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The Meditator Becomes the God A tantric meditation or sadhana is a spiritual practice that became popular with the rise of Vajrayana or the third turning. With Vajrayana, emerges the depiction of Buddhahood as the union of compassion and wisdom. Often compassion is seen in the qualities of a male yidam, a fully enlightened being featured as the focus of personal meditation, and wisdom represented in the qualities of a female yidam. Visualizations are key to successful sadhanas. By visualizing oneself as a particular Buddha/divinity, it allows one to familiarize oneself with the state of enlightenment, which then enables one to more easily achieve that state. The following excerpts is from a sadhana described by the 16th century Tibetan monk, Pema Karpo, centers on Cakrasamvara and his consort, Vajrayogini. And upon my lap is the Mother; her body is colored red; she has one head and two hands; and her face has three eyes... Here the meditator is visualizing Vajrayogini, a female Buddha. She is considered to be one of the highest female yidam as well as the consort of heruka (fierce Buddha) Cakrasamvara. Each facet of her form conveys spiritual meaning. “Her body is colored red” to represent her flaming inner fire. She only has “one head” because she has fully realized that precept of sunya (emptiness), which states that all things are empty of intrinsic existence. Her “two hands”
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