Advantages of Guru Mantra Terton Karma Lingpa

 
 As today is the 10th of the tibetan second month, I am posting more commentaries of the Vajra Guru Mantra
Please refer to the beautiful book of Erik Kunzang for the full transcription of the Dakinis Teachings
 
 
 

Advantages Of The Vajra Guru Mantra

 

The Syllable by Syllable Commentary…

A treasure Teaching revealed by Terton Karma Lingpa

 

The Vajra Guru mantra is the mantra associated with Guru Rinpoche, who is also know as Guru Padmasambhava. This is a draft translation of a treasure text which explains the Vajra Guru Mantra. It was originally concealed during the time of Guru Padmasambhava in Tibet and later re-discovered by Terton Karma Lingpa in the 14th century, who brought it forth from its place of concealment and copied it down on reams of gold.

 

Simply known as “The Syllable by Syllable Commentary Explaining the Benefits and Advantages of the Vajra Guru Mantra”, it begins with an invocation and then goes into a dialogue between Yeshe Tsogyal, the spiritual consort of Guru Padmasambhava, and Guru Padmasambhava himself.

 

Main Text:

 

And so, Yeshe Tsogyal begins:

 

I pay homage and prostrat to the Guru, Meditational Deity and dakini (Three Root Deities).

 

I, the woman Yeshe Tsogyal, having offered to you the secret, inner and outer mandala on a vast scale, have the following request. Oh great teacher Pema Jungne (Guru Rinpoche), you have been extremely kind to us, the Tibetan people, leaving for us a legacy that will benefit us now and in future lives. Your kindness is so great that we have never experienced anything like this before, nor will we ever experience anything like this in the future. In particular, even though I am a humble person, I have no doubt that I will attain enlightenment.

 

In the future, sentient beings will have very short attention spans and a great many things will clutter and occupy their minds. Their characters will be rough and difficult to tame. They will develop many wrong views towards the sacred Dharma, and would criticize the un-surpass-able secret Mantra teachings. At that time, all sentient beings will suffer heavily from diseases, famines and wars. Because of the spread of these three calamities, in particular, China, Tibet and Mongolia will experience the same kind of turmoil as an ant’s nest is subjected to when it is destroyed, and the time will come for the people of Tibet to suffer greatly.

 

Though you have spoken at length of many skillful means to salvage what is possible from that situation, sentient beings in the future will not have the time to practice. Even though they may have some slight inclination to practice, they will encounter many great obstacles. Sentient beings will experience a great deal of disharmony. They won’t be able to get along or reach any kind of compromise, and in the wake of this, their behaviour will become very impure. Bad times such as these will be very difficult to avert.

 

That being the case, what kinds of benefits and advantages would there be for those sentient beings in the future were they to rely solely upon the Vajra Guru Mantra as their practice? I ask you to relate this for the benefit of individuals in the future who are not able to perceive this and therefore have to have it explained to them.

 

Then the great master, Pema Jungne replied:

 

Oh faithful lady, what you have said is so very true. In the future, such times will befall sentient beings and both temporary and ultimately, the benefits of the Vajra Guru Mantra can definitely be felt. Since my spiritual instructions and the methods of practice that I offer are immeasurable, I have hidden a great number of treasure teachings in the water, earth, mountain cliffs/rocks, the space and so forth. In these evil times, even individuals with fortunate karma will find it difficult to encounter these teachings. It will be difficult to bring together the necessary circumstances for these teachings to be revealed by the prophesied treasure revealers (Tertons). This is a sign that the collective merits of sentient beings are on the wane.

 

However, at such times, if this essence mantra, the Vajra Guru Mantra, is repeated as much as possible, a hundred times, a thousand times, ten thousand times, a hundred thousand times, a million, ten million, a hundred million times and so forth, if it is recited in holy places, in temples, next to great rivers, in areas where gods and demons abound, if it is recited in these places by tantric practitioners with pure samaya, by people with monastic ordination who maintain their vows purely, by men and women who possess deep faith in the teachings, and if they give rise to bodhicitta on a grand scale and recite this mantra, then the benefits, advantages and energies of such practice are truly inconceivable. This will avert all of the negative forces of diseases, famine, unrest, bad harvests and all bad omens and indications in all the countries of the world, such that the rain will fall in a timely manner for the crops, thus ensuring a plentiful supply of water for agriculture and for human and animal life, and all regions and areas will experience prosperity and auspicious conditions.

