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A Medium-Length Practice of

Six-Armed Mahakala


Colophon:
A Medium-Length Practice of Six-Armed Mahakala:
Torma Ritual, Requests for Fulfilling Wishes, Restoring Deficiencies,
and Other Branches of Practice of Six-Armed Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness,
together with Proclaiming His Glory
(Myur-mdzad ye-shes-kyi mgon-po phyag-drug-pai gtor-chog
bskang-gso cha-lag mnga-gsol dang-bcas-pa)
by Kaydrubjey (mKhas-grub rje dGe-legs dpal-bzang)
translated by Alexander Berzin
based on explanations by Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
Dharamsala, India, 1978.
2002 by Alexander Berzin - www.berzinarchives.com
Formatted by Wolfgang Saumweber 10/2002, rev. 5/2003
(www.vajrabhairava.com).

Inner Dharmaraja

Invocation and Offerings to Inner Dharmaraja


In the long Single-Deity Yamantaka sadhana, after the mantras, generation
of the torma as an inner offering, calling forth a small Yamantaka mandala
and offering it to Yamantaka, generate Inner Dharmaraja with his entourage inside the little mandala between the white pillars of the east as follows:
... I prostrate to you, terrifying
Bhairava Yamantaka.
On cushions of variegated lotus,
a sun and a harmful cannibal (comes
Inner Dharmaraja) standing with
your right leg outstretched, having
one face and two arms. You have a
wrathful face like a furious yakshacannibal spirit and your three eyes,
like a mass of flames at the time of
the Era of Destruction, glare with the
evil eye, your mouth widely agape,
your four sharp and fiery fangs bared,
your tongue wildly darting about,
your eyelashes and moustache blazing
intensely and your yellow-brown hair
flaring straight upwards, bristling
erect. In your right hand you wield
(in the air) a cleaver and with your
left hold at your heart a skullcup filled
with blood. Adorned with human bone ornaments, wearing a moist tigerskin as a lower garment, you are stocky and short, with a bulging belly.
In the four directions (around you) in the East is white Yama holding a damaru in your right hand and in your left an arrow with a ribbon,
adorned with mirrors. In the South is yellow Yama holding a sword in your
right hand and a banner of victory in your left. In the West is red Yama with
a wish-granting gem in your right hand and in your left a skullcup filled
with nectars. In the North is blue Yama with a staff in your right hand and
a lasso in your left. All four of you have the face of an extremely furious
buffalo, each with three eyes, four sharp bared fangs, yellow hair bristling
erect and five dried human skulls crowning your head. You each have a long
hanging necklace of fifty moist heads, are adorned with bone ornaments,
stand with your right leg bent and your left outstretched on an extremely
furious buffalo as a cushion and have your penis standing erect.

OM KALA-RUPA YAMA-RAJA HUM PHAT.

(Repeat many times).


OM YAMA RAJA SADO-MEYA, YAME DORU NAYO-DAYA, YADA
YONI RA YAKSHEYA, YAKSHE YACCHA NIRA MAYA HUM HUM
PHAT PHAT SVAHA.
OM BHU-CHARANAM, YA PATALA CHARAYA, MAN KECHARAYA,
TA PURVA NIGANAM, KA DAK-SHINA DIGAYA, HUM PASHCHIMANAM, PHAT UTTARA TIGAYA, OM-I, HRIH-YA, SHTRIH-VA,
VI-KSHI, KRI-KO, TA-E, NA-A, NA-DE, HUM BHYOH PHAT, SARVA
BHUTA-BHYAH.
OM DASHA-DIKA LOKA-PALA SAPARI-VARA ARGHAM, PADYAM,
GANDHE, PUSHPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, NAIVIDYA, SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA.
OM DASHA-DIKA LOKA-PALA SAPARI-VARA OM AH HUM.
O Karma-Yama, ogresses, dakini-witches, evil spirits, zombies and
hosts of those who obey whatever you tell them to do - you who in the
presence of the Subduer and Dharma-Lord Manjushri, pledged to tame
the mara-demons and protect the teachings - to all of you who are sworn
as outer and inner protectors, without an exception, I bow and turn with
a wishful mind. O directional protectors, with your entourage, act with
enlightening influence to still any interferers of my practice of the sacred
Dharma.

Consecration of Offerings to Mahakala


OM HRIH SHTRIH VIKRITANANA HUM PHAT.
OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHAH
SARVA DHARMAH SVABHAVA
SHUDDHO HAM.
(Everything) becomes void.
While in a state of Voidness,
there arise the first syllables of the
(Sanskrit) names of each of the
material offerings for my wishes to
be fulfilled, each adorned with a
dot on top. These melt and become
the individual offering substances
to bind me closer to the deities, as
well as wild animals and objects of


offerings, beyond imagination, to please the Gurus, Yidams and Mahakala


of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness, together with his entourage. Coming
before the eyes of the Gurus, Yidams and Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep
Awareness, together with his entourage, they become increased.
OM SARVA-VID PURA PURA SURA SURA AVARTAYA AVARTAYA
HO, VAJRA SPHARANAM KHAM. (3x)
OM ARGHAM, PADYAM, PUSHPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, GANDHE,
NAIVIDYA, SHABDA AH HUM.
OM RUPA, SHABDA, GANDHA, RASA, SPARSHA AH HUM.

Generation of Mahakala and His Entourage


OM HRIH SHTRIH VIKRITANANA HUM PHAT.
OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHAH
SARVA DHARMAH SVABHAVA SHUDDHO HAM.

Mahakala
(Everything) becomes void;
in the sense that all things are
void of inherent existence.
While in a state of Voidness,
from a PAM there arises a lotus
and from a RAM a sun-disc
mandala, on top of which
from a GAM there comes
a white Ganesh with an
elephants face, holding a skullcup in his right hand and a turnip in
his left, lying on his back with his head showing, facing to his right.
On top of him, from a HUM comes a cleaver marked with a HUM,
from which light emanates, annihilating all evil ones. This re-collects and the cleaver together with the seed syllable transform into
Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness, with a body dark blueblack in color, one face, six arms, intensely blazing, extremely wrathful and completely furious. Your facial expression is ever-changing,
your four sharp fangs are bared, your three red, round eyes flash
like lightning and (your face) is completely contorted with wrinkles
of anger. Your yellow-brown hair bristles erect, your moustache
and eyelashes intensely blaze like the fires at the end of time, your tongue
darting about as you roar like thunder the diabolical chortle HA-HA. In
your first right hand you hold a cleaver, in your second a rosary of skulls
and with your third you furiously clatter a damaru made of skulls. In your


first left hand you hold a skullcup with blood, in your second a trident and
in your third a vajra-lasso. The hair on your head is tied up with a blue
snake, you have red ones as adornments above your ears, variegated ones
as adornments on your shoulders, a white one as a choker-necklace, yellow
ones as bracelets, a green one as a hanging necklace and white ones as a sash
and as anklets. You have a moist tiger-skin as a lower garment tied with a
sash of green silk. Your belly bulges greatly and your stocky limbs have an
unbearably bright glare. Five dried human skulls crown your head and you
have a long hanging necklace of fifty moist heads dripping with blood. Your
forehead is smeared all over with vermilion red powder and an Akshobhya
crowns your head. All your arms and legs are extensively adorned with
jingling bells. You wear as a cloak a moist elephant-skin and you stand in
the midst of a huge inferno of flames in a dancing pose with right leg bent
and left outstretched.

Palden Lhamo
To your left, from a
BHYOH comes (Palden
Lhamo, Remati), the
Sole Mother, Lady of
the Desire Realm, with
a body black in color,
one face and two arms, with
your right wielding in the sky
an intensely blazing sword and
your left holding at your heart a
moist skullcup still with its scalp
of hair and filled with blood.
From your gaping mouth your
fangs are bared, and your threeeyed face is completely contorted with wrinkles of anger.
The crown of your black hair
which bristles erect is adorned
with peacock feathers. The upper part of your body is cloaked with a moist
elephant-skin and your lower garment of cloth made from hair is tied with a
black snake as a sash, with thousands of tassels. Your body is adorned with
drops of human blood, streaks of human grease and dabs of the great ashes
(of cremated corpses) and from the center of your navel there shines a sun.
You ride on a mule with a white patch on its forehead and are surrounded
by tens of millions of flesh-eating dakini-witches.

