The Great Chariot

by Longchenpa | 268,580 words

A Commentary on Great Perfection: The Nature of Mind, Easer of Weariness In Sanskrit the title is ‘Mahāsandhi-cittā-visranta-vṛtti-mahāratha-nāma’. In Tibetan ‘rDzogs pa chen po sems nyid ngal gso’i shing rta chen po shes bya ba ’...

Part 6 - How we suffer in countless births


If thus we think of the karmic succession in this world,
Our sadness should increase to be much sadder than sad.

If all our previous bodies, when we were born as ants,
Were gathered up together and piled into a heap,
Its height would surpass Mount Meru, with its four precious slopes.
The tears we have wept would surpass the four oceans in their volume.
When we have been a Hell being or a hungry ghost,
The amount of molten copper that we have had to drink,
And the foul volume of pus and blood and excrement,
Is unmatched by the flowing rivers to the limits of the directions.

Our other sufferings were as limitless as the sky.
The number of time our head and limbs have been cut off,
Because of desire, is unmatched by the atoms of the world.

The Great objects of Mindfulness, says:

O monks, be sorrowful in the realm of samsara. Why? While we were being whirled about in beginningless samsara, we were born as ants. If their discarded bodies were brought together in one place, and made into a heap, it would be taller than the king of Mountains Mount Meru. We have wept more tears than there is water in the four oceans. In the countless immeasurable number of times we have become Hell beings and hungry ghosts, we have drunk more seething molten copper, blood, urine, pus, and mucus than there is water in the four great rivers that flow from the four continents down to the ocean. Because of desire, the number of times that our head, eyes, and major and minor limbs have been cut off equals the number of atoms of earth, water, air, and fire in as many worlds as there are grains of sand of the river Ganges.

The Friendly Letter says:

More than the four oceans is the milk that we each have drunk.
Compared to the number of persons presently in samsara,
We have drunk an amount much more then all of them.
As for the heap of bones from everyone we have been,
They would be more than equal to the mass of Mount Meru.
If chi bi ka pits[1] were as many as our mothers,
The earth would not suffice for such a number of them.

Footnotes and references:


Rgya shug can mean juniper of a small grain plant. Here it is a ci bi ka fruit tree.

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