True Buddha Dharma-character Treasury - Vajrakilaya
On Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 3:00pm, at Taiwan Lei Tsang Temple, True Buddha School Dharma King Living Buddha Lian-shengSheng-yen Lu will preside over a Vajrakilaya Homa Ceremony followed by the empowerment of Vajrakilaya Uncommon Practice and Vajrakilaya's Three Secret Practice, and the teaching of the Lamdre. (Live Webcast Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSonbYoE-ip1YaYOVEAu8jw/live or https://tbsec.org/%E6%B3%95%E6%9C%83%E7%B7%9A%E4%B8%8A%E7%9B%B4%E6%92%AD/English )
【Vajrakilaya Mudra :】
Interlace the fingers inward (or outward). Straighten the middle fingers while keeping the fingertips touching.
【Vajrakilaya Seed Syllable :】
Hum (blue in color)
【Vajrakilaya Mantra :】
Long Mantra:「Om。bie-zha。ji-li-ji-la-ya。 sha-er-wa。 bi-ga-nian。 bang。hum-pei。」
Vajrakilaya has a dark blue body, three faces, three eyes, six arms, four legs and wings. Of the three faces, his blue middle face, symbolizing the mind of all buddhas, represents Mahasthamaprapta who is namely Vajrapani. His white right face, symbolizing the body of all buddhas, represents Manjushri who is namely Yamantaka. His red left face, symbolizing the speech of all buddhas, represents Amitabha (Avalokitesvara) who is namely Hayagriva.
With one pair of hands, Vajrakilaya holds a phurba in front of his chest. His first right hand holds a nine-pronged vajra scepter while his second right hand holds a five-pronged vajra scepter. His first left hand holds fiery flames while his second left hand holds a trident. Vajrakilaya has wings on his back. His two right feet trample the backs of two male devils while his two left feet trample on the chests of two female devils.
Vajrakilaya (Jilijilaya) is called Puba Jingang ''Phurba Vajra'' in Chinese and Dorje Phurba in Tibetan. ''Phurba'' means ''vajra dagger.'' Most vajra daggers are namely Vajrakilaya. Some vajra daggers may look like this vajra dagger which has three faces in white, red, and blue respectively. A phurba is a vajra dagger. ''Vajra'' means dharma protector.
Vajrakilaya, also known as Karma Heruka, is the wrathful form of Vajrasattva. His image is extraordinary. He has three faces and a body with arms, feet, and wings. His divine power is truly magnificent.
Vajrakilaya (Jilijilaya) is the embodiment of Yamantaka, Hayagriva, and Vajrapani. He therefore represents these three wrathful deities. He is a manifestation of the vows of Samantabhadra Tathagata and of all buddhas and bodhisattvas.
Vajrakilaya is venerated by all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, who all have the source of the Vajrakilaya Practice. Of the four Tibetan schools, it is the Nyingma School, also called the Old School or Red Sect, which most highly venerates Vajrakilaya.
Vajrakilaya has tremendous power. He is a powerful ghost of the Sitavan charnel ground, and in fact, the sovereign of the Sitavan charnel ground. In other words, he is king of the graveyard. Unfortunately, he committed a great many evil deeds. Padmasambhava, upon encountering this powerful ghost, subdued him and entered into his body and mind. Padmasambhava then transformed him into Vajrakilaya, a Buddhist dharma protector with the supernatural power of Divine Foot. Padmasambhava has many transformations, one of which is winged Vajrakilaya. Therefore, Vajrakilaya's image is a transformation of Padmasambhava. Endowed with wings, Vajrakilaya is able to fly.
Later, Vajrakilaya encountered Vajrasattva, the founder of Vajrayana. Seeing the situation, Vajrasattva descended and manifested into the exact image of this powerful ghost king. That is, Vajrasattva manifested with three heads, six arms, and wings. Vajrasattva subdued the powerful ghost king and transformed him into a Vajrayana dharma protector. Therefore, in addition to his original power as ghost king, Vajrakilaya also possesses the divine power of Vajrasattva.
