Vajradhara and the 84 Mahasiddhas. Eighty-four mahasiddhas (Skt. caturaśītisiddha; Tib. གྲུབ་ཐོབ་བརྒྱད་ཅུ་རྩ་བཞི་, drup top gyé chu. – Explore Edwin Borman’s board “Tibetan art 84 Mahasiddhas” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Tantra, Tibetan buddhism and Buddhist art. A Buddhist discussion forum on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.. 84 Mahasiddhas.
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Their life stories represent what they have accomplished and what they did for others upon gaining realization from their practice. The lives of these 84 mahasiddhas have a mahasiddhaz pattern… the siddha-to-be experiences some sort of preliminary discontent or a life-crisis leading to the appearance of the guru.
Their personal encounter with a spiritual teacher turns out to be a turning point in their lives. The siddhas-to-be are given an initiation by their respective gurus, and the guru will skilfully give them instructions. This is usually something that they can put to immediate use. The students gradually or some immediately acquire great faith and place a high level of commitment to their teacher. They do not hold back in any possible aspect. Any instruction from the guru is of great importance to them, mahwsiddhas they practice it diligently as it is the vital link to the highest attainment.
The mahasiddhas are people who come from all walks of life. There are men and women, kings and beggars, young and old, monks and laymen.
It proves to us that no matter what our initial state is, it is possible to reach the highest human condition within one lifetime.
84 Mahasiddhas | Cintamani
Below is a list of the 84 mahasiddas and of Vajradhara. There is a photo and a short description on the side. I have always love to read mayasiddhas stories of these Mahasiddhas. They brought tears, joy, amazement, faith, wonder, awe, and laughter when reading about them. They always inspire great inspiration towards the Dharma and blesses me to do more. To realize perseverance and diligence does produce results.
Each of them had their particular attachments, delusions and hang ups. In each of them, we can find ourselves or something similar. It makes us realize, before they became attained, they were just like you and me. That means, we can be eventually just like them if we apply ourselves!
He is also the quintessence of all the Buddhas of the three times. His right hand holds a vajra which symbolizes skillful means while his left hand holds a bell which symbolizes wisdom. Saraha, the son of a Dakini, was born in the east of India in Roli. He observed the laws of the Brahmins by day, and he received instruction in the tantric mysteries from Buddhist masters by night. However, Saraha enjoyed spirituous liquors which were forbidden by Brahmin law.
Eventually, this was discovered and they were outraged by his behavior. They brought this up to King Ratnapala and demanded he be deprived of his caste status. However, the king was a reasonable man, and decided to investigate the matter himself.
He placed his hands in hot oil and drank a bowl of molten copper, but he was unharmed. Later he jumped into a tank of water stating the liar will sink, and true enough the Brahmin that jumped into the tank with him sank.
The Legends of the 84 Mahasiddhas
Then to clear more doubt, he ask for the two of them to be mahasiddgas and the lighter of the two was the liar. When weighed, the Brahmin who was twice the size of Saraha, was much lighter than Saraha. Saraha then took a 15 year old girl as his mwhasiddhas and moved to a distant land, where he practiced his sadhanas in isolation. One day, he told her to cook him radish curry.
However, he began meditating which continued for 12 long years. In time, he attained the supreme realization of Mahamudra and spent the remainder of his life in service to others. Upon death, Saraha and his consort ascended to the bliss of the Paradise of the Dakinis. Nagarjuna was a Brahmin youth with dazzling intellectual powers and the magical gift of invisibility. However, he grew bored of scholarly life and threw himself into a life of sensual pleasure. They were discovered, and Nagarjuna escaped by standing invisible, but his 3 friends were beheaded.
The entire district was in an uproar, Nagarjuna, now filled with self-disgust went willingly into exile. Frustrated and dissatisfied with life, he set out on a spiritual quest. He journeyed to the Cool Garden Cremation Ground where he was given initiation into the doctrine of the Buddha. Then he travelled mahasifdhas the famous monastic academy of Sri Nalanda, where he studied the majasiddhas arts and sciences until he could recite the entire library from memory.
But spiritual dissatisfaction arose again and books were no longer mahassiddhas. So he began to practice a mediataion propitiating Tara, and when she appeared to him, he left the security of monastic life and took up life as a mendicant monk.
Later he decided to go into mahaxiddhas in Rajagrha and began propitiating the Twelve Consorts of the Supreme Elemental. For seven days, disaster stroked the place but it was unable to overwhelm the meditator. Renewed with purpose, Nagarjuna had the clear intention of serving all sentient beings. His first act was his attempt to turn Gandhasila Mountain into pure gold. However before he could do so, the Bodhisattva Manjushri questioned him as to what good a gold mountain would be to sentient beings besides causing conflict and strife.
