SONG OF BODHI THE YAKSHINI

In TANTRIC POETRY by Tara Trinley Wangmo

Bodhi the Yakshini, the talented daughter of King Atharva, who was extremely devoted and intelligent, requested the meaning of the realized state from Nagaraja Nanda. Here she sings a meditation song about accomplishment, while the second glimpse of redness appeared in the sky.

Bodhi the Yakshini

Bodhi the Yakshini

The nature of awakened mind, neither clung to nor beheld,
Yet it appears to all as something to be seen.
Undisturbed by anything, it cannot be dissected.
Such natural mind, on nothing does it dwell.
This knowing is the nature of awakened mind.

However modified, this space is unaffected,
And knowing need not seek this basic space.
Mind-essence’s pure reality, like space,
Is uncontrived, is not a solid thing.
The training, I have realized, is simply this.

When this body made of matter falls apart,
Samantabhadra’s heart will shine within me.
GHITAMA KOLASA A HOH

The first redness is when the horizon begins to be tinged with red. The second redness is when a slightly rosy color spreads over the eastern sky. The third is when trees and bushes for a short while are flushed by the soft kiss of the sun’s first rays.
These are outer signs for inner phases and coincidences, both in the inner channels and our state of mind.

Guitar accords: C G D
English translation: Erik Pema Kunsang. Music & vocal: Tara Trinley Wangmo. Bamboo flute: Ajith Kodikara. Tabla: Malith Anuradha & Ajith Alosius. Sitar: Deshapriya Mihiripanne. Keyboard: Ranga Jagoda.
From Songs from Sacred Islands, 2010. Modified from Wellsprings of the Great Perfection.
Featured image: a female Yaksha, called a Yakshi. India, 10th century. Sandstone, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Line-drawing of Bodhi the Yakshini, by Ngawang Zangpo.

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