This text is a teaching by Padmasambhava, in which he reminds us how to liberate ourselves in the six different Bardo’s.
Tibetan buddhism refers to the six Bardo’s as transitional states; the bardo of this lifetime, the bardo of dreaming, the bardo of meditation, the bardo of dying, the bardo of dharmata, and the bardo of becoming. In each of the bardo’s there are clear instructions on what we should do while we are experiencing these states to attain liberation. The verses here are the concise instructions from the Secret Dakini Training Mother Tantra of the Great Perfection.
Bardo Song of Reminding Oneself
translated by Erik Pema Kunsang, melody: Tara Trinley Wangmo, vocals: Sascha Alexandra Aurora Sellberg & Rodrigo Reijers.
from the Secret Dakini Training Mother Tantra
of the Great Perfection
Now that while the bardo of this lifetime is unfolding,
I will not be lazy since there is no time to waste.
Enter nondistraction’s path of hearing, thinking, training,
While it is just now I have the precious human form.
Since this free and favored form ought to have real meaning,
Emotion and samsara shall no longer hold the reign.
Now that while the bardo of the dreamstate is unfolding,
I will not sleep like a corpse, so careless, ignorant.
Knowing everything is self-display, with recognition,