"If there is no peace in the minds of individuals, how can there be peace in the world? Make peace in your own mind first"
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SN Goenka is one of the leading teachers of meditation in modern times, touching tens of millions of lives. Until his death in 2013, he worked tirelessly to build centers of instruction all over the world and to teach. His offering was unique in that it was offered as a gift, no price tag attached, and taught a practice that was not connected with rites/rituals of a religion - rather simply a tool to observe this moment and the mind. It is with that spirit and all the good wishes that he sings to his students upon the completion of every hour of meditation. That offering is what we'd like to share with you this week.
These are the words of Gautama the Buddha upon enlightenment, as sung/chanted by SN Goenka in Pali language which was colloquial in Buddha's time.
Lyrics and translation:
Anicca vata sankhara, uppadavaya-dhammino Impermanence is the nature of all conditioned phenomenon. They arise and pass away, again and again, with great rapidity.
Uppajjitva nirujjhanti, (2x)
tesam vupasamo sukho. When past sensations arise and are met with awareness/equanimity, their cessation brings true happiness.
sandhavissam anibbisam, Through countless births in the cycle of existence
I have run, in vain
dukkha-jati-punappunam. seeking the builder of this house; and again and again I faced the discomfort of new birth.