Jetsun Milarepa, a direct disciple of the Tibetan Siddha Marpa Chokyi Lodro, has dedicated his whole adult life to meditation. He has renounced everything: home, personal relationship with a woman, family, and even necessities of life like normal food and drink. He is considered the greatest Yogi saint of Tibet and is well known throughout the world even today…
…and as illustrious as He is, He has said about the Great Siddha Marpa: “I am just a fox, He, my Guru, He is the Lion.” (in the book: “The Life of Milarepa”).
What did he mean? I can not possibly know.
What I hear, however, when I read His words is devotion, of course. Jetsun Milarepa’s devotion to His Guru is celebrated in various books.
Moreover, I also hear that Siddha Marpa never ever left His normal life, He remained a householder, married lots of times and attained the Buddhahood while living in everyday life.
And what I hear in Jetsun’s Milarepa words is that Siddha Marpa is the Lion because He has attained everything while enjoying normal life while Milarepa had to renounce even food and drink.
Each of us has a different path, of course. In my observation, though, it is easier to control sexual drive or material attachments from a distant cave in Tibet, 4500 m above the sea level and 45 km away from the nearest woman and duties in life.
The Marpa’s Lion-like approach to life is reflected in the song below:
I, Marpa lotsawa,
Know the king of tantras, the Hevajra.
I have the oral instructions of Mahapandita Naropa.
If I do not remain in solitude, it is a disservice to myself.
I know the king of tantras, the Catuhpitha.
I have the oral instructions of the ejection and transference of consciousness.
If I die in the ordinary way, it is a disservice to myself.
I know how to mix dhyana and sleep.
I have the oral instructions of the luminosity of dreams.
If I sleep in the ordinary way, it is a disservice to myself.
I know the Candali, the regal way of holding the mind.
I have the oral instructions that pierce to the pith of mind.
If I do not practice their meaning, it is a disservice to myself.
I know the seventy qualities of prana.
I have the oral instructions of utilizing illness.
If I summon a doctor, it is a disservice to myself.
I know my body to be the mandala of the victorious ones.
If I do not expand nadi, prana and bindu
Through enjoying meat and liquor, it is a disservice to myself.
In order to bring another person on the path,
I have the oral instructions of karmamudra.
If I do not enjoy the mudra, it is a disservice to myself.
(from the book “The Life of Marpa the Translator: Seeing Accomplishes All”)
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