Lady Paldarboom asked Milarepa to cut her hair (cut her ties to her past karma), instruct her and give her his name, that she might become a nun.
Milarepa smiled kindly, "if you practice Dharma, you will awake with a full head of hair. You don't need to cut your hair or make other superficial changes to become a nun. You don't need me as your teacher or example. It is senseless." Milarepa then sang,
Oh, Lady Paldarboom
Fortunate and devoted student!
Look to the sky for your example:
practice without any sense of limit or position in space or time!
Look to the sun and moon for your example:
practice without any sense of clarity or distortion!
Look to the mountain for your example:
practice without any sense of movement or change!
Look to the ocean as an example,
practice without any sense of depth or surface!
Look to your own mind,
practice without doubt or hesitation!
Milarepa then showed her how to sit, and direct her mind through the jnanas. She was self-motivated to practice, and became practiced quickly. Overcome with happiness, the Lady then sang to Milarepa as her Lord, her equal,
Treasured Lord, perfected expression of awakeness,
I was overcome by happiness - practicing with the sky
but then grew uneasy when my practice became clouded,
give me instruction on how to practice with the clouds?
I was overcome by happiness - practicing with the sun and moon
but then grew uneasy noticing the other stars and planets,
give me instruction on how to practice with stars and planets?
I was overcome by happiness - practicing with the mountain,
but then grew uneasy with its grasses and trees,
give me instruction on practicing with grass and trees?
I was overcome by happiness - practicing with the ocean,
but then grew uneasy because of its waves,
give me instruction on practicing with waves?
Lord, I was overcome by happiness with my mind
but then grew uneasy because of my thinking,
give me instruction on practicing with thought.
Milarepa was delighted, and congratulated her on not remaining overwhelmed, and by developing her jnana into thoughtful consideration, singing back to her about removing impediments and accomplishment,
Oh Lady, fortunate and devoted student,
clouds are created by the sky as a consequence of its dharma,
and are therefore the sky itself
as are you
planets and stars are present even when obscured by sun and moon,
yet the sun and moon are but a star and planet so the stars and planets are never truly obscure
you are like the sun and moon and planets and stars
so are grass and trees are created by the mountain, and the waves are the ocean itself
so permit yourself the mountain its grass and trees, and ocean its waves,
let the sky have its planets and stars!
be the ocean, mountain, sun, moon, and sky
Oh Lady, happiness is a result of practice, thoughtfulness a result of happiness,
you are mindfulness itself; you cannot be lost to such thoughtfulness, let yourself think.
Lady Paldarboom practiced with these instructions and came to understand the dharma of pure being. As a consequence, she went to the dakini realms in her own body, accompanied by the sounds of cymbals.