contemplating the lives of the masters

Contemplating the lives of the Masters, one sees that

Even a desire for more instruction is a distraction.

Keep the essence of the teaching safe in your heart.

Too many explanations without the essence

Is like many trees without fruit.

Though they are all knowledge, they are not ultimate truth.

To know them all is not the knowing of truth.

Too much elucidation brings no spiritual benefit.

That which benefits the heart is our sacred treasure.

If you wish to be rich, concentrate on this.

The Dharma is the skillful means for overcoming mental defilement.

If you wish to be secure, concentrate on it.

A mind that is free from attachment is the Master of Contentment.

If you want a good master, concentrate on this.

The worldly life causes tears; abandon laziness.

A rocky cave in the wilderness was the home of your spiritual Father.

A deserted and solitary place is a divine abode.

Mind riding upon mind is a tireless horse.

Your own body is a sanctuary and celestial mansion.

Undistracted meditation and action is the best of medicines.

To you who have the true aim of Enlightenment

I have given instruction without concealment.

Myself, my instruction, and yourself,

The three are placed in your hand, my son.

May they prosper as leaves, branches, and fruit,

Without rotting, scattering, or withering.

Thus he sang. Then, placing his hands on my head, he said, ‘Son, your departure breaks my heart. Impermanence is the mark of all composite things, we can do nothing about it…”

(an excerpt from The Life of Milarepa, p 92, 93 )