Lama Yeshe; 1980 Kalifornija. ZDA
Paramitayana does not have the skillful means whereby you think, "I'm Buddha; I'm an emanation of the Buddha." You already know that there's no such thing. But with Tantrayana, "My body is a buddha body-as clean clear as crystal, and radiating light; my speech is mantra-whenever I open my mouth, good things manifest; my thought is wisdom." Somehow, you become transcendental; you bring the enlightenment experience into the now. That is the beauty of Tantrayana.
Tantrayana is the way to achieve the perfect body, speech and mind we need in order to help other people. The purpose of meditation is not to reach nirvana and then disappear. If that were the case, it would be better that you manifested as a flower. The purpose is to emanate in the beautiful, radiant, white light body of Chenrezig, as clean and as clear as crystal. That emanation can really help people. Sometimes Westerners worry, "I'm practicing meditation so much; perhaps eventually I'll disappear into nothingness. Then what can I do?" Better learn Tantrayana and instead of disappearing, emanate as Avalokiteshvara-transform the purity of your consciousness into the complete, pure body of Avalokiteshvara.
Perhaps I can put it together this way. Each of us does have a psychic, or conscious, body as well as a physical body. It is not this blood and bone body that we are radically transforming into Chenrezig. It's not that radically, my body becomes Chenrezig. But my consciousness, or psyche, can transform. Perhaps you can say that one aspect of my psyche is already Chenrezig.
For example, each day of our life we manifest differently. When we get angry, a wrathful manifestation comes out. Some-times we manifest as Chenrezig, loving kindness, and try to give all of our body, speech and mind to others. You can see; you become an entirely different person. We know this according to our own and each other's lives. Sometimes our dear friend becomes so good, like Chenrezig. And sometimes so wrathful that we get hurt and our heart breaks.
You can see this objectively, if you look at one person; we've all experienced it. We don't know what's happened to this person: "What happened to him?" What makes this change happen? For thirty years the person is one way and then all of a sudden, he's the opposite. We want to understand why it has happened but we don't understand. Of course, I don't understand either.
So, that is the beauty of the human being. Human beings have so many aspects, qualities-good and bad-and different manifestations. If you are sensitive, you can see them through the aura... Tantrayana has reasonable scientific explanations; it's not something imaginary. It relates to the circumstances of our life.
Contemplate on the clean clear energy of thought. This signifies shunyata: "This is my picture of shunyata." Why? First of all, your consciousness, or mind, is like a mirror. A mirror is a receptor for any object of form; whatever the color, a mirror receives it. It's the same with our consciousness; it's like a mirror; it can receive all kinds of objects of thought. All kinds of reflections appear in our minds-garbage reflections come; good reflections come. That is beauty; human beings are beautiful. Don't think that human beings are like wood. That's why we should respect human beings. Human beings have discriminating wisdom; they have that capacity. So contemplate on clarity-the clear light nature of mind and thought.
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