Second Encounter

The Prajnaparamita Sutra, or the"perfection of wisdom"encompass and represent the wisdom that all enlightened beings must attain, and subsequently both Goddess and text are seen as the progenitors of Buddhas. The great paradox of Buddhism is that no Buddha has ever come into existence to enlighten the world with Buddhist teachings. Prajnaparamita is the paradigmatic enlightened goddess in Buddhism. Who else other than Her is giving evidence of and bearing witness to Buddha in the Thousand-petal Lotus?


Shri Buddha's Bhumisparsha mudra ('touching the earth' or
'earth witness'). This mudra is formed with all five fingers of
right hand touching the ground. It symbolizes Shri Buddha's
enlightenment under the bodhi tree when he summoned
the earth goddess to bear witness to his attainment of
enlightenment. (According to Kash Mother Earth is alive,
a fact realized on the very first day of Sahaja Yoga.)

A few weeks later Kash again desired to see Shri Buddha and went into Nirvana. The Divine Kundalini took him through the chakras of the Sushumna Nadi into the Thousand-Petalled Lotus, the Pure Land that Shri Buddha knew existed within humans.

Bursting through the Celestial Cloud he floated slowly down into his spiritual body that was meditating beside the Great Adi Shakti. The Lamplike Illuminate shone ever so brilliantly as Shri Dara-hasojjvalan-
mukhi
Devi sat on the Timeless Throne in Bliss and Joy.

Kash bowed to Her and with hands folded in reverence, extended greetings. The Mother of all Buddhas bowed back.

Kash then conveyed to Shri Bhakta-Manasa-Hamsika Devi his desire, i.e., to see Shri Buddha again.

The Great Primordial Spirit got down from Her Throne, levitated him, and they began to move. The blue clouds below their feet turned into a blur of black as they instantly gathered superwarp speed. Soon they were zooming across vast empty space and within seconds reached the Pure Land of Sukhavati Ananda.

Shri Mataji and Kash walked to the Enlightened One, bowed to Him and exchanged greetings.

They both sat down in front of Shri Sakyamuni, who was invisible to Kash, but not to the Great Ancient Mother.

Again Kash experienced the same strong vibrations flowing from the Buddha, but this time he managed to absorb them better.

Shri Mataji suggested meditation. They raised their Kundalinis and did the seven bandhans. The state of Nothingness was instantly achieved.

When the meditation was over Kash bowed down again to the Supreme Tathagata and thanked Him. The Awakened One bowed back in return.

Kash then left with The Mother Goddess Tara to the Land of Eternal Light

Dara-hasojjvalan-mukhi (602nd): Ecstatic with a smiling face, as a sign of Her inner Bliss.
Bhakta-Manasa-Hamsika (372nd): The Female Swan that dwells in the Lake of the devotees' minds, otherwise known as Manas-Sarovar. She loves to be in the minds of Her devotees — Hamsa is a symbol of Sri-Lalita as the life-breath or Prana. Siva and Shakti — the twin aspects of the reality are compared to a pair of swans that sport the minds of the devotees. (Cf. Bhaje-Hamsa-Dvandvam — I adore the pair of swans. Sau-Lah-38.)

Note: Sages have for millenniums extolled: "When Kundalini sleeps man is awake to the world. He has objective consciousness. When Kundalini awakes and ascends to Sahasrara then the person gains divine consciousness and total awareness of the world and becomes one with the universe. In Samadhi the body is maintained by the nectar which flows from the union of Shiva and Shakti with Sahasrara."[1]

The great sage Swami Vivekananda noted that wherever there was"Any manifestation of what is ordinarily called supernatural power or wisdom, a little current of kundalini must have found its way into the sushumna...what thus man ignorantly worships under various names... the yogi declares to the world to be the real power coiled up in every being, The Mother of eternal happiness if we but know how to approach her.

Note: Tara is regarded as"The Buddhist form of The Mother Goddess, an idea that stems from Brahmic Indian traditions. The Mother Goddess represents the feminine archetype and is credited with saving believers from danger. Tara has much in common with European goddesses except for the fact that her appearance is distinctly Indian.