Padmasambhava's biography states that Padmasambhava left Tibet with his consort Yeshe Tsogyal. As they were approaching a cliff in Nepal, Padmasambhava manifested thirteen different Vajrakilaya mandalas which include Padmasambhava manifesting as Vajrakilaya. These Vajrakilaya are called Guru Jilijilaya. Because of these manifestations, Vajrakilaya has thirteen mandalas and thirteen different poses. That is, his image is unique in each mandala.
Padmasambhava taught the Vajrakilaya Practice to Yeshe Tsogyal and Vajrakilaya originally intended to descend into the mandala made by builders engaged by Yeshe Tsogyal. However, Vajrakilaya did not descend after all due to mistakes made in the construction of the mandala. As a result, Padmasambhava's consort acquired half, only half, of the Vajrakilaya Practice. This indicates that the layout of a mandala is critical. Each of the thirteen mandalas are different and so is the posture of Vajrakilaya in each one.
This deity has been called the collective of all buddhas, bodhisattvas and undertakings. His power is infinite because he has three faces, each face representing a vajra protector. ''Collective'' refers to: Manjushri, the bodhisattva with the greatest wisdom; Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva with the greatest compassion; and Vajrapani, the bodhisattva with the greatest dharma power. The combined dharma power, compassion, and wisdom of these three bodhisattvas manifests as Vajrakilaya.
This emanation of mighty and powerful Vajrakilaya is able to subdue the Devil who afflicts sentient beings. By commanding and subjugating the Devil, Vajrakilaya is able to bring peace and happiness to sentient beings in the three realms. Vajrakilaya has the power to transcend all obstacles and sever worldly attachments. He is also able to stop evil ghosts, spirits, and non-humans, eradicate demonic obstacles, and ward off evil spells. Additionally, Vajrakilaya has the power to eliminate all karmic hindrances of sentient beings.
Vajrakilaya is a powerful ghost king who is able to subdue all evil ghosts and malicious spirits, drive away karmic creditors, and fulfill all one's wishes. Vajrakilaya Practice is considered the first part of Vajra dharma practice. Because Vajrakilya is a powerful dharma protector and a deity with whom one can easily attain spiritual union, many practitioners in Tibet adopt Vajrakilaya Practice as their initial practice. After receiving the Vajrakilaya empowerment and attaining spiritual union, all malicious spirits, demons, monsters, and everything that is evil will be completely eradicated.
Vajrakilaya empowerment includes the empowerment of Yamantaka, who is also called Vajrabhairava. If one has attained spiritual union with Vajrakilaya, one cannot be overcome even by Lord Yama. On the contrary, Lord Yama will show one great respect. Moreover, one will never descend to hell or transmigrate in the six realms of samsara. Eradication of black magic is the specialty of Vajrapani. Therefore, when attacked by black magic one should chant the Vajrakilaya mantra. As soon as Vajrakilaya comes forth, any black magic will be utterly eradicated. The unique characteristic of Hayagriva is his extremely swift response. Hayagriva symbolizes horsepower. His horsepower is very strong.
Vajrakilaya's primary function is subjugation. However, since he embodies the power of Vajrasattva as well, he is also able to perform calamity eradication, enrichment, and harmonization. In addition, he cures the illnesses of sentient beings and delivers sentient beings to the pure land.
Vajrakilaya has this kind of power and is therefore really magnificent. Think about it. As long as black is subdued, white will appear and so will light. Once light appears, good fortune will naturally follow. One then gains affinity with honorable people, good luck, wealth, and wisdom. Calamities will be eradicated and all kinds of evil will be completely subjugated. This is the mighty power of Vajrakilaya.
The mudra of Vajrakilaya resembles a phurba dagger. Pointing the middle fingers of the mudra toward oneself subjugates one's scattered thoughts, whereas pointing the middle fingers of the mudra away from oneself subjugates one's afflictions and obstacles. Rubbing the middle fingers together three times causes Vajrakilaya to descend. When one makes offerings to Vajrakilaya during the practice, Vajrakilaya will definitely appear and accept the offerings.
!!Please be aware that before engaging in any True Buddha Vajrayana practices, one must first take refuge and receive the respective empowerment.!!
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