Thursday, December 31, 2015

Terms Updated: HEART to MU CORD

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HEART...."Discovering drala is indeed to establish ties to your world, so that each perception becomes unique. It is to see with the heart, so that what is invisible to the eye becomes visible as the living magic of reality." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 105)..."The Orthodox Christian Prayer of the Heart seems to be the ground for Eastern and Western philosophy to join together. It is not a question of dogma, but it is a question of heart, that is where the common ground lies." (Trungpa: Heart of the Buddha..pg 215)..."Inner luminosity originates in the heart and passes through two channels that connect the empty space of the heart with the external empty space of the sky through the eyes." (Wangyal:1993..pg 119)..."The clear light has abided in the heart of the individual from the very beginning. The heart (tsit ta) may be compared to a magic lantern, an early type of cinema projector." (Reynolds:1996..pg 151)....srog: life force, heart, soul...yang zhun snying thig: refined heart essence...zhe: heart, mind...tsit ta: heart, mind...thugs ka: heart center...kun spyod mtshungs mo: sweetheart...."The white pure light of the space element gives rise to the mind and the heart channels. The life process begins from the heart." (Wangyal: 1993..pg 145)..."Basic Goodness is very closely connected to the idea of bodhicitta (awakened heart) in the Buddhist tradition. Awakened heart comes from being willing to face your state of mind...to connect with your heart, fully and totally." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 44)..."In the center of the precious palace of the spiritual heart there are five mystic juices. In their center is the 'Bon essence' a mass of light." (Hoffman: 1975..pg 111)....."In Shinto, the expressions: 'akaki kokoro: heart shining brightly like the sun'...'kiyoki kokoro: pure heart clear as a white jewell'...'"naoki kokoro: heart lovely and without wrong inclinations'...(Jinja: 1958..pg 31)....."Gurdjieff also found from the Sufi mastes that knowledge of the wheel of time could be understood through many modalities of perception. Meditation on mandalas opens the eyes of the heart. If done correctly, the wheel of time will begin to spin."..(Kharatidi: 1996..pg 218)...


HIDDEN LANDS...Tib:shas-yul...Beyul (Tibetan: སྦས་ཡུལ, Wylie: sbas-yul) are hidden valleys.....Tertöns may reveal them from terma at specific and appropriate times. Their locations were kept on scrolls (lamyig or neyig) hidden under rocks and inside caves, monasteries and stupas.....deities are assigned to protect the beyul. Protective forces manifest as snowstorms, mists and snow leopards. Buddhist texts indicate beyul are discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice. They describe valleys reminiscent of paradise, which can only be reached with enormous hardship. Pilgrims who travel to these wild and distant places often recount extraordinary experiences similar to those encountered by Buddhist spiritual practitioners on the path to Liberation. People who try to force their way in, may encounter failure and death. Beyul retreat time has concentrated benefits. The places originate from a faith which has traditional natural site respect. Life in beyul is sacred and protected.....Earthly beyuls share significant characteristics with Shambhala, which is the greatest hidden valley."... Dmitrieva, Victoria (1997). "Be-yuls: Shambhala on Earth". The Legend of Shambhala in Eastern and Western Interpretations ....."Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring of the Bon tradition is understood to be a timeless perfected realm where peace and joy are the very fabric of being. The Beyul realm of Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring is fabled to be located to the west of Mount Kailash."


HIGHER HUMAN REALM..."people who experience the five colors blended together are reborn in a pure human dimension" (Wangyal: 1993..pg 198)...."The human realm includes the lower human realm of the setting sun and the higher human realm of enlightened society."....CTR


HISSING SOUND....."Next make a long hissing sound." (From Meyer: The Mithras Liturgy: 1967..pg 9).....Humble Hiss (CTR)


