“maintain the state of undistractedness, and distractions will fly away. dwell alone, and you shall find the friend. take the lowest place, and you shall reach the highest. hasten slowly, and you shall soon arrive. renounce all worldly goals, and you shall reach the highest goal. if you follow this unfrequented path, you will find the shortest way. If you realize sunyata (the absolute emptiness), compassion will arise within your hearts; and when you lose all differentiation between yourself and others, then you will be fit to serve others.”
Jetsun Milarepa, (1052 – 1135 CE) is generally considered one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets, a student of Marpa Lotsawa, and a major figure in the history of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
The essence of Milarepa lies in his writings rather than the legends that have grown up around him. The writings, often referred to as the Songs of Milarepa, are canonical Mahayana Buddhist texts and in particular emphasize the temporary nature of the physical body and the need for non-attachment.