Kshetrapala
In front of Mahakala, in the
midst of countless cannibals, from a KSHIM
comes Kshetra-pala, with
a body dark blue-black
in color, one face and two
arms. Your mouth gapes
open and your fangs are bared,
causing enemies to cry out in
anguish. Your three eyes are
red, round and glare with the
evil-eye at enemies and interferers. In your right hand your
wield in the air a cleaver to cut
the jugular veins of enemies
and interferers, and in your left
hand you hold up a skullcup
with which you feed the blood
from the hearts of enemies and interferers to the mouth of the main figure
(Mahakala). Your yellow-brown hair bristles erect, you are crowned with
dried human skulls, are extremely terrifying and hideous in form. You ride
on a mad black bear and stand in the midst of an extremely fiery blaze of
flames.

Jinamitra
To the right of Mahakala,
on cushions of a lotus, a
sun and a corpse, from
a JIM comes the lordly
Jina-mitra, with a body
maroon in color, with the form
of a yaksha cannibal-spirit, one
face and two arms. With your
right hand you clatter (up in the
air) a damaru made of skulls
and in your left hold up a skullcup of blood.

Takkiraja
To the rear of Mahakala, on
cushions of a lotus, a
sun and a corpse, from a
TAM comes the Yamadevil Takki-raja, with a
body dark blue-black in
color, stealing the lives
of enemies and interferers with
merely a glance. You have one
face and two arms with your
right clattering (up in the air) a
large damaru-type drum make
of skulls, and your left fully outstretched in a threatening mudra.

Trakshad
To the left of Palden Lhamo,
from a TRAG comes
the mara-demon
Trakshad, black, one
face and two arms,
with your right wielding in the
air a lance with a red banner and
your left holding at your heart
a skullcup of blood. You wear a
cloak of blue glossy silk dabbled
with variegated colors and ride
on a horse which is jet-black and
white.
All three of you are extremely
wrathful and terrifying,
and stand in the midst of an
extremely fiery blaze of flames,
each surrounded by an entourage of hundreds of thousands of cannibals
and evil ones.

Beyond all these, in the ten directions are the ten directional protectors
like Indra and so forth. In addition, there is an entourage of the eight great
gods, the eight great naga-serpents, the eight great planet-deities, the four
world-guardians, the twenty-eight constellation-goddesses, the nine great
terrifying ones, the seventy-five protecting Mahakalas of the faction of the
clean, together with hosts of spirits of the Three Realms of existence.
Beyond all these is an army-horde of a sea of oath-bound ones, who feast
on flesh, delight in blood, are merciless, wrathful, fierce, hideous in color,
faces contorted (with wrinkles of anger), bloodshot eyes, mouths gaping,
fangs bared, holding various weapons, able in an instant to draw the lifebreath out of every living creature and completely filling the earth, the sky
and the space between.
The main central figure and everyone in your entourage has a
white OM on his forehead, a red AH on his throat and a blue HUM
at his heart. Rays of blue light from the Hum at my heart in an
instant draw forth to this place the glorious Mahakala and host of
his deities, together with his entourage, from the cremation grounds
of Sil-wai tsal, the Grove of Chills, to the southeast and from the
vicinity of Tzan-dan kang-chig-pa, the Land of Sandalwood Trees.
In the Great Cremation Grounds of the Grove of Chills, in the
center of a mandala blazing like the fires of the Fearsome Eon, is
Mahakala, the great powerful one, surrounded by eight classes
of ogresses and dakini-witches, black and horrible beyond imagination.
Countless black and white goddesses and all appearances of worldly beings
are your slaves. All Three Realms are your entourage. Wiser than all the
haughty, arrogant ones, you flash in an instant like lightning throughout thousands, millions and billions of worlds, smashing to dust hateful
enemies and interferers. We practitioners, who have a close bond with you,
beseech you to remember what you promised before the eyes of the past and
present Buddhas and to come to this place where we continually maintain
this close bond, where the outer, inner and secret reliances are complete
and where there is a mountain-like torma offering cake with an ocean of
blood swirling around it like a sea of nectar. By my faith and your close
bond, please come here, O great Mahakala. I beseech you to come to this
mandala-site. O cannibal-host who are your obedient entourage, such as
Kshetra-pala and so forth, I beseech you to come, O oath-bound ones who
promised to safeguard the teachings.
OM SHRI MAHA-KALA-YE SAPARI-VARA E-HYE-HI.
KSHIM.
(Repeat this syllable many times, visualizing hordes of Mahakalas
and entourage coming from the Cremation Grounds and dancing
over your visualized symbolic ones, clattering their damarus, clanging
their bells and so on).
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JAH HUM BAM HOH.


You become non-dual with your symbolic counterparts.
PADMA KAMA-LAYE STVAM.

Praise and Offerings


Without ever wavering from the state of the Void Sphere of All Things
and with your wrathful body which subdues all who are unruly, you
destroy the rudra-egomaniacs who would misuse the teachings. To you, O
Mahakala, I offer prostrations and praise.
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SAPARI-VARA ARGHAM, PADYAM,
PUSHPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, GANDHE, NAIVIDYA, SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA.
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SAPARI-VARA RUPA, SHABDA, GANDHA,
RASA, SPARSHA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA.
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SAPARI-VARA OM AH HUM.
OM. I offer to the mouth of my precious and kind root Guru, who is the
essence of the entire body, speech and mind, good qualities and enlightening influence of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and three times, who
is the source of eighty-four thousand groups of teachings and who is the
lord of all the Sangha community of Arya Noble Ones - OM AH HUM.
Furthermore, to the Gurus together with their lineages who confer
empowerments, explain the tantras and give verbal guidelines - OM AH
HUM.
OM YAMANTAKA HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM VAJRA MAHAKALA KSHIM KSHETRA VIGHNANA VINAYAKA
HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA - OM AH HUM.
BHYOH MA-MO NAG-MO VETTALI SENDHA KULU KULU MAHA
BALINTA KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI - OM AH HUM.
OM KSHETRA-PALA VIGHNANA HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM JINA-MITRA VASHAM KURU HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM TAKKI-RAJA SAMAYA BHYOH HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM DUYA-GAJAH MAHAKALA TRAKSHAD HUM PHAT - OM AH
HUM.
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SHASANA UPA-HARINE, ESHA APASHCHIMA KALO, AYAM IDAM RATNA-TRAYA APA-KARINAM, YATI
PRATI-JNAM SMARASI, TATI IDAM DUSHTAM, KHA-KHA KHAHI
KHAHI, MARA MARA, GRIHNA GRIHNA, BANDHA BANDHA,
HANA HANA, DAHA DAHA, PACHA PACHA, DINAM-EKENA
MARAYA, HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA - OM AH HUM.
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Furthermore, to the mouths of the Vira-Heroes, Dakinis, Dharmapala


Protectors, Guardians of the Teachings of the Three Realms, together with
deities of places and lords of the earth - OM AH HUM.

