Bardo:
Seventh Day

Listen without distraction. On the seventh day a pure, many colored light will shine in your unconscious mind, and the vidyadharas will come from the Pure Realm of Space to invite you.

In the center of a mandala filled with rainbow light, he who is called the Unsurpassable Fully Developed Vidyadhara, Lotus Lord of Dance, will appear, his body bright with the five colors, embracing his consort the Red Dakini, dancing with a crescent knife and a skull full of blood, gesturing and gazing at the sky.

From the east of the mandala he who is called the Vidyadhara Established in the Stages will appear, white in color, with a radiant smiling face, embracing his cohort the White Dakini, dancing with a crescent knife and a skull full of blood, gesturing and gazing at the sky.

From the south of the mandala he who is called the Lord of Life Vidyadhara will appear, yellow in color, with beautiful form, embracing his consort the Yellow Dakini, dancing with a crescent knife and a skull full of blood, gesturing and gazing at the sky.

From the west of the mandala he who is called the Great Symbol Vidyadhara will appear, red in color, with a radiant smiling face, embracing his consort the Red Dakini, dancing with a crescent knife and a skull full of blood, gesturing and gazing at the sky.

From the north of the mandala he who is called the Spontaneously Arisen Vidyadhara will appear, green in color, his expression both angry and smiling, embracing his consort the Green Dakini, dancing with a crescent knife and a skull full of blood, gesturing and gazing at the sky.

Beyond those vidyadharas will appear countless crowds of dakinis: dakinis of the eight charnel-grounds, dakinis of the four families, dakinis of the three worlds, dakinis of the ten directions, dakinis of the twenty-four places of pilgrimage; male and female warriors and servants, and all the male and female protectors of dharma, wearing the six bone-ornaments, with drums, thigh-bone trumpets, skull-drums, banners made from the skins of youths, canopies made from human skin, ribbons of human skin and incense made from human flesh, with countless different kinds of musical instruments, filling all the regions of the universe so that they rock and tremble and shake, making all the instruments vibrate with music so as to split one's head, dancing various dances, they will come to invite those who have kept the samaya practice and to punish those who have let it degenerate.

In the realm of the unconscious, the pure innate wisdom, shining with the five colored lights like colored threads twisted together, flashing, vibrating, shimmering, luminous and clear, sharp and terrifying, will come from the hearts of the five vidyadhara lords and pierce your heart so that the eye cannot bear it. At the same time the soft green light of the animals will also shine together with the wisdom light. At that time, under the influence of confusion caused by unconscious tendencies, you will be afraid and escape from the five-colored light, but you will be attracted to the soft light of the animals. At that moment do not be afraid of the bright, sharp,five-colored light; do not fear it, but recognize it as wisdom.

From within the light all the spontaneous sounds of the dharma will come like the roar of a thousand thunder-claps. It rolls and thunders and resounds with warcries and the penetrating sound of wrathful mantras. Do not be afraid of it, do not escape, do not fear. Recognize it as the play of your mind, your own projection. Do not be attracted to the soft green light of the animals, do not yearn for it; if you are attracted to it you will fall into the animal realm of ignorance and experience the extreme suffering of stupidity, dumbness and slavery, from which there is no escape; so do not be attracted to it. Feel longing for the clear, bright light of the five colors, and concentrate one-pointedly on the blessed vidyadharas, the divine teachers, thinking, "These vidyadharas with the warriors and dakinis have come to invite me to the Pure Realm of Space. Please all give thought to sentient beings like me who have not gathered merit and have not been caught, although until today the light-rays of compassion of so many deities of the five families of buddhas past, present and future reached out. Alas for one like me! Now all you vidyadharas, do not let me go any lower than this, but grasp me with your hooks of compassion and pull me up quickly to the Pure Realm of Space."

With intense one-pointed concentration say this inspiration-prayer:

May the divine vidyadharas think of me
and with great love lead me on the path.
When through intense tendencies I wander in samsara,
on the luminous light-path of innate wisdom,
may vidyadharas and warriors go before me,
their consorts the dakinis behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the Pure Realm of Space.
(pp. 53-56).


colorrainbow - many colors
directioncenter
BuddhaVidyadhara
realmPure Realm of Space
wisdomconsciousness
poisonignorance
temptationsoft white light of the gods

Next, the vidyadharas begin to shine out from the throat centre which is the essence of the communication principle. The peaceful divinities are associated with the heart, and the wrathful divinities with the brain. Speech is the link of communication between the two, which is the vidyadharas. Vidyadhara means holder of knowledge or insight. They are not quite peaceful and not quits wrathful, but intermediary; they are impressive, overpowering, majestic. They represent the divine form of the tantric guru, possessing power over the magical aspects of the universe.

At the same time, the green light of the animal realm appears. symbolising ignorance which needs the teaching of the guru to enlighten it. (pp. 24-25)


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