Mother Song and 7 Line Prayer

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Mother Song & Seven Line Prayer

The following are the lyrics to The Mother’s Song, recorded by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo in 1992. You can listen to the recording by clicking the link above.

The Mother’s Song

This morning I woke up

With the sounds of suffering

Speaking their names

In my ear

Spoke of a time

When the Bodhisattvas

Could no longer appear

How can my heart bear the sorrow?

How can my eyes bear to see?

All of my babes lost and fearful

Having no means to be free.

No way to know of liberation

No way to cross samsara’s sea

How can I comfort the sick and dying?

How can I hold them within me?

If they are called, will they hear?

Will they see?

© Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, March 1992

Astrology

A generous person appears, passing out goodies and friendly words.  Pay attention, this person will give you something of value.  Emotional satisfaction comes through attention to detail.  Fix the car, organize your affairs and you’ll feel good.  Behind the scenes matters continue to dominate everything.  Issues of renovation, death, rebirth and legacies are paramount.  Debts must be paid, and good fortune comes through a bequest.  A belated gift can come. A discriminating person is here, appearing to criticize everything.  Don’t take offense; see the person as giving you a road map to your destination.  Write it down and follow it!  Robert Fritz said, “Idle dreamers have given real visionaries a bad name.”  Come down to earth and you’ll notice you’re going somewhere. Someone is showing you the way.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

More downbeat news and more discouraging prognoses may come today.  Depressive thinking is rampant: don’t focus on it.  Instead, work harder: whatever you do will succeed!  Organize things, do your job, and you’ll look back later and be happy with the progress you’ve made.  Work impresses the boss and solves problems.  It’s possible to team up with someone who can analyze anything and come up with an answer.  A breakthrough is on the way, and someone is telling you how it works.  It’s crucial to pay attention, even if you’re tired of listening.  You’ll be glad you did! Molly Ivens said, “Whatever you do, don’t give up.  Because all you can do once you’ve given up is complain.”  The good part is the cheerful, upbeat person who makes you laugh and seems out of touch.  This person is IN touch with something larger than the current issues.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

A serious conversation takes place today, and the news is discouraging.  On the other hand, activity is successful.  The image is of someone saying “It can’t be done!” as another person does it!  It’s important to review matters from the past, but don’t focus on all the failures.  Saturn the restrictor is close to Mercury the communicator.  This gives a negative spin to communication.  Bad news rules!  But don’t be sad, it’s not the only news.  Will Rogers said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”  A happy encounter with someone who loves you comes early in the day.  Work is making true progress, and families are satisfying.  Don’t get demoralized and stop today.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Astrology

An early inspiration is exciting.  Commit your thoughts to writing and save them for later.  Remember that secret projects are ongoing.  The image is of people steadily digging a tunnel out of prison, unknown to others who rush in with new plans!  Don’t be surprised if nobody reacts.  You are either in the loop or else you aren’t.  If you’re working on something, keep going.  A Chinese proverb says, “The one who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”  Stay organized and stick to your project.  Secrecy is king now, and food is queen.  An overarching sense of happiness is prevalent that is unrelated to everything else.  Accept it anyway!

Astrology

Someone does something so over-the-top egomaniacal that you can’t believe it!  If this is you, go back and apologize to everyone.  Nevertheless, be happy that confidence has been restored.  Spend time with children and those who need your attention- watch and admire everything they do.  Today everybody thinks their own issue is the most important issue, and this can create a clash of conflicting ideologies. Harold Nicholson said, “We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals, others by their acts.”  Don’t have a parade or do anything that draws attention to your cause in a public place.  An opposing group may be doing the same thing, with unfortunate results.  Apart from this, things are moving along nicely.  You are still working through old issues and adjusting matters so they operate better.  Problems are in fact being solved, and food is a godsend today.

The Sutra of the Heart of Transcendent Knowledge

The following is dedicated to the wonderful neighbor, an angel, who brought our Brenna back home to us:

Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagria at Vulture Peak Mountain, together with a great gathering of the sangha of monks and a great gathering of the sangha of bodhisattvas. At that time, the Blessed One entered the samadhi that expresses the dharma called “profound illumination,” and at the same time noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, while practicing the profound prajnaparamita, saw in this way: he saw the five skandhas to be empty of nature.

Then, through the power of the Buddha, venerable Shariputra said to noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, “How should a son or daughter of noble family train, who wishes to practice the profound prajnaparamita?”

Addressed in this way, noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, said to venerable Shariputra, “O Shariputra, a son or daughter of noble family who wishes to practice the profound prajnaparamita should see in this way: seeing the five skandhas to be empty of nature. Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form. Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness. In the same way, feeling, perception, formation, and consciousness are emptiness. Thus, Shariputra, all dharmas are emptiness.

