A REFLECTION UPON DEATH

 

In a cloudless night sky, the full moon,
“The lord of the stars” is about to rise …
The face of my compassionate lord Padmasambhava
Draws me on, radiating its tender welcome

My delight in death is far, far greater than
The delight of traders at making vast fortunes at sea
Or the lords of the gods who vaunt their victory in battle
Or of those sages who have entered the rapture of perfect absorption


So just as a traveller who sets out on the road when the time has come to go
I will not remain in this world any longer
But will go to dwell in the stronghold of the great bliss of deathlessness

This, my life, is finished, my karma is exhausted, what benefit prayers could bring has Worn out
All worldly things are done with, this life’s show is over
In one instant, I will recognize the very essence of the manifestation of my being


In the pure, vast realms of the bardo states;
I am close now to taking up my seat in the ground of primordial perfection

The riches found in myself have made the minds of others happy
I have used the blessing of this life to realize all the benefits of the island of liberation
Having been with you, my noble disciples, through all this time
The joy of sharing the truth has filled me and satisfied me.

Now all the connections in this life between us are ending
I am not an aimless beggar who is going to die as he likes
Do not feel sad for me, but go on praying as always
These words are my heart talking, talking to help you;
Think of them as a cloud of lotus-blossoms, and you in your devotion
As bees plunging into them to suck from their transcendent joy.

Though the great good of these words
May the beings of all the realms of Samsara
In the ground of primordial perfection, attain Nirvana.

Longchempa

 

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