30 December, 2015

Why we need to become Vajrayogini

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains that our mistaken appearance and self grasping is the cause of all our suffering and problems, in this life and in life after life. We can change this situation by engaging in the self-generation practice of Vajrayogini.



H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche on Vajrayogini

Be inspired onto Buddha Vajrayoginis holy practice and path in this superb and deeply insightful teaching.

H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche explains the enlightened symbols of Vajrayoginis every posture and shares with us why Her practice is the most efficacious for our time...







29 December, 2015

Black Dakini, Goddess of the Void

Throma Nagmo, the Wrathful Black Dakini

I am the black dakini, goddess of the Void
I am the night sky empty of stars
the lake without reflections
When I take on human form, I am wrathful in appearance
With skin and hair that is blue-black
And jewelry that is of jet and ebony.

In a sky of deep sapphire blue
I sit on a lotus with petals of gold,
and a center of black velvet
When I have two hands, I hold the vajra and bell
When I have four hands, I also hold the noose and the goad
In my six armed form, I add the axe and the mala.




My true form is in the depths of space,
The vast reaches of silence
But with the sound of HUM I emerge,
in the form of a spinning black vajra edged in gold
Around me are HUMS like beads on a string
Spinning, exploding, shooting blue pearls of light
in every direction.

I am called by many names.
As Nairatmya, I am the dark face of the Void
the waves upon the lightless ocean
I am the crow-headed goddess, flying high
my feathers in black, green, blue, and purple
I am the black goddess of death
holding the world in my arms
as I return to the deep waters
I am the mother who brings forth children from dark nothingness
who watches their lives and their deaths.

I am a wrathful emanation of Vajra Dakini,
she of rainbow crystal
Yet I am also her origin out of the dark void.
I dance with my bhairava
to the drumbeats of the heart of the universe
And from our dance come millions of whirling comets
Who form the guardians of the vajra worlds
When the dance is stopped, the comets return
And the universe is re-absorbed into our footsteps.

I create from the void and call things back to return
I tear apart form and attachment
My nails tear bonds to ribbons
which dance in the winds of prana
Those are my prayer-flags, and the banners of my warriors
They scatter the shreds of karma
before the winds of the Void
To create the dances of the worlds.

I may be of help to the aspirant, but I am dangerous
For I will take away all he possesses
If he gives them up gladly,
we will dance together in their ashes
But if he clings to them
He will lose his mind and his heart.

I seek only beings ready for full liberation
Leave all behind and we will find beauty
In the emptiness that remains.

(source: http://www.buddhanature.com)


"The Wrathful Black Dakini Throma Nagmo, A Treasure of Dudjom Lingpa",
teachings on audio files by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, amazon.com >>

28 December, 2015

27 December, 2015

Completion practice of Vajrayogini sadhana

I have heard:

(1) When you are centered upon yourself as the Vajrayogini, perceiving your body, speech and mind to be actually Her body, speech and mind, your focus is already at the central channel.

(2) What you need to do now is just see the phenomena Source by looking directly at it in front of your eyes at first and then within the Heart.

(3) See what is going on: there is the One Source in the Heart which is the base of everything, and at the same time, there is phenomena manifesting from that One Source.

(4) You can see that there is letter BAM present at the core of the Source and as the phenomena ae well.

(5) Just breathe in as all the winds enter and dissolve in the central channel at the Heart and see that the BAM source is Vajrayogini Herself, which in turn is your own mind.

(6) But the Source and phenomena are always the same. There is the Mahayogini, the embodiment of wisdom of all the Buddhas of ten directions and three times, the Krodhakali, the emanation of complete Buddhahood in a female form, the one Vajrayogini.

(7) And She is full of complete absence of inherent existence and all other qualities – Herself as the combination of bliss and emptiness.

(8) There is no you and no Her, only vast and empty absence of presence that is the Source and phenomena simultaneously - nothing is separate from the central channel.

 (9) As you breathe in you directly look at that absence of presence and see neither Her nor yourself nor your Gurudev, only thusness, even, non-arising and non-abiding, blissfully empty.

(10) There is no gain, no gain in the attainment of the natural thusness.

(11) As you breathe out you again clearly see yourself as Vajrayogini in the Outer Dakini Land, your Keajra Pure Land and, full of unlimited, boundless and unconditioned compassion, you utter the simple root essence mantra.

(12) This mantra embodies all the qualities of every other mantra in existence.

(13) Just by remembering it, even without repeating it and certainly without visualizing anything in particular, this mantra yields combined benefits, wisdom and merit of the trillions of dedicated repetitions of the Vajrasattva mantra, Offering Cloud mantra, Your root, heart and close heart mantras, the Heruka root, heart and close heart mantrs, the three Om mantra and the Eight lines prayer to Heruka and to Yourself, Vajrayogini.

(14) Out of spontaneous compassion you see that for this simple mantra there is no need for any formal and elaborate ritualistic practice.

