„OM VAJRA HERUKA SAMAYA MANUPALAYA
DRIDHO ME BHAVA
SUTOSHYO ME BHAVA
SUPOSHYO ME BHAVA
ANURAKTO ME BHAVA
SARVA SIDDHIM ME PRAYACCHA
SARVA KARMA SU CHAME
CHITTAM SHRIYAM KURU HUM
HA HA HA HA HO
VAJRA HERUKA MAME MUNCHA
MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA AH HUM PHAT.”
Vajra Heruka Mantra translation in English:
„O great being, whose holy mind is in the indestructible nature of all the Buddhas, having destroyed every obscuration, attained all realizations, and passed beyond all suffering. You who have attained the realization of things just as they are, do not forsake me. Please bring me closer to your vajra holy mind and grant me the ability to realize the ultimate nature of phenomena. Please help me to realize great bliss. Lead me to your state and grant me all powerful attainments. Please bestow upon me all virtuous actions and glorious qualities.”
The one hundred syllable Vajra Heruka mantra comes from the Abhidhana-uttaratantra, a commentary tantra on Cakrasamvara.
Heruka, is the name of a category of wrathful deities, enlightened beings in Vajrayana Buddhism that adopt a fierce countenance to benefit sentient beings. In East Asia, these are called Wisdom Kings. The term, it can also be used to denote a realized tantric practitioner.
The name „Heruka” is made up of the prefix „he-” meaning „hey!” and „ruka”, a rich term implying many levels of subtle meaning – royalty, richness, etc. It is connected to the Sanskrit word „Rc” which is where the name „Rgveda” comes from.
Herukas represent the embodiment of indivisible emptiness and bliss. They appear as meditational deities for tantric sadhana, frequently placed in a mandala and often appearing in Yab-Yum.
The 8 Herukas of the Nyingma tradition are said to have been received by Padmakara from the Eight Vidyadharas: Nagarjuna, Manjushrimitra, Vimalamitra, Vajrahumkara, Dhanasamskrita, Prabhahasti, Guhyachandra, and Shintamgarbha.
They were proficient in the practices of:
- Yamantaka is the wrathful Manjushri, the deity of body.
- Hayagriva is the wrathful Amitabha, the deity of speech.
- Vishuddha/Sri Samyak is the wrathful Vajrapani deity of mind.
- Vajramrita is the wrathful Samantabhadra, the deity of enlightened qualities.
- Vajrakilaya/Vajrakumara is the wrathful Vajrasattva, the deity of purification.
- Matarah is the wrathful Akasagarbha, the deity of calling and dispatching.
- Lokastotrapuja-natha is the wrathful Ksitigarbha, the deity of worldly offering and praise.
- Vajramantrabhiru is the wrathful Maitreya, the deity of wrathful mantras.
“The crucial point is indeed that those who have meditated on the formal description of these Herukakaya, and also made offerings and praise to them, or, at the very least, have simply seen their sculpted and painted images, may recognize the forms that arise here and attain moksha.” – Padmasambhava’s quote.
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