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We can never be secure in life, and yet, we can be secure in how we approach life. A disciple asked the great Tantra Master, Marpa, “What is it like to be enlightened?” Marpa answered: “I’m as miserable as before!” The disciple, deeply shocked by this statement, said, “if you, the great Master Marpa, are as miserable as before, why should I be working so arduously through meditation practice to attain enlightenment?”

Marpa answered astutely: “There is only one difference between me and you. I can choose to be identified with misery, or not.”