INK..."At Persepolis, from the time of Xerxes, we have found almost a hundred mortars and pestles in green chert, many with Aramic inscriptions in black ink. Mithra is present in some of the names. Was haoma (soma) pressed in the mortars?" (Neuser: 1968..pg 587)..."This practice of the stroke of Ashe is outwardly very simple: standing or kneeling in front of white calligraphy paper, with a bowl of black ink and a calligraphy brush, you make one stroke down on the paper. But the, primordial stroke is not merely a stroke of calligraphy. It is a message from awake mind of how to rend the veil that normally prevents direct experience of the sacredness of our world. The practice of Ashe takes us directly and immediately to mind beyond concept, while at the same time it is expressed in a thoroughly direct and physical way. Thus, by practicing the stroke we began to feel the reality of the Shambhala teachings at a profound level of mind and body; we saw the real possibility of fully joining mind and body, heaven and earth. We began to discover, for ourselves, that spiritual energy is not fundamentally different from physical energy. And we began to see how this might lead o being able to manifest this enlightened energy on this earth.".....From Jeremy Hayward's book, 'Warrior - King of shambhala - Remembering Chogyam Trungpa. - Wisdom Publications, 2008.....http://www.beezone.com/ashe/ashe.html


JUNIPER..."Shug pa...the juniper is specified as lha shing, a tree for the lha divinities (often called the lha shing shug pa g.yu lo...'tree of the gods', turquoise leaved juniper) is an antidote against demonic poison and pollution." (Blondeau: 1996..pg 103)...."They possessed a small drum made of juniper, on which they could fly through the air." (Tucci: 1980..pg 228)....(rgya shug:juniper tree)(shugs pa:juniper)..."The juniper tree is the Bon po sacred tree. It is often called the 'lha shing pa gyu lo' (tree of the gods)." (Bansal: 1994..pg 81)..."The priests owned a drum made from Juniper wood on which they could travel through the air like their Siberian counterparts." (Hoffman: 1975..pg 109)..."Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche poem Looking into The World...
Looking into the world
I see a lone chrysanthemum,
Lonely loneliness,
And death approaches.
Abandoned by guru and friend,
I stand like the lonely juniper
Which grows among the rocks,
Hardened and tough.
Loneliness is my habit.
http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=182931


KALPA...."According to ancient Indian philosophical theories, a kalpa is an extremely long period of time, amounting to over 4 billion years." (Norbu: 1995..pg 245)...Kalpa (Sanskrit: कल्प kalpa) is a Sanskrit word meaning an aeon, or a relatively long period of time (by human calculation) in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology. The concept is first mentioned in the Mahabharata. Generally speaking, a kalpa is the period of time between the creation and recreation of a world or universe. The definition of a kalpa equaling 4.32 billion years is found in the Puranas—specifically Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana."..... Cremo, M.A., 1999. Puranic time and the archaeological record.


KHATVANGAS....magic wands...."A khaṭvāṅga (Sanskrit: खट्वाङ्ग) is a long, studded club originally created as a weapon. It was adopted as a religious symbol in Indian religions such as Shaivism and Vajrayana Buddhism. The khatvāṅga was adopted by some lineages of historical tantra though it preceded such traditions.....In Hinduism, Shiva carried the khatvāṅga as a staff weapon....... the symbolism of the khatvāṅga in Vajrayana, particularly the Nyingma school founded by Padmasambhava, was a direct borrowing from the Shaiva Kapalikas, who frequented places of austerity such as charnel grounds and crossroads as a form of "left-handed path" (vamachara) sādhanā."... Beer, Robert (2003). The handbook of Tibetan Buddhist symbols.


KI KI SO SO....Kye Kye So So....lha gyello lha gyello (the Gods are victorious)....."Stein links this invocation with the warcries..the warlike nature of the gods and the idea of passing through a dangerous and strategic place."... “Ki ki so so” is an ancient Tibetan prayer whispered as one crosses a mountain pass....the Ki is a very high pitched sound similar to the cry of an eagle...seed syllable of the sky....the So is very low pitch, seed syllable of the earth."......"Ki ki so so lha gyal lo" is the prayer a Tibetan will recite at the summit of a mountain pass. It can be translated as "victory to the gods"The Tibetans believe that it is at these high mountain passes that the good gods fight with the evil gods and that the lung-tar (coloured paper printed with prayers) and prayer are an offering to the good gods. Offering these prayers at mountain passes is especially auspicious because it is believed that the high winds will be of benefit in carrying the prayers.".....http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/China/Central/Sichuan/Chola_pass/photo1114535.htm