(15) The final phase of the Vajrayogini completion sadhana is where it shines brightly, for all will have reached the end of what can be taught and meditated upon.

(16) Without a doubt, everyone who even only one time remembers this simple mantra will attain the Keajra Pure Land and the stage of No-more-Learning in this body and in this life, and thus contribute to all sentient beings on all levels of existence in innumerable compassionate ways.

(17) You see with full honesty that this is really true and utter the simple mantra for the benefit of all sentient beings.

(18) Om Ah Hrim... [full mantra withheld]




Vajra Kali


Kali as Troma Nagmo, an aspect of Vajrayogini
(art by Laura Santi)


Kali, a form of the Vajrayogini, is here seen as Troma Nagmo, the primary deity of the Buddhist Nyingma Chod practice (which is basically the Anuttarayoga Tantra).

She is the wrathful form of Prajnaparamita, the Queen of all Buddhas. Her wrathfullness expresses the intensity of Her compassion for all beings, and burns through the fabric of duality, the illusion of right and wrong.

Emptiness is inseparable from its resplendent capacity for manifesting beneficial appearances, Wrathful mother, Troma, also known as Vajra Khrodikali.

Kali dances on the shava, a corpse, representing Her conquest over ignorance and delusion. And She dances on the corpses of Her initiates, inviting them/us to surrender to Her the impurities from the three bodies.

Her flaying knife represents flaying the enemies of faith - doubt and hatred. She is free, wild, fierce and loving, passionate in Her compassion for all.

Yangthang Rinpoche (please see His biography here >>, new page opens up) said, at the Vajrayana Foundation Hawaii in 1991:

"In Chod, the principal meditation deity is Yeshay Tsogyal or Troma Nakmo, the Black Dakini as the female wisdom energy is involved in this practice. 

In some texts, the dakini is red or black, or at first red and then black; sometimes she holds the curved blade in her right hand; sometimes the damaru in her right hand and a thigh bone in her left; sometimes she is holding a curved blade in her right hand and a skull in her left. 

As a dakini, she is the expression of divine wisdom; when she appears in red she is more peaceful and [when] she appears in black, more wrathful. However the wrathfulness is the intensity of her compassion and isn't anger. She is the mother or source of all buddhas called Prajnaparamita, or Transcendental Wisdom."

She is more compassionate than all other Goddesses, for she does not allow Her initiates to cherish imperfection in the physical plane, the vital plane, the mental plane, or in the three bodies. It is Her infinite Compassion that frees Her initiates from the fetters of ignorance.

So if you choose to invoke Her, its important that you realize what you are in for. It will be intense and also very effective in a short amount of time. She will help you burn down everything but pure bliss-emptiness awareness.



Troma Nakmo, The Black Dakini
Art from Himalayan art.


Many Western practitioners seem to wonder about the true identity of Black Dakini, Vajrakali.
Well, here is a part of the teachings by Venerable Yangthang Rinpoche:

"...Troma is inseparable from the lama as Dharmakaya: Kuntuzangmo (Prajnaparamita), Samboghakaya: Dorje Palmo (Vajravarahi), Nirmanakaya: Troma (Vajra Khrodikali). The essence of Troma Nagmo is Yeshe Tsogyal. Troma Nagmo means black wrathful lady, she shows the powerful nature of Yeshe Tsogyal and Khandro Tuk Tik, the heart essence of the dakini..."

More information on the Vajra Mother here >>

Only Her direct darshan and Her empowerment will grant the inner experience which will reveal the truth, however.


Om Krim Kali
Om Ah Hrim





26 December, 2015

Kriya Yoga

Sri Babaji, the Kriya yoga master
The completion sadhana of Vajrayogini focuses on the central channel (also known as sushumna in the kundalini yoga), by bringing into the channel all winds (aspects of prana, the life energy, that fuels the emotional and mental events in the mind) and dissolving them along with the bija and everything else.

Kriya yoga has contributed immensely to the ease of "handling" (for the lack of a better word) the central channel.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the advanced Kriya yoga practice as a preliminary and additional sadhana to the Highest Yoga Tantra.

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I was initiated into advanced technique called Kriya Yoga in 1993. I have performed it for around ten years, sometimes up to two hours a day.

My Master said to me: Kriya Yoga is for people with a lion heart.

I agree, Kriya Yoga is not for beginners or for those that are not really fully dedicated to spiritual transformation. In practice, that translates to disciplined and really opened heart and deep willingness to surrender to Devi.

I was introduced to four levels of Kriya Yoga practice.

I practiced Kriya yoga each day for years, at first only a few minutes as its power is truly staggering. I started by doing the first Kriya, and then slowly moved on to second Kriya.

The Second Kriya, as I see it, employs powerful and efficient mudras and bandhas: mula bandha, shambhavi mudra and specific breathing. It is also used as a process for leaving a body at the time of physical death. I spent hundreds of hours performing the sacred techniques until I was allowed to move on to third Kriya. Second Kriya for me is at least twenty times more effective then the first Kriya.

