Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Miscellaneous Terms ... D - G

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DARK AGE...(Sk: kaliyuga)...(T: snyigs-ma i-dus)

DISTRACTION..."the length of time one is able to rest undistracted in the nature of mind." (Sogyal: 1992..pg 279)..."Cyclic life is simply the arousal or excitement of the pure state of awareness 'straying away' from itself." (Kongtrul: 1995..pg 54)...

DRA LHA....Non-Visible Beings......Drala or Dralha?......Drala is actually a transliteration for two different Tibetan terms. Therefore it stands for two slightly different kinds of deity. One is spelled sgra bla, and the other is spelled in Tibetan, dgra lha. The first one with the element, sgra refers to a kind of energy; it is a vibrational entity. The second (dgra-) word ends in the syllable lha, and it is a kind of god.....Jamgon Kongtrul the Great used a third spelling .....

Drala spelt sGra bla begins with the syllable sgra which means sound, and continues with la that here means "a type of individual energy that is endowed with protective functions" (Norbu 1995.) For example, seng- ge'i sgra means the lion's roar. It is also possible to write and hence, refer to sgra'i lha since sGra means a sound or cry, but using lha here instead of la conveys the meaning of a sound deity.

DRALA PRINCIPLE..."Drala is not a god or spirit, but fundamentally it is connecting the wisdom of your own being with the power of things as they are." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 132)....

"DZOGCHEN.... is not something to be limited by any narrow-minded sectarianism, for it pertains directly to the Nature of Mind, which, in its own terms, is unbiased and transcends all cultural limitations and conditioning, not only among humanity, but among all sentient life-forms on this planet and elsewhere in the universe. Dzogchen belongs to all humanity and to all life."........John Myrdhin Reynolds....'The Oral Traditions From Zhang-Zhung'....Page xx.

EARTH..."minute particles of matter (rdul phra rab: the earth element"..(Norbu: 1995..pg 165)...

EAST....."In my sixteenth year, I looked from East to East and experienced sacred outlook...Chokyi Wangchuk."..(Nalanda: 1980..pg 56)...

EMPEROR..."In Shinto, the Emperor stands in the center of a community of worship and has a heavy responsibility in worship of a deity or deities. The Emperor was the center of the State in this sense, and at the same time was himself the high priest of the gods and the superintendent of worship of the gods."....(Jinja:1958...pg 6)...."Each King ruled until his oldest son was able to ride a horse."...(Karmay: 1975)..."In ancient Persia, the word for King mean not only to regulate and direct in a manner that is right, but also to shine with luster. The divine right of the king was derived from the brilliance and sovereignty of the sky itself. It was fitting that his palace should be in the 'padak' of the sun." (Campbell: 1968..pg 101)..."The Sasanian kings had special seats in the famous fire temple made of gold reserved for the Emperors of China, Byzantium, and the Khazars. Other seats of silver, etc. were arranged according to heirarchy."..(Acta: 1988..pg 105)...

EMPTINESS...(stong pa nyid) (Sk: shunyata)..."When you awaken your heart in this way, you find, to your surprise, that your heart is empty. You find that you are looking into outer space." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 45)..."The essence (ngo-bo) is shunyata, or emptiness, the condition of the nature of the mirror. If one knows that one is the mirror, than everything comes together simultaneously at one single moment (dus gcig la thams-cad 'dus)." (Reynolds: 1996..pg 154)..."In the cinema we experience the form of the sense object but not the emptiness of the sense object." (Wangyal: 1993..pg 88)...."There are three levels of perception: experience, emptiness, luminosity. The perception of emptiness is the absence of things as they are."...(Trungpa: Dharma Art: 1996..pg 86)...."Shunyata, emptiness, nothingness, voidness, space, the absence of duality and conceptualization. The complete absence of filters or concepts of any kind. It is a question of seeing the world in a direct way without desiring 'higher' consciousness or significance or profundity."..(Trungpa: 1973..pg 190-197)

ENLIGHTENMENT....(sk: bodhi) (Tib: byang-chub)..."Enlightenment is being awake in the nowness. Animals and infant children live in the present; but that is quite different from being awake or enlightened."..(Trungpa: 1973..pg 204)...

