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Buddhadharma : Winter 2017
50 Buddhadharma: The PracTiTioner's QuarTerly in TranslaTion 51 People call me a human, but I am the son of the garuda, king of birds. While inside the egg, I developed my wings. When I was a baby, I slept in the nest. When I was a youth, I guarded its gates. A full-grown garuda, I fly in the sky. I have no fear of the sky’s expanse. I’m not afraid of narrow ravines. People call me a human, but I am the son of the colossal whale. In my mother’s womb, my golden spots grew. When I was a baby, I slept in the nest. When I was a youth, I led the school. A full-grown great fish, I roam the vast sea. I have no fear of the sea’s mighty waves. I’m not afraid of hooks or nets. People call me a human, but I am a son of the Kagyu gurus. In my mother’s womb, I gave rise to faith. When I was a baby, I entered the gateway of dharma. When I was a youth, I put effort in study. An adult, I wander in mountain retreats. Though ghosts may be savage, I am not afraid. Though demons play many tricks, I am not afraid. When the lioness stands in the snow, her paws do not freeze. If the lioness’s paws froze in the snow, Her perfected three powers would be of little use. The flying garuda cannot fall from the sky. If the great garuda could fall from the sky, Its broad wingspan would be of little use. When the whale swims in water, it cannot drown. If the great whale succumbed to the water and drowned, Being born in the water would be of little use. ➤