Tara is also understood as a Tantric Deity. It is believed that Tara represents the potential of all Buddhist Tantrics, and that by learning to identify with her, believers can reach perfection (referred to as Tarahood). Although all Tantric deities are said to share similar powers, each one tends to specialize in a particular area. Tara's field of specialty is to be the goddess of action.

A variety of practices are undertaken to display devotion to Tara. These include reciting praises of the goddess, while visualizing her image at the same time. In response to this praise Tara is said to stream light and love from her heart to fill the believer's body, purifying them of their faults and relieving them of their problems....

The Buddhist Goddess Tara has played an important role in both Tibetan and Indian Buddhism. Her magical powers and enlightened state of being gain continued recognition in Buddhist cultures today."[2]

Note: Humans may be skeptical about the Great Adi Shakti covering enormous distances in a matter of seconds but the infinite universe has many miracles.

"Forty years ago physicists were convinced that they had discovered the smallest particle in the atom. Today they know that there is a subatomic world which is tinier than the atomic nucleus and contains much more energy than anything that we can so far conceive of as 'nascent energy.'

The concept of time breaks down in this miraculous world. Physicists no longer know where or how they should classify the electron, that building stone and atomic envelope. With mathematically proven particles which travel faster than light — say, the tachyons, tradyons and luxyons calculated by Gerald Feinberg — all concepts of time collapse definitely. They behave in exactly the opposite way to our 'normal' elementary particles.

Instead of exhibiting infinite mass and with infinite energy when they reach the speed of light — as Einstein reckoned they would — these particles lose mass and energy the faster they travel. What is really inconceivable is that the speed of light is the lowest limit of their velocity — above it they can reach a trillion fold the speed of light."

Erich Von Daniken, Miracle of the Gods,
Dell Pubs., Inc., 1975, p. 163.

Note: On March 10, 2003 Kash's 13-year-old brother Arwinder was teased by his father. The reason was both brothers had shaved their heads bald the previous Sunday. The father jokingly asked Arwinder," How's the Buddha?"He replied with a laugh that He is alright.

Sensing that he was serious his father continued since Kash always maintained that a few Divine Beings, including Shri Buddha, were invisible. Arwinder was indicating that he had seen the Buddha, that is the Enlightened One had a spirit body.

Father: "Have you met the Buddha?"

Arwinder: "Yes."

Father: "Have you seen the Buddha because to Kash He was invisible?"

Arwinder: "Yes."

Father: "How do you know He is the Buddha?"

Arwinder: "Because the people there told me."

What Arwinder meant was that the Divine Beings meditating before the Adi Shakti had introduced the Enlightened One to him. In other words Arwinder met the Buddha on numerous occasions since 1995 till 2006. His father did not ask for a description of Buddha as there is no desire to cross-examine experiences that are now beyond any doubt or dispute.

Note: On February 15, 2007 at around 7.00 p.m. Arwinder was asked some questions regarding Shri Buddha. His father had just updated some information on the webpage and decided to ask about Shri Buddha, a chance that he forgo in 2003 due to the overwhelming, irrefutable evidence given by Kash, Arwinder and Lalita since 1993. After more than a decade there was just no desire to ask further information.

However, since last year Arwinder and Lalita have been unable to enter their Sahasraras any more. So his father just wanted to know if Arwinder could recall from his experiences, which both Kash and Lalita find very difficult now. He was asked what Shri Buddha's physical features were like.

Arwinder: "I think He is bald ...... a bit big."

Father: "What you mean by"big"?"

Arwinder: "He is big-sized."

Father: "Anything else you remember?"

Arwinder: "He carry some symbols but I don't know what they look like exactly."

Father: "What do you mean by"symbols"?"

Arwinder: "You know how Shri Mataji has this sign you put on the coconut?"

Father: "Swastika."

Arwinder: "He has not like that but is some other kind."