EYES... "Synchronizing mind and body...how we connect with the world...two stages, looking and seeing...in terms of visual perception. The point is to look properly. See the colors: white, black, blue, yellow, red, green, purple. Look. This is your world! You can't not look. There is no other world. This is your world; it is your feast. You inherited this, you inherited these eyeballs; you inherited this world of color. Look at the greatness of the whole thing. Look! Don't hesitate-- look! Open your eyes. Don't blink, and look, look--look further! (Trungpa:1984..pg 53).....khra hrig: wide open eyes...chu bur mig: physical eyes...che re bltas: looking directly...lta stang: gaze...spyan: eyes...mig khra hrig ge: piercing eyes...zur mig blta: flirtatious eyes...gzi: onyx stone with eyes...lha yi mig: divine eye..."When we see with our eyes in the state of contemplation what we are really seeing is our own wisdom." (Wangyal: 1993..pg 89)..."Listen while you keep motionless command of your organs of sense. Even the eyelids may not be moved." (Francke: 1950..pg 181)..."In Shinto, the ancestors watch their descendants with their spirit eyes."..(Jinja:1958..pg 24)...."The sun in the Rigveda is known as the eye of Mithra. The sovereign sky has an eye in the long solar ray that penetrates the world cave."..(Campbell: 1968..pg 99)..."Mitra supports earth and sky. Mitra regardeth men with the unwinking eye." (Keith: 1967..pg 226)..."His rays bear up the god who knoweth all, the sun for all to see, the eye of Mitra." (Keith: 1967..pg 63)...."The relationship between daena (the medium of sight) and xratu (a mental sphere). Possession of daena/vision is manifested with the action of an eye enhanced with the energy of xratu, displaying the features of 'rising. Vision derives from the possession of the 'asna xratu', which is itself the faculty of vision of 'Jan', whence the eye is ordered." (Piras: 1996...pg 14)..."The Sun as the All Seeing Eye" Hawkes: 1962..pg 87...Tel Brak Temple in Syria...staring divine eyes..(Gimbutas: 1989 pg 54)...Eye Goddesses (Gimbutas: 1989)..."Radiant divine eye, compound eye and sun symbol" (Gimbutas: 1989 pg 56)

FIRE...."the yul lha is asked to forgive any defilement of fire." (Blondeau: 1996...pg 125)..."ritual acts connected with the fire element" (Norbu: 1995..pg 269)..."the winds, produces a vortex of light that whirled vigorously from whose energy heat was emitted and the element fire was formed."..(Norbu: 1995..pg 165)..

FIVE POWERS..."The nature of the mind is like a mirror with 5 different powers: vastness, detail, unbiased, unconfused, all-accomplishing." (Sogyal: 1992..pg 153)...."the five wisdoms are: openness, precision, all-embracing equality, discernment, and spontaneous accomplishment." (Sogyal: 1992...pg 397)...

FIVE ELEMENTS..."The invocation of the drala principle allows us to live in harmony with the elemental quality of reality. Rather than trying to overcome the raw elements of existence, one should respect their power and their order as a guide to human conduct." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 129)...."the four animals endowed with claws represent the elements. (Tiger:air...lion:earth...khyung:fire....dragon:water)... The fifth element, space, is represented by the horse at the center of the windhorse flag." (Norbu: 1995..pg 69)....."Primordial awareness is projected and reflected through the five senses...the relationship between the elements, the inner organs, the sense organs and the sense consciousness..."(Wangyal: 1993..pg 126)...."All the elements are based on the space element." (Wangyal: 1993..pg 145)..."klung rta is a protective energy tied to a persons la and cha and is based on the function of the 5 elements. Lung represents the element space and signifies universal foundation." (Norbu: 1995..pg 249)..."in the Kalachakra, 'galactic seeds' that coalesce to form planets, etc. This is a process stimulated by the interplay of the five material elements." (Kongtrul: 1995..pg 41)..."The color of one's own rlung-rta is in accordance with the element in one's own horoscope." (Karmay: 1975..pg 210)...

