A Question About Padmasambhava

I am reading “Tantric Practice in Nying-Ma.” by Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche. In the book I found this:

“He originated this transmission, and five different types of beings – gods, dragons, demons, lichavis, and yakshas – passed on the transmission after receiving it from him.”

I needed to know more about this, so I asked a trusted source this question: Are dragons here nagas, and where do humans come in?

This was his answer:

There were five who met with Vajrapani on Mount Malaya.

  1. a god named Yasasvi Varapal.
  2. a naga known as King Taksaka.
  3. a rakshasa ogre,  Matyaupayika,  who wrote it all down in melted beryl on golden plates and hid it in the sky.
  4. a yaksha, or nature spirit, by the name of Ulamukha.
  5. and Vimalakirti, a human awareness holder of the Lichavi clan.

Prostrations to the Guru

Upon a throne of gold and jewels the guru sits, his eyes closed in effortless, illuminated meditation. A serene smile spreads across his face and then he opens his eyes to gaze upon you. Within those eyes show all of the stars from all of the universes, and yet you can see yourself there, plainly visible in his being.

With a nod the guru sends you into all of those countless universes and shows you every life ever lived in your mindstream, until you come to the only realization that makes sense.

All of the countless mindstreams appear at once and in unison begin prostrations to the guru. Countless knees striking the floor makes a thunderous sound that echoes into the spheres of all creation.

Wandering saints, monks, nuns and all of the local deities bow down and smile in wonder at your own realization.

With each prostration your mindstreams collapse upon themselves until there is only one left standing now before the guru.

All of these lives, all of the suffering, all of the love, all of the misery, joy, pain, and laughter; all of it was one seamless effort to shape you for this moment. Here, now as you stand before the guru you finally see that you have been sitting here upon this throne for all time, waiting for yourself to arrive.

With one voice all sentient beings chant together, Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Padme Siddhi Hung.


Waiting for the Sun

The sun has been down for more than an hour, but it is still hot. There is a soft breeze, blowing through the upper branches. On the ground, only stirrings of heat make it down from above.

They finished their dinner thirty minutes ago. Roasted hot dogs with pork and beans, a couple of fallen, burnt wieners still lay beside the fire. Empty Dr. Pepper cans have become target practice for a one-cock bb gun. The father teaches his son to aim the gun.

After dinner a group of campers from across the clearing came to say hello, and have now gone back to their air-conditioned camper. The blue canvas tent the two share is sweltering, it is cooler out side in the heat of the night. Hoping for the winds to come down.

The fire shows up into the height of the trees, beneath which they have camped for the night. Birds, crickets and bullfrogs all call out, competing to be heard above each other. The high winds add their own voice to the melody. The tune is punctuated with the beat of the gun.

Cock. Fire. Ping off the can.
Cock. Fire. Ping off the can.
Cock. Fire. Ping off the can.

They have moved away from the fire. Staying within the light, but away from the heat.

The father sits back on his haunches while the son sets the cans up for another shooting session.

And then it stops.

The birds. The crickets. Bullfrogs and wind. All the noise of the night dies away before the two really know it. Only realizing when the silence becomes loud in their ears.

The boy stops putting the cans back up on the dirt mound, father stands up, fists clenched. A light appears in the upper branches of the old elms. Brilliant white-blue, rays pierce into the leaves and onto the ground.

“Come’ere,” the father says looking up at the light.

Now a second moves over the trees. Quiet, no sound, no wind.

Not a helicopter, definitely not a plane. The father thinks to himself.

The campers from across the clearing, a mother and her two daughters, run toward the two.

“There’s another,” the mother says pointing to the south, the way back to the road, the way back to civilization.

Now three lights hover above the giant elms. No sound, no wind, nothing holding them in the sky.

“What are they dad?” the boy asks, moving in between his fathers right arm and chest, holding the bb gun to his own chest.

The father looks to his boy, grabs the gun and lays it down.

“I don’t know. Damn, I don’t know,” he says looking back up at the trio of white-blue suns hovering above their elms.

“What should we do?” the woman says aloud.

No one answers her, no one can. They simply stare into the light. Not blinking, not moving, not talking. Just staring at the bright lights.

Time stopped for the five as they watched the lights float above them. The lights move around each other, blurring into the next as the cross over and under, or through each other.

Then quickly, one by one the three lights move up in to the sky. Disappearing into the blackness of the night. The mother and her daughters walk slowly back to their cool camper, quietly, not talking to each other.

The father bends his neck for the first time in minutes. Looks at his son, and sighs.

“You okay?” he asks the boy.

The little brown headed boy only nods, still looking at the heavens. Wondering.

The sounds of darkness don’t come back that night. The father and the son set up under the stars. Not talking, they don’t have to. Just watching the sky, counting the falling stars, and waiting for the sun.


Matthew Williamson
6/30/94 @ 21:18