Friday, June 01, 2007

The Red Covered Book: Milarepa

About four years ago before being part of the film Milarepa I was just a student attending my classes from morning to evening. On one of those boring days I decided to clean my garage, which was crowded with trashes to treasures. I stumbled across a red covered book and picked it up. The cover read, “Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa.” I had heard of Milarepa and that he was a great yogi who reached enlightenment in one lifetime. That was the only knowledge I knew about him at that time. So, after finding the book I had forgotten why I came in the garage in the first place. With the book in my hand I went straight to my room and started reading. At that time, little did I know that this would be one of my all time favorite books and that it would play a role in my near future.

Once I started reading the book, there was no turning back. I felt like I was right there next to Milarepa from his birth till his enlightenment. Of course, the hardships we face today is nowhere near comparison to what Milarepa went through. By reading the book you will know what I am talking about or you can watch the movie, which will be out in the near future. The down fall is that this movie is just the beginning of Milarepa’s life story and all the hardships he goes through will only be seen in the next part. For that reason, I believe by supporting the first movie, there is better chance in making the next part sooner.

Talk about the movie, this is how I became apart of the movie. After multiple times of crying while reading the book I realized I was finished with the book before I knew it. After that, Milarepa was always on the back of my mind and I was totally inspired and taken away by his life story. I couldn’t stop talking about him; I would start telling his stories to my friends and family. Few months pasted. And one late evening, I got a call from the director and he asked me if I would like to play a role in his up coming film, Milarepa. Well, when I heard that I thought I was dreaming. I was not in shocked but I was more like, “Are you for real?” That time I was getting ready to go back to my fall semester classes. So, what do I do? I said, “When, and where?” I took the semester off, and took a flight out to New Delhi, India. That was where my journey began. I felt like the luckiest person a live. Don’t you think so? First, Milarepa came into my life in a book form and after I got to actually exist in his time while filming the movie. Wow, what a wonderful experience it was.
Well, this is my story on how Milarepa came into my life and how I took part in his. Most importantly, I am grateful for that day when I found the red covered book in my garage.

12 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

Hi, not sure where to find informtion on ordering the DVD. I signed up over a year ago and even gave my credit card to help kick the project off the ground. Glad to see the movie has happened. However, there is no way to contact folks about how to order the DVD. Please send ordering info to:

friends@elkopeacepark.org

Thank you.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Edward said...

Many years ago I was working as an assisant director on a film in New York. One of the characters in the movie was a young boy who was supposed to be studying eastern religions. The director asked me to get some books for the set of the boy's room. I bought several shelf lengths of books from the "Oriental Religion" section of a bookstore. After the shooting was done I took those books home since no one else was interested in them. I read a few of them, but the one that caught my attention was the red-covered "Life of Milarepa" I read it with fascination and it has been an inspiration to me ever since.

7:05 PM  
Blogger JJhiker148 said...

Hello, do you know when the second part of the movie will come out? The first movie was utterly beautiful...
Thank you!

11:54 AM  
Blogger visitorV said...

Greetings...

Will there be a making of the 2nd part of Milarpa's life?
It would truely be a shame if not....
This movie of the first part of milarepa's life has been the best thing for us in Europe to see, since the movies that are released in general are, more or less, crap and focus on human desires and passions without showing any kind of liberation from them.
The making of a Saint and how one developes his/her highest attributes and principles, the apotheosis of the saint's life must be shown.

With love and respect and many thanks for all the great work you have done till now...

Vasilis

5:10 AM  
Blogger susana.me.uk said...

It's 2011 now, anyone know of the Part 2: Milarepa: Path to Liberation dvd release?

6:46 AM  
Blogger susana.me.uk said...

Part 2: Milarepa: Path to Liberation, is it on DVD?
Today is the 18th March 2011.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Sneaking Up Behind Narcissus... said...

I would love to see the second part made. I just re-watched the first movie on dvds earlier this evening, and would adore seeing Marpa on screen.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Sneaking Up Behind Narcissus... said...

I would love to see the second part made. I just re-watched the first movie on dvds earlier this evening, and would adore seeing Marpa on screen.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Kester said...

I loved part 1. Do you know where I can sign up to be notified if/when part 2 is released?

8:39 AM  
Blogger Andy Warstar said...

How can I get all liberated and stuff? Life is friggin' pissing me off, dag nab it!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Andy Warstar said...

How can I get all liberated and stuff? Life is friggin' pissing me off, dag nab it!

11:45 PM  
Blogger Complete Happiness said...

I have been searching a lot and i dont think that the second part is out yet. i am trying to find out what is the status, but magically, i am not getting any info. if i know, i will let you all know here only.

10:44 PM  

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