Requests
At the crown of Mahakalas head comes my kind root Guru, with a body
yellow in color, with the brilliance of hundreds of thousands of suns. In
your right hand you hold at your heart a wish-granting gem and in your left
hand you clasp a golden bell. Sitting with your left leg in the vajra-posture,
you are arrayed with invaluable ornaments of precious jewels. From your
body, which has come from the nature of Vajradhara and all the lineage
Gurus, light-rays emanate, striking Mahakala, whereby he blazes in the
nature of light and bliss. He dances wur-wur sil-sil, and from Mahakalas body light-rays emanate and strike my Guru, so that shimmering
mer-mer in the nature of light, he tolls his bell. My Guru is Mahakala;
Mahakala is my Guru; my Guru and Mahakala become inseparable.
I and all sentient beings as extensive as the bounds of space make requests
to my kind and precious root Guru with the nature of the four Buddhabodies.
To the Great Victorious Lord Shawari, I make requests.
To the Great and Glorious Maitri-pa, I make requests.
To the Greatly Realized Mahasiddha Rahula, I make requests.
To the Realized Scholar Kyung-po nal-jor, I make requests.
To the Unequaled Rin-chen tzon-dru, I make requests.
To the Great Won-ton kyer-gang, I make requests.
To the Yogi Nyan-ton ba-pa, I make requests.
To the Great Ka-drub shang-tom, I make requests.
To Mu-chen gyal-tsan, the glorious and excellent one, I make requests.
To the mantra-holder Dor-je zhon-nu, I make requests.
To the Great and Unequaled Nam-kai nal-jor, I make requests.
To the Great King of the Dharma Tzong-ka-pa, I make requests.
To Ka-drub Je Ge-leg pal-zang-po, the glorious and excellent one, I make
requests.
To the Six-Armed Mahakala of Deep Awareness, I make requests.
To the (White) Mahakala Wish-Granting Gem, I make requests.
To the Quick-Acting, compassionate Mahakala, I make requests.
To my Guru inseparable from Mahakala, I make requests.
To Mahakala, inseparable from my Guru, I make requests.
To you with the compassionate nature of my inseparable Guru and
Mahakala, I make requests.
NAMO BUDDHAYA, NAMO GURUBHYA, VAJRA VIRA VIRINI
SHRIYE, DAKA DAKINI, YOGI YOGINI, SARVA BUDDHAYA BODHISATTVA, SHARANAM GACCHAMI KYAI.

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(Repeat this 3x while visualizing rays of yellow light emanating from your Guru
and innumerable tiny Mahakalas emanating from Mahakala, both filling your
body, dancing about inside and clearing out all sickness and harm from your
body).
NA-MO.
From the glorious and holy root and lineage Gurus residing in the ten
directions and the three times, I request inspiration.
From the Yidams together with the hosts of their mandala-deities, I request
inspiration.
From all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I request inspiration.
From the Vira-Heroes, Virini-Heroines and Yoginis, I request inspiration.
O hosts of deities of the glorious Six-Armed Mahakala of Deep awareness,
let there be no obstacles to your deep awareness.
Let there be no impedance to your powers and abilities.
Let there be no postponement in your compassion.
Let your inspiration and blessings have no (discrimination between) near
and far.
Inspire me through the gateways of your unbearably horrid body, speech,
mind, good qualities and enlightening influence.
Inspire me right now!
Inspire me immediately!
Inspire me on this very spot!

Purification
At the crown of Mahakalas head comes my kind root Guru, with your
body white in color, holding in your right hand a crystal five-spoked vajra
at your heart, your left hand in meditative pose holding a skullcup filled
with nectar and sitting with your feet in the vajra-posture. An immeasurable burst of light-rays emanates from your body and this burst of light-rays
emanated from your heart bring forth in the space before you hosts of deities of vajra body, speech and mind.
OM VAJRA SATTVA SAMAYA MANU PALAYA, VAJRA SATTVA
TVENO PATISHTA, DIRDHO ME BHAVA, SUTOSHYO ME BHAVA,
SUPOSHYO ME BHAVA, ANURAKTO ME BHAVA, SARVA SIDDHIM
ME PRAYACCHA, SARVA KARMA SUCHA ME, CHITTAM SHRIYAM
KURU HUM, HA HA HA HA HOH BHAGAVAN, SARVA TATHAGATA,
VAJRA MA ME MUNCHA, VAJRA BHAVA MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA
AH HUM PHAT. (21x)
(Repeat 7x while visualizing from white deities of vajra body, red of vajra speech
and blue of vajra mind, white, red and blue hundred-syllable mantras respectively emanate and strike the three syllables OM AH HUM on your Gurus body,
speech and mind, purifying him of all degenerated commitments. Repeat another
7x while visualizing from these three spots on your Guru the same emanation
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of mantras to syllables on the three spots of Mahakala, similarly purifying him.


Repeat yet another 7x while visualizing from these three spots of Mahakala the
same emanation of mantras to syllables on the three spots of yourself as Yamantaka and of everyone in his entourage doing the same purification. At the end
feel yourself filled with the three-colored rays of light and purified of all obstacles,
black karmic debts and degenerated commitments).

Confession
HUM!
O Vajradhara, Glorious Shawari, Maitri, Rahu, Yogi, Ratna and Dharma
Sinha, Dharma Prajna and so on, you eight precious Gurus, pay me heed. I
openly declare and confess that not realizing that the Buddhas of the three
times and Gurus of the lineage, who can grant the hopes, wishes and what
is of benefit for all beings, are all of the Dharmakaya with double purity, I
have come under the sway of understanding them to be worldly.
O hosts of outer, inner and secret deities of body, speech, mind, good
qualities and enlightening influence, please pay me heed. I openly declare
and confess that having entered the gateway of the supreme Mantra Vehicle,
I have acted contrary to the root and branch vows and let them degenerate.
O Six-Armed Mahakala of Deep awareness, with sublime enlightening
influence of power, might and ability, who the moment you are remembered remove all interference and bestow actual attainments without a
truly existent joining or parting, please pay me heed. I openly declare and
confess that having gathered, in cremation grounds, thick forests, on river
islands and in border regions, the outer and inner reliances and material
offerings to bind us closer, I came under the sway of laziness and mental
wandering and did not properly accomplish my retreats, offerings for my
wishes to be fulfilled and making of confession. And especially I openly
declare and confess that concerning the secret reliance and the peerless,
supreme (reliance), namely the Body of Great Bliss of you, my inseparable
Guru and Mahakala, I have not realized with inseparable conviction and
loving respect, that you are the pure Dharmakaya. Ashamed and with a
regretful mind, I openly declare and confess before your eyes, supreme
deities, whatever I have done, under the sway of being confused by a lack of
awareness, that has been contradictory to your body, speech and mind, O
Guru Mahakala and your entourage.
O Kshetra-pala, Jina-mitra, Takki-raja, Trakshad and Remati, ten
directional protectors and (Mahakalas of) the faction of the clean - all you
who act as messengers of the actions of explaining and practicing with deep
awareness, please pay me heed. I openly declare and confess that when
you have unwaveringly enacted your enlightening influence toward me in
accordance with your oaths just as you have promised, I have not presented
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you at such a time of thanksgiving with an offering tsog of flesh and blood
tormas or with my confident faith. I openly declare and confess that, not
realizing the faults and mistakes because I lack extra-sensory powers, I
have befriended and disclosed the secrets to those who would cause the
teachings to disintegrate and to bodily enemies of the Gurus, instead
of annihilating them with wrathful, violent actions. With remorse and
shame, I openly declare and confess, whatever masses of confused faults
and mistakes I have committed such as letting myself be contaminated
by those who would cause my commitments to generate, engaging with
such ones in conversation and eating meals with them, as well as making
miserly offerings of inferior quality, neglecting to offer you the first portion,
making mistakes in my meditations and mantra-recitations and so on.
Having made this confession in order to cleanse away degenerations and
contaminations, I request you, O Guru Mahakala and your entourage, to
be as patient as a father or a mother for their naughty child and bestow on
me all actual attainments at this time. Although confession and things to
be confessed cannot be aimed at as having true existence, yet, in order to
purify myself of the instincts of the prejudiced thoughts (that would grasp
at such true existence), may I, by strongly confessing to you supreme, holy
and venerable objects, attain Great Bliss.

