EVERYTHING HAPPENS BY ITSELF

 The elephant in my living room to remind me.

The elephant in my living room to remind me.

LOOKING FOR THE GREAT AWAKENED ELEPHANT

Happiness cannot be found

Through great effort and willpower,

But is already present,

In open relaxation and letting go.

Don’t strain yourself,

There is nothing to do or undo.

Whatever momentarily arises

In the body-mind

Has no real importance at all,

Has little reality whatsoever.

Why identify with,

And become attached to it,

Passing judgment upon it and ourselves?

Far better to simply

Let the entire game happen on its own,

Springing up and falling back like waves,

Without changing or manipulating anything

And notice how everything

Vanishes and reappears, magically,

Again and again, time without end.

Only our searching for happiness

Prevents us from seeing it.

It is like a vivid rainbow

Which you pursue

Without ever catching,

Or a dog chasing its own tail.

Although peace and happiness

Do not exist as an actual thing or place,

It is always available

And accompanies you every instant.

Don’t believe in the reality

Of good and bad experiences;

They are like today’s ephemeral weather,

Like rainbows in the sky.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,

You exhaust yourself in vain.

As soon as you open and relax

This tight fist of grasping,

Infinite space is there,

Open, inviting, comfortable.

Make use of this spaciousness, this

Freedom and natural ease.

Don’t search any further

Looking for the great awakened elephant.

Who is already resting quietly at home

In front of your own hearth.

Nothing to do or undo,

Nothing to force,

Nothing to want.

And nothing missing.

Emaho!  Marvelous!

Everything happens by itself.

 - Lama Gendun Rinpoche                

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