Songs of Renunciation


From the Songs of Milarepa (Dover Thrift Editions):

The way of the world is illusion:
I strive after true reality.
To be moved by earthly possessions is illusion :
I endeavour to rise above duality.
To be the world’s servant is illusion:
I wander in the mountains alone.
Wealth and possessions are illusion:
I renounce for the sake of the faith any I may have.
External things are illusion:
I contemplate the mind.
Distinctive thought is illusion:
I follow after sapience.
Conditional truth is illusion:
I dispose the absolute truth.
The printed book is illusion:
I meditate upon the counsels of the ear-whispered tradition.
Philosophical argument is illusion:
I study at length that which is unfeigned.
Both birth and death are illusion:
I contemplate the deathless truth.
Ordinary knowledge is illusion:
I exercise myself in wisdom.
The delight of mental thought is illusion:
I dwell in the state of reality.

Illusion is the way of the world
Only the Dharmadhātu is Real
To be moved by mundane possessions is to be held in bondage
There is neither High nor Low, thus transcend all dualities
To serve the things of the world is to remain an indentured servant
Solitude is the best course
True wealth is to be free from all POSSESSED-sions
Renouncing all of them assures faithful abidance in the Buddhadharma
The outer-external show is a one-way ticket to perdition
Contemplate Mind Only and be free even from the illusion of freedom
All discriminatory associations will drive you mad
Wisdom ain’t always pretty but it won’t steer you wrong
Conditioned realities are lies of the devil
Absolute Necessity is the way of the Unborn
Words come and go
The whispered inner-ear tradition (Dhammasota) remains forever
Philosophies only produce more and more arguments
Instead, study That which is uncontrived and the Lone Truth
Samsara harbors an endless array of tears
Deathlessness is pure Nirvana
Worldly knowledge is a deceitful companion
Delighting in cognition is to remain a fool
Simply rest in the stateless state of the Dharmadhātu

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