By James B. Robinson
Those lifestyles tales of eighty-four Tantric masters who accomplished the top result of the Vajrayana have encouraged generations of practitioners. through hoping on a certified instructor, committed women and men of other backgrounds: cobblers, princes, blacksmiths, and wood-gatherers, have been capable of take daily adventure because the course and achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. choked with refined, concise teachings expressed within the poetic songs of cognizance of the siddhas. first-class creation to the Vajrayana and a superb source for the learn of Tibetan. Tibetan textual content, iconographical notes, with eighty four distinctive line drawings.
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In twelve years, Viriipa twice-over recited the mantra ofVajravarahi17 a million times; but not one sign of siddhi came to him even in a dream. He became despondent at this, tore up his rosary, and threw it into the latrine. That evening, when he customarily gave worship, it occurred to him that he was without his rosary. A c;lakini then appeared, put a rosary in his hand, and gave him these words of encouragement: "0 worthy aspirant, do not despair for my blessing. " This place of the natural mind is the essence ofVajravarahi.
IO Whether appearing in human or superhuman, male or female form, the guru is absolutely essential for the trans- 16 INTRODUCTION formation of the life of the siddha-to-be. While Theravada meditation manuals specify the importance of receiving instructions from a competent teacher of meditation, and the kalya1Ja-mitra or 'auspicious friend' of the ·M ahayana plays. an important role in that vehicle, the Vajrayana guru is considered to be the embodiment of his doctrine, and so must be looked upon in a special way.
When the king died, an astrologer was consulted as to which of the sons would inherit the kingdom. " So the middle son was given the kingdom. The older and younger brothers, together with all the subjects, crowned him as king, even though he himself did not wish this. He attempted to escape the throne, but his brothers and subjects prevented him, and put him in chains of gold. The prince gave out gold and silver as a bribe to his guards and retainers. At night, having dressed in patched clothes and having given gold to an attendant to accompany him, the king fled to Ramancivara, the city of King Ramala.