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Tilopa’s Six Words of Advice

February 23, 2013

About a thousand years ago a great teacher named Tilopa from Bengal in India wrote a poem for his students called “Six Words of Advice”.    Eventually translated into English from Tibetan, it has become a little longer than 6 words, but is just as beautiful.  If you’ve ever had a bad day/week/month/year, you might enjoy reading these enduring words of advice:

Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t try to make anything happen.
Relax, right now, and rest.

Perhaps it’s the simplicity of this lesson from Tilopa that I enjoy most of all.  It seems lately that it’s something I need to learn, more than ever.  Increasingly I find myself preoccupied with personal problems and trying to work it all out inside. At times I find that issues at work or in marriage can be rather overwhelming.  I worry about the future, and have trouble accepting when things are less than ideal.  If you ever find yourself struggling to find happiness, or being overwhelmed by issues at work, in marriage or family … you’re not alone!

Further Reading:

Unfettered Mind: Six Words of Advice

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