Thank you David for your bright light… When I heard of your death I closed my eyes and felt your strong presence immediately, radiant and full of joy. there was no reason to be sad for you; there was no doubt that you had found liberation. I saw you riding your horse like a warrior, your white hair blazing, sounding PHET and dispelling all darkness and liberating many beings in the bardo. You were traveling down the tunnel toward the Great Luminosity, like a river to the great ocean… I am reminded of these beautiful words by Longchenpa. Many blessings to you…
In a cloudless night sky, the full moon,
“The Lord of Stars,” is about to ride…
The face of my compassionate lord, Padmasambhava,
Draws me on, radiating its tender welcome.
My delight in death is far, far greater than
The delight of traders at making vast fortunes at sea,
Or lords of the gods who vaunt their victory in battle;
Or of those sages who have entered the rapture of perfect absorption.
So just as a traveler who sets out on the road when the time has come to go,
I will not remain in this world any longer,
But will go to dwell in the stronghold of the great bliss of deathlessness.
This my life, is finished, my karma is exhausted, what benefit prayers could
bring has worn out,
All worldly things are done with, this life’s show is over.
In one instant, I will recognize the very essence of the manifestation of my being
In the pure, vast realms of the bardo states;
I am close now to taking up my seat in the ground of primordial perfection.
The riches found in myself have made the minds of others happy,
I have used the blessing of this life to realize all the benefits of the island of
Having been with you, my noble disciples, through all this time,
The joy of sharing the truth has filled me and satisfied me.
Now all the connections in this life between us are ending,
I am an aimless beggar who is going to die as he likes,
Do not feel sad for me, but go on praying always.
These words are my heart talking, talking to help you;
Think of them as a cloud of lotus-blossoms, and you in your devotion
as bees plunging into them to suck from their transcendent joy.
Through the great good of these words
May all beings of all the realms of samsara,
In the ground of primordial perfection, attain nirvana.
David, you are in my heart and prayers. Much love to you…. Jessica Stevens