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The Staircase Ascending to Khechara

A Praise in Accord with the Arrangement of the Realm of Holy NaroKhechari, By

Ngorchen Khonchog Lhundrub (1497-1557)

Om Svasti!
With the highest of praise from all conquerors and sons, to the dwelling
of innumerable dakinis, the great celestial palace of the supreme Vajra Queen;
withdevotion I pay homage to the Realm of Khechara.

Ascending in a direction high above here, in the middle of a ground strewn
withrubies, completely constructed of jewels in every direction; to that special sublime
Realm I pay homage.In the middle of that, well made from the five gems, is the great
celestial palaceof the powerful Khechari, with four sides, four doors, lintels, three
floors and apinnacle; to that, with a vajra peak, I pay homage.In the middle of the
celestial palace are two dharmakaras - stacked. Above alotus, sun, Bhairava and
Kalaratri, is my ishtadevata - Vajrayogini, blazing withthe marks and examples; I pay
homage.With one face, two hands and three eyes gazing upward, beautiful with a
curvedknife in the right, skullcup in the left, and a katvanga on the left shoulder,
beautifulwith the five mudras; I pay homage.Inside the dome of the upper celestial
palace, is the great guru Naropa, TsewaChe, The Lord of Dharma Tsarchen and the
like; to the beautiful host of linealgurus, I pay homage. Atop the palace is the root
guru, non-differentiated from the Family Lord - BuddhaVajradharma, with a body red
in colour, holding to the heart a vajra and bell; Tothe gathered essence of the Three
Refuges, I pay homage.In the courtyard and surroundings of the celestial palace, are
a host of viras anddakinis - moving in the sky, all dwelling like a gathering of massive
clouds,thinking of me with love; I pay homage.Therefore in all my lifetimes, relying
closely on Vajrayogini, the basis andsupported all together;
Until enlightenment, with devotion I go for refuge.
Presenting an ocean of offering clouds, outer, inner, and secret, with body,speech
and mind, confessing every sin and fault, verbally rejoicing in all the merit of Noble
Beings, the turning of the Dharma Wheel of the Supreme Vehicle Iencourage.I
request you remain and not dwell in nirvana.Dedicating the merit accumulated to the
highest great enlightenment. Beginningfrom this day forward, in all lifetimes, I request
Vajra Queen, closely guard [me].Mistress of the Khechara Realm - outer yogini,
Letter VAM of the heart - inner yogini, union of clarity-emptiness - ultimate yogini,
recognizing self, may I ascendto Khechara. At the time of the illusion of the great
being, the support of life, to that onecomplete refuge, Mistress of Khechara, smiling,
with the sounds of melodioussong and music; to that pure realm I pray lead me.(The
praise in accord with the arrangement of the realm of Holy Khechari, 'TheStaircase
Ascending to Khechara,' was written by Chatral Lhundrub at theexhortation of those
demonstrating intelligence and possessing undivided faith inthe Vajra Queen. May
this be of Benefit to limitless beings).