Jetsun Milarepa mantra lyrics:
OM AH GURU HASA VAJRA HUNG
This mantra is a remembrance of the qualities and activities of Milarepa and an invocation of his blessings.
As such it is a form of Guru Yoga and is certainly used in Milarepa guru yoga practice.
He was a yogi, sage, and poet much-beloved by the Tibetan people. He was often depicted as in the illustration shown here, with a hand raised to his ear in a listening gesture, symbolizing his way of teaching the Buddhist wisdom through songs.
His skin had a greenish hue, due to the fact that over the many years of meditation, his diet often consisted of nothing but nettle soup.
He was also significant to the development of Buddhism as an example of an ordinary person who attained enlightenment in a single lifetime. His life story was a testament of the power of both good and evil.
Milarepa’s lama was Marpa Lotsawa, whose guru was Naropa, whose guru, in turn, was Tilopa. Jetsun is famous for many of his songs and poems, in which he expresses the profundity of his realization of the dharma.
His songs were impulsive, not contrived or written down, and came about while he was immersed in enlightened states of consciousness.
His life represented the ideal Bodhisattva and is a testament to the unity and interdependency of all Buddhist teachings – Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.
He showed that poverty is not a deprivation, but rather a component of emancipating oneself from the constrictions of material possessions; that Tantric practice entails discipline and steadfast perseverance; that without resolute renunciation and uncompromising discipline, as Gautama Buddha Himself stressed, all the sublime ideas and dazzling images depicted in Mahayana and Tantric Buddhism are no better than magnificent illusions.
He also had many disciples, male and female, including Rechung Dorje Drakpa and Gampopa. His female disciples include Rechungma, Padarbum, Sahle Aui and Tsheringma.
It was Gampopa who became Milarepa’s spiritual successor, continued his lineage, and became one of the main lineage masters in Milarepa’s tradition. After he passed away, those who were at the cremation ceremony witnessed his relics being carried up into the sky by Dakinis.
“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.” Milarepa’s quote.