The Cuckoo's Song of Total Presence
The Cuckoo's Song of Total PresenceIn Tibet's ancient shamanistic tradition the cuckoo was a magical bird, theking of birds. As the cuckoo's first call is the harbinger of spring, so thesix erses of the !Cuckoo's Song of Total Presence! introduce the totalpresence of the nature of mind.The six lines of the Cuckoo's Song are also known as the Six "a#ra "erses.The$ are considered to be the root text of the %&ogchen ind Seriestradition out of which the entire iew, meditation and action of %&ogchenma$ be extrapolated. If the meaning of the erses in Tibetan is simple, theexpression of that meaning in (nglish is no simple matter.The nature of multiplicit$ is non)dualand things in themseles are pure and simple*+eing here and now is thought)freeand it shines out in all forms, alwa$s all good*It is alread$ perfect The disease of uptight striing expunged,Spontaneit$ is as it is.Turned into prose, based on the !%ochu! commentar$, it sa$s-All phenomenal appearances, the entire phantasmagoria of the six senses, thedierse multiplicit$ of existence, in realit$ is without dualit$. (en if weexamine its parts in the laborator$ of the mind, what is seemingl$ concretein its nature is illusie and indeterminate.There is nothing to get hold of. There is no wa$ to express it. Thesuch)ness of things, their actualit$, left #ust as the$ are, is be$ondthought and inconceiable. That is the here and now.