Milarepa by Nicholas Roerich
"If you do not acquire contentment
Heaped-up accumulations will only enrich others.
"If you do not obtain the light of
Mere external ease and pleasure will become a source of pain.
"If you do not suppress the Demon
Desire for fame will lead to ruin and to lawsuits.
"If you lose all differentiation
between yourselves and others,
Fit to serve others you will be.
"And when in serving others you will
Then shall you meet with me;
"And finding me, you shall attain
Jetsun Milarepa is Tibet's best-known yogi-sage as well as her most
beloved bard. His The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, extemporaneously
sung nine hundred years ago to disciples and followers in the snowy
Himalayan wilderness, has been translated into many languages. Milarepa's
skin displayed a greenish hue, because he subsisted for many years
on wild nettle soup.
Milarepa is famous
for having attained perfect awakened Buddhahood in a single lifetime
through decades of solitary meditations in mountain caves, dressed
only in white cotton robes. His example as a spiritual practitioner
has been the inspiration for countless generations of lamas, from
the eleventh century until today.
Milarepa's guru was Marpa the Translator, who
spent seventeen years studying and meditating in India and brought
the Mahamudra (Great Symbol) teachings to Tibet; Milarepa's own
disciple was Gampopa. Gampopa sought out Milarepa after being
blessed by a vision of a green yogi who flicked spit in his face.
Another source adds:
. . . 11th century Tibetan saint, Jetsun
Milarepa. A poet, musician, and meditation master, Milarepa was
the first common Tibetan to attain enlightenment in only one lifetime,
exemplifying the great human potential for transformation.
" . . . Was not Milarepa continually building and tearing
down houses? For Marpa, his Guru, demanded excellence and ultimately
exacted from Milarepa that excellence. When Marpa accepted Milarepa
as a pupil, he warned him: 'If I impart to thee the Truth, it
will entirely depend upon thine own perseverance and energy whether
thou attainest Liberation in one lifetime or not.'
"Over time Marpa asked Milarepa to build
four houses, each time directing him, after the house was well
under construction, to fully or partially tear it down. When Milarepa
brought to Marpa’s attention his cracked and bruised hands
and legs and the large oozing sores on his back, Marpa said: '
. . . If thou art really in search of the Truth, do not boast
so about thy services, but continue waiting patiently and working
steadily till thy building task is entirely finished.'
"Milarepa said of this incident, 'Considering
within myself that such was the wish of my Guru, I felt that I
must go on and do as commanded. I therefore took up my loads and
carried them in front of me now, and thus went about the work.'
He later realized, 'It was because of my having committed such
terribly wicked deeds in the earlier part of my life that now
I had to suffer such excruciating and indescribable tortures at
the very outset of my search for a Faith and Doctrine to emancipate
"When Milarepa had passed his initiations,
Marpa explained to him: 'My son, I knew thee to be a worthy shishya
[disciple] from the very first . . . And it was with a view to
cleansing thee from thy sins that I had thee to work so hard upon
the four houses. The houses themselves symbolize . . . the four
types of action, each house representing one of the four, namely,
the peaceful, the powerful, the fascinating, and the stern, respectively.
" 'I purposely wanted to fill thy heart
with bitter repentance and sorrow, verging on despair, by turning
thee out ignominiously. And thou, for having borne all those trials
with patience and meekness, without the least change in thy faith
in me, shalt have, as the result, disciples full of faith, energy,
intelligence, and kind compassion, endowed from the first with
the qualifications essential to worthy shishyas.'
"Be reminded of the yogi, beloved. Be reminded
that if you desire enough to get out of the cage of self, you
will get out of it and you will transcend yourself!
"Did not Milarepa sit in a cave in obedience
to his Guru? Did he not become green from eating nettles and yet
would not budge from his cave until he received the key to his
victory? When you want something enough, beloved, you will have
"Therefore, Padma Sambhava and I come to
you. And we remind you of the teaching that your call compels
our answer. If your call is a weak little call, halfhearted, you
will get a weak little answer, halfhearted.
"But if, with all the fervor of your heart
and mind and being, you cry out to God and to the Great White
Brotherhood on behalf of those who are suffering in the earth
and you offer powerful invocations as you walk up and down in
the night, beloved—if you do this daily with the intensity
that you would offer to God if, for instance, you held your dying
child in your arms and were pleading for his life, you will establish
such a tie with the heart of the Godhead that no lawful prayer
you offer for the rest of your life will be denied you!"
* W. Y. Evans-Wentz, ed., Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa: A
Biography from the Tibetan, trans. Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup, 2d ed.
(1951; reprint, New York: Oxford University Press, Galaxy Books,
1976), p. 91. (Available through Summit University Press, $12.95
plus $2.50 postage and handling, <#>696P.) The passages
quoted from this book in this Pearl are in Milarepa’s own
words, recorded by his disciple Rechung-Dorje-Tagpa. See also
“The Path of the Bodhisattva: The Guru-Chela Relationship—Marpa
and Milarepa,” a lecture by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, available
on audiocassette (3 cassettes, total 4 hr. 30 min., $21.95 plus
$3.50 postage and handling, A88142P.)
