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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Achieving Body Of Light
Body of light: Western style
The Tibetan Ningmapa masters were once known to possess the
power to transform their physical bodies into rainbow and vanished into thin
air leaving behind are only some finger nails and hairs. According to the
believers, these masters have achieved the no-death body or nirvana.
Rainbow body: Tibetan style
In Indian religions moksha or mukti is the final extrication
of the soul or consciousness (purusha) from samsara and the bringing to an end
of all the suffering involved in being subject to the cycle of repeated death
and rebirth (reincarnation).
The Western Esoteric Traditions have their own versions of
extensive rituals to achieve body of light as well. Not many people know that
the Javanese masters also have their own version of achieving moksha.
If we make a comparative studies, the Javanese version and
the Tibetan Ningmapa versions of moksa or liberation is almost similar: i.e.
the body vanishes into thin air leaving little or nothing at all. While the
body of light is just another body of light in Western tradition, perhaps this
version of the body of light will go to heaven?
Unlike the Tibetan masters who have to go through all the
nine levels of tantric practices to achieve rainbow body, the Javanese masters
utilises a simple mantra to achieve moksha or final liberation. The mantra
should be recited on routine basis and before taking one’s bath:
“Jagad bumi alam
Sumusupa marang badan
Badan sumusupa marang
Budi sumusupa marang
Nyawa sumusupa marang
Rahsa sumusupa marang
Cahya sumusupa marang
Atma sumusupa marang
Dat sumusupa marang
Ana ing kalaratingsun
Sejati soko ing
The mantra roughly means body vanishes into mind, mind
vanishes into soul, soul vanishes into feeling, feeling vanishes into light,
light vanishes into space and finally space vanishes into emptiness and all will
be pure and well. The above concept is not new if you are a practitioner of
tantric rituals as emptiness is the centre theme of Buddhism.