Clear Garland Crystals of Fire - autobiography of Tsasum Lingpa
Supreme lord protector of all sentient beings and the buddha of the three times,
Through the power of inspiration, you became the gracious, crown jewel.
I bow down to the lotus feet of the guide who showed the path of the Buddha to me in this lifetime, Ratna Karmabhadra.
Then in a very special place in Tibet, the Land of Snows, at the time of the powerful father Padmasambhava, I was born as the translator Sangye Yeshe from the Nub family. The unrepayably kind Lord gave me pro- found teachings.
Then he put his hand on my head and gave me great lineage blessings and empowerments, as well as all of the yellow scrolls of the nine symbols, (terma) keys, and other signs predicting where I could be of benefit throughout the three times. He then said, “Go to the cave of Yang Zang Mountain.”
In general, when I closely [connected with] the tsa lung practices, I actually achieved the accomplishment of the “Vidyadhara of Immortality” (Tib. Chime Rigdzin). After this, I reincarnated as many other tertöns, such as Dumgya Zhangtrom, Bonpo Dragtsal, and Drimed Kunga, who revealed the vast and profound teachings, and made meaningful connections with everyone who met me within the six realms.
I was born twice, [once] at Lholdrak and once at Moon, where I completed beneficial works for those areas. Then I went to the places called Dhagpo and Kongpo, which were very populated. I even had a place to live. I stayed there three years to complete all the beneficial activities. Afterwards, I went to Eastern Tibet. This is the brief story of my previous lives.
Only father protector of all beings, Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha of the three times, Who came in the form of the Lama in a human body, King of the Healers who removes all sickness of the five poisons of sentient beings, I bow the top of my head to the lotus feet of Yeshe Palbar.
[Next,] about how I continually searched for a birthplace [and parents while I was preparing to take birth in the bardo): I had been looking and looking all the way to the lower eastern part of China, but I couldn’t find the perfect auspicious parents. I was very sad and upset, suffering and tired.
My heart winds were rising up and I was beginning to get angry. At that moment, in the sky in front of me appeared a wisdom dakini, who was naked and decorated by six bone ornaments. Jumping and dancing, she said, “Child, listen to me very carefully without distraction.
Didn’t you meditate on the pith instructions of the four chakras? Don’t be upset. Keep your mind in the freshness state and go from here just for a short distance where there is the place that is truly blessed by your father. There you will find the perfect auspicious place [for your rebirth).”
When she said this I was very comforted and became confident. I began to recognize this dancing dakini in front of me, but then I did not. I praised her and made offerings with folded hands and deep devotion, then I answered her by saying, “Please tell me who you are and what emanation you are.”
I have always accompanied you, my son.
Are you confused? You are confused because your concentration is still up and down, good and bad. After one year you will meet [me, your] mother.” Then she instantly disappeared like a rainbow in the sky.
Then she held my hand tightly and it felt like I went with her. Then I asked mother, “Who are you? Please tell me.”
She said, “TAM TA TARE,” and we moved very quickly. I couldn’t recognize her because my mind was unstable. At that very moment I was in the very high mountains in a deep and narrow ravine. There was a big noise of a river and wind. Then a large tornado arose and I felt completely trapped.
Instantly, I fell unconscious.
After a while I slowly awoke. I did not see the lady who had been with me.
It was very hot and rough, and everything appeared in different shapes.
When I maintained my mind in its own natural state, wisdom arose and I understood that this was the bardo. I thought that I was now definitely in the womb, so I reinvoked the creation stage practice of the yidam.
I realized that this was not the same house that I saw before. Now it appeared as many houses and lands.
My experience was similar to a rough dream, with happy and difficult situations rotating one after another. When I looked at my body again and again, I saw different forms that kept changing from what I had just seen.
I asked, “What is this country? Is this the city of the womb of samara?” Then I thought to myself, “If this is the womb then it must be the place of the mother,” and I began calling for my mother, “Ama lak!”
When I called it seemed like someone was answering me, but when I looked in different directions I didn’t see anyone. Sometimes [things appeared] clearly and other times they were unclear. I had the feeling that I had stayed a long time in one place. Even though at that time I sang Dharma songs, I cannot remember them as clearly now, so I will not include them here.
This is how I entered my mother’s womb.
Body of the spacious wisdom essence, pure from the beginning,
You who are the only guide of sentient beings and the Buddha of the three times,
The supreme victorious one among all captains, and the jewel of my crown chakra,
I bow down to the feet of the only parents, Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal.
Thirdly, [the location of] my birth place is in the northern direction of the Vajra Throne (Bodhgaya), and Kashi and Bamboo grove lands in the central land [of India) which was blessed by the victorious ones.
From Mt. Kailash appearing as a crystal stupa, and passing through [the eight glacial mountains of Tibet), the whole area has the geo- logical formation of a female cannibal lying down. The victorious one (Buddha Shakyamuni with his 500 arhats] came and blessed these places, made predictions, and miraculously left their hand prints.
The mountains) Dokham Zalmo [and Jowo Zegyal) are holy lands that appear like a heap of precious jewels, and were blessed by Buddha Guru Padmasambhava with supreme qualities, as the navel chakra of emanation.
Rongchen glacial mountain looks likes the opening points of a vajra.
When you view the land, all of the formations of the area look like the whole uni- verse is open.
In the slope of the deep valley, in very ancient times it was known as the Land of Demons, where many negative forces were subdued. Still, there are many scavengers like jackals and wolves that make very scary noises.
There are many black birds flapping [their wings], making empty noises.