Tibet’s great perfect master Milarepa was a realized yogi;
He served the cruel and relentless Marpa- an ocean of mercy.
Milarepa had learned the black arts to please his mother;
With hail he killed relatives so they could wealth recover.
But now as a mass murderer he had to run for his life,
And had nothing to live for but resolve great inner strife!
For years and years he obeyed Marpa’s outrageous commands:
Like build and rebuild a stone tower three times with raw hands.
With the master’s order and the disciple’s obedience,
Karma was balanced and the mind brought to perfect peace.
Milarepa then began to sing his beautiful songs of dharma,
Which relate to all lovers the heights of spiritual drama.
Darvish listens to the magic song of Tibet’s greatest yogi,
And cries to hear the sweet diamond speech of love’s mercy.