Father: "You mean Shri Mataji always has this symbol (swastika)? Where is this symbol?"

Arwinder: "Most of the time it is on Her hand."

Father: "What else you remember about Shri Buddha?"

Arwinder: "I don't remember anything else."

Father: "You mean it is difficult to recollect now?"

Arwinder: "Well, some things yes."

Father: "Was He short, tall or average height?"

Arwinder: "I don't know."

Father: "So by"big-sized"you mean fat or what?"

Arwinder (laughing): "Yeah, a bit fat." (Arwinder used the term"big sized"out of respect.)

Father: "Have you talked with Him?"

Arwinder: "I think so but I don't remember what we talked about."

Father: "Thank you."

(Arwinder will be turning 17 next week and is an excellent student. Yet the Sahaja Yoga organization wants all SYs to believe he is possessed and demonic. When told what other SYs think of him Arwinder, absolutely assured by years of daily encounters with Shri Prajnaparamita since turning five, just smiled.)



Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

"Something has gone wrong somewhere in every human enterprise, even in religions. That's why we find this kind of a farce going on.

And what has gone wrong is that we have to seek the Eternal. Maybe it might look a bit different. For example Buddha and Mahavira did not talk of God at all. I also did not talk about the God for four years. As soon as you talk about God people start jumping that when can we become God. So first you become the Self, the first step.

They said first you become the Self. Unless and until you have eyes, how can you see the colors? It is for your benevolence that you better get what you deserve, what is your own is your birthright as a human being, that is, to become the spirit. That is what Sahaja Yoga is. Sah means with, ja means born. Born with you is the right to get this Yoga — the union with the Divine. It is your birth right as a human being. You are the epitome of evolution.

And it has to work out, but please open your hearts and open your minds, and then see for yourself. I know it will work. But by thinking about it you cannot conceptualize. This is the biggest problem of our seeking, that we run after some sort of concept."

Shri Dvija-Vrnda-nisevita Devi
First, Know Thy Self, London, U.K. — August 1, 1989

Dvija-Vrnda-nisevita (423rd): Propitiated by the twice-born.



Painting of the first sermon depicted at Wat Chedi Liem in Thailand.
Painting of the first sermon
depicted at Wat Chedi Liem in
Thailand.

"The Great Enlightenment

After asceticism and concentrating on meditation or Anapana-sati (awareness of breathing in and out), Gautama is said to have discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way—a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. He accepted a little milk rice pudding from a village girl named Sujata. Then, sitting under a pipal tree, now known as the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, he vowed never to arise until he had found the Truth. Kaundinya and the other five companions, believing that he had abandoned his search and become indisciplined, left. At the age of 35, he attained Enlightenment; according to some traditions, this occurred approximately in May, and according to others in December. Gautama, from then on, was known as the Buddha or"Awakened One." Oftentimes, he is referred to in Buddhism as Shakyamuni Buddha or"The Awakened One of the Shakya Clan."

At this point, he is believed to have stated that he had realized complete awakening and insight into the nature and cause of human suffering which was ignorance, along with steps necessary to eliminate it. These truths were then categorized into the Four Noble Truths; the state of supreme liberation—possible for any being—was called Nirvana. He then came to possess the Nine Characteristics, which are said to belong to every Buddha.

According to one of the stories in the Ayacana Sutta (Samyutta Nikaya VI.1), a scripture found in the Pali and other canons, immediately after his Enlightenment, the Buddha was wondering whether or not he should teach the Dharma to human beings. He was concerned that, as human beings were overpowered by greed, hatred and delusion, they would not be able to see the true dharma, which was subtle, deep and hard to understand. However, a divine spirit, Brahma Sahampati, interceded and asked that he teach the dharma to the world, as"There will be those who will understand the Dharma." With his great compassion to all beings in the universe, the Buddha agreed to become a teacher."

