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Marpa’s eccentricity and severity with Milarepa were crucial to his being a good teacher. While gurus are expected to be more kind and compassionate than Marpa was toward his student, Marpa had reasons behind the suffering he put Milarepa through, which was necessary in order for him to achieve Enlightenment in one lifetime. Milarepa had not anticipated the strenuous labor and emotional suffering that was to come when he requested Marpa’s teaching, but Marpa could not have followed through with this very request of his student, to help him reach Enlightenment in one lifetime, without subject Milarepa to excruciating lessons first. Through carrying out the wishes of his mother, Milarepa had filled his life with such great sin that he could not possibly reach Enlightenment without first suffering the consequences of his actions through karma. It is only through the karmic reaction to these sins that he is able to release himself from being a great sinner, and it would have been impossible for him to reach Enlightenment with the sins of creating hailstorms and killing thirty five people still awaiting reciprocal action through karma. Milarepa understands the necessity of his escaping the cycle of karma after being a great sinner as he explains, “In my youth I committed black deeds. In maturity I practiced innocence. Now, released from both good and evil, I have destroyed the root of karmic action and
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