The Lute of Vajra Harmony
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The Lute of Vajra Harmony
Praise to the Protector Mañjuśrī
by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
Glorious buddha, immaculate in your splendour,
Who universally radiates beams of wisdom light,
And whose captivating uṣṇīṣa defies perception—
Mañjughoṣa, original buddha, to you I pay homage.
The radiant glow of a fresh new dawn
Permeates and fills the whole of space,
As the Tathāgata together with his heirs
Displays the wondrous dance of delight.
The array of your form extends to every realm.
Your speech transcends yet underlies all expression.
Your mind is the eternal knot, profound and secret,
Its nature difficult to fathom, deep and subtle.
You thoroughly infuse the minds of all the victors.
Your qualities, freed and ripened, are unimaginable.
Outside your wisdom treasury and similar spheres,
Other exertions are like searches for the sky’s ends.
The ornamental play of your unceasing activity,
Which does not fluctuate throughout past, present and future,
Is an endless treasure—enduring, pervasive and spontaneous,
A ground that sustains all sentient beings throughout space.
Protector Mañjughoṣa, marvellous and magnificent,
Although you are the father who begets all buddhas,
You do not age or decline but maintain your youth.
Supreme vajra bestower, pinnacle of reality, I bow before you.
Even within the most minute of tiny particles
Lie oceanic realms with teachers and students
To whom you impart oceans of definitive Dharma—
Inconceivable mystery, in devotion I praise you.
Through the pristine virtue of offering praise in this way,
May delusion’s darkness in beings’ minds be dispelled,
May the wisdom that knows nature and extent unfold,
And may everyone attain the supreme level of Mañjuśrī!
Thus, at the request of the shrine-master Chokden, who supplied the necessary writing materials, Jampal Gawé Gocha instantaneously transcribed—through the playful dance of his fingers—whatever came to mind while relaxing in a forest in Darjeeling. May virtue abound!
| Translated by by Adam Pearcey with the generous support of the Khyentse Foundation and Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2021.
'Jam dbyangs chos kyi blo gros. "mgon po 'jam dpal la bstod pa rdo rje sgra ma'i rgyud mangs/" in 'Jam dbyangs chos kyi blo gros kyi gsung 'bum. 12 vols. Bir: Khyentse Labrang, 2012. W1KG12986. Vol. 2: 375–376
Cf. Mañjuśrīnāmasaṅgīti 158: mchog sbyin rdo rje mchog khyod 'dud/ / yang dag mthar gyur khyod la 'dud/ / ↩