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Twelve Things to Forget
I am always wandering from one place to the next,
So I've naturally forgotten about my own homeland.
I am always together with my genuine lord,
So I've naturally forgotten about relatives and friends.
I always strive to practice the Dharma of the divine,
So I've naturally forgotten the dharma of the mundane.
I wander around alone from retreat to mountain retreat,
So I've naturally forgotten worldly distractions.
I enjoy myself so much watching monkeys and langurs play,
That I've naturally forgotten about herding cows and sheep.
With a sharp flint in my hand, I can make fire easily,
So I've naturally forgotten about asking neighbors for help.
Living without master or servant—that's the way I like to be,
So I've naturally forgotten about obsequity.
I like to do things alone, carefree and relaxed,
So I've naturally forgotten embarrassment and shame.
I do whatever I please—that's the way I like to be,
So I've naturally forgotten to somehow be discreet.
My body's nice and warm with the fire of chandali,
So I've naturally forgotten about wearing clothes.
I meditate in wisdom nonconceptually,
So I've naturally forgotten about all concepts.
I meditate in luminosity in union with emptiness
So I've naturally forgotten about complexity.
Forgetting these twelve things is the Dharma of this yogi,
My students, it would be so fine if you did things just like me.
From duality's knot I'm free, so benefactors, abandon the hope
Of putting me on a fancy throne so you can make me offerings.
There's no way to attain enlightenment through contrivance or artifice,
And all your contrived behavior just makes the Dharma hard to practice.
I will live on my own, in relaxed spaciousness,
I won't deceive or feign embarrassment, I won't be a hypocrite.
I don't know how to be artificial, and that's just the way it is. } x 2
Tibetan page 727. Under the guidance of Dechen Rangdrol, translated by Ari Goldfield, Tekchen Kyetsal, Tenerife, Spain, April 29, 2003. Translation copyright 2012, Ari Goldfield