"Remember Milarepa, the great yogi, and his life story. Indeed
it is better to be a gatekeeper in the house of God than to be
a prince of darkness, for darkness will cease; and all who follow
it, all who pursue it in its many ramifications that lead from
the narrow isthmus of self to the colossal conspiracy of the legions
of the night will be ultimately dragged down by their own debauchery.
"We are concerned, then, with the building
of an impregnable tower, a spiritual fortress that shall be forever
a rock of the ages. Standing on the promontory of time that juts
out from the eternal shores, this tower of faith must first be
builded within yourselves. All must create a healthy vision of
spiritual possibilities not only for their own lives per se, but
also for the humanity of this earth; for the heart-pangs of the
race are multiplied by worldly entanglements, by wars, by the
density of human deceit, and by the network of human greed that
would make merchandise of men.
"Replace all of this by light! Seek
peace and pursue it, but understand that the price is high. Understand
that your freedom must be maintained together with your faith.
We have secured many a grant from the Karmic Lords for and on
behalf of freedom to mankind this year. The invisible workers
are mightily aiding in the fight against inequity, shadow, and
shame which are being used to hide the light of the Christ on
a world scale. And the need for all to rally to the cause of the
light is pinpointed by the rise of darkness and by its proliferation."
October 19, 1969
" . . . Blessed ones, make no mistake,
the Guru El Morya, who does represent me to yourselves in this
Community by his additional sponsorship, has given you a true
assignment of chelaship. You must look at it as the assignment
of Marpa to Milarepa * and be done with it. You must take [your
preparedness] as an initiation on the path of your own Bodhisattvahood
and cease the delay and cease being confounded as to the reasons
why[, according] to your own private analysis of the world situation,
[the prophecies will or will not come to pass]."
* For the Messenger’s teaching on Milarepa, his assignments
and initiations from his guru, Marpa, see Elizabeth Clare Prophet,
November 6, 1988, “The Path of the Bodhisattva: The Guru-Chela
Relationship: Marpa and Milarepa,” on three 90-min. audiocassettes,
A88142. See also W. Y. Evans-Wentz, ed., Tibet’s Great Yogi,
Milarepa: A Biography from the Tibetan, 2d ed. (New York: Oxford
University Press, 1951), available through Summit University Press.
December 31, 1989
"Chela is a term meaning student or disciple of a religious
teacher. It is derived from the Hindi cela, which is taken from
the Sanskrit ceta, meaning slave. In the Eastern tradition of
chelaship, recognized for thousands of years as the way of self-mastery
and enlightenment, one desiring to have the mysteries of universal
law imparted to him applies to the Teacher, known as the Guru,
considered to be a Master (through the ages the real gurus have
included both ascended and unascended Masters) to serve that Teacher
until he is found worthy to receive the keys to his own inner
"The great yogi Milarepa endured many hardships
on the path, including the unlearning of the false teachings of
the dark ones who imparted to him a knowledge of the manipulation
of energy. Thus he had to overcome the practice of black magic
and to balance the karma of his misdeeds whereby he had wreaked
vengeance upon his neighbors who had deprived him of his patrimony,
first causing the death of many and then a hailstorm which destroyed
their fields of barley ripe for the harvest. When he finally earned
the right to be the chela of a true Master, his pride had been
broken and in humility he walked the way of attainment.
"In the Eastern tradition, the chela
is the slave of his Master for a good reason—not for the
loss of his true identity, but for the replacement of the pseudoimage
with the Real Image of selfhood. The chela, by submission, day
by day is weaving into consciousness the threads of the garment
of his Master. The Master’s garment (as the much sought-after
robe of the Christ) is synonymous with the Master’s consciousness."
January 12, 1975
"It is altogether fitting, then, that chelas of the Ascended
Masters rejoice that in their movement and in this dispensation
for the turning of the cycle of the century, there is one who
will have the open door to the Ascended Masters and the unascended
masters. Whether you appeal to me or to Milarepa or to Yogananda
or to any of the great saints of the Western Church, you will
find that if you seek the initiation and the discipline of that
particular teacher or sage or saint, it will be forthcoming to
you through the discipline of the Mother.
"Therefore, wonder not at the various
ways in which the Mother deals with her children and with the
chelas of the Ascended Masters. For, for each one there is the
special path. Your relationship as chela to the Ascended Masters
remains intact; your relationship as chela to the unascended masters
remains intact. You [will] find that compatible with this relationship
is your devotion as a chela of the Mother."
July 2, 1977
"I AM at the head of the armies of
the elementals—fire, air, water, and earth. And I AM with
the mighty archangels! And therefore, if you see me seated in
the mighty blue lotus and if you see me as the flying Buddha,
as my disciple Milarepa, understand that we Buddhas also know
where we stand on the line of peace, where peace itself is a fiery
flame that swallows up war and where we thrust the light, whereby
it is not necessary to fire a shot.
