Heart of the Mahamudra

Song by H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa

Manifestation and sound
Arise from the subtle mental imprints created from thoughts.
As a picture in the water disappears of its own accord,
So false appearances automatically fade away
When their lack of reality is understood.
Beyond essential reality there is nothing-
Such is the insight of the Mahamudra.

When the door of the mind through which appearances are created
Remains unobstructed, unwarped by concepts,
Then there is no solid reality, just bright light,
And we let everything that appears just arrive naturally.
Such a practice is the meditation of Mahamudra.

Illusory appearances are born of the belief in a reality.
Relying on a constant understanding of their non-reality
We dwell at rest in original spontaneous nature and the space
Where there is nothing to accomplish is thus reached effortlessly.
Such is the practice of Mahamudra.

These three points are the treasure of my heart.
Since the yogis who go to the heart of everything are like my own heart,
For them I have pronounced these heart-felt words,
Which cannot be communicated to others.