Offerings for Ones Wishes to Be Fulfilled


HUM!
By the power of the root and lineage Gurus, the Three Supreme Ones,
the words of the Victorious Buddhas, the secret mantras, the awareness
mantras, the single-minded samadhis and mudras, and by the truth of
the naturally pure Void Sphere of All Things, may a mass of appropriately
obtained offering substances to bind us closer, as well as outer and inner
offerings fill the earth, the sky and all the space in between, to confer
uncontaminated Bliss and grant all wishes. May they come before your
eyes and increase, O Mahakala of Deep awareness together with your
entourage, and may all my wishes be fulfilled.
By this offering liquid of an ocean of red human blood, the blood from
the hearts of evil enemies and interferers, frothing with an orange foam,
fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness. Sole
Mother, Palden Lhamo, fulfill my wishes. Four murdering cannibals,
fulfill my wishes. Oath-bound Dharmarajas, father and mothers, fulfill my
wishes. Sea of oath-bound obedient servants, fulfill my wishes. Having,
together with your entourage, fulfilled my wishes, restore everything deficient with us yogis and our teachers. Turn back all adverse conditions and
interference, and please grant, without an exception, all appropriate actual
attainments.
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By this flower of sense organs, piled like a mountain, of the eyes, ears,
noses, tongues and likewise the hearts of evil enemies and interferers, fulfill
my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this cloud of smoke of appropriately obtained incense blended from
supreme wrathful ingredients such as poison, blood, mustard seeds, black
gu-gul powder and so on, and set alight with the fiery coals of a cremated
corpse, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this butter lamp of the rendered human fat of evil enemies and
interferers, with a wick of cloth made from their hair and set ablaze with a
hungry ghosts fire, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep
Awareness.
By this fragrant liquid of fresh and old blood mixed with camphor,
saturated and blessed with the five nectars and having congealed globules
of human grease, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep
Awareness.
By this ocean of food with hundreds of flavors of black grain, cooked
foods, mashed rice, pastries, radishes and sesame cakes, all mixed with
flesh, blood and bones, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting
Deep Awareness.
By this music of the various booms and crashes of human thighbone
trumpets, small secret drums, clay-pot drums, round drums and large
damaru-type drums made of skulls, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of
Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this laid-out display of the flayed skins of enemies and interferers as
canopies covering the sky, the moist intestines of evil ones as hanging ornaments filling the space in between and skeletons covering the ground, fulfill
my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this moist elephant-hide, tiger-skin, garland of human heads, the
six types of mudra-ornaments and this smear of vermilion red powder, the
supreme substance of the dakinis, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of QuickActing Deep Awareness.
By this drink of purified, generated and increased Bodhichitta which
generates astounding happiness and is a supreme nectar collecting the
essence of thousands of stimulating intoxicants, fulfill my wishes, O
Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By these thirteen black steeds with the strength of clouds, able in an
instant to circle the four continents, ample in flesh, with beautiful manes,
ribbons adorning their ears and a stunning moon-like white spot on their
foreheads, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.

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By these thirteen great shaggy yaks covered with long hair as if with
clouds, having sharp and lofty pointed vajra-horns and bellowing with violent roars, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By these thirteen black sheep with white tufts on their heads, sex organs
unimpaired, four beautifully rippled and well-curved horns and coats of
soft, excellent wool, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep
Awareness.
By these thirteen black garuda-like eagles, shrieking with violent cries,
lightning flashing from their mouths and having vajra-beaks and talons to
tear out the hearts of fiends, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting
Deep Awareness.
By these thirteen black mastiff dogs with white fur by their hearts,
pouncing like bears with wide-opened mouths, fangs bared and a terrifying bark, savagely beautiful with various ornaments, fulfill my wishes, O
Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
Furthermore, by this supreme cloud of actually arrayed and mentally
created seven precious things, five desirable sensory objects, outer and
inner offering substances, the Four Continents, Mount Meru and so on,
fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this blood-red torma offering cake piled like a mountain, decorated
with numerous maroon ribbons and blessed by samadhi, mantra and
mudra, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this inner reliance of a thunder-like arrow to speed like lightning
to the center of the hearts of enemies and interferers, pliant and straight,
adorned with great vulture-feathers and having a black ribbon hanging
from its shaft inscribed with the life-mantra, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala
of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this secret reliance of the heart of a hero killed by weapons in battle,
with the three channels unimpaired, completely filled with powdered
jewels, excellent medicines and (written) mantras, and then generated and
blessed, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness.
By this supreme, peerless reliance of realizing that even though displaying a violent body that could devour the Three Realms, it is an illusion-like
body of appearance and Voidness inseparable from all the root and lineage
Gurus, and thus making plaintive requests, fulfill my wishes, O Mahakala
of Quick-Acting Deep Awareness. Sole Mother, Palden Lhamo, fulfill my
wishes. Four murdering cannibals, fulfill my wishes. Oath-bound Dharmarajas, father and mothers, fulfill my wishes. Sea of oath-bound obedient
servants, fulfill my wishes. Having, together with your entourage, fulfilled
my wishes, restore everything deficient with us yogis and our teachers.
Turn back all adverse conditions and interferences, and please grant, without an exception, all appropriate actual attainments.
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Invocation and Offerings to White Mahakala


HUM!
Without forgetting your oaths just
as you promised
before the eyes of
the glorious Vajradhara, O Glorious
(White Mahakala)
Wish-Granting
Gem, together with
your entourage,
please come quickly
without impedance. Before me
on top of cushions
of a lotus, sun and
moon, (you appear)
with the color of
a snow mountain, with a wrathful, lustful, gloating stance, jeweled ornaments and clothes of heavenly scarves, haughtily standing with each of
your two equidistant legs on top of Ganeshes. Of your six hands, the first
(two) hold a vase of jewels to bestow in plenty all wished-for actual attainments without exception; the middle (two) a cleaver
and trident to free us from enemies and interferers and
the last (two) a large damaru-type drum and hook to
gather in the Three Realms. By praising and entrusting
myself to your enlightening influence, you ocean-like
host of oath-bound ones who accomplish all pacifying,
increasing, controlling and wrathful actions, I request
you spontaneously to grant all the aims that I wish for. I offer you flowers,
incense, illuminating butter lamps, perfume, food, music, the five desirable
sensory objects, seven precious things, together with Mount Meru and the
Four Continents, and a massive tsog of outer, inner and secret offerings.
And this gigantic, amazing, uncontaminated nectar of the five meats and
five nectars, purified, transformed and increased inside a skullcup broad
as a thousand, million, billion worlds, I likewise offer to you, O Glorious
(White) Mahakala, together with your entourage.
OM GURU MAHAKALA HARINISA SIDDHI DZAH.

(Repeat many times).

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Requests to Six-Armed Mahakala to Accept the Offerings


and Fulfill Ones Wishes
HUM! O Mahakala, Lord of the ten Bodhisattva stages, although there
is nothing definite about where you must reside, yet for appearances sake
for individual beings you appear to the south of Bodh Gaya in the Great
Cremation Grounds of Sil-wai tsal, the Grove of Chills, in this supreme
place of fearsome things - with the howls of yama-devils di-ri-ri, the violent shrieks of the ogresses kyu-ru-ru, oceans of blood swirling kyil-lili, rendered butter of human fat glimmering lhab-se-lhab, the smoke of
singed human flesh billowing chil-li-li, the stomping dances of the male
mara-demons thundering chem-se-chem, the circle dances of the female
mara-demonesses swirling gor-ro-ro, human thighbone trumpets blaring kyu-ru-ru, wild beasts of prey roaring wu-ru-ru, the blaze of great
lightning flashing kyug-se-kyug, the violent crash of thunder roaring
chem-se-chem, thunderbolts and great hailstones plummeting shara-ra and the ground shaking with the eerie cackles of hordes of marademons and cannibal spirits - in such a supreme and holy place. O you
whose fearsome body has one face, six arms, mouth agape, tongue darting,
palate smacking, three eyes blazing like the fires at the end of time, stocky
limbs furious and dazzling, the thunder-like roar of the violent cry HUM,
the color of black medicinal eyeliner sparkling like Mount Meru, you have
the boom of terrifying laugher KSHIM-KSHIM, a cleaver, a rosary of
skulls and a clattering large damaru-like drum, a skullcup of blood, a trident and lasso to fling, and who dances with the jingling ring of bells, pray
come here together with your entourage of the Sole Mother who dominates
over all the ogresses, the four murdering, butchering yaksha-cannibals,
the directional protectors, the hosts of seventy-five glorious Mahakalas
and a sea of oath-bound ones. And please partake of these appropriately
obtained offering substances to bind us closer.
HUM! By Manjushri you were given the name Vighnana-vinayaka,
Slayer of the Powerful Misleading Ganeshes. By Vajrapani you were given
the name Mahakala, the great Black One Who Subdues the Nagas. By
Yamantaka you were given the name Vajra-vetala, Vajra Zombie, Lord of
the Cremation Grounds. Invited by your secret names, pray come here.
When invited, do not let your ears be shut. When signaled, do not let your
eyes be dull. When called to action, do not let your run be slow. When
incited, do not let your strength be weak. When asked to fulfill my wishes,
do not let your mind be slack. When made requests, do not let your heart
be distant. By this ocean of pleasing material offerings to bring us closer,
deficient in neither cleanliness nor completeness, please together with your
entourage, fulfill my wishes by this very night. I confess anything deficient
I have done. I present you offerings of thanksgiving for carrying out well

