BECOMING THE DEITY

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The yidam deity is ostensibly the term attributed to a tantric deity upon whom one focuses with the objective of evolving oneself to that of enlightenment.

​Yidam Vajradhara

With today’s understanding of mind-matter interface, Buddhism’s Vajrayana path was ahead of the curve. Though the deeper subtleties are pretty lost on people who use modern manifestation techniques to acquire egoistic wants, a sincere desire to attain the highest version of one’s self during our time upon mother earth is the perfect starting point. Bringing the heart-filled full-bodied feelings of future attainment into the present moment is what both of these techniques have in common.

We know that nothing intrinsically exists thanks to quantum physics, again something that the wisdom teachers of old knew all about, and this is the fundamental truth that underlies mundane reality. Now, I would not dare to know or assume for sure whether those enlightened beings also knew about the 96% of the unknown nonmaterial universe and if they had access to it. Whether or not it is within these realms that higher beings, deities, gods and goddesses or fairies and earth bound spirits and the likes reside as actual entities of sorts who can materialize either into an avatar on earth or as spirit guides to those who call upon them. Or if our meditational communes with them rest purely as a projection of our mind rendering yidams and deities purely psychological. And to determine what is actual knowledge from the Buddhist masters can be difficult as many describe them as either or both, though I do feel that much of their teachings are gauged and geared for the modern Western mentality and appropriate for our era.

The wisdom masters were correct over a great many things a very long time ago and it is only now that Western man is quantifying much of it, so who knows if ascended masters, deities and dakinis and so forth really are inherently existing beyond our 4% universe with access to us through the veil that appears to divide us, playing their part as we are, in a vastly, unimaginably big unfurling picture where time and space are purely relative, if we’re all part of some great evolving one-ness or if it’s all void and it’s all in our head.

It is my contention that much of what we call paranormal or magic is in relation with the unknown universe and that our meditations and body work—chakra balancing to pineal gland activation, etc.—is ‘fine-tuning our atoms for clearer reception. There are ultimately no contradictions in wisdom teachings, only humans’ dogmatic approach to ego and sectarianism that is the convoluted result of the subtleties of audience-appropriate teachings.

​ Yidam Saraswati.

To understand that every thing is wave energy potential until it becomes conscious particle, that we are mind in transient meat-sacks that form patterns in our brain-matter based upon our sentient experiences that imprint the subtle mind, often carried over into the next meat-sack—though time is not linear so the next could be at any time and subtle mind is not necessarily attached in a singular way as we would recognize it—so to work upon healthily negating these construed emotional obstacles through understanding them and transmuting them, recalling our more than mundaneness through relationship with the most sublime personification coherent with our personality at the time that, in one sense gives us the strength to heal these kleshas.

Though this is a very simplified nutshell of a paragraph, and what and where the consciousness source resides to form particle from wave in the beginning, if there even is such a thing as a beginning, is in part what has kept many a theologian and scientist busy for a lifetime, let alone as the tragic excuse for religious conquest and cruelty.

The yidam is not an archetype. An archetype is essentially a psychological attribute being expressed. The Greeks were masters at explaining the complexities of life and emotional relations through their use of god and goddess archetypes and their various shenanigans. Societal bias notwithstanding. Understanding the archetypes that we are expressing or less commonly, wish to aspire to, can better explain our inner processing and interpersonal experiences.

Meditating

The yidam however, is beyond our world and more likely experienced as a personification of a super-super-consciousness that may or may not exist somewhere beyond the veil, in an alternative reality, in that 96% beyond our mere observable 4% and we tap into that ultra-cosmic mind-stream through visualizations and mindfulness. We hook ourselves to it firstly through seeing it in our mind’s eye, often with a visual aid, and then, in the highest yoga, actually start to embody it. It could also be described as the perfection of—as Jung coined—a collective conscious concept that we ascribe to with a desire to attain, to realize, in our own human form. This is a rudimentary explanation but gives you an idea.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama noted the following in the book The Heart Sutra:

“It is very important to understand that the core teachings of the Theravada tradition embodied in the Pali scriptures are the foundation of the Buddha’s teachings. Beginning with these teachings, one can then draw on the insights contained in the detailed explanations of the Sanskrit Mahayana tradition. Finally, integrating techniques and perspectives from the Vajrayana texts can further enhance one’s understanding. But without a foundation in the core teachings embodied in the Pali tradition, simply proclaiming oneself a follower of the Mahayana is meaningless.

Beyond the curve and the Dark universe.

If one has this kind of deeper understanding of various scriptures and their interpretation, one is spared from harboring mistaken notions of conflicts between the “Greater” versus the “Lesser” Vehicle (Hinayana). Sometimes there is a regrettable tendency on the part of certain followers of the Mahayana to disparage the teachings of the Theravada, claiming that they are the teachings of the Lesser Vehicle, and thereby not suited to one’s own personal practice. Similarly, on the part of followers of the Pali tradition, there is sometimes a tendency to reject the validity of the Mahayana teachings, claiming they are not actually the Buddha’s teachings. As we move into our examination of The Heart Sutra, what is important is to understand deeply how these traditions complement each other and to see how, at the individual level, each of us can integrate all these core teachings into our personal practice.”

There have been a few decades now of hard research and documentation on the effects of meditation as well as other super-natural phenomenon. Neurology and how the brain rewires through particular practices has become common knowledge. So it stands to perfect reason, that negative patterns become unconscious habits and likewise, positive patterns positive habits. There is also the language of symbols and colour, something that Carl Jung spent much of his life researching, and its effects on the conscious, unconscious as well as physical brain. Again, the ancients knew much about this and whilst it is fair to say that social, political and cultural fashions of the time influenced certain aspects of the art work, the sacred art was fundamental imagery.

