The Gift of Vajra Songs

The garland of jewels who appear in this Oral Instruction Lineage have reached the citadel of the mind’s nature, the body of ultimate enlightenment. The radiant splendour of their meditative experience and realization overflows from their mouths, expressing their profound enlightenment as vajra songs. The laughter of these songs of realization reverberates throughout space to nourish adepts’ faith and devotion; to strike with the riding crop of encouragement to turn away from attachment and to foster renunciation; to augment meditative experience; to instill firm confidence in realization’s wisdom; to please the spiritual heroes and dakinis; to lead others to freedom along the narrow passage through
obstacles and impediments; and to satisfy infinite numbers of humans and nonhuman beings with the unsurpassable gift of the Teachings.

Those who sing these songs must relinquish thoughts of themselves as ordinary persons and remain steadfast within contemplative practice.

-- Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye the Great, Timeless Rapture. Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters, compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul. Translated & introduced by Ngawang Zangpo, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 2003, pages 32 & 33.

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