I first posted this in August of 2014. Now is a good time to remind myself of it again.
The Sanskrit word “vajra” entered into my consciousness a few days ago accompanied by a vision of a male figure sitting cross-legged inside a diamond-shaped geometric structure standing on end in space. The energy quality of the vision and of the structure with the man inside correspond with the character of the Vajra described below.
“Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).”
This next short excerpt from a Buddhist text gives me the outline for my Vajra practice.
“The first yoga is called one-pointedness. One realizes that to remain calm, relaxed and aware of mind’s true, void nature is the one medicine which cures all mental ills. While cultivating experiences of bliss, non-thought and crystal clarity, one continuously lengthens the time that can be spent in deep meditation. The effects of the latter become more and more widespread, changing the quality of waking life and dreams.”
(Excerpt from “Mahadzog – The Great Perfection and the Great Seal” Part 2 – establishing enlightenment www.khenpo.eu/mahadzog.pdf )
The task is then to cultivate experiences of bliss, non-thought and crystal clarity and thus continuously lengthening the time that one can spend in deep meditation.
I see now that there is nothing else to do beyond cultivating experiences of bliss, non-thought and crystal clarity. I recognize that the state of Vajra, the energy state of diamond – thunderbolt, is a key for me. It attunes me to bliss.
I see that bliss is the state of taking my stance from a position free of all residue of the past, of the conditioned mind flow. These experiences of bliss are born of the non-thought experience which in turn allows crystal clarity to arise.
These three qualities of experiences (non-thought/clarity/bliss) are like three facets of a gemstone: all three belong together. I see how they are equated to sat-chit-ananda. Sat (absolute beingness) is the state of non-thought, chit (absolute consciousness) is the crystal clarity, and finally, ananda is absolute bliss. These three are existential imperatives that I am called to attune myself to in my waking hours like a radio set tuning into a certain frequency.