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 Post subject: Milarepa's songs
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:07 am 
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Never really read much of Chang's old translation, so the new one by Stagg is new realm of devotion and wisdom for me.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30220363-the-hundred-thousand-songs-of-milarepa?from_search=true

Other views of those reading this new one?

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 Post subject: Re: Milarepa's songs
PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:16 am 
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There are many recensions, so perhaps that is why Chang only had four verses here even though the song is about the Six Essentials-pp 97-8:

Quote:
The manifestations of mind outnumber the
myriads of dust-motes
In the infinite rays of sunlight;
The lord-like Yogi knows
The self-nature of these manifestations.

The reality of the true nature of beings
Is neither produced by cause nor by conditions;
The lord-like Yogi knows
The sole truth precisely and positively.

Even when he is faced with the threat
of a hundred spears,
His thorough-knowing View will not be shaken;
Thus the lord-like Yogi naturally subdues
all attachments.

The ever-moving mind is hard to tame
Even when shut up in an iron box;
The lord-like Yogi knows
That all these emanations are illusions.


Stagg gives the final two verses:

Quote:
The wisdom deities do not abandon the enjoyment of sense pleasures.
Is there a noble yogi who knows that the sixfold collection of consciousnesses are relaxed at ease?

These appearances of the objects of the sixfold collection cannot even be stopped by the Victorious One’s hand.
Is there a noble yogi who knows there is no object within those appearances?

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