Homage to Mahamudra! Homage to the Vajra Dakini! Mahamudra cannot be taught. But most intelligent Naropa, Since you have undergone rigorous austerity, With forbearance in suffering and with devotion to your Guru, Blessed One, take this secret instruction to heart.
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A little bit details on this Pith Instruction and the history of its origin. In the days of internet we refer to Google as our Guru since we get all the information from it. Does it means, reading the instructions off the internet have the same weight?
Absolutely not!!! And it is even said, not to read any of the instructions without getting the transmission first.
But I wonder how many actually does it when all these are so readily available in the internet. But for sure, one should never practice the instructions on their own without a proper guidance of Guru. I was introduced to Mahamudra by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and since then, essence of the profound wisdom is taking a root of its own.
Even for few minutes if one recognises the nature of the mind, things can never been the same. One might question, if something cannot be taught, then why there is a teaching? As long one dwells in the teaching, the words become concept and one gets stuck in that concept. That is where ordinary people like me gets stuck. Because, our mind is conditioned to grasp onto something. It simply cannot dwell in its own natural state. As soon we meditate on Mahamudra or Dzogchen, the mind gets restless as it loses its ground of grasping.
Breath becomes heavy and heavier and makes us feels dizzy because mind wants to hold on to something. It fears being naked. To this question, Subudhi replied — No, Teacher. In all these years Buddha has not taught anything. If Buddha taught something it would become a concept, so to my understanding Buddha has not taught anything. From outset, these kind of sentences seems completely absurd to our intellect.
But that is the precisely the problem. As soon we apply intellect, it becomes a concept. But if one slowly proceed along the path of awakening, one will start to understand that perception itself is empty of its inherent existence.
So, I would suggest anyone who takes great interest in knowing the nature of the mind, to find a Teacher who can really guide you through proper stages. One should never try meditating on mind without guidance as it can bring extreme harm to oneself.
Naropa Naropa and Tilopa story dates back to 10th century. Naropa born in a wealthy family but soon became monk and was the chief scholar of Nalanda that time. Nalanda was the 1st University in the world that thrived for 14 centuries before getting demolished by the Persian invader Bhaktiya Khilji.
At its peak, Nalanda University hosted 10, students and was the center of Buddhist epistemology, philosophy, logics, psychology, astronomy and science. It is said that the library was bigger than the Oxford library and it burnt for 3 months when the Persian invader demolished the university. One day when Naropa was sitting and reading his texts, he saw an extremely old and ugly woman coming towards him. What are you reading? On hearing that, she became so happy that she jumped around and started to dance.
This is very sad. Today in the whole world, there is nobody but my brother who understands the meaning of the words.
On hearing the name of Tilopa, Naropa felt a strong devotion that he had never experienced before. The only thought he had in his mind was to find Tilopa.
He left his position in Nalanda and set on voyage to find his Master. Present day translation would be, Mark Zukerberg leaving Facebook and setting out to find this unknown coder in the Himalayas just relying on words of this road side stranger to learn coding.
Tilopa Tilopa was one of the greatest Mahasiddhas in the history of yogis. Born in a brahmin family, he showed interest in Buddhist philosophies and soon became fully versed in Tripitakas The Three Baskets.
His search for Buddhist knowledge made him study under some of the greatest masters and it is also said, he received secret teachings from Buddha Vajradhara. Because he practiced Ksetra yogini sexual union with the daughter of sesame seed pounder, he was expelled from the monastery.
He was then instructed by his guru to become a servant of Dharini who used to be the prostitute in a brothel.
Through practicing in different circumstances, he soon attained the great Mahamudra realisation. Tilopa envisioned the search of his future student Naropa and put him through rigorous test in order to break the conceptual ideas of doctrine that he mastered in the university.
Naropa soon became the chief disciple of Tilopa and continued the lineage through future generations.
Now, empty your mind and let these precious wisdom words seep into you. For instance, consider space: what depends on what?
Let go and rest naturally. Let what binds you let go and freedom is not in doubt. When you look into space, seeing stops. Mists rise from the earth and vanish into space. They go nowhere, nor do they stay. Likewise, though thoughts arise, Whenever you see your mind, the clouds of thinking clear.
Space is beyond color or shape. Likewise, your mind, in essence, is beyond color or shape. It does not change because you do good or evil. The darkness of a thousand eons cannot dim The brilliant radiance that is the essence of the sun. Likewise, eons of samsara cannot dim The sheer clarity that is the essence of your mind.
Thus, the nature of mind is inherently like space: It includes everything you experience. Stop all physical activity: sit naturally at ease. Do not talk or speak: let sound be empty, like an echo. Do not think about anything: look at experience beyond thought. Your body has no core, hollow like bamboo.
Your mind goes beyond thought, open like space. Let go of control and rest right there. Mind without projection is mahamudra. Train and develop this and you will come to the deepest awakening. Thinking about precepts undermines the point of commitment. Do not think about anything; let all ambition drop.
Let what arises settle by itself, like patterns in water. No place, no focus, no missing the point — Do not break this commitment: it is the light in the dark.
When you settle in this, all evil and distortion burn up. The foolish are not interested in this. The currents of samsara constantly carry them away. Oh, how pitiable, the foolish — their struggles never end. When his her energy enters your heart, your mind is freed. What joy! Samsaric ways are senseless: they are the seeds of suffering. Conventional ways are pointless. Focus on what is sound and true.
Majestic outlook is beyond all fixation. Majestic practice is no distraction. Majestic behavior is no action or effort. The fruition is there when you are free from hope and fear. Beyond any frame of reference mind is naturally clear. Where there is no path you begin the path of awakening. Where there is nothing to work on you come to the deepest awakening. Look carefully at this experience of the world.
Nothing lasts. The dream, the magic, makes no sense. Experience this grief and forget the affairs of the world. Cut all ties of involvement with country or kin, Practice alone in forest or mountain retreats.
Rest, not practicing anything. When you come to nothing to come to, you come to mahamudra. A tree spreads its branches and leaves. Cut the root and ten thousand branches wither.
Ganges Mahamudra by Mahasiddha Tilopa
Let go and rest naturally. Let what binds you let go and freedom is not in doubt. Likewise, when mind looks at mind, The flow of thinking stops and you come to the deepest awakening. They go nowhere, nor do they stay. Likewise, though thoughts arise, Whenever you see your mind, the clouds of thinking clear. Likewise, your mind, in essence, is beyond color or shape. It does not change because you do good or evil.
Tilopa's Mahamudra Teaching to Naropa
The earliest figure is the tenth century poet yogi Saraha , and his student Nagarjuna not to be confused with the earlier philosopher. Niguma is an important source for the Shangpa Kagyu lineage. Its aspect of great compassion is apparent yet devoid of any nature. Manifesting clearly like the moon in water; It is beyond all terms, boundaries or center. Polluted by nothing, it is stainless and beyond hope and fear. It cannot be described, like the dream of a mute.