If We Just Do What Is Needed

If we just do what is needed
rather than what we like,
our problems would diminish
and contentment increase.
Our likes and dislikes are
products of our past.

Assessment of what is needed
is down to the individual’s understanding.

Milarepa had to assess
whether to clear the nettles
in front of his cave every day,
or just go back inside and practise.

Of course, we are not Milarepa,
but we know when we are doing
the right thing.

A worldly person has many needs.
A practitioner of consciousness has few.
In the moment of realisation, there are none.

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