 

In this life, in future lives, and in the intermediate state between death and rebirth, these individuals who practice in this way will meet with me again and again. The very best of these individuals will actually meet me in their waking consciousness. Those of medium caliber will feel my blessings and protection through experience, while those of lower caliber will meet with me again and again in their dreams. Gradually perfecting the different paths and levels of their practice, they will achieve the levels of the masculine and feminine holders of intrinsic awareness in my pure land, in the continent of Ngayab Zangdodpalri. Have no doubt about this.

 

If this mantra is recited merely a hundred times a day without interruption, one will become attractive to others and will effortlessly come by food, wealth and the necessities of life.

 

If one recites it a thousand or ten thousand times on a daily basis, one is able to literally overwhelm others with one’s brilliance, in the sense of becoming very charismatic and influential in exerting a positive influence over others, and one will gain unhindered forces of blessings and spiritual power.

 

If one repeats it a hundred thousand or a million times on a regular basis, one will accomplish the four enlightened activities without any obstructions and one will become capable of benefiting sentient beings in an immeasurable and great way, exactly as one would wish to.

 

If one recites the mantra three or seven million times, one is never separated from the Buddhas of the three times and one becomes inseparable from me. All the gods and demons of the three existences will attend to one and offer their praises.

 

At the moment of death, the most excellent individuals will attain the rainbow body, which is the final level of attainment in this lifetime. For those of medium caliber, the unity of mother and child luminosity will occur. At the very least, individuals will behold my face in the bardo state and all the appearances of the bardo state will be freed in their own ground, such that these individuals will be reborn on the continent of Ngayab and from that vantage point, be able to benefit sentient beings in an immeasurable and great way. Thus the Guru replied to Yeshe Tsogyal.

 

Yeshe Tsogyal responded by saying:

 

Oh great master, it is extremely kind of you to have spoken of tese vast and immeasurable advantages of the spiritual energy of this mantra. For the benefit of sentient beings in the future, however, a detailed explanation would be of enormous benefit, and so I would request you to speak in a brief way about the different syllables of this mantra.

 

To which the great master replied:

 

Oh daughter of good family, the Vajra Guru mantra is not just my single essence mantra, it is the very essence or life force of all the deities of the four classes of tantra, of all the nine Yanas, and all of the 84,000 collections of Dharma teachings. The essence of all the Buddhas of the three times, of all the Gurus, Yidams, Dakas, Dakinis and Dharma Protectors, etc., the essence of all of these is contained and is complete within this mantra. How , you may ask, does this work? What is the reason for all these being complete with this mantra? Listen well and hold this in mind. Read it again and again. Write it out for the benefit of sentient beings, and teach it or demonstrate it to sentient beings in the future:

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG are the sublime essence of the principles of enlightened body, speech, and mind.

BENZA is the sublime essence of the indestructible (Vajra) family.

GURU is the sublime essence of the jewel (Ratna) family.

PEMA is the sublime essence of the lotus (Padma) family

SIDDHI is the sublime essence of the activity (Karma) family.

HUNG is the sublime essence of the transcendent (Tathagata) family.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM symbolizes the perfect form of the five Buddha Families, in Sambhoghakaya form.

AH is the total unchanging perfection of Dharmakaya, the manifest body of ultimate reality.

HUNG perfects the presence of Guru Padmasambhava as the Nirmanakaya, the manifest body of emanation.

BENZA perfects all the Heruka (wrathful) deities of the mandalas.

GURU refers to the root and transmission gurus and the holders of intrinsic awareness.

PEMA perfects the assemble of Dakas and Dakinis.

SIDDHI is the life force of all the wealth deities and the guardians of the treasure teachings.

HUNG is the life force of the Dharmapalas, the protective deities.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG are the life force of the three classes of Tantra.

BENZA is the life force of the monastic discipline (Vinaya) and the Sutra class of teachings (Mahayana).

GURU is the life force of Abhidharma and Kriya (action) yoga, the first level of Tantra.

PEMA is the life force of the Upa (conduct) yoga, the second class of Tantra, and Yoga (joining) Tantra, the third class of Tantra.

SIDDHI is the life force of the Mahayoga and Anuyoga classes of Tantra.

HUNG is the life force of the Atiyoga, the highest class of Tantra also known as the Natural Great Perfection (Dzogchen)

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG purify obscuration arising from the three mental poisons: desire or attachment, anger or hatred, and ignorance.

BENZA purifies obscuration which stem from anger or hatred.

GURU purifies obscuration which stem from pride or arrogance.

PEMA purifies obscuration which stem from desire or attachment.

SIDDHI purifies obscuration which stem from envy or jealousy.

