The Guru is no other than your own pure wisdom aspect of mind, which is awakened through devotion. When your Wisdom Mind is awakened, all phenomena is recognized as the display of your own awareness. Recalling Guru Rinpoche’s presence can open up your heart revealing your true nature and Guru Rinpoche’s as exactly the same. The only difference is that he has completely manifested his enlightened qualities.
While doing Guru Yoga practice, visualize yourself as the Wisdom Dakini, Vajrayogini. (The commentary continues with descriptions of the visualization, which has been omitted here, please refer to the commentary.) Inseparable from each other, Vajrayogini symbolizes wisdom and Guru Rinpoche symbolizes skillful means.
We visualize ourselves as Vajrayogini for three reasons. First, this solid and gross corporeal body is an impure vessel for receiving empowerments and blessings. Through visualization, we are creating a pure container free of obscurations, necessary for receiving the Guru’s mind transmission. Secondly, we visualize ourselves as Vajrayogini in order to gain the realization of expanding emptiness and great bliss as inseparable from realized wisdom. Thirdly is the auspicious magnetizing and interdependent connection between male and female. Feminine wisdom energy magnetizes Guru Rinpoche’s display of skillful means through his blessings and empowerments. This transcends dualistic concepts such male and female because there actually is no separation between skillful means represented y the masculine and wisdom represented by the feminine.
Your faith magnetizes the blessings of Guru Rinpoche’s pure wisdom and compassion toward you. It is the opening and softening of the heart. Without faith, your heart can be closed and hard like stone. If your mind is open and devotional, you can receive the Guru’s blessings like rain falling onto the soft ground. Rain never chooses where it will fall, yet wherever it touches receptive ground, it is absorbed. However, not even one drop will penetrate stone. Everything grows from the earth, but nothing grows from rock. The same is true of out mind. Qualities grow from a mind that is soft like the earth, but will never grow from a mind that is hard and impenetrable like stone. With devotion, Guru Rinpoche’s blessings will dissolve directly into your heart, like the rain into the earth. All qualities of wisdom will grow from this mixing of the Guru’s mind with your own mind.
To be continued ~~~> July 1st.
There is no way to realize the true nature of mind through analyzing or intellectualizing. This is the same as trying to get butter by results churning water. The realization of ultimate truth is not intellectual, nor is it related to dualistic mind. By practicing Guru Yoga purely, without doubt, recognition of your Wisdom Mind will dawn. First, see the Guru as a Buddha and then feel the energy of Wisdom Mind. Second, see the Guru as Buddha, the feeling begins to grow. Then through the power of the Guru’s blessings, you too become a Buddha.
Have pure faith, devotion and confidence in this as a practice. This means, genuinely feeling the Guru’s inconceivable qualities of kindness and wisdom. Direct instructions from the Guru can reveal your own Buddha nature which has been obscured in samsara for countless lifetimes. Open your heart and trust in this. Thinking of the Guru’s qualities, how amazing and extraordinarily fortunate you are to have met a teacher like this, you may feel the hair on your body stand up or you may cry without control. Experiences will arise and suddenly your mind will change to pure Awareness. All normal phenomena will cease. Mediation experiences will arise effortlessly and spontaneously. When practicing, do not mouth the words mindlessly or without feeling, but generate devotion, the heart essence of Guru Yoga.