Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sacred Water: Gyatso


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Gyatso or Gyamco (Tibetan: རྒྱ་མཚོ, Wylie: rgya mtsho, ZYPY: Gyamco) is Tibetan.... meaning "ocean". It is also written Rgya-mtsho in Wylie transliteration, Gyaco in Tibetan Pinyin...ocean: རྒྱ་མཚོ (rgya mtsho) can also be spelled "Gyamtso" in English.

Chögyam Trungpa (Chögyam is short for Chögyi Gyamtso)....Wylie: Chos rgyam Drung pa.....

Gyalwa Gyatso: Ocean of Compassion......Kelsang Gyatso: Ocean of Good Fortune

bka' brgyud mgur mtsho......བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་མགུར་མཚོ། .....Rain of Wisdom

"The most common type of offering on Tibetan Buddhist shrines are water offerings. It also called yonchap in Tibetan. The offering bowl set normally has sever bowls. One reason that we offer water is that water in Tibet has traditionally been considered plentiful and free, and therefore painless to give. The idea is that all of our offerings should be given as freely as we would give water."

"1980: the first English translation of The Rain of Wisdom: The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning....Kagyu Gurtso (Rain of Wisdom) .....The Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche instituted this tradition within the Shambhala community in the West in 1980, following the translation of the Kagyu Gurtso into English as The Rain of Wisdom.....The first recording at Surmang of songs from the Kagyu Gurtso (Rain of Wisdom)(The ocean of the yogic songs of the Kagyu lineage) is released by the Konchok Foundation. The 51 minute CD and 17 minute DVD includes varja dohas by renowned lineage holders including Milarepa, Marpa, Gampopa, and Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. The song recital is by a group of Surmang monks led by Karma Senge Rinpoche, the nephew of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.".....

rgya mtsho....ocean....ocean in the manner of an ocean whose golden depths are unmoved, is the discipline of firm unchanging mind
rgya mtsho cog bzhag......the ocean-like state of resting imperturbably/ imperturbable rest/ presence
chos kyi rgya mtsho..... the ocean of dharma
rgya mtsho 'thung......ocean drinker

'ja' lus......rainbow body, authentic existence
'ja' lus 'pho ba chen po...the great transformation of rainbow body
'ja' lus 'od sku..... luminous form of the rainbow body....the body of rainbow light
'ja' 'od.... light or splendor of the rainbow

Aqua vitae /ˌeɪkwə ˈvaɪtiː/ (Latin for "water of vitality") or aqua vita.....the preparation of aqua vitae, the "water of life", was a fairly popular "experiment" among European alchemists....

"An important example of alchemy's roots in Greek philosophy, originated by Empedocles and developed by Aristotle, was that all things in the universe were formed from only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire......The Greek word water: "hudatos" It is the instrument of baptism. It is an emblem of spiritual nourishment.....In Ancient Greek religion, a holy water called chernips was created when extinguishing in it a torch from a religious shrine.

Vedic philosophy thus bestows a sacred character on water, which is then identified as a medium to attain spiritual enlightenment.....'The waters in the sky, the water of rivers, and water in wells whose source is the ocean, may all these sacred waters protect me.' Rig Veda....

the idea of "blessed water" is used among Buddhists. Water is put into a new pot and kept near a Paritrana ceremony, a blessing for protection.

Thai Buddhism.....พรรษา or "PHANSA" is the Buddhist rainy season. The rain retreat or Buddhist Lent is marked by two major religious events : one for the entering of the rainy season called "WAN KHAO PHANSA" (วันเข้าพรรษา) and for the exit of the rainy season called "WAN OK PHANSA" (วันออกพรรษา).....During the rainy season, i.e. three months, approximately July, august, September (depending on lunar months), monks aren't allowed to sleep outside their temple and cannot defrock. This tradition is coming from old times when Buddha stayed in temples during rainy season to avoid killing insects or growing seeds. It is a period for study, meditation and to teach new monks. They are allowed to go out during the day but they must sleep in the same temple every night during three months."....

A holy well or sacred spring is a spring or other small body of water revered either in a Pagan or Christian context, often both. Holy wells were frequently pagan sacred sites that later became Christianized. ...In ancient Greece and Rome a nymphaeum or nymphaion (Greek: νυμφαίον), was a monument consecrated to the nymphs, especially those of springs.

"Holy water is water that has been blessed by a member of a clergy or religious figure...The use for baptism and spiritual cleansing is common among several religions, from Christianity to Sikhism and Hinduism. The use of holy water as a sacramental for protection against evil is common....

Sikhs use the term (Punjabi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ) for the holy water used in the baptism ceremony known as Amrit Sanskar or Amrit Chhakhna

"Rainmaking is an ethnographic term for rituals intended to invoke rain......Among the most well known examples of rainmaking rituals are North American rain dances, historically performed by many Native American tribes, particularly in the Southwestern United States. Some of these traditions have survived to the present day..."Rain Dance of Zuni."...eathers and turquoise (or any sort of blue shade) are worn during the ceremony to symbolize wind and rain respectively....At least one Cree or Saulteaux Rain Dance has occurred each year since 1880 somewhere on the Canadian Plains.....".....

"Aab-i-Hayaat is a Persian term meaning, the Water of Life. It s believed that anyone who drinks this water shall live for ever. According to a Persian legend, there exists a ciellitial islands, wherein bubbles the Aab-i-Hayaat or the fountain of Life. This cellitial land is located beyond the mountains of the Koh-i-Kaaf, which separates Persia from the Northern glacial regions. The Persian legend even tries to give the exact location of the hidden continent, containing the Aab-i-Hayaat.....Alexander the Great is described in Islamic traditions as Al-Sikandar Zul-Qarnain ....a tradition attached with his name is that he went in search of Aab-i-Hayaat together with Khwaja Khizr"......


John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….June 2013


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