Tibetan Book of the Dead - Meeting Vajrasattva
Type of Spiritual Experience
This is practise - a visualisation exercise that describes what ecstasy is like
A description of the experience
From the field of reality's expanse, uncreated and pure,
Within a celestial palace,which is a seminal point [of light], pure, unceasing, and radiant,
Through the natural expressive power of one's own mind, uncontrived and empty,
Intrinsic awareness, radiant and empty, arises in the form of Vajrasattva,
[seated] upon a bejewelled throne adorned with lotus, sun and moon [cushions].
[Vajrasattu is] white, radiant, with one face, two arms, and a smiling countenance;
The right hand holds a vajra at the heart,
[Symbolising the union] of awareness and emptiness,
The left hand supports a bell [resting] on the hip,
[Symbolising the union] of appearances and emptiness;
And the head [is adorned with a garland of] perfect buddhas,
[Representing] the five enlightened families of Those Gone to Bliss.
Thus, [Vajrasattva] manifests in the form of the Buddha-body of Perfect Resource,
[Exquisitely] adorned with silks and jewels,
Seated in the posture of royal ease,
With the right leg extended, and the left drawn in.
[Radiating] at the heart is the seed-syllable HUM,
Surrounded by the Hundred-syllable Mantra:
Then [maintaining the recognition of] oneself as vajrasattva,
In the celestial palace of one's own precious heart,
One clearly discerns a seminal point [formed of] the five lights,
Whose nature is the five pure essences [of the five elements],
[And from this], the thirty-six peaceful buddhas radiantly manifest,
Amidst a radiant and vibrant mandala suffused by the five pristine cognitions,
Their bodies composed of five lights, the unimpeded [union of] emptiness and radiance,
[Seated] upon a tier of lotus, sun and moon [cushions],
Supported by lion, elephant, horse, peacock and civarycivaka [thrones].