segunda-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2012
This practice of the generosity of Dharma is extremely important because even if you buy the animals from the shops and places where they are to be killed and put them in a place where there is no danger to their lives, so what? They have no opportunity to listen to Dharma, to change their minds, and will again have to experience much negative karma. When they do eventually die, they will again be reborn as animals. Most will go back to the lower realms.
Of course, since you are prolonging the animals’ lives and as long as no enemies immediately attack them in the place where you liberate them, your actions have some benefit. But the best benefit comes from reciting mantras and teachings of the Buddha.
According to my own experience, it seems that frogs are able to hear—when you recite mantras they look at you. There are also stories of pigeons being able to hear. Therefore, animals that can hear benefit from the sound of the mantras and those that cannot hear are purified by having mantras blown, or blessed water poured, onto them. Thus, according to the various animals’ capacity, there are many different ways in which you can benefit them.
Reciting mantras and blowing on the animals
Recite the mantras and blow upon the bodies of the animals, or blow onto water, which you then pour onto the animals. If there is a big pile of shellfish (“conch animals”), pour the mantra-blessed water over them so that it touches them all. You can also put them in a big container and fill it with blessed water so that they are all touched by it. You can also recite the mantras onto sand or talcum powder and then sprinkle the sand or powder onto the animals. The main thing is to try to use something that does not give the animals harm.
You should be aware of the animals in the containers. For those that may be in a difficult situation where they cannot survive long, the best thing to do is, before going to the place where you are to liberate the animals, bless a vessel of water by visualizing the deity above the vessel with nectar-beams coming from the deity’s heart as you recite many mantras and blow on the water, which gives the water great power to purify all their negative karma and obscurations. Then visualize the deity absorbing into the water.
When you arrive at the place where you will liberate the animals, everybody should generate the motivation together, recite a few mantras, and pour the blessed water on the animals or sprinkle it on birds, and also blow on them if possible. Then, those animals that are having a difficult time should be quickly released. The other animals that are not in such a poor condition can remain longer, while you recite more mantras and prayers before liberating them. This is important. Otherwise, the weak ones may die before they can be freed. Be sure to make the containers as comfortable as possible so that the animals do not die in them.
Reciting teaching as prayers to leave imprints
Reciting teachings on shunyata, bodhicitta and tantra leaves imprints on the animals’ minds. As a result, it is definite that in future lives they will receive a human body, meet, listen to and reflect and meditate on the Dharma and actualize the path. If you recite the Buddha’s teachings to them such that they can hear, the animals will not only be able to put a complete end to their samsaric suffering but will definitely reach full enlightenment.
Reciting teachings and prayers has these incredible, infinite benefits for the animals. Knowing that you are saving them from the whole entire suffering of samsara and its cause, delusion and karma, brings you great inspiration and you can really enjoy benefiting them in this way.
There are many stories from the past. For example, Guru Shakyamuni Buddha once gave teachings to five hundred swans and in their next lives they all became monks and completely ended their samsara by attaining arhatship. A pigeon on Nagarjuna’s roof overheard him reciting teachings and in its next life was reborn a human who became a pandit monk and wrote four commentaries on the same teachings he had heard as a pigeon.
The results of the imprints of hearing teachings as given in these examples is so unbelievable that our minds cannot comprehend them; they are too hard for our ordinary minds to understand. However, the results of the imprints of hearing teachings will manifest sooner or later, therefore, it is unbelievably beneficial for you to recite Buddha’s teachings. Furthermore, if you recite the powerful mantras that purify the animals’ negative karma, you can prevent them from again being reborn in the lower realms.
If you recite the prostration prayer to Buddha Rinchen Tsugtorchen, “Chom-den-de de-zhin sheg-pa dra-jom-pa yang-dag-par dzog-pai sang-gye Rin-chen Tsug-tor-chen chag-tsal-lo,” humans or animals who hear it will not be reborn in the lower realms. This is the particular purpose of this buddha. If a person is dying and you have the freedom to recite this prayer without creating a lot of confusion in this person’s mind or among the surrounding people, you can recite it in the person’s ear.
Similarly, there are also mantras that purify negative karma and prevent rebirth in the lower realms. While reciting these powerful mantras, blow on the body of the dying person. If the mantra is short, recite it over and over and blow on the person’s body. If the mantra is long, recite it and blow onto some water or powder, which you then sprinkle on the person’s body. This purifies the person’s negative karma, preventing rebirth in the lower realms and giving the person a chance of rebirth in a pure realm.
