Jetsun Milarepa is commonly considered one of Tibet’s most famous poets and yogis. He was a student of Marpa Lotsawa (also known as Marpa the Translator), and a major figure in Tibetan Buddhism.
Milarepa probably was born in western Tibet in 1052, although some sources say 1040. Jetsun original name was Mila Thopaga, which means „delightful to hear.” Milarepa is said to have had a beautiful singing voice.
Revered and famous among all four lineages in Tibet, Milarepa belongs in specific to the Kagyu lineage, which is especially known for devotion and faith. It is frequent through devotion and faith that the true nature of the mind is discussed. Jetsun Milarepa’s lineage comes down through Vajradhara to Tilopa, the Indian saint who met Vajradhara directly face to face. Tilopa (practiced Anuttarayoga Tantra) passed his spiritual lineage on to Naropa, and these 3 figures belong to the Indian history of the lineage.
In a superhuman effort, Milarepa rose above the miseries of his younger life and with the help of his Guru, Marpa Lotsawa, took to an ascetic life of meditation until he had achieved the pinnacle of the enlightened state, never to be born again into the cycle or life and death, which is known as Samsara.
Out of compassion for humanity, Jetsun undertook the most rigid asceticism to reach the Buddha state of enlightenment and to pass his teachings on to the rest of humanity.
Jetsun stories are usual assign to as the Songs of Milarepa, or The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa – Mila Grubum in Tibetan. The work contains striking stories, graphic expressions and Tibetan folklore, including fairy tales.
They are inspirational and educational to the unenlightened, and canonical Mahayana texts by someone who his honored by all the four main sects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jetsun’s life represented the ideal Bodhisattva and is a testament to the inter-dependency and unity of all Buddhist lineages – Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Theravada. Jetsun Milarepa showed that poverty is not a deprivation, but somewhat a component of emancipating oneself from the constrictions of material possessions; that Tantric practice entails steadfast perseverance and discipline.
Jetsun Milarepa Mantra lyrics:
OM AH GURU HASA VAJRA HUNG