Milarepa's Six Questions

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Milarepa's Six Questions

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New Music from Dohasongs / Dzam Studios Dec, 2014. 

Two amazing dharma songs by Milarepa (translation Jim Scott, Marpa Foundation), Six Questions and Go Wherever You Please woven into a single song expressing profound insights with piercing clarity and joy. 

SIX QUESTIONS
Mind has even more projections than there are dust motes in the sun;
Is there an accomplished yogi here or a yogini
Who sees the appearance of things laid bare in the very bed where it lies?
The basic nature of things is not produced by cause or condition; 
Is there an accomplished yogi here or a yogini who gets to the very bottom of this, cuts down to its very root?
Mind's impulse to sudden thought cannot be stopped by hundreds with spears;
Is there an accomplished yogi here or a yogini 
Who sees that attachment can dissolve, be freed in and of itself?
The movement of thinking mind cannot be locked in an iron box;
Is there an accomplished yogi here or a yogini
Who sees that discursive mind itself is empty in itself?
The sensory enjoyments even wisdom deities do not shun; 
Is there an accomplished yogi here or a yogini 
Who's able to see through the transparency of the process of consciousness?
What about the appearance of the six kinds of objects that go with the consciousnesses—Not even the hands of Victorious Ones can put a stop to that;
Is there an accomplished yogi here or a yogini
Who can see there is no object there behind the appearances? ……….
I bow down here right at the feet of Marpa the Translator …………
It's clear the things that people say are just rumbling echoes
So, I don't let them get in the way of conduct of yogic pursuits
I've tossed away all those pretenses of trying to look goodSo, reputation, you can go— Ho, Ho —wherever you please
I've come to know that food and wealth are all illusory
I've tossed away all trying to lay my hands on things like these
Whatever it be that I haven't got — I am not yearning for that
So, plentiful fortune, you can go — Ho, Ho — wherever you please
And knowing that retinue and servants are magical emanations
All these scholars and students, arriving from everywhere around
Trying to flatter and trying to court them, something I do not do
So, ladies and gentlemen, you are welcome to go — Ho, Ho — where you please
Seen from within the natural state, which is equality
Attachment and aversion are just causes of suffering
I've cut the rope and I've tossed these tortured states of mind away
So, family and acquaintances, you can go — Ho, Ho — where you please
Seen from within the dharmata, that's free of fabrication
It's fabricating all of your clinging that makes your own suffering
Perceived, perceiver — those iron chains — I've let them drop away
So, craving state of mind, just go —Ho, Ho — wherever you please
And here, within the luminous light, the nature of mind itself
The stains of thought, yes, these are not here anywhere to be seen
I've tossed examination and analysis away
So, terms that try to formulate mind, just go — Ho, Ho — where you please
Sung by Milarepa to Likor Charuwa, when he asked why Milarepa did not conform to prevailing social norms.

Translations by Jim Scott, Marpa Foundation, please support their excellent workhttp://www.ktgrinpoche.org/community/...