Direct Message from Padmasambhava?

PadmasambhavaFor the last few days, well, for the last four days now, I have been hearing Padmasambhava’s mantra in my dreams and saying it as I woke. I guess it isn’t anything new for me to hear mantra while I dream, I mean I do say mantra as I fall asleep most nights, but the difference is that I was not saying Padmasambhava’s mantra as I fell asleep.

I am not well versed with the teachings of this Tibetan saint. I know a little of his story, that he came to Tibet in the 8th century AD. I know that he did magical warfare with the demons of the land that had plagued the people of Tibet, converting them to being Dharma Protectors and swearing them to oaths that they would protect the Dharma and practitioners.

To learn more about him visit the wiki page here. I have found this page very useful for understanding what the actual mantra is bringing about, Vajra Guru Mantra.

I asked two good friends, both strong Vajrayana practitioners what this meant and for their thoughts. One explained to me that I needed to view this as a call from Padmasambhava himself. A ‘direct message’ if you will. My other friend sad the same and then he asked for me to practice in this manner:

Learn to visualize his form, smiling, with some clarity in the space before you. When you can stabilize the general image begin working on details; I.E., his earrings, eyes, fingers, hat, patterns on the brocade robe, etc., – all of this to accompany the mantra.

“When you’re finished, dissolve the visualization into a sphere of white light with a reddish glow around the edges, and draw it into your heart center. Mediate in the nondual nature of mind for as long as you can, and then dedicate merit to all sentient beings.”

~ Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche

These two men that I am seeking guidance with are wonderful, and I cannot thank them enough.

So, now I am learning more and I accept the call to practice his mantra. It is beautiful, and it is this:

Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Pema Siddhi Hum

To get the cadence down I am using this video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynSWoeQYsTE[/youtube]

 

Namaste.

Magic Words

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I think about this often. Magic. Words have power. When you consciously will there to be power or connection in these words then they become magical by shear willpower.

There is power in the naming of the thing. The ancients have told us this for aeons but modern society denies the truth in these words.

What is mantra but charged words that in and of themselves wield power. Mantra, spoken, sung, or just silently chanted internally in your soul, has power.

In the lyrics of Pink Floyd’s song Time you can hear this again:

Far away, across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell

“Softly spoken magic spell” in this case is a prayer whispered by the holy man. This prayer is magical in that it creates a divine will that resonates in the minds of those speaking it in God.

I once asked a Tibetan lama about saying the translated mantra in English and his response took me by surprise. He explained that the mantra has been chanted uncountable times in Sanskrit by holy men and women all over the world and throughout time and space. This has reinforced the magic in the words, in effect charging the words with even more power due to the will of those saying the mantra in devout concentration.

He concluded by telling me that if I was to say the mantra in Sanskrit and then again in English then eventually, one day, millennia from now, the English phrase would also be powerful as well. This really made me think.

OK, so words and sounds strung together contain power, then you add the power of the will from those chanting the mantra or prayer. This forms an equation of magic. Something like this:

mantra * (will of the person chanting) =  some magical or divine outcome

Does the mantra alone contain the power? Can someone recite a mantra without even knowing the meaning and feel the effect? According to my Hindu and Buddhist teachers, yes, to some degree.

I know that in Tibetan Buddhism we are taught that merely chanting the mantra Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Pema Siddhi Hung 100 times a day, the person will come by wealth and food easily. However, if one chants this mantra devoutly then one may attain enlightenment within this lifetime.

If you know anything at all about the spans of time taught in Hinduism and Buddhism then you will be shocked, because any declaration of attainment of the rainbow body in one lifetime is almost unheard of.

Alright, I know that I rambled on a bit here, but this is mostly just stream of consciousness for me… more later.

Om Namah Shivaya,

 

Matt