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your entrusted deeds and make offerings to you now in conjunction with
presently entrusting you with (further) actions. Please enact this enlightening influence entrusted to you.
HUM! I request and beseech you. Bodily enemies of the holy Gurus,
fiends who would cause the teachings to disintegrate and commitments to
generate, black forces of evil as well as mara-demons and interferers who
cause interruptions are causing staunch upholders of the mandalas to leave
them! Some are causing the teachings of the Sage Buddha to disintegrate!
Some are causing interference to the yogis explaining and practicing!
Some are causing the staunch upholders of the wheel of Dharma to fall
apart! We yogis, together with our entourage as well as the monastic community of human-jewels - take care of us! Look after us! Dont let your
strength be weak! For three days never waver from being our guard. For
three nights never waver from being our watchman. Turn back adverse
conditions and bring about conditions that are ever conducive!
From the palace of the expansive Dharmakaya, O Great Deity Mahakala
with your entourage, please accept these appropriately obtained material
offerings to bind us close and turn back for us yogis, our teachers and their
entourage, the evil thoughts and actions of others, as well as bewitching
grasses and bewitching seeds. Turn back the evil spirits bewitching skulls.
Turn back the spinning of Yamas wheel. Turn back the mara-demons
displaying of charts with lines marking victims of intended doom. Turn
back the ogresses bewitching blood. Turn back the red dyes of (the black
magicians of) Zhang-zhung. Turng back the monks bewitching mantras.
Turn back the bewitching horses of the Bon-pos. Turn back the bewitching eggs of the sorcerers. Turn back the interruptions caused by Tirthika
fanatics. Turn back the fiendish disasters brought on by evil mantras. Turn
back calamities instigated through naga-serpents. Turn back the demonic
ghosts plundering like ghouls. Turn back the ghost kings driving us mad.
Turn back the subterranean monsters that come with the
(bad) rishi-planets. Turn back the eighty-four ill omens.
Turn back the three hundred and sixty accidents caused by
ghosts. Turn back nightmares, bad signs, unlucky years,
unlucky months and unlucky days of interference, and the
four hundred and four kinds of sickness. Turn back interruptions caused by dakini-witches, zombies and kings of
the spirit world. BHYOH to all evil-minded ones such as
these, and to all hateful enemies! BHYOH to all harmful
interferers!
HUM! I beseech you to bestow on me at this time all conducive actual
attainments without exception. Cause my following, the teachings and my
wealth to increase, O host of protectors.

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Bringing the Three Realms under Control


At the crown of Mahakalas head comes my kind root Guru himself,
with your body red in color, with your right hand clattering at the dakinis
a large damaru-type drum made of skulls trol-lo-lo and your left hand
holding at your heart a skullcup filled with nectars. You sit there with a
luster that is hard to bear; just a look from your eye has the ability to gather
under your power all dakinis and everyone of the Three Realms of existence.
On top of the vermilion red powder on Mahakalas forehead
come thirteen red syllables HRIH with long vowels and two
dots after each. These transform into thirteen secret dakinis, red, with one face and two arms, the right one clattering
a damaru and the left holding a skullcup filled with nectars.
With the dancing pose of their right legs bent and left outstretched, they become thirteen dancing, whirling globes of
red.
From my Gurus body a flood of rays of red light is emitted, which strike
Mahakala and the dakinis, causing the dakinis to clatter their damarus
furiously and stare into space hrig-hrig with their three wide-open eyes,
and Mahakala as well to clatter his damaru and jingling bells, to stare into
space hrig-hrig with his three wide-open eyes and to roar from his mouth
the diabolical chortle HA-HA. From every part of the dancing bodies of
Mahakala and the dakinis, rays of red light are emitted like hooks, pervading everywhere throughout the Three Realms collecting all sentient beings
under their power and causing everything desired and needed to fall like
rain.
OM VAJRA NARA KSHIM KSHIM HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA.

(Repeat 108x while visualizing as above).

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Mantra Reciation
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SHASANA UPA-HARINE, ESHA APASHCHIMA KALO, AYAM IDAM RATNA-TRAYA APA-KARINAM, YATI
PRATI-JNAM SMARASI, TATI IDAM DUSHTAM, KHA-KHA KHAHI
KHAHI, MARA MARA, GRIHNA GRIHNA, BANDHA BANDHA,
HANA HANA, DAHA DAHA, PACHA PACHA, DINAM-EKENA
MARAYA, HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA.

(Repeat 21x, visualizing the mantra as a rosary of black letters strung on a


string of red light, revolving from your own heart as Yamantaka up and out of
your mouth, into Mahakalas mouth, down through his heart, out his navel, into
your navel and back up to your heart).
OM VAJRA MAHAKALA KSHIM KSHETRA VIGHNANA VINAYAKA
HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA.

(Repeat 108x, visualizing light going from your heart as Yamantaka to the seedsyllable HUM and mantra rosary rotating clockwise around it at Mahakalas
heart, and then light rays from his heart emitting everywhere tiny Mahakalas
performing various actions).
OM GURU MAHAKALA HARINISA SIDDHI DZAH.

(Repeat 21x, visualizing as above for White Mahakala).


BHYOH MA-MO NAG-MO VETTALI SENDHA KULU KULU MAHA
BALINTA KHAKHA KHAHI KHAHI.

(Repeat 21x, visualizing as above with Palden Lhamo).


OM SHRI DEVI HUM PHAT.

(Repeat 21x, as above, also for Palden Lhamo).


OM KSHETRA-PALA VIGHNANA HUM PHAT.

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OM JINA-MITRA VASHAM KURU HUM PHAT.

OM TAKKI-RAJA SAMAYA BHYOH HUM PHAT.

OM DUYA-GAJAH MAHAKALA TRAKSHAD HUM PHAT.

(Repeat each 21x, visualizing as above for each of the four cannibals of the
entourage).
OM YAMANTAKA SAMAYA MANU PALAYA, YAMANTAKA
TVENO PATISHTA, DIRDHO ME BHAVA, SUTOSHYO ME BHAVA,
SUPOSHYO ME BHAVA, ANURAKTO ME BHAVA, SARVA SIDDHIM
ME PRAYACCHA, SARVA KARMA SUCHA ME, CHITTAM SHRIYAM
KURU HUM, HA HA HA HA HOH BHAGHAVAN, YAMANTAKA MA
ME MUNCHA, YAMANTAKA BHAVA MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA AH
HUM PHAT.
(Repeat once for purification of mistakes).

