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    Spandakarika

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    I felt this passage so deeply… couldn’t help but share it:

    “Padmasambhava came from Odiyana, a neighboring kingdom of Kashmir and brought the transmission of Mahamudra to Tibet in the eighth century of the common era and passed on to his main disciple, Yeshé Tsogyal. He wrote this song:

    Stanzas 10 & 11

    … It is certain that the nature of the mind is empty and without any foundation whatsoever.

    Your own mind is insubstantial like the empty sky.

    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.

    Being without any view that decisively decides that it is empty,

    It is certain that self-originated primary awareness has been clear (and luminous) from the very beginning,

    Like the heart of the sun, which is self-originated.

    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.

    It is certain that this primal awareness or gnosis, which is one’s intrinsic awareness, is unceasing,

    Like the main channel of a river that flows unceasingly.

    You should look at you own mind to see whether it is like that or not.

    It is certain that the diversity of movements (arising in the mind) are not apprehensible by memories,

    They are like insubstantial breezes that move through the atmosphere.

    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.

    It is certain that whatever appearances occur, all of them are self-manifested,

    Like the images in a mirror being self-manifestations that simply appear.

    You should look at your own mind to see whether it is like that or not.

    It is certain that all of the diverse characteristics of things are liberated into their own condition,

    Like clouds in the atmosphere that are self-originated and self-liberated.

    You should look at you own mind to see whether it is like that or not… .”

    Taken from Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra, by Daniel Odier.

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