Listen! All of this is but Dependent Origination.
Dependent and empty, they are devoid of self-subsistence.
Changing from one form to another, they are like apparitions;
Like a fire ring [seen in a rotating torch], they are mere illusions.
Like a plantain tree, life force has no inner core;
Like a bubble, life has no inner core;
Like a mist, it disappears when one bends down [to look];
Like a mirage, it is beguiling from a distance;
Like a reflection in a mirror, it appears tangible and real;
Like fog, it appears as if it is here to stay.
The butcher and enemy, Ego, too, is just the same;
Though ostensibly it appears to exist, it never does;
Though seemingly real, nowhere is it really;
Though appearing, it’s beyond reification and refutation.
So how can there be a wheel of Karma?
It’s thus: Though they are devoid of intrinsic existence,
Just as moon’s reflection appears in a cup of water,
Karma and its effects appear as diverse falsehoods.
So within this mere appearance I will follow the ethical norms.
When the fire at the end of the universe blazes in a dream,
I feel terrified by its heat, though it has no intrinsic reality.
Likewise, although hell realms and their likes have no intrinsic reality,
Out of trepidation of being smelt, burnt and so on, I forsake[evil].
When in feverish delirium, although there is no darkness at all
One feels as if plunged and trapped inside a deep dark cave.
So, too, although ignorance and so on lack intrinsic reality,
I will dispel ignorance by means of the three wisdoms.
When a musician plays a song with his violin,
If probed there is no intrinsic reality to the sound.
Yet melodious tunes arise through the aggregation of unprobed facts
And soothe the anguish that lies in people’s hearts.