Shared with my atr blog admin group, john tan commented “I really like mahamudra!” “ This mahamudra poem by Naropa is so beautiful. I have read it so many times, yet everytime I read it, my heart dances in joy.”
CONDENSED VERSES OF MAHAMUDRA
IN SANSKRIT: Mahāmudrāsaṃjñāsaṃhitā
IN TIBETAN: Phyag rgya chen po’i tshig bsdus pa
I pay homage to the continuity of great bliss!
The Mahamudra view of appearances, awareness, and unity are taught:
1. The Meaning of the Mahamudra of Appearances
As for the expression of mahamudra,
All phenomena are your own mind.
Seeing outer things as real is confusion;
Like a dream, they are empty of essence.
2. The Mahamudra of Awareness
The mind, moreover, is merely the movement of thoughts and memories;
It has no nature; it is the dynamism of wind energy.
Empty of essence, it is like space;
All phenomena are like space, abiding as great equality.
The mahapandita Naropa was a great scholar from Kashmir. He mastered Buddhist studies at Nalanda University, but then left to seek a master who could teach him how to tame his mind. Naropa underwent twelve years of intense hardships under Tilopa’s guidance, and finally attained complete mahamudra realization.
3. The Mahamudra of Unity
As for expressing mahamudra,
Its essence cannot be taught.
Therefore, the suchness of mind
Is the very continuity of mahamudra.
There are also three types of Mahamudra meditation:
1. Mahamudra’s Natural Way of Abiding
The nature of mahamudra is uncontrived and unchanging.
Whoever sees and realizes this
Experiences all that appears as mahamudra,
For the great dharmakaya is all-pervasive.
2. The Way of Realizing Mahamudra
Rest loosely in the uncontrived nature;
The dharmakaya cannot be fathomed.
When you rest without searching, this is meditation;
To search while meditating is confusion.
3. The Mahamudra of Indivisibility
Because it is free of meditating and not meditating,
How could there be separation or non-separation from that state?
A yogi realizes everything to be like space and magical displays.
The conduct of Mahamudra again has three aspects:
1. The Mahamudra of Self-Liberation
All virtuous and negative karma will be liberated
By knowing their suchness.
Afflictions are great wisdom
And, like a fire that benefits a forest,
Are a yogi’s boon.
2. The Mahamudra of One Taste
How could there truly be going or remaining?
What kind of meditation
Results from traveling to solitary places?
Whoever does not realize suchness,
Aside from having temporary experiences, will not be liberated.
3. The Mahamudra of Inseparability
If you realize suchness, what can bind you?
Except for remaining undistracted in that state,
There is nothing to meditate on:
There is neither a resting nor a nonresting in equipoise.
This practice cannot be created or improved by an antidote.
Once again, the fruition of Mahamudra has three sections:
1. The Mahamudra of All That Appears and Exists
In this, nothing whatsoever is accomplished—
Appearances self-liberated are the basic space of phenomena.
Thoughts self-liberated are great wisdom,
The nondual equality of dharmakaya.
2. The Mahamudra beyond Samsara
Like the continuous flow of a mighty river,
Whatever you do is meaningful.
This is the great bliss of Buddhahood,
Where samsara has no place.
3. The Ultimate Mahamudra
All phenomena are empty of their own essence.
The mind that grasps the notion of “empty”
Free from concepts, without mental fabrication—
This is the path of all the buddhas.
Final Advice and Dedication
For those most fortunate beings,
My heart advice is here collected into words.
Through this, may all beings without exception
Reside in mahamudra!
This instruction was given orally from the great master Naropa to Marpa Chökyi Lodro at Pushpahari.
Śubham astu sarvajagatām!
These thirteen verses summarize all aspects of Mahamudra without exception. The purpose and divisions of this teaching should be understood from a detailed oral explanation, in accordance with its essential meaning.
Do not put your confidence in mixed-up versions. This was written according to the authentic ancient manuscripts, so do not think it has been distorted.