Consecration of the Torma


OM HRIH SHTRIH VIKRITANANA HUM PHAT.
OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHAH SARVA DHARMAH SVABHAVA SHUDDHO HAM.
(Everything) becomes void. Within a state of Voidness, from a YAM
comes a blue bow-shaped wind mandala marked with banners, on top of
which from a RAM comes a red triangular fire mandala. On top of that,
from AHs comes a grate of three human heads, on top of which from AH
comes a white skullcup. Inside it,
In the East, from a BHRUM comes
the flesh of a bull marked with
a GO
In the South, from an AM, comes
the flesh of a dog marked with
a KU
In the West, from a JRIM comes
the flesh of an elephant marked
with a DA
In the North, from a KHAM
comes the flesh of a horse
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marked with a HA
And in the Center, from a HUM, comes the flesh of a human marked with
a NA
In the Southeast, from a LAM, comes feces marked with a VI
In the Southwest, from a MAM, comes blood marked with a RA
In the Northwest, from a PAM, comes white bodhichitta marked with a
SHU
In the Northeast, from TAM, comes marrow marked with a MA
And in the Center, from a BAM, comes urine marked with a MU
On top of this are a white OM, a red AH and a blue HUM stacked one on
top of the other. From the HUM at my heart light-rays emanate, striking
the wind, whereby the wind moves, the fire blazes and the substances inside
the skullcup melt and boil. From the three syllables, light-rays emanate
in order, hooking back Vajra-Body, Vajra-Speech and Vajra-Mind, which
dissolve in order into the three syllables. These then fall into the skullcup
and melt. By means of the HUM, the faults of color, odor and potential are
cleansed. By means of the AH, it is transformed into nectar. By means of
the OM, it is increased and becomes huge.
OM AH HUM. (3x)
From a HUM on the tongue of Mahakala together with each member of
his entourage comes a red single-spoked vajra with a straw of light through
which each partakes (of the offering), sucking in the torma-cake through
the straw of light, satisfying each of their mind-streams with uncontaminated Bliss.
HUM.
(Repeat forcefully 6x with an elaborate visualization to be learned from the
Guru, and then offer the torma first to Mahakala, then Palden Lhamo, each
of the four cannibals in turn and finally to the rest of the entourage with the
following mantras respectively, after which present them with outer and inner
offerings:)
OM VAJRA MAHAKALA KSHIM KSHETRA VIGHNANA VINAYAKA
HUM HUM PHAT PHAT IDAM BALINTA KHA-KHA KHAHIKHAHI. (7x)
OM VAJRA MAHAKALA KSHIM KSHETRA VIGHNANA VINAYAKA
TRAK RAKMO BALINTA MAMSA RAKTA RUTI IDAM BALINTA
KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI. (3x)
OM KSHETRA-PALA VIGHNANA HUM PHAT IDAM BALINTA
KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI. (3x)
OM JINA-MITRA VASHAM KURU HUM PHAT IDAM BALINTA
KHAKHA KHAHI KHAHI. (3x)
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OM TAKKI-RAJA SAMAYA BHYOH HUM PHAT IDAM BALINTA


KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI. (3x)
OM DUYA-GAJAH MAHAKALA TRAKSHAD HUM PHAT IDAM
BALINTA KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI. (3x)
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SHASANA UPA-HARINE, ESHA APASHCHIMA KALO, AYAM IDAM RATNA-TRAYA APA-KARINAM, YATI
PRATI-JNAM SMARASI, TATI IDAM DUSHTAM, KHA-KHA KHAHI
KHAHI, MARA MARA, GRIHNA GRIHNA, BANDHA BANDHA,
HANA HANA, DAHA DAHA, PACHA PACHA, DINAM-EKENA
MARAYA, HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA IDAM BALINTA KHAKHA KHAHI KHAHI. (3x)
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SAPARI-VARA ARGHAM, PADYAM,
PUSHPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, GANDHE, NAIVIDYA, SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA.
OM VAJRA MAHAKALA KSHIM KSHETRA VIGHNANA VINAYAKA
HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA - OM AH HUM.
BHYOH MA-MO NAG-MO VETTALI SENDHA KULU KULU MAHA
BALINTA KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI - OM AH HUM.
OM KSHETRA-PALA VIGHNANA HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM JINA-MITRA VASHAM KURU HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM TAKKI-RAJA SAMAYA BHYOH HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM DUYA-GAJAH MAHAKALA TRAKSHAD HUM PHAT - OM AH
HUM.
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SHASANA UPA-HARINE, ESHA APASHCHIMA KALO, AYAM IDAM RATNA-TRAYA APA-KARINAM, YATI
PRATI-JNAM SMARASI, TATI IDAM DUSHTAM, KHA-KHA KHAHI
KHAHI, MARA MARA, GRIHNA GRIHNA, BANDHA BANDHA,
HANA HANA, DAHA DAHA, PACHA PACHA, DINAM-EKENA
MARAYA, HUM HUM PHAT PHAT SVAHA - OM AH HUM.

Wrathful Actions
(Visualize all enemies between your hands and repeat:)
By having presented this torma offering-cake to you, Guru Mahakala
and your entourage, please free us, O Great Black Mahakala, from those
who belittle and despise the Enlightened State of the Three Precious
Gems, those who criticize the Great Vehicle Mahayana, those who make
schisms within the teachings and cause them to disintegrate, those who vie
against the Gurus bodies and those who hate us yogis. Enemies, interferers - AMUKA MARAYA PHAT! (Clap once, completely smashing these
enemies).
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Praises
HUM! I prostrate to you, O Quick-Acting Avalokiteshvara, your feet
with their anklets crush the misleading Ganesh. O Mahakala, Great
Black One with a tiger-skin as a lower garment, you have six arms and are
adorned with snakes as ornaments. In your (first) right hand you hold a
cleaver, in the middle one a rosary and in your lower one a damaru which
you furiously clatter. In your left hands you hold a skullcup, trident-spear
and likewise a lasso which you use to bind. Your wrathful face has fangs
bared, three wrathful eyes and hair blazing erect. Your forehead is smeared
all over with vermilion red powder. The crown of your head is firmly
adorned with a kingly Akshobhya. You wear a long hanging necklace of
fifty human heads dripping with blood, and your head is adorned with five
dried skulls having crowns with jewels. To you, O Glorious Six-Armed
One, who have come from your field to accept this torma, I prostrate and
offer praise. Protect all staunch upholders of the Buddhas teachings.
Praise all staunch upholders of the Enlightened State of the Three Precious Gems. Pacify all unfavorable conditions and interferences for us, our
teachers and their entourage. I beseech you, please, to grant quickly the
actual attainments just as we wish.
BHYOH! In a mandala circle of blazing flames like the first of the eon,
in a palace of black wind swirling, twirling tsub-mar-tsub is the Sole
Mother (Palden Lhamo), Remati, the Lady of the Desire Realm, with a body
black in color like a thunder cloud, head adorned with skulls, a snow-lion
prancing on her right ear, her left hooded with a coiling snake, three eyes
red with anger, mouth agape and fangs bared. To you, O Terrifying Goddess Lha-mo, I offer praise. Your right hand has a blazing sword to cut the
lives of enemies, and your left a moist skullcup with blood from (enemies)
hearts to drink as a sign of victory. The upper part of your body is cloaked
with a flayed human skin tied with a black snake as a cord. Around the
lower part of your body is a moist elephant-hide wrapped with cloth made
of hair. Because you travel throughout all three - the thousand, million,
billion worlds - you ride upon a mule with three legs (on the ground, and
right front one raised), with (a saddle made of) the upper jaw-bones of cannibals spirits, with a club having notches marking your victims of intended
doom tied on in front (and worn in your sash), with black snakes as a bridle
and reins and a sack of plagues (hanging down in front). BHYOH to your
enemies! Please accept this torma offering-cake and free me from enemies
and interferers. Enact without exception the enlightening influence
entrusted to you.
BHYOH! When I have gladly accepted all difficulties and invoked you,
O Sole Mother Remati, dont be slack, dont be slack. When I have set up
my body and life as a target and invoked you, and now when I serve you, O
Sole Mother, do not let your heart be distant. When I have caused an ocean
of blood to swirl and invoked you, and now when called to action, O Sole
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Mother, do not let your run be slow. When I have amassed a mountainlike torma offering-cake and invoked you, and now when incited, O Sole
Mother, do not let your strength be weak. O your servant, the mischievous
evil Crocodile-Headed One, free me from enemies and interferers. O your
follower, the Lion-Headed One, cut the jugular vein on fiends who would
cause my commitments to degenerate. O Sole Mother, Palden Lhamo,
together with your entourage, having accepted this torma cake of red flesh
and blood, I beseech you please turn back adverse conditions and interruptions and grant the conducive actual attainments without exception.
HUM! O hosts of messengers obedient to Glorious Mahakala, namely
Kshetra-pala, Jina-mitra, Takki-raja, Trakshad and Remati, you ten
directional protectors, hosts of Mahakalas of the faction of the clean and
oath-bound guardians - all of you, please accept this torma-cake that has
been blessed, and, without ever transgressing your commitments to GuruMahakala, guard and protect the Buddhas teachings. Annihilate into dust,
without exception, all enemies and interferers with hateful and evil minds
toward us yogis, our teachers and their entourage, and cause all conducive
conditions of followers, wealth, explanation and practice, to increase like
the waxing moon.
HUM! BHYOH! O army hosts of a sea of oath-bound ones, cut from
their source all previous enemies, pull out from their roots future enemies
minds, pound to dust all present fiends and plunder all forces of evil spirits
and interferers. Eliminate adverse conditions and interruptions for us,
our teachers and their entourage. Grant the conducive actual attainments
without exception and cause followers, teachings and wealth to increase, O
hosts of oath-bound ones.