“There are no characteristics. There is no birth and no cessation. There is no impurity and no purity. There is no decrease and no increase. Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no formation, no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no dharmas; no eye dhatu up to no mind dhatu; no dhatu of dharmas, no mind consciousness dhatu; no ignorance, no end of ignorance up to no old age and death, no end of old age and death; no suffering, no origin of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom, no attainment, and no non-attainment. Therefore, Shariputra, since the bodhisattvas have no attainment, they abide by means of prajnaparamita.

“Since there is no obscuration of mind, there is no fear. They transcend falsity and attain complete nirvana. All the buddhas of the three times, by means of prajnaparamita, fully awaken to unsurpassable, true, complete enlightenment. Therefore, the great mantra of prajnaparamita, the mantra of great insight, the unsurpassed mantra, the unequaled mantra, the mantra that calms all suffering should be known as truth, since there is no deception. The prajnaparmita mantra is said in this way:

TADYATA    OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA

Thus, Shariputra, the bodhisattva mahasattva should train in the profound prajnaparamita.”

Then the Blessed One arose from that samadhi and praised noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, saying, “Good, good. O son of notble family; thus it is, O son of noble family; thus it is. One should practice the profound prajnaparamita just as you have taught and all the tathagatas will rejoice.”

When the Blessed One had said this, venerable Shariputra and noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, that whole assembly and the world with its gods, humans, asuras, and gandharvas rejoiced and praised the words of the Blessed One.

Lotsawa bhikshu Rinchen De translated this text into Tibetan with the Indian pandita Vimalamitra. It was edited by the great editor-lotsawas Gelo, Namkha, and others. This Tibetan text was copied from fresco in Gegye Chemaling at the glorious Samye vihara. It has been translated into English by the Nalanda Translation Committee, with reference to several Sanskrit editions.

Astrology

This is a surprisingly happy day, full of emotional satisfaction.  A peaceful energy enters the scene and hope is on the horizon at last!  A good idea is cheering, and an inspired person makes a discovery.  Those who have been working hard can finally rest, and domestic matters go well.  It’s a great day to have a family get-together, a barbecue, a party.  Mercury is still retrograde so do not expect forward motion, but a cheerful mood replaces an ominous one, and this makes all the difference!  Someone is working on a breakthrough project that is starting to have an impact.  Bake something and offer it to everyone you meet.  Laugh at people’s jokes even if you don’t get them.  Lighten up!  Jean Paul Righter said, “Cheerfulness, like spring, opens all the blossoms of the inward person.”

Excitement

get-inflamed

The following is a teaching by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo called “Desire Blocks Happiness”

I don’t know how many times people have come to me and said, “Gosh, I’m so excited about this path! I would love to practice this path. It seems so wonderful! I’m so excited about this path. But you know, that’s like me. I always get really excited about things, and I jump into them; and I get really on fire, and then I burn out real quick. But maybe this one is different! This could be it!” Well, you know, that’s the example that I can give you that I see again and again and again and again. But people are like that about everything!  Whenever we get a new object, we get real excited about it, or we become attached to it; and we think this is the thing that is going to make us happy. But it isn’t. Or we get a new relationship, and we just get all in love, and in friendship, and whatever it is, enamored. And then we think, “Oh, this is going to be the one that makes a difference!”  And then, well it does, but it isn’t. It really isn’t.

What are we actually seeing? First of all, we’re actually seeing the faults of cyclic existence. What begins must end. What goes up must come down. What causes us to be supremely elated must also cause disappointment. What comes together must result in separation. That is the fault of cyclic existence. That is its quality. We’re seeing the reflection of the condition of cyclic existence. More than that, we are seeing the reflection of our own mind. Our own mind. Our own mind has within it the karma, or cause and effect set-up, if you will, to be able to experience that kind of thing again and again and again. That is our habitual tendency. We are suffering from a kind of inflammation of the mind. The mind is inflamed. Interestingly, the very thing that causes us to be so inflamed by some new toy, you know, some new relationship, some new thing that comes into our life, some new event, some new job, some new spiritual path, some new idea… Something that comes into our mind that causes us to be so oh, gosh! everything’s going to be different now! So breathlessly excited. Everything that comes into our mind like that, that quality of inflammation. And it is like an inflammation, isn’t it? We become all puffed up and red like inflammations. That quality of inflammation is the same quality that will actually lead to the downfall of that particular circumstance to satisfy us, because that very inflammation is an indication of the instability of our minds.

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Astrology

Things are coming together.  Work goes well and intuitive understanding puts people in the right place at the right time.  Follow your hunches, but do not oppose anything or anyone directly.  Spend time going around barriers; don’t try to push anything or anyone.  A careful energy enables you to move through your issues in a circuitous route, bringing you safely to the end.  See today as similar to a maze.  Your job is to keep going until you come to the end.  This is actually possible.  Work moves forward.  Dreamers, artists, doctors and musicians are especially favored.  Be as sensitive as possible in every situation.  Bring food everywhere you go!  A lifesaving cure can be found, and it’s a complex time.  A light-hearted person seems totally out of touch, but maybe not.  George Carlin said, “The caterpillar does all the work and the butterfly gets all the publicity.” They’re the same, you know.