The 29th of every month is Protector Day. This is part 11 of a 12-part series aimed at helping us remember our Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden and increase our faith in him on these special days.
In the last post I explained most of the things we request Dorje Shugden to do. In this post I will explain the summary requests from the sadhana.
Please remain in this place always, surrounded by most excellent enjoyments.
As my guest, partake continuously of tormas and offerings;
And since you are entrusted with the protection of human wealth and enjoyments,
Never waver as my guardian throughout the day and the night.
All the attainments I desire
Arise from merely remembering you.
O Wishfulfilling Jewel, Protector of the Dharma,
Please accomplish all my wishes. (3x)
This verse is the synthesis of the entire Dorje Shugden practice. Everything is contained within this verse. We can understand this verse as follows: The first line refers to our pure wishes, not our mundane wishes. The second line refers to wherever we imagine a Buddha, a Buddha actually goes, and where ever they go, they accomplish their function. If we remember Dorje Shugden, he will infuse himself into the situation and transform it into something we see as perfect for our practice. The third and fourth lines explain how Dorje Shugden can become a wishfulfilling jewel. Since he accomplishes all our spiritual wishes, if we make all of our wishes spiritual ones, he will accomplish all our wishes.
Whenever we are in a difficult situation, we can recite this verse like a mantra requesting him to provide us immediate protection. Then we should strongly believe that he has infused himself into the situation and everything is now perfect. We may wonder why is it that all the attainments we desire arise from merely remembering Dorje Shugden. The reason for this is Dorje Shugden is a wisdom Buddha, which means he primarily helps us by blessing our mind to be able to see how the conditions we have are perfect for our practice. When we remember him, we recall that everything is emanated by him and thus perfect. Just believing this to be the case with faith opens our mind to receiving his powerful blessings. Sometimes we understand immediately how the situation is perfect for our spiritual training, other times it is not so clear. But even when it is not clear why the conditions are perfect, our remembering him gives us the faith that things are perfect, so we can more easily accept them. Understanding exactly why things are perfect for our practice is obviously best, but sometimes simply understanding that things are perfect is good enough to set our mind at peace.
If we do not have time to engage in the whole Dorje Shugden sadhana, we can just recite this verse three times and this will maintain our commitments. One verse said out of deep faith and a pure motivation is far more powerful than hundreds of hours of sadhana practice with a distracted, unfaithful mind. If we offer our life completely into his care, it does not matter how much recitation we do. But with that being said, reciting the full sadhana is obviously more effective than just reciting this last verse assuming our faith and motivation are equal in both situations.
After reciting the “all the attainments I desire…” verse, it is customary to pause and make personal requests for ourself and the people we care about. The following are some example requests we can make. General requests can include, “May I gain all the realizations necessary to lead all those I love to enlightenment.” This is the essence of our bodhchitta wish. We can also make the request, “Please arrange all the outer, inner and secret conditions so that all those I love may enter, progress along and complete the path to enlightenment in this lifetime.” This request fulfills our superior intention to lead all beings along the path to enlightenment.
Some specific requests we can make are: When we do not know what is best, we can request “Please arrange whatever is best with respect to _____.” When we think something is best, but we have some attachment to getting it our way, we can make the request, “With respect to ____, if it is best, please arrange it; otherwise, please sabotage it.” When we have some situation that needs transforming, we can request, “May my/his experience of _____ become a powerful cause of my/his enlightenment.” Finally, we can request anything that has a pure motivation, but we shouldn’t become attached to getting things the way we think is best. We do not know what is best, which is why we need an omniscient Dharma protector managing these things for us.
After we have made our requests, we can maintain three special recognitions. We can hold these recognitions in the meditation session and the meditation break, and indeed for the rest of our life. First, we can think, from now until we attain enlightenment, and especially in this lifetime, everything that appears to us physically is emanated by Dorje Shugden for our practice. Certain appearances will be for us to overcome certain delusions. Certain appearances will be for us to generate virtuous minds. But we can be certain that from this point forward, there is not a single physical appearance that has not been emanated by him for us, so we can correctly see everything as an emanation of him for our practice.
Second, from now until we attain enlightenment, and especially in this lifetime, everything that we hear is emanated by Dorje Shugden to teach us the Dharma. Obviously, this includes all the Dharma teachings we receive. But it also includes conversations we overhear, songs we hear, even the wind blowing through the leaves. But we can be certain that from this point forward, there is not a single sound that has not been emanated by him to teach us the Dharma. We can correctly imagine that all sounds are mounted upon his mantra, and that when we hear the sounds they teach us the Dharma.
Third, from now until we attain enlightenment, and especially in this lifetime, everything that arises within our mind will be emanated by Dorje Shugden to provide us an opportunity to train our mind. Obviously, this includes every time we generate virtuous minds with our Dharma practice. He will also help us generate the virtuous minds of the stages of the path. This additionally includes all the delusions that arise within our mind. For example, if strong anger arises, we can believe it is emanated by him so that we can practice patience. If strong jealousy arises, we can think it is emanated by him so we can practice rejoicing, etc. This also applies to what others think, for example what they think about us, etc. We can view everything that others are appearing to think to be emanated by Dorje Shugden for our practice. We can be certain that from this point forward, there is not a single thought that will arise within our mind or the mind of others that has not been emanated by him to provide us an opportunity to train our mind, so we can fully accept everything that happens as perfect for our practice.
In the next post I will explain how we can increase the power of our practice of Dorje Shugden.