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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Fortunate birth is who you are
Everything is perfect in your world.
Sometimes the goal of spiritual traditions can become so transcendent and otherworldly that we become -- dare I say it? -- wimpy. (I raise my hand: guilty.) An affirmation like, "All is light and love," is, on the one level, absolutely true; yet, too often that perspective doesn't prepare us for the very real struggles and intensity of lived life.
It can also become an excuse to step away from the discomfort of conflict and leave the world at the mercy of the brutal and the greedy.
You are the children of dharma.
Nothing can close your open heart.
But that doesn't seem to be Sakyong Mipham's perspective in this poem. We are "fortunate" and the world is "perfect," not because things are so easy we can just glide through, but rather because you and I are inherently powerful enough to fully encounter life. It is perfect because we have been given the spiritual tools to engage with the world and each other.
Be dharmic now,
Be powerful now,
Be benevolent now --
We are not only strong enough to get through our experiences, but we can do so while courageously keeping the heart open and upholding dharma, the eternal law of harmony.
You are the blessed people on this earth.
Every atom of your being is Buddha --
What's left is joy.
You have no excuse;
No excuses; Sakyong Mipham challenges us to embody our divine nature, powerfully, on earth, right now.
Only walk forward.
For that is why you are here.
So take courage, be bold, and build the world around the way your heart tells you it should be.
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