KVARENAH (Xwarenah)(khvarenah)(Avestic: xvarnah)(Parsi: farrah)(khurrah) ..."Glory" (Median: farnah) (Khotanese:pharra)..."In the Avesta, the xwarenah is called 'kawyan', that is belonging to the Kawis. The Kawis were a partially legendary dynasty of eastern Iranian rulers. Xwarenah can be a creative power used by the gods or it can be a religious power. But generally it embodies the concept of good fortune. As a kind of fiery radiance it would relate to the word for sun (xwar) (Old Iranian: Suvar) (hwar: to shine)(xwar: to grasp)." (Malandra: 1983...pg 88)....sacred light surrounding the Fravashi warriors. Manifestation of glory, splendor (Tib: byin). Spiritual radiance.."In front of Mithra flies the blazing fire which is the strong Kavyan Fortune (xvareno)." (Gershevitch: 1959)..."Found in the Avesta, Yast 19, Khvarenah persisted into the Sasanian period where in Middle Persian it is "farrah'. Khotanese Buddhist used the term in the form of 'pharra' to denote good fortune. Sogdian Buddist groups used the form 'prn'. (Scott: 1990...pg 48)..."In the Avesta both the lesser Ahuras are actively associated with 'khvarenah', divine grace or fortune (hvar: sun, glow). The median form of the word was 'farnah'. The Zoroastrian pantheon also knows khvarenah as a yazata." (Boyce: 1982...pg 17)..."Mithra has the xwarrah. The association of xwarrah with fire and radiant light. Yast XIX." (Gershevitch: 1959)...."Celestial fortune and power, special glory and light."..(Nasr: 1964...pg 152)...



LA...." the word La is similar in meaning to the word 'soul'. All human beings possess a la, consciousness (sem) and life (sok). The la is an entity which is part of one's being but is unintelligent. Therefore it can be stolen, confiscated, regained, as well as reinforced by spiritual power." (Trungpa: 1978..pg 227)...."represents the psycho-energetic function of the individual in relation to the energies of the world. The link between the inner and outer energy." (Norbu: 1995..pg 60)..."the notion of ancestral souls (bla)"..(Blondeau: 1996..pg 123)...."In the Saka of the Altai, there was a belief not only that the body contained a life element (the soul) but also that its parts, including the hair and nails, had their distinct, partial souls. The hair and nails continue to grow after death. It was sufficient to possess the hair or nails of a person in order to gain control over his soul and influence his life." (Rudenko: 1970..pg 287)..."In the Kalachakra tradition, the soul (bla-gnas) resides at the bottom of the left foot (men), or right foot (women) at the new moon. Then it rises higher each day, residing at the top of the head on the full moon. Then returns." (Stein: 1972..pg 226)...

Lha and La......."Some confusion exists between two Tibetan words, sometimes used interchangeably: lha and la. The first, lha, is the Tibetan word used to translate the Sanskrit deva, meaning “deity,” “god,” or “divine.” This is also the term used in the Shambhalian sense of natural hierarchy: lha, nyen, and lu. (If we were to be more daring in writing this word like it is actually pronounced, we might spell it hla!).....The word la (bla) literally means that which is “higher” or “above,” as in the word lama, the Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit guru (which literally means “heavy,” —heavy with good qualities, as the tradition explains). Lama Ugyen once explained lama as “one who looks down from above (la) with the love that a mother (ma) has for her children.” La is also a Pön term, meaning “soul,” “life force.”......An example of the confusion between these words comes in the alternate spellings of the term drala or dralha. Both are found in texts, and they are usually referring to the same principle or type of deity. The Dorje Dradül much preferred the former spelling, explaining that the word means “above” or “beyond” the “enemy” or “aggression.” We used to translate this as “war gods,” which might be seen to favor the other reading, but it was actually just an attempt to characterize this deity type."....http://nalandatranslation.org/offerings/choosing-the-right-word/lha-or-is-it-la/