FRACTALS...."the spaces develop spontanteously like fractals"..(Reynolds: 1996..pg 158)...Check out the Mandelbrot Set....

GALACTIC SEEDS..."According to the Kalachakra, scattered particles of matter remaining in space after a previous world system has been destroyed are the 'galactic seeds' that coalesce to form new planets, stars, and so forth." (Kongtrul: 1995..pg 41)... "generative seeds come from other world systems, according to others, the seeds are contained in the primordial matter."..(Kongtrul: 1995..pg 42)..."In the Kabala, one of the main doctrines involves the sinking of luminous particles into matter (quellipot..shells)"..Encyclopedia Britannica...."Winds come carrying seeds from other world systems. The environment is created from five types of seeds (many scattered, indivisible, subtle particles). Mentioned the text: "Seventy Particles". (Kongtrul: 1995..pg 175)....

GAZE..."you will be unable to look at the visions...instead your gaze will be drawn downward."..(Sogyal:1992..pg 279)...

GREAT EASTERN SUN (Shar chen nyi ma)..."Great Eastern Sun vision is based on appreciating ourselves and appreciating our world, so it is a very gentle approach. The world around us is regarded as very sacred." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 56).....Primordial, constantly rising, never ending brilliance. A greater luminosity which is always there. (Trungpa:1984...pg 127)...."ancient Altaic and Turkic traditions worshipped the rising sun and the east was considered the most sacred direction. The universe was rectangular with the door of the Kaghan's (warrior chieftan) tent always faced east. The universe was considered divided into Heaven, Earth, and Underworld with deities representing each." (Litvinsky: 1992..Pg 429)....Kunzhi is the sky in which the sun (rigpa) shines clear and free of clouds (thoughts). (Wangyal: 1993..pg 111)..."When we say sun here, we mean the sun of human dignity, the sun of human power." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 54)...."the sun of the intrinsic nature (t:cho nyi) begins to rise in all its splendor. The natural radiance of Rigpa manifests spontaneously and blazes out as energy and light." (Sogyal: 1992..pg 275)..."you will be unable to look at the deities, which are as 'bright as the sun'."..(Sogyal: 1992..pg 279)..."At the beginning, Great Eastern Sun vision is very black and white. When the sun shines it is white. When the sun doesn't shine, it is black."...(Trungpa: 1996..pg 14)...."An important image in the Shambhala tradition, representing indestructible wakefulness. Being spontaneously present, it radiates peace and confidence. Being brilliant, it illuminates the way of discipline. Since it shines over all, heaven, earth and man find their proper place.' (Nalanda: 1980...pg 349)..."The ancient Persian conception of sun (hvar) was that of a ruling power. There are 108 names for the sun in the Mahabharata, including 'Mithra'."(Humbach: 1978..pg 236)..."In the Mihr Yast and elsewhere in the Avesta, the sun is called 'swift-hearted' which describes the sun as the 'life-giving father of rays', the first principle (archos) of horses breathing out fire." (Campbell: 1968..pg 191)..."His rays bear up the god who knoweth all, the sun for all to see, the eye of Mitra." (Keith: 1967..pg 63)..."MITHRA is called Sol invictus or the Invincible Sun in the Roman Mysteries." (Dhalla: 1963..pg 302)...Emperor Julian's Hymn to King Helios in which he conceived of the sun in three ways: transcendental and indistinguishable from the Good, as Helios-Mithra, and thirdly as the visible sun." (Hawkes: 1962 pg 254)...Plato idealized Sun worship (Hawkes: 1962..pg 199)...Palmyra was the seat of ancient Syrian sun worship.(Hawkes: 1962)

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