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Lions Roar : September 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2012 76 but it is wild illusion, super illusion. It is quite different from ordinary stupid illusions. It’s a great illusion.” All of this is related to our discussion of the direct messages associated with Mahamudra. During Marpa’s third visit to India, Naropa had magically manifested in the sky a visual mandala of Hevajra, who was Marpa’s yidam, or personal deity. It was very beautiful and elaborate. Naropa asked Marpa, “To whom will you prostrate, to the magical mandala or to me?” Marpa thought the mandala was so unusual. It was miraculous to see it in living form. So he prostrated to the mandala, the guru’s creation, rather than to the guru himself. Afterward, Naropa told him it was a mistake to prostrate to the mandala. Because Marpa didn’t have trust in human beings continuing the lineage, and because he was deceived by magic and the superhuman forms he saw, this would mean an interruption in his family lineage, although the lineage of teacher and disciple would continue. Marpa was very depressed when he realized what he had done, and thought that it was the product of accumulated karma. He had known better, but nevertheless he had prostrated to the illusion. He was more excited by magical creations than by Naropa himself. Tarma Dode’s death was the delayed action that came out of this. In Marpa’s life, the direction and the messages came from a real understanding of Mahamudra symbolism. When you have this understanding, the situation creates the decisions for you, rather than you sitting down to think or plan anything. Marpa’s activities and development are all examples of real surrendering. If there’s no real dedication or real surrendering to the lineage, then one cannot expect a true understanding of Mahamudra. You can’t expect to get the best of both worlds. If you don’t commit yourself to the process, you can’t expect to have a Mahamudra experience. In order to purchase a home, you have to give a down payment. Mahamudra is fundamentally based on real commitment, genuine commitment. It is commitment that is not based on day-to-day temperament or ego-oriented projects or promises. It is based on the understanding that the journey and the discovery are all part of giving up hope and fear. In Mahamudra, experiences come to you and they are workable. That is the attitude one must take, rather than expecting those experiences to constantly be confirming or pleasurable. Commitment has nothing to do with seeking pleasure or security. It is real commitment. If we don’t have mutual commitment between guru and disciple throughout the lineage, then what we are going to get is half-baked bread, which can only produce a stomach upset and further sickness. The purity and energy of the teachings cannot survive if one of the holders of the lineage has a half-hearted commitment to the teaching. If the lineage is not transmitted properly or completely, there is a lot of SUPERB SERVICE FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS SANTA FE & NEW MEXICO 888-832-5668 SUSANH@SUSANHARRISREALTY. COM We proudly participate in the Independent Brokers Network, a community-based real estate alliance For Inspiring Properties in Santa Fe & New Mexico We believe you’ll want to know us SUSAN C. HARRIS QUALIFYING BROKER, GRI, CRS TM