By Tony McMahon (Vessantara)
A advisor to the Deities of the Tantra is an engaging perception right into a topic that has captivated the mind's eye of many yet is still mysterious and unique to all yet a few.
Tantric deities? who're they and what do they do?
This quantity makes a speciality of the deities whose mantra recitation and colourful visualizations lie on the middle of the Tantra. We meet goddesses of knowledge, the prince of purity, the lotus-born guru Padmasambhava, and dakinis— wild-haired ladies who dance within the flames of freedom. All, the peaceable and the wrathful alike, urge the reader to damage via to knowledge, stating the genuine nature of fact with uncompromising vigor.
Devoid of popular culture misperceptions, this advisor is a window into the occasionally mysterious international of Buddhist Tantra. Vessantara explores the major features of the Tantra during this magical fusion of the sensible and the imaginative—giving us an instantaneous perception in into the poetry and the facility of the Tantra.
A much-published and well-respected Buddhist writer, meditator, and instructor, Vessantara is a senior member of the Western Buddhist Order. He holds a specific love for Tibetan Buddhism and is famous as an efficient storyteller. this is often one in every of 3 volumes taking a look at Buddha figures within the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
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There is more to the sadhana, but perhaps this is enough to enable you to get an inkling of the sense of release and purification that successful practice of the sadhana brings about. In Tantric circles, this sadhana is known to be very strong medicine with far-reaching effects. It purifies body, speech, and mind. It is not unusual for there to be physical side-effects from its performance. Vajrasattva is sometimes referred to in the Tantra as the one who saves from hell. This is no doubt partly because his sadhana is used for repairing broken Tantric vows.
To unite with him we need to live in a way that is 'full strength', totally authentic, with all the inessentials - everything weakening or diluting - thrown away. It is something of these qualities that is suggested by Vajrasattva sometimes appearing naked and unadorned. This kind of purity, of true, authentic being, has nothing weak about it. In this sense, too, Vajrasattva represents pure unadulterated consciousness, a mind not diluted by chasing after its reflections in mundane experience. O u r minds usually move outwards toward sense-experience, and in this way the brilliant light of consciousness is dissipated.
However, deeper more primitive strata of the mind are not amenable to being taught in this way. These aboriginal levels of consciousness need to be converted through the magic powers of figures like Nyima Odzer and Dorje Drolo. In summary, we can say that these differing manifestations mark Padmasambhava as the embodiment of all the resourcefulness of Buddhist teaching. They show him as the typical Tantric guru - working through logic and reasoning to convert the rational mind, but also diving deep into the psychic depths to confront, subdue, and transform the powerful and primitive - perhaps even demonic - energies that inhabit those dark realms.