The stages of the mystic path by Padmasambhava:

1.   To read a large number of books on the various religions and philosophies. To listen to many learned doctors professing different doctrines. To experiment oneself with a number of methods.
2.   To choose a doctrine among the many one has studied and discard the other ones, as the eagle carries off only one sheep from the flock.
3.   To remain in a lowly condition, humble in one’s demeanour, not seeking to be conspicuous or important in the eyes of the world, but behind apparent
insignificance, to let one’s mind soar high above all worldly power and glory.
4.   To be indifferent to all. Behaving like the dog or the pig that eat what chance brings them. Not making any choice among the things which one meets.
Abstaining from any effort to acquire or avoid anything. Accepting with an equal indifference whatever comes: riches or poverty, praise or contempt, giving up the distinction between virtue and vice, honourable and shameful, good and evil. Being neither afflicted, nor repenting whatever one may have done and, on the other hand, never being elated nor proud on account of what one has accomplished.
5.   To consider with perfect equanimity and detachment the conflicting opinions and the various manifestations of the activity of beings. To understand that such is the nature of things, the inevitable mode of action of each entity and to remain always serene. To look at the world as a man standing on the highest mountain of the country looks at the valleys and the lesser summits spread out below him.

6.   It is said that the sixth stage cannot be described in words. It corresponds to  the realization of the “Void” which, in Lamaist terminology, means the  Inexpressible reality.

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