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The Hermit-Milarepa

The Hermit is the most outstanding Arcanum of the Tarot—yea, it bespeaks the very nature of the hermetic-spirit. It is the ideal of spiritual-awakening and the advice is quite simple—look inward. The image of a tortoise that withdraws into its shell is brought to mind here, for just so must the eremitical hermit withdraw from outside influences and take refuge in the stillpoint within. By turning inward and reassessing the situation from the Noble-Contemplative vantage-point, one realigns with the Noble Light of Truth. Perhaps the greatest Buddhist illustration of this Eremitic Principle is the great Milarepa, the charismatic Tibetan hermit-poet. A general outline of his life and significance is in order: read more

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