The essence of all the songs can be epitomized by the four dharmas of Gampopa. These are: (1) one’s mind becomes dharmic; (2) that dharma practice becomes path; (3) in following that path, confusion is removed; (4) having removed confusion, everything dawns as wisdom.
The first dharma is the ground, where our mind becomes dharmic so that we and the dharma are no longer separate entities. We develop true renunciation and have a sense of revulsion towards samsara. The second dharma is the path. When our mind goes along with the dharma, the dharma becomes the path, and any obstacles, whether extreme or ordinary, become a part of our journey. The third dharma is the fruition. As the journey is taking place, the process of the journey liberates us from confusion and anxiety. We are delighted by our journey and we feel it is good. The fourth dharma is the total vision. When we are able to overcome confusion and anxiety, even our anxiety is not regarded as anti-dharma or anti-path. Cosmic wakefulness takes place.
From the Foreword by Chögyam Trungpa to The Rain of Wisdom: The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning, pages xiv-xv.