Although this makes it sound easy to purify sentient beings and change their rebirth, these things work in dependence on the extent of your faith in them and through the power of the truth of the Buddha’s teachings, due to Buddha’s unbearable compassion for sentient beings. However, it doesn’t happen with everyone but only with those who have the right karma. You can see the difference; at the time of death, not everybody has the karma for it to happen like this. Not all dying animals or people are able to meet great yogis, unbelievable bodhisattvas or high lamas. Only some beings have the karma to meet pure practitioners who can save them from the lower realms. But if you have the karma, by meeting such a practitioner, your consciousness can immediately be transferred to a pure realm, even if you are already dead.
Some people who have cancer and AIDS have completely recovered by liberating animals. Since cancer shortens your life, you need to create the cause for a long life. Causing others to have a long life by saving them from certain death is such a cause. This is why cancer and AIDS patients have recovered by liberating animals.
Purifying negative karma by reciting mantras is like taking antibiotics to destroy bacteria. Liberating animals is like building up your health by following a certain diet. In other words, reciting mantras purifies the various harms and diseases and liberating animals prolongs your life.
Also, these days it is especially important to dedicate for people who are ill, as there are so many who are dying of cancer and AIDS—diseases for which there is no cure. Even surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are limited in their ability to help, and often the disease recurs again and again. Therefore, it is very important to dedicate your merit to the long life of others, especially since many of them have not met the Dharma and have no knowledge of these methods. If voluntarily you dedicate for them, they will receive great benefit.
The Namgyalma Mantra
Namgyalma is a deity for long life and purification. Her mantra has infinite benefits. It is said to be so powerful that anybody who hears it will never again be born from the womb. Therefore, if animals hear it, they will never again be reborn in the lower realms.
There is a story from the time Guru Shakyamuni Buddha was on earth concerning a deva called Paripu Denpa. Due to karma, when devas start experiencing the signs of death, they spontaneously remember their previous lives and see their future lives; they perceive that they are about to be reborn in the lower realms and so forth. Since their realm has unbelievable enjoyments thousands of times better than those of the richest country on earth, when they realize that they are about to leave a life of such pleasure and be reborn where there is incredible suffering, their minds suffer greatly.
Thus, as he was dying, the deva Denpa saw that he was about to be reborn as six types of animal—dog, monkey and so forth. Very worried, he asked King Indra what to do. King Indra suggested that he see the Buddha, which he did. Buddha manifested as the deity Namgyalma and gave him the mantra. Denpa recited it six times daily and in seven days completely changed his karma so that he did not have to be reborn as those six types of animal. The Namgyalma mantra is unbelievably powerful for purification. I have translated its benefits and explained how to recite it for people who have cancer and other diseases.
The kind, compassionate Guru Shakyamuni Buddha taught the benefits of reciting the Namgyalma mantra to the Four Guardian Kings. Even if you are in danger of dying because the karma that determines your life-span is running out, if you wash your body, wear clean clothes and, abiding in the eight precepts, recite the Namgyalma mantra one thousand times, you can increase your life-span, purify your obscurations and free yourself from disease.
If you recite the Namgyalma mantra into the ear of an animal, you ensure that this is its last animal rebirth. If somebody suffering from a heavy disease that doctors cannot diagnose does the practice Lord Buddha taught to the deva Denpa, he or she will be liberated from that disease, bring to an end all future rebirths in the lower realms, and after death be reborn in a blissful pure land. For humans, the present life will be their last rebirth from the womb.
If you recite this mantra twenty-one times, blow upon mustard seeds and throw them onto the bones of even extremely evil beings who have created many heavy negative karmas, those beings will immediately be liberated from the lower realms and be reborn in a higher realm, such as that of a deva. Throwing seeds blessed by the Namgyalma mantra onto the bones or body of a dead being purifies that being’s consciousness, and even though that being may have been reborn in hell or any other lower realm, that being can be reborn in a deva realm.
If you put this mantra in a stupa or on a banner inside your house or above the roof, whoever is touched by even the shadow of that stupa or banner will not be reborn in the lower realms. Also, any being touched by a breeze that has first touched a stupa, banner or statue containing this mantra is purified of the karma to be reborn in the lower realms. What need is there to mention, therefore, how great the purification experienced by those who recite this mantra or keep it on their body.
