Upon its ripening, appeared an amazing child, adorned with the major and minor marks sitting atop a thousand petalled lotus.
Guru Padmasambhava, please protect and guide me until I attain complete
Inseparable from the Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra, the all-pervading Lord of the three jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and master of the three roots of lama, yidam, and dakini, the glorious Guru Padmasambhava should be definitively understood as being the essence of Buddha Amitabha.
In order to propagate and spread the teachings of the Dharma in general, and particularly the secret mantra and Dzogchen teachings, he appears to every being of the three thousand billion world systems in a form to benefit them according to their personal karmic vision. In this way Guru Padmasambhava has countless unimaginable biographies, one biography for each being.
Although that is the definitive biography of Guru Padmasambhava, the
historical figure Guru Padmasambhavas life-story as known to
the common disciples is as follows. When the time for Guru Rinpoche
to liberate the beings of this world approached, on the tenth day
of the sixth month of the Monkey year, he appeared miraculously in
the blossom of a lotus in the lake called "Ocean of Milk"
in South West Odiyana, which is also known as Lake Danakosha located
on the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier. However there are different
interpretations regarding his birth. Some Indian historians affirm
that he was born to a minister or a King of Odiyana, and some claim
that he appeared instantaneously on the summit of Mt. Malaya in Sri
Lanka. But Guru Padmasambhavas treasure teachings confirm the
version which states that he was born spontaneously from a lotus.
This source is the most renow and thus the following history is provided
that time, the ruler of the land of Odiyana, the Second King Indrabodhi,
was residing in his nine-tufted palace with his queen as well as hundreds
and thousands of inner and outer ministers. Because the king did not
have a son, on the full moon day of the fifth summer month, he made
great offerings to the Triple Gems and recited the Dharma Cloud
Sutra. He also opened the door of his three thousand treasuries
and went on distributing alms to the poor and needy until his wealth
was exhausted. He then exclaimed, "Beggars have still not ceased,
but I have nothing to grant!". When the remaining beggars did
not receive their share, they hold the king that if he did not provide
their share, whatever was done in the past would be meaningless. The
king heard this and, inspired to acquire inexhaustive wealth for the
beggars, he travelled to the ocean to procure the wish-fulfilling
jewel from the crown of the mystical creature, Charumati, daughter
of Naga. He procured the jewel without mishap and sailed back with
his boat filled with the seven varieties of jewels. While travelling
to meet the king, the kings religious minister, Trig Na Dzin,
found the extraordinary child on the lotus and narrated the full story
of the child to the king. The king was pleased by this news and went
tot the child and inquired about his father, mother and to which caste
and country he belonged. The child exclaimed:
In order to inspire faith towards the teachings in the disciples of the future, he then went to Bodhgaya and many other places displaying the act of receiving teachings from many great scholars, accomplished masters and Dakinis. By listening just once, he comprehended and accomplished the whole canon of the three baskets of Vinaya, Sutra and Abhidharma, as well as the teachings of the outer and inner secret mantra, oral transmissions, and the pith instructions of the highest and innermost tantra of Atiyoga. Even if he did not propitiate, the deities of the mandala displayed their forms and he became a peerless erudite and accomplished master. Thus he showed the signs of perfecting the level of the Fully Ripened Awareness Holder. Thereafter e was known as the Guru Dhimana Varruchi, "The Supreme Love Endowed With Wisdom."
He then took princess Mandarava, daughter of Shastradhara, the king of Zahor, as his consort. Possessing the marks of a dakini, he took her to the mountain cave of Maratika, known as Halesha, in present day, Nepal, where they performed the accomplishment rituals of longevity for three months and actualised the Immortal Vajra Body which marks the attainment of an Immortal Life Awareness Holder.
In order to tame the people of Odiyana he returned there disguised as a mendicant but many people recognised him and he was set to be burned alive in a sandalwood fire by a host of evil-minded ministers and people. When the fire was lit, he miraculously transformed the fire into a huge lake filled with lotuses. Sitting himself with consort over a giant lotus in the middle of the lake, the king, ministers, and people were astounded and developed great faith towards him. In addition, at the cave of Yanglashod in Nepal he practised the Vishuda deity depending on the accomplishment consort Sakya Devi of Nepal and very soon both of them became supreme Mahamudra Awareness Holders. Thus were some of the achievements of Guru Padmasambhava prior to coming to Tibet.
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