don’t practice the instructions of the oral transmission.
Work is only punishment
if you neglect the buddhadharma.
For those who are unethical
prayers are just wishful thinking.
For those who don’t practice what they preach
making speeches is hypocrisy and lies.
When you shun non-virtue, obscurations naturally diminish.
When you do good deeds, merit is gained.
A lot of talk is useless.
Follow my song and practice dharma.
I bow down at Marpa’s feet.
Are you demons still in a bad mood?
You can fly through the sky easily
but your minds are full of obscuring habitual thoughts.
You bare your deadly fangs to frighten others
but without a doubt when you harm them
you’re only harming yourself.
The law of karma never fails.
No one escapes its movement.
You are only harming yourselves
you hungry ghosts, you confused and poisonous spirits.
I can only feel sadness and pity for you.
Since you are always doing wrong,
being cruel is natural to you.
Since the karma of killing binds you
you love to eat meat and drink blood.
Taking the lives of others
leads to rebirth as a hungry ghost.
Your negative actions lead you
to the depths.
Turn back, my friends, from this trap
and try to find real happiness
beyond all hope and fear.