From The Song of a Yogi’s Joy, from _The 100,000 Songs of Milarepa: Translated and Annotated by Garma C.C. Chang_
"It is said that this place is full of terror and an ideal place in which to attain great improvement in meditation. Can this be true? Have you found it so?"
Milarepa sang in praise of the place:
"The greater the distress and passions;
The more one can be blithe and gay!
What happiness to feel no ailment or illness;
What happiness to feel that joy and suffering are one;”
"When you give service to your Guru,
Refrain from thinking, ‘I am the one who works,
He is the one who enjoys.’
Should you have this kind of feeling,
Quarrel and discord will surely follow,
And your wish can never be fulfilled.”
"When you practice the Path with Form
or the Whispered Tansmission
Do not exorcise demons, nor curse ghosts for others,
Lest demons rise within your mind
And a longing for worldly aims will blaze”
"When you remain in solitude,
Think not of the amusements in the town,
Else the evil one will rise up in your heart;
Turn inward your mind,
And you will find your way.”
"When you meditate with perseverance and
You should think about the evils of Samsara and the uncertainty of death.
Shun the craving for worldly pleasures;
Courage and patience then will grow in you,
And you will find your way.”
"The person who has found the way
Can pass on the gracious teachings to others;
Thus he aids himself and helps the others, too.
To give is then the only thought
Remaining in his heart”
"Solitude with no commotion and disturbance
Is the guide projecting meditation.
The accomplished Guru, the Jetsun,
Is the guide dispelling ignorance and darkness.
Faith without sorrow and weariness
Is the guide which leads you safely to happiness.
The sensation of the five organs
Are the guides which lead you to freedom
"Abiding in the realm of Non-differentiation
In which all views and sophisms are no more.”
"The queen vulture on Red Rock
Stretches her wings in the wide sky;
She is not afraid of falling-
Flying through the sky is the vulture’s way”
"When he works on the Nadis, Prana, and Bindu
He avoids hindrances and errors,
Not that the teaching has faults in itself -
But it is a good way to improve true Realization.”
"I, the cotton clad, have sung many songs,
Not to amuse myself by singing sophistries,
But for your sake, faithful followers who assemble here,
From my heart I have spoken words helpful and profound.”
(Cotton Clad refers to a specific type of yogi, a Repa, who can produce substantial bodily heat through yoga practice and so only wear cotton clothes even in severe cold weather)
"The clothing I found is the Ah-Shea Vital Heat"
(A tummo variant. Tummo has a lot of good and interesting scientific data about it these days)
"Because of the fear of loneliness
I searched for a friend;
The friend I found is the bliss of
Now I have no fear of loneliness.”