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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Shortcut to salvation

PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

Do you want to get freedom from the cycle of life the fast track way? Perhaps, you would say yes.  Like you, reportedly five lakh people gathered at the Mecca of Buddhists, Bodh Gaya, in Bihar last fortnight to attend the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra. There were thousands of them from China, the US, Europe and several other countries.

American actor Richard Gere, who once called himself the Amitabh Bachchan of the US, too was there. Always there whenever and wherever the Dalai Lama has a function, Gere calls the Buddhist spiritual leader a great “wish fulfiller” because he fills you with satisfaction, contentment and happiness.  In his words, “the Dalai Lama is a Guru who understands and has internalised the words of the Buddha.”

What is Kalachakra? It is the way to the cycles of our breath and the practice of controlling the most subtle energies within one’s body, thus paving the way for the path to enlightenment.  What actually happens is that the Guru trains his disciples’ psycho-physical continuum with his initiation, and the disciples have to meditate on the path that consists of the generation and completion process. The result is that the disciple/yogi actualises his ultimate aim – having the Buddha body—that is the divine image of emptiness.
Kala in Sanskrit means time and chakra is wheel. It means time cycle. That shows the concept is based on the importance of time and cycles of life. Time is everything in one’s life and cycle or wheel represents beginningless and endless of life.

Perhaps one gets a better understanding of Kalachakra from this prayer  of the sixth Panchen Lama, in his ‘Prayer of the Kalachakra Path’: “May I be inspired to accomplish the meditations of the supreme Yoga of the profound tantric path of Kalachakra/ the king of tantric traditions/ and thus purify and dissolve all the physical materiality/ giving rise to the dance of the empty body/ in union with the great unchanging bliss/ that in turn induces the highest enlightenment/ the state of primordial Buddha Kalachakra.
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