Invocation of Outer Dharmaraja


Before me, on top of a lotus, sun and buffalo comes a YA which
transforms into a skullcup marked with a YA. Light-rays emanate from it, annihilating all enemies, interferers and evil ones,
then collects back and dissolves into the skullcup, which transforms into
black Karma-Yama with one head, two arms and a buffalos face with three
round, bloodshot eyes. In his right hand he holds a skullcup and in his left
a lasso. His orange hair bristles upwards and his red penis stands
erect. To his left, from a CHAM and then a trident, comes black
Chamundi, with one face and two arms holding a trident in her
right and a skullcup in her left. They are encircled with an entourage of male and female messengers of Yama, the Lord of Death,
such as Yavati and so on. Each of the main figures, and their entourage
is marked on the crown of his or her head with a white OM, at the throat
with a red AH and at the heart with a blue HUM. From the HUM at my
own heart, light-rays emanate, bringing forth from seven levels beneath
the earth in the East, Karma-Yama, father and mother, together with their
entourage.
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OM KALARUPA SAPARI-VARA EHYEHI.


JAH HUM BAM HOH.
They become non-dual (with the ones I have visualized).
Once again from the HUM at my heart, light-rays are emitted, bringing
forth the Yamantakas of the five Buddha-families. I request you please
to confer the empowerment upon him. Having thus been requested, they
hold up vases filled with the nectar of deep awareness, saying OM VAJRA
BHAVA ABHISHINCHA HUM, they confer the empowerment on the
crown of his head, purifying his stains. From the excess water that pushes
out upwards a black five-spoked vajra comes to adorn his head.
OM KALARUPA SAPARI-VARA SAMAYA STVAM.
(At this point, one may recite the mantras of Outer Dharmaraja and Chamundi
if one wishes:)
OM KALARUPA HUM PHAT.

OM CHAMUNDI HUM PHAT.

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Offerings and Praise to Outer Dharmaraja


From a HUM on the tongues of Dharma-raja, father and mother and
each of their entourage, there comes a white single-spoked vajra through
which each partakes (of the offerings) drawing up the essence of the tormacake through a straw of white light.
OM KALA-RUPA SARVA VIGHNANA SHATRUM MARAYA IDAM
BALINTA KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI HUM PHAT.
OM CHAMUNDI SARVA VIGHNANA SHATRUM MARAYA IDAM
BALINTA KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI HUM PHAT.
OM hosts of male and female messengers of Yama such as Yavati and
so forth, together with your entourage, SARVA VIGHNANA SHATRUM
MARAYA IDAM BALINTA KHA-KHA KHAHI KHAHI HUM PHAT.
OM KALA-RUPA SAPARI-VARA ARGHAM, PUSHPE, DHUPE,
ALOKE, GANDHE, NAIVIDYA, SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA.
OM KALA-RUPA HUM PHAT, OM AH HUM.
OM CHAMUNDI HUM PHAT, OM AH HUM.
O hosts of male and female messengers of Yama, such as Yavati and so
forth, together with your entourage, OM AH HUM.
HUM! O Yama, Black Lord of Death, seven levels beneath the earth
in the East, you have come here transforming from a club marked with a
skull that came from a YA. You have the face of a buffalo, furious from his
depths, with your ravenous mouth stretched open, and fangs bared. Your
wrathful eyes are bloodshot from their base, your yellow hair and moustache bristle erect. With the lasso in your left hand, you bind enemies and
interferers; and with the club in your right, you pound them to dust. O
Dharma-raja, hosts of Yamas, Chamundi the Great Ogress holding a trident
and skullcup of blood, as well as your servants, the time has come. Accept
this ocean-like torma offering cake made of human flesh, blood and grease.
Out of compassion and your commitments prescribed by the Victorious
Buddhas, free me quickly from enemies and interferers. With all harmful
enemies, harmful interferers, mara-demons and interruption-makers, seize
them, bind them, tie them up! Summon them, drag them and make them
your slaves! Slay them, expel them, render them dumb; dismember them,
trample them, make them bewildered! Subdue them, destroy them, demolish them fully so that not even an atom of them might remain!
OM KALARUPA HUM PHAT.
BHYOH CHAMUNDI HUM PHAT.

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Praise to Inner Dharmaraja and His Entourage


NAMAH SHRI VAJRA
BHAIRA-VAYA. O you who
with just a stomp of your
outstretched and bent legs can
make the mighty Mount Meru
together with the four mandalas (of the elements) shake
shig-shig and tumble down,
you whose booming diabolical
chortles roared from the widely
gaping mouth of your ferocious
and wrathful buffalos face fill
completely all Three Realms,
you who display a wrathful body
for the sake of those who are
unfit to be tamed by the Sole
Father Manjushri, having bowed
to you with respect, O Yamantaka, the Conquering One, and
by praising you, O Yamaraja (Inner Dharmaraja), the time has now come
for all interferers to beware.
In the clamor of an unrelenting roar wur-wur like mountains splitting
or the ocean churning, in a billowing inferno of violent flames swirling with
sooty black smoke and hundreds of millions of lightning bolts flashing as in
a thunder cloud, in the center of an encircling rosary of five-colored (light)
with an intensity extremely difficult to bear and scorching to the touch,
on top of a reality source pitch-black as if smeared with ten million darknesses and filled with an ocean of blood grease churning chal-chil, on
a cushion of the Lord of Seven Horses (the sun), on top of a black yakshacannibal who lies flat on his back, (you stand) Yamaraja, pitch-black like
medicinal eye-liner, with a short and stocky body, right leg outstretched,
left bent and a stomp that can cause the great earth to quake. Your head
with yellow-brown hair bristling erect is adorned with five dried skulls
and bears a wrathful vajra on its crown. A rosary of moist heads saturated
with blood hangs around your neck and your three eyes dart with the stare
of the evil-eye. The breath from your gaping mouth with its sharp, bared
fangs quivers like the vapors from the mouth of a poisonous snake. In your
right hand you sport a blazing cleaver to cut out the brains of the hosts of
mara-demons and with your left you delight in holding a skullcup of blood.
O mighty ferocious one, wearing a lower robe of a tiger-skin, do not waver,
dont be slack, dont be slack, but remember quickly what you promised to
the face of Yamantaka and accordingly accomplish whatever I, the yogi,
command.
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Also in the four directions around you on cushions of wrathful buffaloes with extremely sharp horns and hooves are you four great Yamas
- white, yellow, red and pitch-black - each with the face of a wrathful, furious buffalo, extremely haughty with the stance of (right leg) outstretched
and (left) bent, completely adorned with gear from the cremation grounds,
mouth agape, and the base of your eyes totally red. Be like vajra- thunderbolts to destroy the hordes of interferers, and by these praises accomplish
all pacifying, increasing, controlling and wrathful actions.
In short, so long as I have not mastered, for the sake of all living creatures equal to space, the Supreme and Sublime Enlightened State of he
who is renowned throughout all the earth as Manjushri, praised over and
again by all the Victorious Buddhas, for that long may you eagerly accept
with respect the orders of Yamantaka and destroy the black forces of evil as
well as all demons who would strive to rob me of the supreme jewels of the
perfect path.

