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2009-10-25 GM's Dharma Talk - Sitatapatra Portion Only

2009-10-25 Rainbow Temple
Today, we conducted the Sitatapatra Homa ceremony. Like Avalokitesvara, the Tibetan Vajrayana figure of Sitatapatra has one thousand hands and one thousand eyes. But Sitatapatra looks slightly different from Avalokitesvara. What are the differences? She has a parasol in her left hand and her right hand forms the Fearless mudra. They both have many heads. However Avalokitesvara has eleven heads whereas Sitatapatra has multiple tiers of heads, and each tier has one head with three faces. Those are the differences of the figures.

Sitatapatra was manifested from Shakyamuni Buddha. Once upon a time, there was a war in heaven between Indra and the Asura King. The Asura King went to Indra to fight with the God. Indra was defeated, so he ran to Shakyamuni Buddha and appealed to him for help. Shakyamuni Buddha manifested a Buddha Mother from his crown. The Buddha Mother appeared in a goddess form and was the invincible Sitatapatra. Invincible as nobody can resist the Buddha Mother. She carried a large white parasol in her left hand, and her right hand formed the Fearless mudra. Many Sitatapatras appeared. At the same time, Shakyamuni Buddha was reciting the heart mantra of Sitatapatra. Once he started chanting, all the Sitatapatras became bold and powerful. They shielded the entire Indra heaven. The Asura army failed to invade Indra's heaven and retreated.

Because of the mantra and the appearance of Sitatapatra, the Asura King was forced to withdraw. This was because Shakyamuni Buddha manifested Sitatapatra from his crown, and her parasol shielded the entire Indra heaven. The Asura army was unable to strike, so they retreated. This is the origin of Sitatapatra. She is a parasol manifested from the crown of Sakyamuni Buddha with a shielding action over Indra's heaven.

Basically, Sitatapatra's power is insurmountable. She is so insurmountable that she even defeated such a powerful Asura king. Her power is infinite, hence she is called Invincible.

What are the benefits of practicing the Sitatapatra Yoga and Homa? When a country is having a war with another country, a tantric practitioner can protect his home country from war if he practices the Sitatapatra dharma. It has the effect of shielding one's own country and stopping wars. If a practitioner practices the Sitatapatra Yoga, he will be shielded from malicious spells, curses, black magic, and attacks from others or enemies! It can also remove his own bad karma, shield him from and stop his own karmic obstacles, advert disasters, attacks, and humiliations from others. Therefore, the main function of cultivating this deity's practice is to eliminate misfortune and mishap.

In addition, her great bright strength can take away sickness. If you practice the Sitatapatra yoga when you are ill, her illumination can clear all karmic sickness. Still, there are many other calamities that Sitatapatra can shield you from. Therefore, she is a great shielding and repelling goddess, who shields all adversities and stops them outside, so that your body and mind can be at peace. In addition, practicing her sadhana can also eradicate calamities. When there is a disaster, practicing the Sitatapatra yoga can keep the disaster at bay, as Sitatapatra can also shield you from your karma and form a sacred boundary protection. Her light can eliminate illness due to karma and subjugate disasters.

What about obtaining love and respect? Practicing the ''Sitatapatra yoga'' is like being sheltered by a canopy, all malicious insults and defamation will be kept outside of the canopy, and you will be safe. Since you practice Sitatapatra yoga, natural calamities such as earthquake, flood, fire and tornado will be extinguished.

Since Shakyamuni Buddha manifested Sitatapatra from his crown, she can also deliver beings in the nether world to the Pure Land with her light. Because of her shielding power, enemies will withdraw and disperse. Hence, the white parasol's power is infinite.

The Sitatapatra Homa Ceremony that we conducted today had great significance because Sitatapatra herself is extremely powerful. She can fulfill our prayers for many things. This is the significance of Sitatapatra.
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