Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

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Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

Postby ConradTree » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:57 pm

http://en.calameo.com/read/00003925751dd248ce111
pg. 468

"The ascending and descending pranas united, and a large, round vessel like a gourd was actually visible to the eye. This was the source from which my ordinary and extraordinary signs of the path were actualized." ---Jigme Lingpa
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Postby ConradTree » Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:04 pm

What does Jigme Lingpa mean?
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Re: Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

Postby asunthatneversets » Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:39 am

ConradTree wrote:What does Jigme Lingpa mean?

jigs med is "fearless" I believe. gling pa is an honorary title given to tertöns, but "gling" [skt. dvīpa] translates to something like "island", or continent; island; location [as of a monastery] according to Jeffery Hopkins Sanskrit-Tibetan-English dictionary.
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Postby ConradTree » Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:00 am

I meant what the quote means.
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Postby asunthatneversets » Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:14 am

ConradTree wrote:I meant what the quote means.

Ah haha
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Re: Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

Postby kirtu » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:32 pm

ConradTree wrote:What does Jigme Lingpa mean?


The ascending and descending pranas united, and a large, round vessel like a gourd was actually visible to the eye. This was the source from which my ordinary and extraordinary signs of the path were actualized." ---Jigme Lingpa


As it says, the winds were united and as a result he saw a sign, visually visible to him at the time. It was from this experience that his later attainments were actualized.

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Re: Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

Postby ConradTree » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:26 pm

Yes, but what does that mean?

Is this gourd thing a well known visible sign in pranayama?

And how is it the basis for all his attainments?
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Postby Malcolm » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:31 pm

ConradTree wrote:Yes, but what does that mean?

Is this gourd thing a well known visible sign in pranayama?

And how is it the basis for all his attainments?


Yes.

Control of prāṇa is the basis of all attainments.
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Postby ConradTree » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:32 pm

Malcolm wrote:Yes.


Anything in English that explains the gourd?
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Postby Malcolm » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:40 pm

ConradTree wrote:
Malcolm wrote:Yes.


Anything in English that explains the gourd?


You can examine Lamdre.
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Postby ConradTree » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:42 pm

You must be referring to this:

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Result-Pat ... 0861714431

But there is no mention of gourd in it. You can search for words through Amazon if you click on the cover.

This gourd thing must be known under different names.
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Postby Malcolm » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:47 pm

ConradTree wrote:You must be referring to this:

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Result-Pat ... 0861714431

But there is no mention of gourd in it. You can search for words through Amazon.



After one is able to see the color of the vāyu through doing various kinds of practice, when one unifies the prāṇā and apāṇa vayus, it forms the shape of a ball or a gourd. Yogis can see this with their eyes. You and I cannot.

First however you have to get the level of being able to see your prāṇa. Lamdre explains this process very well, but also the treatise on vāyu in the Vima Nyinthig and so on.
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Postby dzogchungpa » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:35 pm

Malcolm wrote:After one is able to see the color of the vāyu through doing various kinds of practice...

Is it green?
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Postby Malcolm » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:41 pm

dzogchungpa wrote:
Malcolm wrote:After one is able to see the color of the vāyu through doing various kinds of practice...

Is it green?



There are in general five elemental vāyus, so they have different colors.
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Postby dzogchungpa » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:49 pm

Malcolm wrote:
dzogchungpa wrote:
Malcolm wrote:After one is able to see the color of the vāyu through doing various kinds of practice...

Is it green?

There are in general five elemental vāyus, so they have different colors.

OK, I assume those are the standard colors. Is the white one actually white?
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Postby Malcolm » Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:51 pm

dzogchungpa wrote:OK, I assume those are the standard colors. Is the white one actually white?


The best think you can do is practice prāṇāyama yourself and discover this experientially. I can tell you what the texts say, but I have no personal experience with this.

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Re: Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

Postby Pero » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:41 pm

Malcolm wrote:
ConradTree wrote:You must be referring to this:

http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Result-Pat ... 0861714431

But there is no mention of gourd in it. You can search for words through Amazon.



After one is able to see the color of the vāyu through doing various kinds of practice, when one unifies the prāṇā and apāṇa vayus, it forms the shape of a ball or a gourd. Yogis can see this with their eyes. You and I cannot.

Not saying the above is not true also, but the notes say that this is how his abdomened looked like after much practice, a physical sign.

The best think you can do is practice prāṇāyama yourself and discover this experientially. I can tell you what the texts say, but I have no personal experience with this.

Except it seems texts often don't completely agree with one another in such matters. This has made me wonder if one only sees what one is supposed to see according to the system one practices.
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Re: Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

Postby ConradTree » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:25 pm

Malcolm wrote:I can tell you what the texts say


Go on...
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Postby ConradTree » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:29 pm

Pero wrote:Not saying the above is not true also, but the notes say that this is how his abdomened looked like after much practice, a physical sign.


If you have the book, quote the footnote please.
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Re: Jigme Lingpa's mystical pranayama experience

Postby Clarence » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:42 pm

Malcolm wrote:
dzogchungpa wrote:OK, I assume those are the standard colors. Is the white one actually white?


The best think you can do is practice prāṇāyama yourself and discover this experientially. I can tell you what the texts say, but I have no personal experience with this.

M


So, even after a three year Lamdre retreat one should not expect such experiences? It seems that, even when doing retreats, the path is not so fast and easy. Guess Dzogchen is the way to go. Though I don't think that is easy either.
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