Wikipedia




Prajnaparamita
Prajnaparamita

Prajnaparamita

"Prajnaparamita, the goddess depicted in the center of this ca. 17th century folk tradition thangka,is the paradigmatic goddess from whom virtually all other Buddhist goddesses arise. She is the ultimate Buddha Matri, or"Mother of Buddhas," making her an enlightened being as well, and thus, a female Buddha. Prajnaparamita is identified in this painting by the small delicate linear gold painted rendering of a book resting on the lotus in her left hand. This book is the goddess' namesake text, the Prajnaparamita Sutra, or the"perfection of wisdom. She, and the text, encompass and represent the wisdom that all enlightened beings must attain, and subsequently both are seen as the progenitors of Buddhas.

The central goddess is depicted with four arms and is seated in lotus position on a lion throne. In her left hand she holds a lotus, on which rests the book described above. Her right hand also holds a lotus that supports a vertically balanced vajra. Her primary hands are held in front of her torso and make the gesture of teaching, dharmachakra mudra. This combination of iconography is known in other painted examples and its combined meaning is clear. The vajra symbolizes adamantine compassion and the realization of bliss which, when combined with the book, representing the perfection of wisdom, creates full enlightenment. The goddess' primary hands held in dharmachakra mudra refer to the teaching capacity of the goddess, and subsequently, the purpose of the specific teaching which she personifies."

kaladarshan.arts.ohio-state.edu




"The Goddess of Transcendental Wisdom is seated in lotus position on a round lotus cushion that has been placed upon a rectangular base. She raises her hands in front of her chest in the gesture symbolizing the Turning of the Wheel of the Law associated with the highest figures of the Buddhist pantheon. From the lotus cushion rises a stalk that winds itself around the left arm of the goddess and ends in a lotus flower. On top of this lotus flower rests a palm-leaf manuscript of the Sutra of Transcendental Wisdom, or Prajnaparamita-sutra, the traditional attribute of the goddess and the repository of the wisdom, which she personifies.

www.pbs.org/ringsofpassion/




Some Hindu traditions regard Buddha (bottom right) as one of the 10 avatars of Vishnu
Some Hindu traditions regard Buddha
(bottom right) as one of the 10 avatars of
Vishnu

"Hinduism

Some Hindu traditions regard Buddha (bottom right) as one of the 10 avatars of Vishnu

Buddhism is a dharmic religion. The systems of Buddhism and Hinduism, some say, must not be considered to be either contradictory to one another or completely self contained. Coomaraswamy wrote:

"The more superficially one studies Buddhism, the more it seems to differ from Brahmanism in which it originated; the more profound our study, the more difficult it becomes to distinguish Buddhism from Brahmanism, or to say in what respects, if any, Buddhism is really unorthodox."[9]

Buddhist scholar Rahula Vipola wrote that the Buddha was trying to shed the true meaning of the Vedas. Buddha is said to be a knower of the Veda (vedaj—a) or of the Vedanta (vedantaj—a) (Sa.myutta, i. 168) and (Sutta Nipata, 463). Hinduism and Buddhism share many common features including Sanskrit, yoga, karma and dharma.

Taoism, Confucianism and Shintoism

The arrival of Buddhism caused Taoism to renew and restructure itself and address existential questions raised by Buddhism. Buddhism was seen as a kind of foreign Taoism and its scriptures were translated into Chinese with Taoist vocabulary. Chan (Seon, Thien, or Zen) Buddhism in particular holds many beliefs in common with philosophical Taoism. Some early Chinese Taoist-Buddhists thought Buddha to be a reincarnation of Lao Tzu born in the land of barbarians. [10]

Buddhism shares many commonalities with Neo-Confucianism , which is Confucianism with more religious elements. In fact, the ritual of ancestor worship normally practiced by Confucianists, has been adapted to Chinese Buddhist beliefs."

Wikipedia

[9] Ellora Concept and Style by Carmel Berkson
[10] The Cambridge History of China, Vol.1, (The Ch'in and Han Empires, 221 BCE- 220 CE) ISBN 0-521-24327-0 hardback


Notes
1. Divine Mother Worship (www.parashakthi-temple.com)
2. www.buddhistminds.healthekids.net/




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