"For the power of love is sufficient
to the consuming of all hate and hate creation. And at every level
of manifestation, individuals must bear that which is necessary
to hold the line of love and bind the forces of hatred unleashed.
Think in your own heart, beloved ones, how you will do this. I
trust you will know it is by the science of the spoken Word and
all other necessary precautions that are lawful and expedient
for the individual, the family, and the nation to take."
April 4, 1983
"I assure you that if one devotee such as Milarepa—tutored
in the black arts, who became a practitioner of black magic and
then recognized the error of his ways and sought and found the
great guru in the Hierarchy and lineage of the Lords of the World
and the Buddhas of the East—if such a one could attain to
such mastery, can you not also attain, O ye of little faith? I
have come to give you the faith of the Lord of the World—faith
in the Cosmic Virgin, faith in Hierarchy, faith in the love that
heals, faith in unseen voices and seen manifestations of Life
and Light from other octaves and other spheres."
December 16, 1973
"Blessed hearts, do you not remember how many times Milarepa
built and how many times Marpa made him tear down? I should say
that you as initiates have not had so many trials as did Milarepa.
And yet for his trials [and because he had profound] remorse [for
his past] practices of the black arts, this one became the flying
yogi and had great attainment.
"We have not so much spoken of your
practice of the black arts. But you must be reminded that in the
strictest sense of the word engaging in any human creation on
any line of the Clock is engaging in black magic. Any resentment
or mild dislike, any conceit or disobedience [to the laws of God],
any self-pity—[any or] all of it you can roll up in one
ball of black magic. And therefore, begin to understand that on
a world scale the producing of cataclysm and volcanic eruption
and tidal wave and torrent, tornado, et cetera, all of this is
the result of the practice of black magic."
April 14, 1990
"Therefore, if you must tear down the entire structure, as
Milarepa had to do again and again, then tear it down! I say,
build firm foundations, build firm foundations! And do not attempt
to rise on the path of chelaship beyond the level of your attainment.
"These foundations make all the difference
when you reach the levels of initiation that are the toughest
that anyone in human form can face: the confrontations with the
false hierarchies of the fallen angels. Yes, beloved, these are
fierce foes! To vanquish them you must have all of your 'molecules'
together. You must have a smooth pyramid. You must have the chambers
of the heart filled with Light."
May 1, 1994
"Have you ever remained silent in the silence of the forest
to listen for the soundless sound until your [outer] ear and inner
ear does so expand, does so become one with the ear of Milarepa,
with the listening Buddha, with the listening Mary and you hear
that inner sound?
"Beware, then, of perpetual noise. Even
all of the music of this world, as great as it is, beloved, cannot
compare to the higher frequencies of your Causal Body, to the
inner sound of God. And if you perpetually play music and play
it also for your children, except in those times when it is planned
for a certain given purpose, you will not be allowing the [space
or time for your] child or yourself to commune with octaves beyond
this physical spectrum.
"Know, then, that silence is important.
Communion is important. True meditation is important. But so many
are unable to contact even their Holy Christ Self that we do admonish
you to decree until you attain that [soul] fusion [with the heart
of the living Christ]."
December 30, 1990
"And you will see me racing through the
skies until they wonder, 'Is that that yogi Milarepa hither and
there and yon?' And I will say, 'No! It is I, Jophiel! And I go
here and there to be certain that not one of these little ones shall
be lost because of a failure of wisdom’s flame.' "
|Archangels Jophiel and Uriel
December 31, 1984
"Well, beloved hearts, when you yourselves are duplicated
on tape (as you already have been many times), it is not long
before that Presence of yourself in West Germany, in Sweden, in
places you have never been where these tapes are played—it
is not long before the very Electronic Presence of yourself magnetizes
the full Spirit of your being.
"And therefore, more and more as you grow,
the flame of your heart endows the videotape and pulls upon your
I AM Presence. And this is the beginning of actual bilocation.
First you bilocate at the etheric level, then the mental, then
the astral. And finally, physically, you will be as Milarepa—here
and there—and other saints who have appeared and been seen,
as in the case of Padre Pio.
"He was seen here and he was seen
there, not always physical but very physical to the eye. He may
have been seen kneeling in prayer from across the room. It may
therefore be the etheric body that is seen, and by and by it is
stronger and stronger until you, too, can say with Lanello before
your ascension, 'Lo, I AM everywhere in the consciousness of God!'
October 7, 1983
"And without warning it seems that everything in your life
comes tumbling down and you must begin again, like Milarepa, to
build from the ground up on a more solid foundation. Sometimes
your Holy Christ Self will require you to build from scratch again
and again and again if you are responsive to him and do not rebel
against his stated goal for you: to come up higher. You cannot
remain where you are, in a static condition, a self-satisfied
condition, and truly be a vessel of the light of Maitreya in his
"Fear not the challenge, but remember
the words of Krishna: It is your dharma that you must fulfill
and not another’s. If you were a pianist and that was your
dharma, would you be content to play the same piece over and over
again all day long? I trust you would not, beloved, even though
it be a complex piece you had mastered. The newness of life is
the daily challenge."