HUNG in a general way purifies obscuration which stem from the afflicted mind (ignorance).

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

Through OM AH HUNG one attains the three Kayas.

Through BENZA one realises mirror-like pristine awareness.

Through GURU one realises the pristine awareness of equal-ness.

Through PEMA one realises the pristine awareness of discernment.

Through SIDDHI one realises the all-accomplishing pristine awareness.

Through HUNG one realises the pristine awareness of Dharma-ness.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

Through OM AH HUNG, harm from gods, demons, and humans are subdued.

Through BENZA one gains control over malevolent forces of certain gods (which dwell in fire) and demons.

Through GURU one gains control over the malevolent forces of the Lord of Death and the cannibal demons.

Through PEMA one gains contral over the malevolent influences of the spirits that thrives in the water and air elements.

Through SIDDHI one gains control over the malevolent non-human forces and spirits which bring harm and exert negative control over one’s life.

Through HUNG one gains control over the malevolent influences of planetary configurations (rahula spirits associated with stars) and earth spirits.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG accomplishes the six perfections (six paramitas)

BENZA accomplishes the pacifying activity

GURU accomplishes the enriching activity.

PEMA accomplishes the magnetising activity.

SIDDHI accomplishes the enlightened activity in general

HUNG accomplishes the wrathful enlightened activity

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG avert all sorcery, curses and spells.

BENZA averts the negative consequences of breaking one’s samaya with the deities of pristine awareness.

GURU averts the negative influences of the eight classes of gods and demons in samsara.

PEMA averts the negative influences of worldly gods and ghosts.

SIDDHI averts the negative influences of nagas and earth spirits.

HUNG averts the negative influences of gods, demons, humans and samsaric gods.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG defeat the army of the five mental poisons.

BENZA defeats anger or hatred.

GURU defeats pride or arrogance.

PEMA defeats desire or attachment.

SIDDHI defeats envy or jealousy.

HUNG defeats the armies of gods, demons and humans.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG bring about the spiritual accomplishments or siddhis of body, speech and mind.

BENZA brings about the siddhi of peaceful and wrathful deities.

GURU brings about the siddhi of the awareness-holders and the lineage gurus.

PEMA brings about the siddhi of the Dakas, Dakinis and Dharma protectors.

HUNG brings about the siddhi of accomplishing whatever one wishes.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG transfer the conciousness to the pure realms of Primordial Buddha field.

BENZA transfers the consciousness to the eastern pure realm of Manifest Joy.

GURU transfers the consciousness to the southern pure realm of Glory & Splendor.

PEMA transfers the consciousness to the western pure realm of Supreme Bliss.

SIDDHI transfers the consciousness to the northern pure realm of Excellent Activity.

HUNG transfers the consciousness to the central Unwavering pure realm.

 

OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG

OM AH HUNG bring about the siddhi of awareness-holders of the three Kayas.

BENZA brings about the siddhi of awareness-holder on the ten bhumis.

GURU brings about the siddhi of awareness-holder of longevity.

PEMA brings about the siddhi of awareness-holders.

SIDDHI brings about the siddhi of spontaneous accomplishment-holders.

HUNG brings about the siddhi of ripening accomplishment-holders.

 

If a physical form could demonstrate the benefit of even one recitation of OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG, the entire earth would not be sufficient to contain the merit. All sentient beings who see, hear, or remember this mantra will eventually be established on the ranks of the masculine and feminine awareness-holders. If it is the case that these words of truth of the Vajra Guru mantra do not accomplish for sentient beings what they wish to accomplish, just as I have promised, then I, Pema jungne, am truly deceiving sentient beings. But I have not deceived you, so you should practice according to my instructions.

 

Even if you are not able to recite the mantra for whatever reasons, you should mount it on the top of a victorious banner, for even when the wind touches it, and that wind touches sentient beings, it will eventually liberate them without a doubt. Alternatively, you may inscribe it on clay or carve it on stones. This will guard the path and region upon which these syllables are placed from malevolent effects as well as plant the seeds of enlightenment on the passer-bys. You may also write this mantra out in gold ink on dark blue paper and wear is as an amulet to keep off all evil influences. When you die, if this amulet is burned with your corpse, rainbows will be seen and you consciousness will be transferred to the western pure realm of Supreme Bliss. The benefit of writing out, reading or reciting this mantra are boundless.

 

Having established this for the benefit of sentient beings in the future, I am concealing this treasure. May it meet with the fortunate sons and daughters or mine in the future who have good karma.

 

Samaya, Sealed. Sealed. Sealed.

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