Music? Lady Hear Me Tonight by Modjo and Protection by Massive Attack.
Written and compiled by Adele Tomlin, 31st October 2022.
NIGUMA’S MANTRA CHANTED BY 2ND KALU RINPOCHE
First, Kalu Rinpoche chanted the long-life mantra, then explained that:
“When I gave the empowerment, I was thinking about Niguma herself, with her clothes and her radiance, and translucence, visualising her like that. Then that melody came into my heart and my mind, and I started chanting. Then, I started telling other people to follow my rhythm and melody and so on. That was seven to eight years ago.”
oṁ āḥ guru ḍākinīye niguma āyujñānasiddhi me prayaccha |
The meaning of this mantra is:
Om Ah Guru Dakini Niguma, please bestow on me (ME PRAYACCHA) the accomplishments (SIDDHI) of Long-Life (ĀYU) and Primordial Awareness (JÑĀNA)!
A Shangpa Kagyu practitioner (who is an admirer and supporter of my work and website) informed me that the mantra for Sukhasiddhi is the same, with Sukhasiddhi replacing Niguma in the mantra.
SIX-ARMED MAHĀKĀLA MANTRA
Then, Rinpoche chanted the mantra of the six-arm Mahākāla and Vajrayogini combined. The Shangpa Kagyu’s main Dharma protector is the white six-armed Mahākāla, considered to be an emanation of Avalokiteshvara (more on that in a future post) but I have not heard or read of it combined with Vajrayogini before.
However, the mantra includes the seed syllables HA RI NI SA, which are the seed syllables of Vajrayogini as practiced in the Karma Kagyu tradition.
ॐ आः गुरु आकिन्ये निगुमा आयुज्ञानसिद्धि मे प्रयच्छ |
oṁ vajranara kriṁ kriṁ hūṁ hūṁ phaṭ phaṭ |
This mantra does not seem to have any specific meaning. VAJRANARA means Vajra-man and uses the seed syllable KRIṂ KRIṂ to invoke the energy of protection/cutting away negative influences.
ॐ वज्रमहाकाल क्षिं क्षे ह्र विघ्न विनायक हुं हुं फट् फट् |
oṁ vajramahākāla kṣiṁ kṣe hra vighnān vināyaka hūṁ hūṁ phaṭ phaṭ |
(vighnān > emendation for vighnan in the text)
This mantra is not easy to translate but VIGANĀN VINĀYAKA here seems to mean ‘remover of obstacles’. So it is:
Om vajra Mahakala KṢIṀ KṢÉ HRA (seed syllables), remover of obstacles, HŪṀ HŪṀ PHAṬ PHAṬ!
गुरु महाकाल हरिनिष सिद्धि जः आयुः पुण्ये धर्मपुष्टिं गुरु स्वाहा |
guru mahākāla harinisa siddhi jaḥ āyuḥ puṇye dharmapuṣṭiṁ guru svāhā |
Guru Mahakala HA RI NI SA JAḤ, may long-life (ĀYUḤ), merit (PUNYÉ) and Dharma be abundant (PUṢTIṀ), may it be so (SVĀHĀ)!
There is also a musical rendition of this mantra here, in a more Indian style.
GURU YOGA MANTRA IN SHANGPA KAGYU
The final mantra transmitted was a Guru Yoga mantra, referring to the ‘father’ lama.
ཕ་བླ་མ། ཕ་བླ་མ། ཕ་བླ་མ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།
pha lama/ pha lama/ pha lama khyenno/
Father lama, father lama, think of us!
drinchen tsawe lama khye la solwa debso/
Kind, root lama, to you we supplicate!
On that note of devotion, I conclude this short post. May the kind root lama think of us and may we never forget them until the full awakening!
Kalu Rinpoche FB Livestream – 23 October 2022 (33′ 50”)
How to appropriately chant mantra by 2nd Kalu Rinpoche (FB LIvestream, 10 October 2021)
THE YOGA OF LADY NIGUMA AS COMPILED BY JETSUN TARANATHA AND PRESENTED BY 2ND KALU RINPOCHE: Niguma Yoga presentations in Bhutan and India by 2nd Kalu Rinpoche; and textual and historical background by Adele Tomlin (October 2022)
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In the Lha Shi practice there is both Chadrukpa (Black) and Vajrayogini. Also the Mantra for Sukhasiddhi is the Same but with the Niguma replaced by Sukhasiddhi…
Sending you White Mahakala and Lha Shi Practices..
Many thanks! Will write something on White Mahakala soon 🙂
I am enjoying our exchanges.