Other translations:

Two Songs on Displaying Miracles

Why Showing Siddhis

Like a crystal ball, a bardo sentient being,
Nothing could obscure or obstruct me.
I could not be caught or sent away,
The way I moved was like a shooting star.
To transform the appearance of your lack of faith—
That's why Milarepa did all those things.
I did them once and not again,
I am sure that they cleared your wrong thoughts away.

The Right Time to Perform Extraordinary Conduct

When it's time to transform the lack of faith,
When it's time to enhance your experience,
When it's time to point out the fruition—
These are the times to do special things.
They are not to be done at other times,
That is what the mighty lama said.

These two songs where sung by Milarepa to monks of a monastery considering him as a nihilist, after they caught him, beat him and tied a rope around him without any success. Tibetan page 673.
Under the guidance of Dechen Rangdrol, translated by Ari Goldfield, May 18, 2003, Karma Tengyal Ling, Germany. Translation copyright 2012, Ari Goldfield