LOVE..."The warrior is more and more in love with the world. That combination of love affair and loneliness is what enables the warrior to constantly reach out and to help others." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 69)...."In Shinto, if man regards his own life as sacred, he must give infinite thanks to his ancestors who handed down this sacred thing. One must treat this inheritance carefully and hand it on, to bring up the coming generation with a love even surpassing that of his forebears. All human beings are loved and protected by their ancestors and by the gods; each is given a sacred mission to perform and must hand on his precious life and abilities to his offspring." (Jinja:1958..pg 9,17)...."So-called 'love' relationships usually take one of two patterns. Either we are being fed by someone or we are feeding others. These are false, distorted kinds of love. A third kind of love is : Just be what you are. This is a balanced way of openness and communication which allows tremendous space in which to dance and exchange."..(Trungpa: 1973..pg 212)...


LIGHT...('od)...."Rigpa is compared to the sun in the sky and ye-shes is compared to the rays of the sun which stream forth." (Reynolds:1996..pg 122)..."It is like a sunbeam meeting the sun, like light (ye-shes) merging into light ('od gsal). It is only by first looking at one's reflection in the mirror that one discovers the mirror." (Reynolds: 1996..pg 152)..."The worship of light can be confirmed throughout the Indo-Iranian sphere, from Vedic to late Buddhist times." (Eliade)..."It is the luminous mind who is the creator of the world, the world being nothing but its own illusory projection, the Primordial Basis existing in the form of variegated light." (Karmay: 1988..pg 203)..."When I saw these visions, they were not something appearing externally: they were the manifestations of my own mind in the form of light." (Wangyal: 1993..pg 12)..."In the Bon cosmology, the absolute realm may be symbolized as pure light, which is neither black nor white, but transparent." (Paul: 1982..pg 55)..."Sems then is not only mental energy, but also light, and light too is the breath (rlung) on which it rides, for the breath is made of five shining rays of light ('od zer)" (Tucci: 1980..pg 64)..."In the borderland between Ye (light) and Ngam (darkness) the Werma with magic power built a fortress: it had its entrance facing East." (Mipham text in Norbu: 1995..pg 59)...."At death, the adept achieves the light body or rainbow body." (Wangyal: 1993..pg 145)..."When we see the rainbow lights, deities, mandalas, thigles and colors, we will not follow after them but recognize them as mental projections...(Wangyal: 1993..pg 197)..."inner light (aloka, snang ba) increase of the inner light (alokabhasa, mched pa), and inner light approaching fullness (upalabdha, nyer thob)."..(Kongtrul: 1995..pg 276)..."In the Kabala, one of the basic doctrines involves the withdrawal (tzimtzum) of the divine light, therebye creating primordial space"...(Encyclopedia Britannica)..."Od'iana: Land of Light"...Oḍḍiyāna (Skt. Oḍḍiyāna; Tibetan: ཨུ་རྒྱན་, Wylie: u rgyan, Odia: ଓଡ଼ିଆଣ), a small country in early medieval northwest India, is ascribed importance in the development and dissemination of Vajrayana Buddhism.....In later Tibetan traditions, Oḍḍiyāna is either conflated or identified with Shambhala, a land inhabited by dakinis and inaccessible to or by ordinary mortals - a beyul "hidden land"......"Uḍḍiyāna is also spelt as Oḍrayāna while in the Kālikā Purāṇa".....


MENOK...primal matter. the ras. the wheel of heaven. the embodiment of time-space. In Zurvanism, not only a concept but also an actual weapon to be used by Ohrmazd....The pahlavi words for 'spiritual' and 'material' are, in this context, menok and geteh, and they derive from the Avestan words mainyu and gaethya..... in accordance with Aristotelian principles. Because the menok or spiritual side of man which included mind, will, and consciousness, was regarded as being immaterial, the word was re-defined as meaning a single, uncompounded substance without parts, invisible and intangible; and because Aristotle's 'matter' was also invisible and intangible, 'matter' in its primary unformed state was also described as menok. Thus there are three forms of menok existence, the two menoks or 'spirit' of orthodox theology, neither of which is the material cause of the material and physical world, and a third menok, which is the totally unformed primal matter of Aristotelian philosophy, the unseen source of all material things.".....http://www.farvardyn.com/zurvan1.php


MIND..."I am afraid there is really no such thing as the one mind."...(Trungpa: 1973..pg 202)...."sem is referred to as 'mind' and Rigpa is referred to as the 'nature of mind'.'..(Sogyal: 1992..pg 394)...Page 392....The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa: Volume Six: Glimpses of Space ...