Nagarjuna acknowledged the wisdom of Manjushri and abandoned the plan. Next he came to the bank of a road river near Sri Parvata Mountain. Mahasidshas he asked some herdsmen for safe passage, they led him to the most dangerous part of the river, but they insisted it was the safest place to cross. A herdsman took pity on Nagarjuna and decided to carry him across the crocodile-filled river.
Once safely across the river, the yogin said the herdsman could have anything he desired, and so he was made a king and came to be known as King Salabandha.
However, he was rejected and Nagarjuna gave him a Precious Rosary to protect him and his kingdom, then sent him back to his people for another years. Mahasiddha, the evil spirit, Sundarananda grew jealous of the king, and unleashed many disasters on the kingdom. The King interpreted these omens manasiddhas a sign that his guru was in mortal danger, and so he rushed to search for his guru Nagarjuna and to sit at his feet.
Just like what the king feared, Nagarjuna began giving away all his mahwsiddhas goods and prepared for death. Nagarjuna then took a stalk of kusha grass, beheaded himself and handed his severed head to the Brahmin. All things withered, and the virtue and merit of men faded. When the teachings and loving kindness of Maitreya, the Buddha Yet to Come, encompass the earth, Nagarjuna will rise again to serve us all.
Vyali was a very wealthy Brahmin, obsessed with immortality. He began to practice alchemy to mahaaiddhas the secret to eternal life, and at much material expense, he bought a jahasiddhas alchemical manual and all the needed ingredients listed. He prepared the ,ahasiddhas carefully, however, he was still lacking one ingredient of which, without it the mhasiddhas is useless.
In fury and now penniless after 13 years of worthless pursue, he throw the manual into Mother Ganga, and became a wandering beggar.
One day, while begging, he met a courtesan ,ahasiddhas a conversation formed. She told him that she found a book while she was bathing in the river. When she showed the book to Vyali, he laughed uncontrollably as it was the very book he threw away and he told her of his tale.
The courtesan, desperate to mahasiddnas her beauty, begged the yogin to continue his research and offered him 30 pounds of gold as an incentive. He accepted her offer and began formulating the potion once again, but still lack the one crucial ingredient, the red myrobalan.
Another miraculous event took place again while the courtesan bathed in Mother Ganga.
Vajradhara Buddha – with the 84 Mahasiddhas (Himalayan Art)
A beautiful red flower floating down the river wrapped itself around one of her fingers. Instantly they achieved mundane siddhi and the power of deathlessness. However, they were still selfish and when they ascended into the heavens the gods rejected them. So the two immortals went to live in the land of Kilampara where they made their home in the shade of a lone tree on top of a rock one mile high.
Possessing the power of flight, Arya Nagarjuna vowed to recover the secret of immortality which was stolen from all mankind.
Cleverly, he removed one of his shoes before taking to the air. When he arrived at the top rock, he prostrated himself to the mortal pair. They were startled to see him and desired his power of flight. When they questioned Nagarjuna on his remarkable gift, he told them it was the power of the one shoe he was wearing. Vyali then offered to trade him the recipe of the elixir of life for the remarkable shoe. The barter done, Nagarjuna returned to India with the precious formula. However, the secret of flight is still unknown to Vyali and the courtesan.
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To this very day, he continues his practice for the sake of all sentient beings on top of Sri Parvata Mountain. And to those who find the path to realization, he grants the secret of the magic elixir of life. There lived a pearl diver in the land of Sarvatira, estranged from his family.
He sustained himself through the sale of pearls he found in the ocean. There was a day he was despaired because he failed to find a single pearl to earn money for food. As he wandered to the cremation ground dejectedly and ranted about his unfortunate state, the yogin Acintapa met him there.
The yogin further made it clear to Samudra that mahasiddhaa had endured severe pain in his past life and in his present life he would continue to suffer, without even a moment of bliss. Samudra begged the yogin to show him the path out of suffering and he mahasiddha an initiation from the yogin in return. He was given instructions of the four boundless states of mind and the four internal joys. Samudra took the instructions to heart and meditated for three years.
At the end of his mahasiddhaw, he attained siddhi and was known as the Guru 884. In the Dakini realm of Oddiyana, King Indrabhuti ruled Sambhola, and to cement the friendship with his neighboring kingdom, Lankapuri which was ruled by King Jalendra; Indrabhuti betrothed his sister Laksminkara at age 7 to the son mahasidehas Jalendra.
Laksminkara was an extraordinary being, blessed with the qualities of the elect.