Awakening at Dawn from the Sleep of Unknowing

Lotus Guru, hosts of dakas and dakinis,
All are dancing,
Voicing mantra tunes and songs in the symbolic language,
Minds in the awakened state, the essence of the natural knowing,
Turned towards me,
With the sounds of bells and hand drums,
They appear in awesome splendor,
Right before me in the sky.

Lord Guru, hosts of dakinis,
Look on me with your kind, loving eyes.
Right now the beings of the three realms
In mindlessness they all are asleep.

Awake, they roam in their blinded states.
Your yogi child who sees self-knowing mind
Shall lead to the celestial realms
All mother beings of the six types.

So father, I will go where you are,
And not leave thought, word and deed indolent.
To be sure I will hear, think and train;
Four sessions shall be cores in my life.

While here in this delightful retreat,
I will reach others’ aim and my own.
Please guru, hosts of dakinis,
Be kind, inspire my triple doors.

(c) Erik Pema Kunsang, 2014. It can be freely used for readings and teachings, when not for resale.