MIRROR..."The quality of the cosmic mirror is that it is unconditioned, vast open space....free from any bias...willing to reflect anything." (Trungpa: 1984, pps 100, 174)...." In whatever he does, the master warrior guides the minds of his students into the visionary mind of the Rigden Kings, the space of the cosmic mirror." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 179)...."In the realm of the cosmic mirror, clinging to concept or doubt has never been heard of." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 179)....me long: mirror, looking glass....shel: mirror, crystal, crystaline....pra se na: oracular mirror....pra: mirror divination...kun gsal: sky, sun, mirror,that which is fully clear...kun mthong: mirror...."In Dzogchen, Rigpa is the mirror of awareness held up to things so that everywhere, under all circumstances, in each event that occurs, there exists this self-recognition. This is like the net of Indra made of chains of linked mirrors, where every mirror reflects every other mirror." (Reynolds: 1996..pg 152)...."A slightly flawed cosmic mirror allows the universe to exist: The existence of the universe comes from a flaw in a symmetry exhibited by a 'universal mirror' called the CP mirror, [and then lost me in a discussion of matter and anti-matter]." (Article in Scientific American: Feb 1988)..."The son (Bu) is the unobscured, self-clear essence of the empty nature of the non-grasping mind. If we know this mind, this mirror of awareness, all nirvanic qualities reflect or manifest in it. It is called the mirror-like wisdom." (Wangyal: 1993..pg 125)...The nature of the mind is like a mirror with 5 different powers: vastness, detail, unbiased, unconfused, all-accomplishing. (Sogyal: 1992..pg 153)....


MAGIC...."Nowness, or the magic of the present moment, is what joins the wisdom of the past with the present." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 96)...."When we draw down the power and depth of vastness into a single perception, then we are discovering and invoking magic." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 103)..."When you discover magic, you simply find yourself in the realm of utter reality, complete and thorough reality." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 106)...." to invoke the power of drala, or elemental magic" (Trungpa: 1984..pg 135)..."This world is a magical place because it can BE so vividly, so brilliantly." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 132)..."then magic, or drala, can descend onto our existence." (Trungpa: 1984..pg 132)..."You cannot own the power and the magic of this world. It is always available, but it does not belong to anyone. The only way to contact that energy is to experience a gentle state of being in yourself." (Trungpa: 1984...pg 107)....."It is not true that there is no magic these days, that we are in the dark ages. The only magic that exists is in this life, the particular phenomenon we are experiencing right now."...(Trungpa: 1996...pg 96)...


MARRIAGE..."Jamgon Kongtrul the Great wrote a marriage ritual with the traditional Bon ceremony with the arrows, incorporating Buddhist divinities and some pieces of Indian mythology."..(Karmay: 1975..pg 207)..."During the marriage ceremony, the mu cord is attached to the ceniput of the groom. He holds an arrow and makes offerings. The priest presents the bride with turquoise (la-gyu...soul turquoise) and the groom with a piece of gold (la-gser...soul gold)."..(Karmay: 1975...pg 210)...


MU CORD...(dMu dag...rMu thag)..."sky rope (dMu thag). the early kings descended by means of the Mu cord." (Hoffman: 1975..pg 96)..."the Phrul shamans were God-possessed and had the function of planting the rope which linked earth with heaven." (Hoffman: 1975)..."ascended to the sky by means of the Mu cord." (Norbu: 1995..pg 75)..."in her hands she holds the Mu cord of the Phug Lha" (Norbu: 1995..pg 74)..."a wool cord is extended in the four directions. This acts as a conductor for SE when he descends from heaven." (Trungpa: 1978..pg 227)..."Each King ruled until his first son was old enough to ride a horse, at which point the king returned to heaven via the rope." (Lopez: 1997..pg 4)..."the sky rope (namtak: gnam thag) (mutak: dmu thag) connected the kings to the heavens." (Kohn: 1997)...



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