The Eight Things to Remember by Jetsun Milarepa

September 17, 2014 Death Awareness

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The Eight Things to Remember

by Jetsun Milarepa
(1052-1135)

“At the moment you are fond of large estate sites,
You surround yourself with a manor and its grounds,
But when your time to go has come,
You’ll have to leave it behind you like an empty shell.
Are you aware that this is what will happen?
You’d do well to remember and keep it well in mind.

At the moment you are fond of fame and fortune,
You surround yourself with power and pomp,
But when your time to go has come,
Who will you turn to, not a refuge in this sorry world for you.
Are you aware that this is what will happen?
You’d do well to remember and keep it well in mind.

At the moment you are fond of family relations,
You surround yourself with relatives and friends,
But when your time to go has come, you’ll have to leave them,
Kin and dear ones, every last one.
Are you aware that this is what will happen?
You’d do well to remember and keep it well in mind.

At the moment you like admirers and helpers,
You surround yourself with children and good things,
But when your time to go has come, you’ll leave without them,
Empty-handed and stark naked you’ll depart.
Are you aware that this is what will happen?
You’d do well to remember and keep it well in mind.

At the moment you are fond of material comforts,
You surround yourself with the status of success,
But when your time to go has come, your body will fail you,
Then it’s fit for nothing more than to be put in the ground.
Are you aware that this is what will happen?
You’d do well to remember and keep it well in mind.

At the moment you are fond of your good condition,
Your faculties work and your physical state is fine,
But when your time to go has come, it’s another story,
You no longer have any power over your mind.
Are you aware that this is what will happen?
You’d do well to remember and keep it well in mind.

At the moment you are fond of palate’s pleasures,
You surround yourself with delicious food to eat,
But when your time to go has come, your appetite dwindles,
You won’t even manage to get a little water down.
Are you aware that this is what will happen?
You’d do well to remember and keep it well in mind.”

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