The Mani that exposes the hidden faults and failings

Guru Chokyi Wangchuk (one of the great treasure-revealer, Guru Padmasambhava’s emanation)

OM MANI PADME HUNG HRI

Here is “The Mani that exposes the hidden faults and failings,” some advice given by Chokyi Wangchuk to Pajo Thogden Chapchol and all his spiritual children.

Hri! Remember us, O Great Compassionate One!
It is inconceivable to have crossed the threshold of the Dharma,
But without wearying of samsara, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may spend years in solitude,
But without freeing yourself from desire, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may engage in ascetic practices
And live off the essence of the elements.
Without pacifying your longing for food, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may strive to listen, reflect, and meditate.
If your mind does not derive any benefit, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have good understanding of the meaning of the nine progressive vehicles.
If you have no compassion, it is useless
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may be expert in the view, meditation and action.
If you have not renounced the ordinary world, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have strength, power and inconceivable qualities.
If you have not mastered your mind, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may be able to embellish the philosophical doctrines with words.
If it’s the words that interest you, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may live constantly in remote places.
If you do not renounce activities, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may renounce companionship and be celibate.
If you do not abandon distractions, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may understand the meaning of the Great Perfection.
If your thoughts are not liberated, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may well understand the meaning
Of the equality of self and others.
If it’s only pretense, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have already stayed with your master.
If you did not acquire his qualities, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have received many initiations.
If your mind does not mature, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have had thousands of pith instructions.
Without inner experience, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have thousands of great teachers.
Without serving them, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have spent eons listening to the Dharma
Without faith, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may have practiced in many caves.
If you have no accomplishment, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may claim that you have realized the Great Perfection.
If you still have ordinary (deluded) dreams, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

You may know how to comment nicely on texts, arguments, and instructions.
If you don’t recognize your own nature, it is useless.
That’s why it’s better to recite the mani.

(Credits: On the Path to Enlightenment, Matthieu Ricard)

 

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