TIBETAN SADGURU MILAREPPA

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MILAREPA

(Tibetan Sadguru)

Baba then described the Tibetan Sadguru Milarepa, who lived 900 years before (1025–1135):

He was the son of a rich man, but when Milarepa was [seven years old], his father died; and as often happens, his uncle raped his mother and stole the family fortune. The mother, in her hatred, asked her son to learn black magic to take revenge and ruin the uncle. The boy, while still young, learned the black arts to take revenge. He succeeded in mastering the destructive forces of nature and destroyed his uncle and his family and many others with a fierce storm. After the violent deed was done, he sat and wondered why he had done such a murderous thing. As he was an advanced soul, naturally he felt bad at having done such a foul thing for worldly purposes.

To repent, he took his black magic books and went in search of a Master. [He met the Guru Rongton, who sent him to Marpa.] After great difficulties, he found his Master, Marpa. Milarepa was 38. He had nothing but his books to offer in exchange for wanting God. Marpa took him on as his servant for six years but gave him no food, and after a strenuous day's work, Milarepa had to go to the village and beg. Milarepa was given near impossible difficult tasks, such as building a small hut of stones with his bare hands. When completed, the Master Marpa would have the whole structure torn down on one pretext or another.

In this way, he would be harassed continuously; but Milarepa stayed on in the service of his Master, obeying his every word and so became the dust at Marpa's feet. After several years of such miseries, one day the Sadguru, pleased with his disciple's love and obedience, gave him God-realization in a moment, and afterwards Milarepa became a Perfect Master himself.