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True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Red Jambhala

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, 3:00pm, at Rainbow Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu will preside over a Red Jambhala Homa Ceremony, bestow empowerment of Red Jambhala Uncommon Practice, and discourse 'Lamdre.' (Live Webcast Link: )

【Red Jambhala Mudra :】

Interlace the fingers inward. Straighten the thumbs and have them touching side by side. Straighten the little fingers and have them touching face to face.

【Red Jambhala Seed Syllable :】

【Red Jambhala Mantra :】

「om。ga-na-ba-di-ye。 so-ha。」

【Red Jambhala Dharmalakṣaṇa Brief Introduction】

Red Jambhala has a red body, an elephant head, and four arms. His first right hand holds carrots and the second right hand holds an evil-subjugating ax. His first left hand holds carrot leafs and the second left hand holds a mala.

Red Jambhala stands atop a blue treasure-spouting mongoose on an eight-leaf lotus flower. Red Jambhala also is depicted with two, four, six, eight, or twelve arms.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talk - Red Jambhala Background and Key Cultivation Formula】

Red Jambhala (Ganesha) was originally a Brahman fortune god of India. He later became one of the four major gods of India. Initially, there were only three major gods in India; Shiva, the destroyer; Brahma, the creator; and Vishnu, the preserver. With the addition of the famous Ganesha, the elephant-headed ''Lord of Preparation'' and son of Shiva, there are now four major deities of India.

Red Jambhala is well known in India and Tibet. During the period of the flourishing of Vajrayana, he was included as one of the five Vajrayana fortune deities and was called the ''Tibetan Vajrayana Lord of Preparation.'' Possessing great power, he bestows riches and treasure and is the king of blessing. (The five fortune gods are the Yellow, Red, Green, White, and Black Jambhalas.)

The offering is of utmost importance in the Red Jambhala practice. The key is to make Red Jambhala pleased and happy. One first visualizes oneself transformed into Red Jambhala. One then opens one's heart and delights Red Jambhala by offering him four celestial maidens making offerings of vajra dance, vajra song, vajra curtain and vajra play, respectively. Subsequently, while chanting Red Jambhala's mantra, ''Om, ga-na-ba-di-ye, so-ha,'' one rubs his trunk. Repeat three times. One then visualizes whatever it is that one has prayed for coming out from Red Jambhala's trunk. As long as one makes offerings with a sincerity that pleases and delights the deity, one's wishes will definitely be fulfilled whether they are for social position or for wealth.

Form Red Jambhala's mudra and chant his mantra. When praying for his descent, one needs to move one's little fingers in order to touch the heart of Red Jambhala. The little fingers symbolize his trunk. Once Red Jambhala Ganapati's heart is touched by moving and rubbing one's two little fingers together, his trunk will spew wealth and treasure from heaven.

To cultivate Red Jambhala practice, one visualizes a vajra scepter above Red Jambhala's head. Pray to him to fulfill one's wishes, then rub his trunk. The essence of Red Jambhala's dharma power is in his trunk. Riches and treasures such as gold, silver, jewels, and whatever provisions one needs will all emerge and spout out from his trunk.

His trunk can also spout out nectar which purifies the karmic illnesses of sentient beings. Body and mind will be completely purified. Purified by this nectar, beings in the netherworld can be delivered to a Buddha Pure Land. Red Jambhala is able to deliver sentient beings by ''hooking'' them into the presence of the Five Buddhas, who are the principal deities of Red Jambhala.

Ganapati and the Goddess of Eloquence (Sarasvati) are good friends. The mantra of the Goddess of Eloquence is''Om, sa-la-sa-di-ye, so-ha.'' Because they are girlfriend and boyfriend, I chanted Ganapati's girlfriend's name first followed by his name. As this delights Ganapati, he will bless us to be completely auspicious and to have all our wishes be fulfilled. ''Om, sa-la-sa-di-ye, so-ha. Om, ga-na-ba-di-ye, so-ha.''

