24: Affection Practice of Ragaraja
|When I was touring Japan, I encountered a unique vidyaraja [wisdom king] statue. This statue had two heads, a left wrathful face and a right benevolent face, and was enthroned on a red lotus. I asked the temple abbot about the name of this statue and I was told that it was Ragaraja [Aizen in Japanese], an embodiment of Acala and Ragaraja. He was well revered for his great vow of bestowing respect and affection.
Later, I learned that Ragaraja also appears in a two-headed or single-head form with six arms, each of which carries a ritual implement. His most significant implements are the bow and arrow. When he shoots at the hearts of sentient beings, he brings them love and passion. Also, Ragaraja has three eyes, and sits on a blossoming lotus.
Later on when my master passed the teaching to me, I learned that although Ragaraja appears wrathful on the outside, he is actually quite the opposite on the inside. Due to his affectionate and loving nature, he surpasses all other vidyarajas. If a man yearns for a woman, he should write the word ''female'' and place the note in the vidyaraja's hand. If a woman desires a man, she should write the word ''male'' and place it in the vidyaraja's hand. Their wishes will then be fulfilled. The amazing effect is due to the original vow that Ragaraja made to bring respect and affection to devotees.
There are couples who are in strained relationships or husbands and wives in shaky marriages. There are also men who seek women, and women who seek men. Therefore, I taught them the affection practice of Ragaraja, and they received swift and wonderful responses as a result! This mystical ritual, together with the original vow of Ragaraja, yields the most supreme dharma power.
For the sake of desperate singles looking for companions or distressed couples needing to patch things up in their relationships, I have decided to disclose the Ragaraja Affection Practice:
The practitioner must first enshrine the image or statue of Ragaraja. The one-headed and six-armed Ragaraja is portrayed as follows: He is red and white in color. He has three fearsome eyes, five-colored hair knots extending to his ears, and a lion's crown adorned on his head. He has six arms. The first of his left arms holds a vajra bell, the second arm holds a bow, and the third and lowest arm holds a lotus flower. The first of his right arms holds a five-pronged vajra, the second arm holds an arrow, and the third arm also holds a lotus flower. He is seated on a red lotus throne. The practitioner may find an artist to paint an image of Ragaraja, or ask a sculptor to carve his statue.
Next, one should collect 108 stamens from red lotus flowers as an offering. In addition, one should offer various delicacies to the deity.
Then perform the Fourfold Refuge, the Great Homage, the Mandala Offering, and the Four Immeasurables.
Form the Root Mudra of Ragaraja: The two hands clasp inwardly like a vajra fist, except for the middle fingers that stand up while crossing each other. Form the mudra first before commencing the visualization.
Visualize flame surrounding the body of Ragaraja while he is descending from the sunlight.
Visualize the one you love appearing in the flame.
Visualize Ragaraja pulling the arrow, which is aimed at the heart of one's loved one.
Recite the mantra of Ragaraja: ''Om mo-he-luo fu-ri-luo se-ni-sha fu-ri-luo sa-dan-fu re-ou-hu.'' [Sanskrit: OM MAHARAGA VAJROS-NISA VAJRASATTVA JAH HUM BAN HOH.]
Recite this mantra 108 times or 1080 times, counting the recitation with your mala beads.
Meditate and enter into samadhi, wherein the practitioner and the loved one join together with the heart of Ragaraja.
After exiting meditative absorption, the practitioner recites the dedication of merits and beseeches Ragaraja to keep his vows of respect and affection.
After performing the Great Homage, take the 108 strands of red lotus stamen and burn them along with sandalwood incense powder in front of the statue of Ragaraja. Once you begin doing this yoga, even if it is only for one night, you will receive marvelous results.
Some people may want to request a sculptor to carve a small statue of Ragaraja out of white sandalwood, that is about the length of one's finger. After enshrining the statue at their altar, they may carry the statue with them wherever they go. By doing that, their endeavors will be successful, and people will respect and support them.
On my path of practicing Vajrayana, many sentient beings have requested my help. Some people's marriages are broken and they suffer from afflictions in their family relationships. Some people are betrayed by their loved ones and they harbor hatred and anger as a result. Because I empathize with these people, I have decided to publicly reveal this supreme teaching in my book. With this practice, I hope that those who practice according to the method outlined here will benefit from it. However, remember that this practice is meant for those who are sincere and honest. The practice will be ineffective for people with evil motives.
This practice will never work for a flirtatious married woman who desires another man.
It will never work for a married man or a man with a girlfriend who craves another woman.
It will never work for a prostitute that has ill intentions to catch a rich man.
It will never work for a man with a fickle heart and whose actions lack integrity. Although they may speak of love, they actually desire sex.
Here is a verse:
His merits and vows are unyielding.
When the heart is sincere, love will be as strong as golden rock,
Pray to him and you will be blessed with pure light.
Your relationship will be bestowed with love and respect.
As the self-nature dissolves into the realm of affectionate beings,
All hindrances shall be eliminated.
The true loved ones will be brought together.
I feel that relationship problems have become increasingly chronic in our times. Many men and women are unfaithful, resulting in a high divorce rate throughout the world. Apart from citing incompatibility, the issue of beauty versus ugliness enters the picture. I once had a friend who was deeply attracted to the beauty of women. After they got married, he met another woman who was even more beautiful. As a result, he fell in love with the second woman because he no longer considered his wife to be attractive, and so he kept his distance from her.
According to the Buddhist teachings, beauty and ugliness are illusory, and one mustn't be attached to either. Most people will be attracted to a pretty woman, and this may bring multiple relationships into her life. On the other hand, many people stay away from an ugly woman and thus, she may never get married. The Buddhadharma says that though there may be women who are born ugly, they may be kind and talented. These women are gold nuggets among the grains of sand. Like a lotus flower that grows out of the mud, these women are completely uncontaminated and their virtue is unmatched by the most beautiful women.
The true Buddhadharma is depicted in the statement, ''form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form.'' It can certainly be described as ''form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form.'' This means that ''when one sees form as emptiness, one attains great wisdom. When one sees emptiness as form, one gains great compassion.'' Thus, I wrote this article based on the compassion of seeing form.
However, I want to instill wisdom in sentient beings. We must know that all beautiful appearances are inherently empty, and subject to the laws of birth and extinction. No woman can preserve her beauty forever. This is like the trees that shed their leaves, and leave their trunks bare and empty in the winter. When I lived in Taiwan, I often travelled across the country to help people find burial sites that had good feng shui. Having seen and examined many places, I could not help but feel melancholy at what I saw. The beautiful women had become heaps of bones. After the bones were exhumed, they were arranged and stacked in an urn. When you look at a skull that has two hollows for eyes, a nasal cavity, and an opening between the upper and lower jaws, where does the beauty lie?
Hence, what appears as beautiful and hideous is really the same thing, and there is not much of a difference at all.
What is pure and what is impure? In the realm of impermanent phenomena, where the self is non-existent, there is no differentiation between what is impure and pure, for these things are illusory.
Those who practice the Highest Yoga Tantra and Mahamudra must understand this principle.
Our bodies will perish one day, and all that is attractive and unattractive boils down to the same thing. The only thing that matters is the mind and spirit. Those who practice Mahamudra shall attain Buddhahood, and those who do not will end up as ashes. Their minds and spirits will be drawn towards reincarnation in the six realms by the pull of their karma.
Such is the reality where all phenomena arise and cease according to their respective causes and conditions.
Knowing this truth, we must exercise both compassion and wisdom.
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