Farewell Offering and Set of Praises for All the Invoked


Guests
OM HRIH SHTRIH VIKRITA-NANA HUM PHAT.
OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHAH SARVA DHARMAH SVABHAVA SHUDDHO HAM.
(Everything) becomes Void. Within a state of Voidness, from AHs
come broad and expansive skullcups, inside of which are HUMs. The
HUMs melt and become water for the mouth, cooling water for the feet,
perfumes, flowers, incense, a butter lamp, food and music. By nature they
are Bliss and Voidness; in aspect they are the offering substances. Their
function is to confer distinguished, uncontaminated Bliss as objects to be
enjoyed by the six cognitive powers.
OM ARGHAM, PADYAM, GANDHE, PUSHPE, DHUPE, ALOKE,
NAIVIDYA, SHABDA AH HUM.
OM YAMANTAKA SAPARI-VARA ARGHAM, PADYAM, GANDHE,
PUSHPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, NAIVIDYA, SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM
SVAHA.
OM YAMANTAKA HUM PHAT - OM AH HUM.
OM SHRI MAHAKALA SAPARI-VARA - OM AH HUM.
OM KALA-RUPA SAPARI-VARA - OM AH HUM.
As the Wisdom-Body of non-dual (Voidness and Bliss), you are extraordinary and all-pervasive. As the (compassion) extending equally to all,
you are the Father of all the Victorious Buddhas. As the Void Sphere of All

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Things, you are (likewise) the Mother of all the Buddhas. As a wisdombeing, you (act) as all the Buddhas Sons. I prostrate to you, O glorious
Manjushri.
Although in the Dharmakaya there is neither love nor hate, yet in order
to tame all evil ones of the Three Realms without exception, you display the
body of the King of Anger, as a compassionate means. I prostrate to you,
terrifying Bhairava Yamantaka.
Without ever wavering from the state of the Void Sphere of All Things
and with your wrathful body which subdues all who are unruly, you
destroy the rudra egomaniacs who would misuse the teachings. To you, O
Mahakala, I offer prostrations and praise.
O obedient servant of Manjushri, guardian of the teachings, oath-bound
Yamaraja, protector with a terrifying form of one face and two arms, I offer
praise to you.

Prayer of the Yamantaka Path


(Maintaining the visualization of all the protectors as your witnesses:)
By the force of such things as my mantra recitation and single-minded
concentration like this on the circle of the Wrathful Lord Yamantakas
mandala - which is the play of Voidness and Bliss appearing clearly like a
rainbow on the face of a stainless mirror - a Ganges-like river of virtue has
been gathered. By this, combined with a host of streams of all beings good
deeds, and by my having trained in the pathway to Liberation as well as in
the conduct of the Bodhisattva vows, may my mind-stream be filled with a
treasure-store of nectar of (having traveled) the common paths to their end.
By the heavenly waters of the vase empowerment, may I be purified of
all ordinary appearance and compulsive grasping at it. And by the higher,
supreme empowerments, may I come to manifest a Victorious Buddhas
Speech, the Sphere of Clear Light, as well as Unity, the abiding nature of
reality. May I protect, even at the cost of my life, all the pure vows and
commitments without exception that I have promised to keep at that time
before the eyes of the Gurus and deities. They are the supreme root of all
actual attainments.
By devoting myself to striving in four (daily) sessions like the flow of a
river, on the rough and fine yogas of the first stage (of practice) which is the
ripening path that produces success on the complete stage, may I cut off
completely ordinary appearance and my compulsive grasping at it.
By pleasing - with offerings, praises and my supreme practice - the Field
of Merit pervading all space which I have invoked with an orb of light from
my heart as the Supreme Vira-Hero, may I complete my great collection of
merit.
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Having set the pride of the Dharmakaya, through my discriminating


awareness that has ascertained the profound Voidness, the meaning of
the mantras, then by having analyzed with stainless logic, may I acquaint
myself fully with peerless deep awareness.
By single-minded concentration on the Ten Furiously Wrathful Ones
who abide in the fiercely blazing (Injunction) Wheel, may I gain the power
to pull out from their roots the black forces of evil, as well as all demons.
In the hub of this wrathful and mighty wheel, the Celestial Mansion of
jewel-like light with a nature of deep awareness is everything beautiful condensed into one. By meditating on this nectar for the eyes, may I establish a
supreme Buddha-field.
By constantly meditating upon Manjushri whose radiant feet are on a
full moon-disc on a turbulent mandala of wind in the center of the Palace,
may I attain a Sambhogakaya free from the impurities of the Bardo inbetween state.
Through the rough and fine yogas done with a complete full body of
Vajra-bairava which I have realized from a wrathful vajra and a seed syllable that came from a sun that burns away masses of superstitious conceptions, may I sport the dance of a Supreme Nirmanakaya that has abandoned
all the impurities of rebirth.
May I develop the supreme insights of the complete stage in conjunction with the thirty-seven facets leading to Perfection, which are the main
points of the nine categories that condense all the Sage Buddhas scriptural
texts without exception.
May I completely master single-minded concentration on the sixteen
types of Voidness in union with the simultaneous Great Bliss that comes
from the white and red Bodhichittas of the activated Vajra Body collecting
together and meeting.
The supreme method for this is the glorious Illusory Body which is
attained from dissolving into the central energy-channel the energy-winds
induced by the three aspects of Voidness. May such faultless signs (of this
achievement) appear, such as the mirage and so forth.
By (meditating) in accordance with the yoga of pure deep awareness,
may I then, in accordance with the yoga of shape, arise in the bodily form of
a deity, beautifully adorned with the major and minor marks of a Buddha,
arising like a bubble in the center of the ocean.
From entering with a beautiful Illusory Body over and over again into
the Clear Light and thus manifesting the actual (Clear Light of) simultaneous (Voidness and Bliss), may I attain a state of Unity on the pure Paths of
Learning in which I have abandoned the obstacles of delusions preventing
Liberation.
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By totally familiarizing myself with this supreme State of Simultaneity,


may I abandon without exception all instincts of delusions through vajralike single-minded concentration. In this way, may I attain in this very
lifetime the state of Vajradharahood.
May I myself, even if alone, cause this wondrous path to flourish and
never to set in any direction or at any time. And may I lead all beings without exception quickly and easily along this path to the Enlightened State of
Vajradhara.
By the virtues arising from my effort in this method and by my pure
selfless wish, may all limitless sentient beings never be parted, but always be
cared for in birth after birth by the peaceful and wrathful Manjushris.
Having manifested the Enlightened State with the Seven Kisses of
Perfection and the nature of the five Buddha Bodies and which lasts as long
as space endures, may I instantaneously lead all endless beings quickly and
easily to this very state.

Begging of Forgiveness for Mistakes,


Final Requests and Dissolution
OM YAMANTAKA SAMAYA MANU-PALAYA, YAMANTAKA
TVENO-PATISHTA, DRIDHO ME BHAVA, SUPOSHYO ME BHAVA,
SUTOSHYO ME BHAVA, ANURAKTO ME BHAVA, SARVA SIDDHIM
ME PRAYACCHA, SARVA KARMA SUCHA ME, CHITTAM SHRIYAM
KURU HUM, HA HA HA HA HOH BHAGAVAN, YAMANTAKA MA
ME MUNCHA, YAMANTAKA BHAVA MAHA SAMAYA SATTVA AH
HUM PHAT. (1 x)
Whatever slightest mistake I have made from my mind being deluded,
please be patient with all of these, O Protector Mahakala, for the same
reason why you are a refuge for all living beings. Whatever I have done
(incorrectly) because of not finding (the proper materials) or not fully
knowing or lack of ability, please be patient with all of these. I beseech you
to grant me the supreme actual attainments, to grant me the fruits of all
samadhi states of single-minded concentration and to grant all sentient
beings the peerless actual attainments as they wish.
I go for refuge, respectfully in my inseparable Guru and Mahakala.
May I be able to eliminate all the delusions, without an exception, of every
sentient being. I go for refuge respectfully in my inseparable Guru and
Mahakala. May I be able to eliminate all the interferences, without an
exception, of every sentient being. By this virtue may I uphold the Buddhas
pure teachings without an exception, throughout all my lifetimes and may
you, O Quick-Acting Mahakala, eliminate all adverse conditions for this
and, without being slack, accomplish all favorable conditions. (Repeat 3x
with intense feeling).
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OM! Please bestow the appropriate actual attainments for bringing


about the aims of beings and I request you, even after returning to your
Buddha-field, to come back once more.
OM AH HUM VAJRA MUH. The wisdom-being extra-worldly guests
depart. The ones who are symbolic beings dissolve into myself and all
other guests return to their own abodes.
(Continue the dissolution, and then, after arising once more as a simple
Yamantaka, and doing such complete stage practices as vase-breathing at
the navel and tum-mo, conclude with the verses of auspiciousness as in the
sadhana).
The cremation grounds (along with the protection wheels) dissolve into
the Celestial Mansion...

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