One can visualize Red Jambhala as red with two, four, six, or many arms. In a dancing posture, he appears on a lotus flower with his foot stepping on a treasure-spouting mongoose.

The mudra of Red Jambhala is to interlace the fingers inward, straighten both of the little fingers and keep them touching. Extend the two little fingers symbolizing his trunk to a person whom one loves or whom one wants to be respected by, then visualize Red Jambhala wrapping or hooking the person with his trunk. This will allow one to obtain love or respect from that person. This method applies to one's boss, a beauty, a chairman of the board, or anyone whose love or respect one wishes to receive. Constantly visualize this person thinking of you. This is most important! Businessmen who practice this dharma will immediately receive orders.

Red Jambhala enjoys counting the leaves of carrots because this is his way of reckoning a human's fortune. For example, Red Jambhala can tell in detail and one by one each individual's entitlement to wealth, clothing, food, property and precious jewels as if he is enumerating his own valuables, without missing anything. Although Red Jambhala also likes to eat bananas, he prefers carrots and turnips the most.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu teaches that what weighs most heavily in the practice of the fortune god dharma is the true generation of one's pure bodhi heart. One also needs to engage widely in actions that result in virtuous karma, give frequently, and benefit sentient beings to the greatest extent possible. As a result, without being hindered in any aspect, one will not only become wealthy but will also succeed in undertakings of love and respect and everything else as well.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talks - the Cause of Red Jambhala's Elephant head on a Human Body】

In Hinduism, there are three major gods, Lord Shiva (Mahesvara), the destroyer; Lord Brahma, the creator; and Lord Vishnu, the preserver. Ganapati was the son of Shiva (Mahesvara) and Parvati (Mahesvara's Queen). From birth Ganapati was strong and formidable. One day, Shiva returned from a journey while Parvati was taking a bath. Ganapati happened to be guarding the bathroom door. When Shiva saw a tall and magnificent male standing outside of Parvati's bathroom, he became suspicious of Parvati. Thereupon, Shiva brandished his sword and chopped off Ganapati's head with one slash.

Coming out from her bath, Parvati found that not only had her son lost his head but it was his own father who had cut it off. ''You slashed your own son!'' she cried out to Shiva. Shiva was in deep sorrow. He turned to Vishnu, the preserver, for help. Vishnu instructed Shiva that, ''On a certain day and road, sever the first head you see, connect the head to your son's body, and he will then be resurrected.'' Shiva followed Vishnu's words. When the day came, he took the road and saw an elephant. Shiva then hacked off the head of the elephant and placed it on his son's body. Shiva's son was then human, but with an elephant's head. Ganapati is in charge of the entire retinue of Mahesvara, and is the fourth major god of India.

Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu Dharma Talks - The origin of the Great Victorious Mahesvara Joyful Deva】

The origin of the Yab-Yum of the Great Victorious Mahesvara Joyful Deva - This deity was the devaputramara of the retinue of Mahesvara and the eldest son of the destroyer. He controlled the entire retinue of Mahesvara with strong, destructive power. He hindered and harmed countless sentient beings, impeded their cultivation, obstructed their good intentions, and destroyed human lives. He was a very powerful but dreadful god, and originally very fierce.

Feeling pity for the sentient beings harmed by the ferocity of Ganapati, compassionate Avalokitesvara sacrificed herself by transforming herself into a female Ganapati. The female Ganapati proposed to Ganapati that, ''I will marry you if you take refuge in Buddha, practice buddhadharma and protect sentient beings.''

Deeply attracted to the female Ganapati, the male Ganapati felt that her offer was too difficult to resist. He finally gave in and said, ''Alright! I promise to change my behavior. Instead of harming sentient beings, I will start to love and protect them.'' The male and female Ganapati then combined to become the Great Victorious Mahesvara Joyful Deva who not only protects buddhadharma but also bestows fortune and happiness to sentient beings.

Red Jambhala's Trunk

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