The magic of life is that a little trickle of water can be a waterfall if you choose to see it that way.
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This week, a few folks from our Moved by Love family in Mumbai had the fortune to be in the presence of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, a Buddhist nun who spent 12 years in solitary meditation in a tiny Himalayan cave in the snow.
The verses she chose for the gathering were the Eight verses of mind training. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the seeker - when she reads any scripture for the first time - never reads the scriptures by herself. The verses need to be read to her - by someone who was had heard it from someone (and so on) who had ultimately heard it from the author himself. That way, across the boundaries of time and space, a link was established between the reader and the author of the text. In that sense, Jetsunma's reading connected us to the author Geshe Langri Thangpa through this centuries old oral tradition.
1. By thinking of all sentient beings
As more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel
For accomplishing the highest aim,
I will always hold them dear.
2. Whenever I’m in the company of others,
I will regard myself as the lowest among all,
And from the depths of my heart
Cherish others as supreme.
3. In my every action, I will watch my mind,
And the moment destructive emotions arise,
I will confront them strongly and avert them,
Since they will hurt both me and others.
4. Whenever I see ill-natured beings,
Or those overwhelmed by heavy misdeeds or suffering,
I will cherish them as something rare,
As though I’d found a priceless treasure.
5. Whenever someone out of envy
Does me wrong by attacking or belittling me,
I will take defeat upon myself,
And give the victory to others.
6. Even when someone I have helped,
Or in whom I have placed great hopes
Mistreats me very unjustly,
I will view that person as a true spiritual teacher
7. In brief, directly or indirectly,
I will offer help and happiness to all my mothers,
And secretly take upon myself
All their hurt and suffering.
8. I will learn to keep all these practices
Untainted by thoughts of the eight worldly concerns.
May I recognize all things as illusions,
And, without attachment, gain freedom from bondage.
"The magic of life is that a little trickle of water can be a waterfall if you choose to see it that way."
Lyrics and translation :
Shubh Mangal Ho (2)
Shubh Mangal Mangal Ho
May everything be blessed and auspicious (May all beings be happy)
Nabh mangal, dharti mangal ho (2)
Dharti ka kan kan mangal ho... Shubh mangal ho
Blessed skies, blessed earth and each and every grain of soil.
Gati mangal ho, Sthiti mangal ho (2)
Manav ki kshan kshan mangal ho... Shubh mangal ho
May your movements be blessed, may non-motion be blessed. May every moment of human life be blessed
Mati mangal ho, Priti mangal ho (2)
Manav ki har kruti mangal mangal ho... Shubh mangal ho
May intellect be blessed, may your love be blessed. May every act of yours be blessed.