Guru Padmasambhava and Dakini Mandaarava
"From the heart of Buddha Amitabha, light rays radiated into the bud of a lotus on Danakosha lake.Upon its ripening, appeared an amazing child, adorned with the major and minor marks sitting atop a thousand petalled lotus.Glorious Guru Padmasambhava, please protect and guide me until I attain complete enlightenment. "
**************************Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava,Vajrasattva,Vajraguru,...... These are some of the names used to venerate the "Lotus Born One" .
Guru Padmasambhava appeared as an emanation of the Amitabha Buddha in one Year of the Monkey sometime in the 8th Century.
The 'Lotus born Buddha" , as the name suggests incarnated one auspicious day in the middle of an ancient Indian Lake ,taking the form of a smiling, glowing 8 year old boy . He was born from the heart of a Red Lotus in full bloom. The young boy appeared holding in one hand a Vajra and in the other a blooming lotus. Immediately upon taking form he started teaching gods,dakinis and yogins in the area various lessons of Dharma. He imparted to each, lessons corresponding to their levels and requirements for karmic growth.
Towards the end of 2016 ( also an year of the Monkey !!how auspicious!!) I got an order for my second Buddha painting. This was a repeat order from the same patron that commissioned a Medicine Buddha Thangka earlier in 2016 ( written about in a previous post dated 03/08/2016). My client shared with me an image of a couple ,deep in meditation, while seated in a yogic posture of sexual union, also referred to as the SHIVA SHAKTI or YABYUM position and referred to him Guru Rinpoche.
To my Shakta colored heart the couple looked like a Buddhist aspect of Shiva and Kali . Rather predictably I was bewitched , and immensely intrigued. For this Guru Padmasambhava was now fully grown and with a consort
Upon research I discovered that he has various forms(8 main ones), that he took on, for the purpose of spreading Dharma and tantric teachings. Many of his lessons are highly potent ,hence equally secretive and the relevant texts hidden in key locations, only to be discovered and interpreted by preordained disciples.
This particular form that was shared with me was his emanation in the SAMBHOGAKAYA BUDDHA aspect . The term "Sambhoga" here referring to Divine Union / Yoga. The Buddha is seated in Yogic sexual union with one of his principle consorts Princess Mandaarava ; an enlightened guru-deity and accomplished Dakini. The two came together after battling great opposition . Thereafter withdrawing into a secret cave and meditating together upon th Buddha Amitabha. They seeked the secret to liberation from death and were successful in achieving the Unified Vajra Varaha Body which is the attainment of immortality.
The short seed mantra for Guru Padmasambhava:-
"OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUNG"
I invoke you, Vajra Guru, Padmasambhava, by your blessing may you grant us supreme and ordinary realisation"
A link to a Youtube video of the chant that I really enjoyed. It brought a sense of immense peace and expansion:-