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Buddhadharma : Winter 2017
in TranslaTion 51 Iron boulders cannot be destroyed by stones. If iron boulders could be destroyed by stones, For smelting and refining, they would be of little use. I, Milarepa, have no fear of ghosts. If Milarepa had fear of ghosts, Realizing the abiding nature would be of little use. You band of ghosts, demons, and obstructing spirits here, How sublime it is that you’ve come at this time. Don’t hurry; relax and stay for a while. Let’s chat about everything under the sun. You’re hurried? Aw! You can stay just one night! We’ll vie in a contest of all our three gates And we’ll see the difference between virtue and nonvirtue. I won’t let you leave until you’ve made some obstacles. If you should go back without making obstacles, How ashamed and embarrassed to have come here you’ll be. After he sang this, Milarepa got up with confidence in his practice and charged in amongst the demons. The atsaras glanced, blinking, back and forth, in fear. The force of their quivering bodies made everything inside the cave shake slightly. Then, all of the atsaras swiftly dissolved into a single remaining one, and with one strong gust of wind, he too vanished. Then Milarepa thought, “The king of obstructing spirits, Bhina- yaka, really gave it a go! The gust of wind that blew away my wood and clothes before was also his magical doing. But because of the guru’s compassion, he was not able to get to me.” Then his practice was enhanced beyond comprehension. This single cycle has three different names: “The Attack of Bhina- yaka, King of Obstructing Spirits,” “The Six Remembrances of the Guru,” and “The Red Rock of Chonglung.” VIRTUE! From The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation, by Tsangnyön Heruka, translated by Christopher Stagg. Shambhala Publications 2017.