The Third Kriya, as far as I can see, is even more powerful and efficient. It is in two parts and it employs complete mula bandha, shambhavi mudra, bandha traya, retention of breath and of course, a specific kind of breathing and directing of attention. It is a mighty tool, far beyond anything words are able to convey. I must have spent hundreds of hours performing this Kriya alone.

About the Forth Kriya, my Master has said: “This is a way to God.”. And it truly is. It employs powerful combination of aforementioned mudras and bandhas, sacred mantra Aum and retention of breath. Even during the Forth Kriya samadhi manifests easily and effortlessly, what to speak after the Kriya practice.

An authentic Kriya yoga initiation is a must.
There are various lineages existing currently on this plane. If inspired, maybe one can seek initiation from organizations through the links:

Bhagavani Krodha Kali

Bhagavani Krodha Kalika
(art by Laura Santi)
Krodha Kali (Krodhakali, Kālikā, Krodheśvarī) the Fierce Black One, is a wrathful aspect of Vajrayogini.

She is indeed the Fierce one, offering Her initiates rapid transformation. In few hours She can bestow progress that would normally take years to accomplish. No wonder the Anuttarayoga Tantra is Her vehicle.

Om Krim Kali!

From the Himalayan art web site:

"...Bhagavani Krodha Kali with a great radiance at the time of darkness, fierce and raging. The main face is wrathful, the very pure relative truth, and the upper face of a pig is the pure ultimate truth, gazing upward; [both] having three round red eyes. The right hand holds a curved knife upraised and the left a skullcap of blood [held] to the heart. In the bend of the left elbow, as the nature of method, appears a katvanga staff.

Wearing an elephant hide as an upper garment and a tiger skin as a lower garment; adorned with snakes and bones. Dark yellow hair bristles upward, the remainder falling loose. With a crown of five dry human skulls, a necklace of fifty fresh. The left leg is extended in a half dance posture pressing on the heart of a human corpse. Appearing youthful and dwelling in the middle of a blazing mass of fire."
(Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714) and Min-ling Lochen Dharmashri 1654-1718). 


Blue-black in colour, she has one central face and a small brown pig head on the crown looking to the right. Wrathful in appearance she has three round glaring eyes, a gaping red mouth and yellow hair flowing upward like flames. In the right hand held upraised is a curved knife. In the left held to the heart is a blood filled skullcup; a katvanga staff rests against the shoulder.

Adorned with a tiara of five skulls, bone earrings, ornaments and a necklace of freshly severed heads, draped across the shoulders she wears a frightful human skin. Standing on the left leg in a posture of dance atop a corpse, sun disc and lotus blossom, she is completely surrounded by the orange-red flames of pristine awareness. At the lower left, presented as an offering, is a skullcup of nectar. At the lower right is a skullcup of blood.

The original practice lineage belongs to the Zhije School of Phadampa Sanggye but has now been adopted by all the Sarma Schools of Tibetan Buddhism to a greater or lesser extent. Troma Nagmo is also found in the Terma (Revealed Treasure) Tradition of the Nyingmapa School.

"From the pure, unborn, dharmadhatu palace; Fierce Vajra Black One, performing the benefit of beings; Entire treasure of all excellent and common attainments; Powerful Mistress, to you I bow."
(Nyingma Liturgical verse).


25 December, 2015

Buddhist Master on compassion

There are a lot of (secret) mantras, some of which have never ever been available to public. In the video below, however, there are four mantras introduced which carry the supreme essence of all other mantras, in my opinion.

What is the use of the 3 Om mantra, or Vajrasattva mantra, or Heart suttra mantra, or Vajra mantra or even the eight lines prayer to Vrajadevi Herself IF we fail to put into practice the compassionate listening mentioned by the great Master Thich Nhat Hanh?

The Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh:

“Dear friends, dear people, I know that you suffer a lot. I have not understood enough of your difficulties and suffering. It is not our intention to make you suffer more. It is the opposite. So please, tell us about your suffering, your difficulties. I am eager to learn, to understand.”



Mahavatar Babaji



Mahavatar Babaji
Welcome to my new Blog, dedicated to Tantric Goddess Vajrayogini and integration of Her sadhana, Anuttarayoga Tantra, the Highest Tantra Yoga, into the everyday life.

The Blog offers you advanced topics on spiritual emancipation and integration into everyday life.

I would like to open this new Blog by evoking my Eternal Spiritual Master, Mahavatar Babaji.

Om Sri Gurudevaya Babaji namaste
Om Sri Gurudevaya Babaji namaste
Om Sri Gurudevaya Babaji namaste
Om Sri Gurudevaya Babaji namaste
Om Sri Gurudevaya Babaji namaste
Om Sri Gurudevaya Babaji namaste
Om Sri Gurudevaya Babaji namaste

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May His Presence, Wisdom, Mercy and Compassion shine through this Blog for the well being of all sentient beings: