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 kabeh

Sumusupa marang badan

Badan sumusupa marang budi

Budi sumusupa marang nyawa

Nyawa sumusupa marang rahsa

Rahsa sumusupa marang cahya

Cahya sumusupa marang atma

Atma sumusupa marang dat

Dat sumusupa marang ingsun

Ingsun jumeneng pribadi

Tanpa timbangan, tanpa lawanan

Ana ing kalaratingsun

Kang Mahamulya, Mahasuci

Sejati soko ing kodratingsun. “


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.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Mr Liew!
    This is the ilmu Moksha. I learned it awhile back. It is a wonderfully powerful spiritual mantra from the Indonesian esoteric tradition. Jai Namo Buddhaya!