inner & outer
by Chogyam Trungpa
first richness of the ruler is to have a queen.
The queen-or we could say wife or husband, if you like-represents the principle of decency in your household.
When you live with someone with whom you can share your life, both your wisdom and your negativities, it encourages you to open up your personality.
You don’t bottle things up.
However, a Shambhala person does not have to be married.
There is always room for bachelors.
Bachelors are friends to themselves as well as having a circle of friends.
The basic principle is to develop decency and reasonability in your relationships.
The second richness of the universal monarch is the
The principle of the minister is having a counselor.
You have your spouse who promotes your decency, and then you have friends who provide counsel and advice.
It is said that the ministers should be inscrutable.
The sense of inscrutability here is not that your friends are devious or difficult to figure out but that
they do not have a project or goal in mind that clouds the friendship with you.
Their advice or help is open-ended .
The third richness is the
general, who represents fearlessness and protection.
The general is also a friend, a friend who is fearless because he or she has no resistance to protecting you and helping you out, doing whatever is needed in a situation .
The general is a friend who will actually care for you, as opposed to one who provides counsel.
The fourth richness is the steed , or
The steed represents industriousness, working hard and exerting yourself in situations.
You don’t get trapped in laziness, but you constantly go forward and work with situations in your life.
The fifth richness is the
elephant, which re presents steadiness.
You are not swayed by the winds of deception or confusion.
You are steady like an elephant.
At the same time, an elephant is not rooted like a tree trunk- it walks and moves.
So you can walk and move forward with steadiness, as though riding an elephant.
The sixth richness of the ruler is the
wish-granting jewel, which is connected with generosity.
You don’t just hold on to the richness that you achieve by applying the previous principles,
but you let go and give-by being hospitable, open, and humorous.
Number seven is the
Traditionally, the ruler of the entire universe holds a gold wheel, while the monarch who rules this earth alone receives an iron wheel.
The rulers of Shambhala are said to have held the iron wheel, because they ruled on this earth.
On a personal level, the wheel represents command over your world .
You take your seat properly and fully in your life, so that all of the previous principles can work together to promote richness and dignity in your life.
By applying these seven principles of richness, you can actually handle your family life properly.