Entering the Dharma Gate

Though grief in the Ocean of SamsaraIs preached, and its renunciation is urged,Few people are really convincedAnd renounce it with determination.Though knowing that life will ever turn to death,Few feel uneasy, or think that it will end.Though their life is blessed with good prospects,Few can practice abstention for a day.Though the Bliss of Liberation is expoundedAnd Samsara’s pains are stressed,Few can really enter the Dharma Gate.Though the profound Pith-InstructionsOf the Whispered Lineage are given without stint, fewWithout fail can practice them.Though the teaching of Mahamudra is expoundedAnd the Pointing-out demonstration is exercised,Few can really understand the Essence of Mind.To the hermit’s life and the Guru’s wishOne can always aspire, but fewCan put them into practice.The perfect, skillful path of NaropaMay be shown, without concealment,But those who can really follow itAre very few. My dear lad,You should follow in my footstepsIf in this life you want to doSomething that is worthwhile.- Milarepa