PDFs of Dharma Books : Namo Buddha PublicationsFrom the Gungthang province of Western Tibet, close to Nepal, Milarepa had a hard childhood and a dark youth. He was only seven when his father died. His mother, bitter, sent Milarepa to train in black magic, to wreak revenge on those who had blighted her life. She was given her wish — Milarepa proved adept at the practices he was taught, and unleashed a tide of destruction, killing many. But he came to regret his actions, and looked for help in shedding the bad karma he had acquired during his vengeful adolescence. He first attached himself to the Nyingmapa Lama Rongton, who, observing that Milarepa had a karmic connection to Marpa , sent him to learn with him. Marpa, being aware that Milarepa had first of all to purify himself from the negative karma he had accumulated, exposed him to an extremely hard apprenticeship.
Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa.pdf
As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has importance both timely and timeless. To its illustrious author, whom I have had the pleasure of knowing both in India and America, may every reader render due appreciation and gratitude. His unusual life-document is certainly one of the most revealing of the depths of the Hindu mind and heart, and of the spiritual wealth of India, ever to be published in the West. It has been my privilege to have met one of the sages whose life-history is herein narrated—Sri Yukteswar Giri. A likeness of the venerable saint appeared as part of the frontispiece of my Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. He expressed keen interest in the welfare of the people of the United States and of all the Americas, and of England, too, and questioned me concerning the distant activities, particularly those in California, of his chief disciple, Paramhansa Yogananda, whom he dearly loved, and whom he had sent, in , as his emissary to the West.
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Like Trungpa after him, Milarepa led a very unique and controversial life. His story touches a group of people who would have felt they could never be redeemed so to speak. Both in the past and still now, his life, teaching style, antics, sense of humor and pageantry all seemed to speak to the American mind in a way that has been unrivaled. His crazy wisdom and crazy life touched a generation and group of people who would otherwise have not found their way to the dharma, myself included. Yet it is to these very people who the dharma may be most important. Trungpa uses the story of Milarepa to point out the similarities in our own lives. As a former big city bouncer and carouser, I fell into a category of someone who most people would think does not fit the role of Buddhist or practitioner.