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Spiritual Awareness Begins With Non-Thought: Milarepa’s Cave

To begin to develop our spiritual awareness we must perfect the ability to still our mind. Once this state is achieved it will be much easier to return there and the real work of growth can occur. When a thought arises we attach ourselves to it with all the intensity of a mother protecting her young. The trick is to remain unattached to our thoughts. Allow the thought to enter and just flutter away. Find the space between your thoughts, be aware of the feeling you get and experience a deep and powerful awareness.

Milarepa’s Cave

“When the yogi Milarepa was living in a cave, his only possession was a clay bowl in which he cooked nettles. Two hunters who had seen the smoke from his fire came to the cave at night to steal some food. When they began to search the cave, Milarepa laughed and said, ‘I am a yogi, and during the day I can find little to eat. How do you expect to find anything at night? This is a dark, empty place – there is nothing to take away.'”

When the mind is still, thoughts are like drawings on water  – before we finish drawing, they flow away. Some people can see a thought when it arises, and then like snow in California, it is gone beforre it touches the ground. When we meditate our mind should be like Milarepas cave – uncluttered. In the same manner when we do not let our minds fill with thoughts, negative forces will have nothing to grasp, and so they cannot be of harm to us.

Tarthang Tulku

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