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE SARVA TRAILOKYA PRATIVISHISHTAYA BUDDHAYA TE NAMA TA YA THA OM BHRUM BHRUM BHRUM SHODHAYA SHODHAYA VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA ASAMA SAMANTA AVABHA SPHARANA GATI GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE ABHISHINTSANTU MAM SARVA TATHAGATA SUGATA VARA VACANA AMRITA ABHISHEKERA MAHAMUDRA MANTRA PADAIH AHARA AHARA MAMA AYUS SANDHARANI SHODHAYA SHODHAYA VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE USNISHA VIJAYA PARISHUDDHE SAHASRA RASMI SANYTSODITE SARVA TATHAGATA AVALOKINI SAT PARAMITA PARIPURANI SARVA TATHAGATA MATE DASHA BHUMI PRATISHTHITE SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE MUDRE MUDRE MAHA MUDRE VAJRA KAYA SAMHATANA PARISHUDDHE SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHUDDHE PRATINI VARTAYA MAMA AYUR VISHUDDHE SARVA TATHAGATA SAMAYA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI VIMUNI VIMUNI MAHA VIMUNI MATI MATI MAHA MATI MAMATI SUMATI TATHATA BHUTAKOTI PARISHUDDHE VISPHUTA BUDDHI SHUDDHE HE HE JAYA JAYA VIJAYA VIJAYA SMARA SMARA SPHARA SPHARA SPHARAYA SPHARAYA SARVA BUDDHA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE SHUDDHE SHUDDHE BUDDHE BUDDHE VAJRE VAJRE MAHA VAJRE SUVAJRE VAJRA GARBHE JAYA GARBHE VIJAYA GARBHE VAJRA DZOLA GARBHE VAJRODBHAVE VAJRA SAMBHAVE VAJRE VAJRINI VAJRAM BHAVATU MAMA SHARIRAM SARVA SATTVANANYTSA KAYA PARISHUDDHIR BHAVATU ME SADA SARVA GATI PARISHUDDHISHTSA SARVA TATHAGATASHTSA MAM SAMASVASAYANTU BUDDHYA BUDDHYA SIDDHYA SIDDHYA BODHAYA BODHAYA VIBODHAYA VIBODHAYA MOTSAYA MOTSAYA VIMOTSAYA VIMOTSAYA SHODHAYA SHODHAYA VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA SAMANTENA MOTSAYA MOTSAYA SAMANTA RASMI PARISHUDDHE SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE MUDRE MUDRE MAHA MUDRE MAHAMUDRA MANTRA PADAIH SOHA
Short mantra: OM DHRUM SOHA OM AMRITA AYUR DADE SOHA
The Wish-Granting Wheel Mantras
This mantra also has unbelievable benefits. If you recite it seven times each day you will be reborn in the pure realms. If you recite this mantra and blow upon clothing, it purifies yourself and any other sentient being who touches it. If you recite it, blow on the incense and then burn it the smoke purifies other sentient beings. If you put this mantra above doorways, people who pass beneath it are purified and not reborn in the lower realms. In Tibet, paper with this mantra written on it was touched to dead people’s bodies, purifying their karma and preventing rebirth in the lower realms.
Recalling this mantra just once has the power to purify even the five uninterrupted negative karmas. It prevents rebirth in Avici, the heaviest of all the hells; for many eons you will not have to be reborn in this state of unbearable suffering. You eradicate all obscurations and negative karma and are never again reborn in the lower realms. It enables you to remember past lives and see future lives. If you recite this mantra seven times each day you accumulate unbelievable merit equivalent to that of making offerings to buddhas equal in number to the grains of sand in the River Ganges. In your next life you will be reborn in a pure realm and will be able to achieve hundreds of concentrations.
If you recite this mantra, blow upon sand and throw that sand onto a dead body, even if the dead person had broken vows and was reborn in a lower realm, you can change the person’s life and he or she will be reborn in a higher realm. If you recite this mantra and blow upon perfume or incense, whoever smells that perfume or incense will be purified of negative karma and cured of even contagious disease. It helps you achieve the complete qualities of a buddha.
OM PADMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHET
The Milarepa mantra has the same benefits as the others. By reciting it every day you will be born in the pure land of Milarepa and be able to see Milarepa, as he promised. This great yogi attained enlightenment in one lifetime. If you recite his mantra and blow onto the bones or flesh of beings who have been reborn in the lower realms, they will be purified of all negative karma and be able to receive higher rebirth in a pure land.
OM AH GURU HASA VAJRA SARVA SIDDHI PALA HUM
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