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Free and Easy: A Spontaneous Vajra Song

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 bodymind
Has no real importance at all;
Has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with it, and become attached
        to it;

Passing judgment upon it and ourselves?
Far better to simplify
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’s 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
and comfortable.

Make use of this spaciousness, this freedom
      and natural ease.
Don’t search further
Don’t go into the tangled jungle
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 just by itself

            -Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche

Photo above by
Linda Cohen
" Two Yellow Crocuses in the Sun"
at Delphi, Greece