How to Recite the Vairocana Mantra ... And Why
I'm about to teach you how to recite the fundamental mantra of the primordial Buddha Vairocana, also known as the Great Sun Tathagata, or first being in the universe who awakened to supreme unexcelled complete enlightenment. There had to be a first sentient being who achieved perfect awakening, and Vairocana is the name we give the being who achieved this.
When the Buddhist sage Nagarjuna, who was considered another Buddha after Shakyamuni, first developed the Esoteric school in India, its teachings were mainly comprised of mantras such as this one which specifically helps you to quickly transform the physical body, such as lending assistance in igniting the kundalini. These were to help you at the stage of Intensifed Practices to purify your chi and chi channels, which means trasnform the human body.
This particular mantra, the Vairocana mantra, is especially powerful in bringing about a purification transformation of the physical body's four great elements, and transforming the four elements lays a strong foundation for cultivation success. Without this you cannot succeed. Even after breaking through the skandhas -- and in fact the whole process of breaking throught eh skandhas -- involves a continual transformation of the chi channels in cleansing them of filth and impurities. Chi is linked to consciousness, so you have to push out this garbage in order to be able to generate clear states of mind.
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The "Ahh" sound in this mantra represents and acts upon the earth element in the human body, the "Bee" sound represents and transforms the water element, the "Lah" sound represents and transforms the body's fire element, the "Hung" sound represents the wind element, and the "Cht!" sound represents emptiness. In practicing this mantra, you are working on transforming all the great elements of the human body, which therefore includes your chi (prana), energy meridians (nadi or mai), bright points (drops), chakras and kundalini (tumo fire).
The normal sequence of cultivation is to first transform the physical body's wind element (chi), then its water element (chi channels), then its fire element (kundalini warmth), and then finally its earth element (bones). The sequence of progress requires over a decade to complete, but the initial stages are greatly shortened through the use of this mantra. Tantra is another method to speed up the process quickly. What is tantra? It's using concentrated yogic techniques of visualization, breathing and mantra on chakras and channels, in order to kick of this process.
Vairocana is the primordial, fundamental Buddha of the universe. His perfect and complete enlightenment was achieved endless aeons ago, and his practice is so comprehensive that it extends everywhere. If you want to see Vairocana, you need only realize that everything we see, everywhere we go is Vairocana's body and every sound is Vairocana's sound. To match his stage of realization and see what Vairocana perceives, you can even imagine yourself as a projection of Vairocana.
In reciting his mantra, as with all other mantras as well, you seek a cessation of ordinary mentation, which Buddhism calls "tying up the sixth consciousness" in order to arrive at the quiet and calm of samadhi. In most forms of mantra practice, you try and take the mind's inner dialogue and tie it to the mantra so that you get rid of all your other miscellaneous monkey thoughts. When you successfully tie the sixth consciousness to a single object of focus, then you can arrive at the mental quiet of cessation after which you must contemplate the state of quiet which you've produced. So by chanting mantras and listening within, and then using your wordless insight wisdom to observe the state of quiet you produce, one can quickly attain samadhi.
What's particularly helpful in your cultivation is to recite this mantra before you fall asleep so as not to waste that time.
As to the method of chanting, the internal chanting is usually best though at times the verbal chanting may be better depending upon your situation. It's all up to what skillful means you need at the moment to calm your mind.
Mantra practice is called "japa" in India. In the West it's sometimes called recitation, and reciting prayers is a form of japa when done correctly. It depends upon your breath and your mind.
As the Sandilya Upanishad in Hinduism states: "The Vaikhari Japa (loud mantra recitation) gives the reward as stated in the Vedas, while the Upamsu Japa (whispering or humming recitation similar to the "vajra" chanting in Tantra) which cannot be heard by anyone, gives a reward a thousand times more than the Vaikhari, but the Manasika Japa (mental chanting) gives a reward a multi-myriad times more than the Vaikhari." When you can perform your mantra recitation, or japa, in conjunction with rhythmic breathing while meditating on the form of a Buddha, deity or bright flame as in kundalini yoga, you can more quickly reach the stage of one-pointedness and transform the physical body into a vehicle more suited for cultivation
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