Visual information in a form the intuitive mind could understand, bypassing the analytical and linear part of the brain. Meaning that, aside from reading not being necessary, the stubborn ego would be less likely to put up a fight to remain in its safety patterns of familiarity, therefore allowing a neurological restructuring. Focusing upon a yidam deity, will indeed rewire one’s brain, your emotional patterns and evolve your soul.

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I’m an artist and paint on ahimsa silk. I have had a Tibetan Buddhist influence since childhood which has been expanded upon with my explorations of quantum mechanics, Jung psychology, neurology, herbology and symbolism through to the Grimoires of enlightened wizards. I follow life’s breadcrumbs to transformation. My website & boutique. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author.

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  1. Ti Campbell-Allen Author

    Dear Jacob.

    Thank you for taking the time to read then respond. I would like to start by saying that this is first and foremost an essay on Yidam meditation, how they differ from archetypes and how it could be that they could exist outside of the mind in the way that has been suggested in teachings and why this type of ’embodiment’ is interesting to us both spiritually and emotionally and not to ‘prove’ anything either way.

    So whilst I appreciate your train of thought and obvious passion on the topic of QM & spirituality and I do hear what you are saying, the fact is that science has verified an energetic ‘reality’ fleeting in and out of existence and not lego blocks. Though it is not a siting as proof of anything more than their current discovery, it does seem to agree with what spiritual teachers have said is the case for millennium. And this is what makes it interesting rather than making it a pseudo something. The Dalai Lama is a big advocate of scientific research and in fact refers to himself as having more of a scientific mind than not. Many Buddhist teachers appear to feel that QM is very closely related to the nature reality, not just new age philosophers.

    As for the brilliant Bohr. Yes he was one of the daddies of QM and there have been many an advancement in understanding since, both main stream and fringe. So to Capra’s best seller, naturally one cannot discuss this issue without including all the Fundamental Fysiks group. It may have not been popular with the mainstream at he time, but once ‘uncomfortable’ truths are discovered, they often becomes unpopular with those who prefer the statusquo. The FF made the connections between science, psychology and spirituality for those of us in the west with our closed billiard ball minds.

    Billiard ball science and your ‘hard science of the material world’ may not apparently have anything to do with meaningfulness as we recognize it, but who knows for sure? I know I don’t. Though the idea of speaking about ‘co existence’ but no ‘mixing’ also suggests the separateness of billiard ball science, (which we know not to be true) as well as anything but a ‘oneness’ that is generally accepted as fact, in both science and spiritual fields. Therefore, it is not a wild step to surmise that everything has meaning, as it is in fact all absolutely connected ?

    My essay does not purely draw on quantum mechanics either, nor do I say I have all the answers. The 96% unknown (‘dark’) universe is fascinating too and quite possibly intrinsically connected.

    I have also left the possibility that it is all and only subjective experience and that physics in whatever form has nothing to do with any of it hence Jung and neurology being included in my essay. Though this would be considered ‘gross consciousness’ and not clear awareness, but it is a factor relating to the human experience, and that many teachings are also lessons in psychology and rightful living.

    I do not however speak of anything being ‘responsible’ nor ‘where’ what becomes experienced as life comes from, the nearest I come is the analogy of air (but that’s another essay you may enjoy Jacob 😉 ) however I do address that train of thought in this editorial.

    Many meditations require one to call in deities. Thoughts like ‘if it is no longer purely imagination, how could they be ‘real’ ? Then to thoughts about those other other-worldly experiences that people have. Ghosts being an obvious one. Are they ‘real’? or purely an internal experience? If they are ‘real’ then ‘where do they
    reside’? and how does that interact with our known reality? These are the typical questions that have propelled many to research deeply.

    It is always interesting to deepen discussion on these topics with enlightened beings,with His Holiness would be awesome. Youtube hosts many an interview and lecture already of course, but nothing quite beats picking someone’s brain first hand 😉

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Jacob. It’s made me deepen mine which is always welcome. 🙂

  2. jacob aremark

    Thank you for the article. I have one comment I’d like to ad:
    I have never understood the reason for wanting to draw quantum physics into the realm of the spiritual. A trend that started, as far as I can see, with Fridjorf Carpas book “The Tao of Physics”. I think the two co-exist perfectly, and I think mixing them up produces something like pseudo-science and science based (pseudo-)spirituality.
    I think my disagreement hinges on a disagreement whit the fundamental assumption that quantum physics could prove (or disprove) buddhist/spiritual truths about the non-intrinsic existence of …well, anything.
    Imagine it the other way around: Imagine if some quantum-quantum science came along and said, that the universe is essentially made up of lego-like blocks of solid matter. Would that then disprove the buddhist truth about the self (or anything else) having non-intrinsic existence? I don’t think so. Because what buddhism or any other spiritual discipline is making claims about is the human experience – and science could never prove or disprove that. The self has non-intrinsic existence, because the concept of self as intrinsic is inconsistent – i.e. not meaningful. And hard science about the material world doesn’t have anything to do with meaningfulness. Niels Bohr himself – one of the early pioneers of quantum mechanics and a great philosopher – understood this quite well. And he never made any claims as to quantum mechanics having any implications for normal, daily life. In fact he stated quite the opposite, saying thay Q.M. terminology is ONLY useful to describe things and events on a sub-atomic level.
    Just my 5 cents 🙂

    1. Yes,I agree… Buddhism stands on it’s own-no need “scientific backup” 🙂 . But,it’ld be fun if they find “personalities” in energies 🙂 🙂 …

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