1/17/2009

Yeshe Tsogyal


The Eight Mirrors From the Life Story of Yeshe Tsogyal












Source and Intention
May the radiant light of the manifest illuminate the unmanifest!
The time has come to embrace the marriage of spirit and energy!


Manifestation
I won't see any difference between suffering and enlightenment.
My human state is as profound as my ultimate nature.
I will forget in order to remember again for the benefit of beings.


Outer World
My intention is good but I will become worthless if I do not follow my path!
Please rescue me!

Inner Journey
The instructions were imparted as if the contents of one vessel were being poured into another.

All-Encompassing Awareness
My body and mind became blissful and the world partook of my great bliss.


Attainment
There is no end to my vow of practice and training.


Integration
Not for an instant will we ever really part - so be happy!

Completion
If you know me, you know that I reside in the hearts of all beings.
Just summon me and I will return!

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3 comments:

Vikram Madan said...

Beautiful picture. You are very talented. I am a photoshopper, you've seen some of the stuff I've made, but I don't think I can match your talent level...absolutely breath-taking...mature...

I am going to post some of my recent photoshop work to my blog in a day or two.

The statement: "I won't see any difference between suffering and enlightenment...."

That's a very wise statement....I've seen many people, at ashrams I've visited, who have driven themselves crazy searching for the ever elusive enlightenment. Some have flipped, and are convinced they are enlightened already, though they don't display any characteristics of enlightenment. I heard of one guy at at ashram at Varanasi who cut off his private parts so that he could stay celibate, convinced that lord shiva will be pleased by his 'purity', and will come and bless him with enlightenment.

If such an attitude, as explained by yeshe tsogyal, is inculcated, life becomes more real, for the seeker...beautiful words...

A vancouver based teacher says that humans have spent many many lifetimes trying to run into the next moment, the next day, the next week....always trying to run away from the present moment....this is the root cause of problems...avoiding the NOW. Running away. Always seeking something in the future.

Same disease applies to spiritual seekers....seeking enlightenment in the future, whereas enlightenment is centering one's self in the NOW. The answer lies in focusing on the NOW and drawing upon the past only for the purpose of using past experience to beautify the present. Not tripping emotionally on the past. Planning the future, but not tripping emotionally on the future.

Like I wrote in one of my blog entries...'enlightenment is like sleep. And women. The more you chase sleep, the more you chase women, the more they run away from you. So don't chase!'

:-)

md said...

Thank you! I am a life long novice photographer, in part as a way of not being in front of the camera, and more importantly, as practice, communication and art. I use myself as a model because, like most artists, paying a model is not always practical.....

post your work!!....c'mon, what are you waiting for?

enlightenment is here, now, it's on your keyboard, available in every moment, action and no-thought.....it is un-self conscious, spontaneous awareness, free of all traces of past and future

Self castration...ouch!!....but not unusual in human history, guys are trippy, they will go to wild extremes if provoked, and the circumstances are just right.....very tantric, very shadow..
Have you seen Batman/ The Dark Knight?

Chasing, grasping...will result in more chasing and grasping, these are self feedback loops, prophetic in practice

"...using past experience to beautify the present"...

Gorgeous!

Vikram Madan said...

Self castration, well its downright stupid, and nothing else, don't you think! :P

That's like *game over*! lol.

When I was 16, I was asked by someone..."what would you do if you woke up one morning to find that somebody had chopped off your ****!!"

My answer was, "I would just put a bullet through my head! Because all is finished, all is over."

The person responded "You're silly".

Well, silly or not, 20 years later, my view is more or less the same.

Perhaps this is my shadow? That in my mind, life comes to an end if such a tragedy occurs in my life?

I have seen Batman, but did not pay much attention. I want see Batman movies again, now.

I read about 'The Dark Knight' for the first time on your blog.