The Song of the Twelve Deceptionsby Milarepa
English version by Garma C. C. Chang
Original Language Tibetan
Worldly affairs are all deceptive;
So I seek the Truth Divine.
Excitements and distractions are illusions;
So I meditate on the Non-dual Truth.
Companions and servants are deceptive;
So I remain in solitude.
Money and possessions are also deceptive;
So if I have them, I give them away.
Things in the outer world are all illusion;
The Inner Mind is that which I observe.
Wandering thoughts are all deceptive;
So I only tread the Path of Wisdom.
Deceptive are the teachings of Expedient Truth;
The Final Truth is that on which I meditate.
Books written in black ink are all misleading;
I only meditate on the Pith-Instructions of the Whispered Lineage.
Words and sayings, too, are but illusion;
At ease, I rest my mind in the effortless state.
Birth and death are both illusions;
I observe but the truth of No-Arising.
The common mind is in every way misleading;
And so I practice how to animate Awareness.
The Mind-holding Practice is misleading and deceptive;
And so I rest in the realm of Reality.
|-- from The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: The Life-Story and Teachings of the Greatest Poet-Saint Ever to Appear in the History of Buddhism, Translated by Garma C. C. Chang|