The Blue Pearl ~ the Jewel of Enlightenment

[The follow­ing is one of three short talks deliv­ered by Lao Gan Ma at The Phoenix Rising Expe­ri­ence on Septem­ber 11, 2010 in Marin County. Each talk served as an intro­duc­tion to the perfor­mances that followed.]

The Jewel of Enlightenment

A long time ago, the Divine Mother proph­e­sied that a time will come when two drag­ons battle each other for supremacy in the world: the Black Dragon whose nega­tive energy emanates anger, fear, doubt and greed, and the White Dragon whose posi­tive energy emanates faith, courage, wisdom, compas­sion and Pure Love.

It will be a time when deliv­ering real dharma is extremely diffi­cult.

It will be a time when many things are on fire.

It will be a time when the Divine Mother appears in the form of the Phoenix – the Garuda – and flies through the world hold­ing the auspi­cious Blue Pearl – the jewel of Enlight­en­ment — in its beak — bring­ing peace, hope and joy to a reborn and healed world.

That time is now – the 21st Century.

So, what is this Blue Pearl, this Lan zhen­zhu?

Wher­ever there is the union of purity and depth we find the color blue. The oceans are blue. The sky is blue. The largest animal, the blue whale — a messen­ger of ancient wisdom, is blue. The Medi­cine Buddha is blue. Krishna, Vishnu and Rama are blue.

The Blue Pearl is the power of infi­nite Love and infi­nite Compas­sion.

Love that is Pure and uncon­di­tional.

Compas­sion whose foun­da­tion is wisdom. Compas­sion with­out wisdom is simply kind­ness.

Awak­ening the Blue Pearl releases nega­tive emotions and opens our heart to the energy of Enlight­en­ment.

In Chinese the words “busy” and “angry” are each made up of two char­ac­ters. “Busy” trans­lates as “heart-dying” and “angry” trans­lates as “heart-enslaved.” Think about that.

Though the Blue Pearl’s Love and Compas­sion are infi­nite, it is wise to remem­ber that time is finite. There­fore, we should always keep the lesson of imper­ma­nence close to our heart – there is no time to waste.

The Blue Pearl is the Most Precious Jewel.

To the Divine Mother — Guan Yin – who holds the Blue Pearl – the Soul of all sentient beings — We are the Most Precious Jewel. How pure, how magi­cal, how beau­tiful. This is a Divine Bless­ing.

The Blue Pearl is the vehi­cle of Guan Yin’s teach­ings. To Guan Yin, all crea­tures, even those we perceive as the most nega­tive, have Buddha nature within. The Blue Pearl is a reflec­tion of our Inner God Nature – our Enlight­en­ment. When our forms pass away, the Soul becomes a blue light – a Blue Pearl.

Always remem­ber who you are.

The Blue Pearl has Magi­cal Power.

The Magi­cal Power of the Blue Pearl is not super­sti­tious. It is the Magi­cal Power to see through illu­sion.

Once our Blue Pearl conscious­ness is aroused, so too is our own magi­cal poten­tial. We can mani­fest what we need into our lives — health, wealth, happi­ness.

All Divine Masters have Magi­cal Power. We don’t recog­nize ourselves. But the Divine Masters recog­nize our magi­cal Inner Nature – our Enlight­en­ment.

Be open to the Magic; it reminds us of who we really are.

The Blue Pearl comes from Empti­ness.

Empti­ness is beyond the 3 dimen­sions. Empti­ness is the essence of every­thing we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Empti­ness is form and form is empti­ness.

This is the high­est wisdom. When you really know this, there are no longer walls or obsta­cles. This is Free­dom.  This is Enlight­en­ment.

Most of us have a purpose – always search­ing, always want­ing some­thing. We don’t like the term empti­ness. We prefer abun­dance — but this is illu­sion.

There should be no want­ing. Between each inhale and each exhale is Empti­ness. And in that moment a drop of the “nectar of being” can enter our conscious­ness, reveal­ing that Empti­ness is Abun­dance.

Today, the Black Dragon and White Dragon of the prophecy are strug­gling, and like the posi­tive dragon, the nega­tive dragon has a Divine Nature as well. The essence of both is the Blue Pearl. We too, have both dragon ener­gies inside us, and the Blue Pearl deep in our heart.

Now is our time to surren­der to the awak­ened Blue Pearl – the jewel of Enlight­en­ment — balance the ener­gies, raise our aware­ness, become One with the Divine Mother and help heal the world.

Guan Yin holds the Blue Pearl in her hands.

The Phoenix holds the Blue Pearl in its beak.

We hold the Blue Pearl in our hearts.

Om Mani Padme Hum

A long time ago, the Divine Mother, Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa, the Bodhisattva of Compas­sion, observed and heard the “cries of the world.” Assum­ing her male form — Aval­okite­shava in Sanskrit, Chen­rezig in Tibetan – she paid a visit to the Himalayan Moun­tains. There, in the Land Of Snows, she gave the people of the world a precious gift – her sacred magi­cal sounds, her heart sutra – “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

She promised her “chil­dren”, “If you hold my heart mantra in your heart, you will always be in my vibra­tion, you will always be connected to me and you will always have my bless­ings.”

In the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” – which means “the precious jewel atop the lotus” – “Mani” is the precious jewel and “Pedme” is the lotus.

The Blue Pearl is this precious jewel – the “Mani.” Within it is the compas­sion and wisdom of Guan Yin. It is also a metaphor for all the esoteric teach­ings.

Here in the West, it is a differ­ent kind of “money” that is the most precious. We often hear the mantra, “Oh money buy me a home.” Would we not be better served count­ing our bless­ings rather than our money?

The lotus is a metaphor for the exoteric teach­ings of Enlight­en­ment.

Why is the lotus consid­ered a holy flower? The reason is because it grows out of the mud. Mud is a metaphor for our world. Just as the peacock — the prog­eny of the Phoenix — has the abil­ity to trans­form the poison seed that it eats into the beauty of its magnif­i­cent plumage, so too, the Blue Pearl can trans­form the “mud” of the world into the beauty of the lotus for all sentient beings.

Om Mani Padme Hum” beseeches us to fall in love with the mud, to fall in love with the Blue Pearl. The way of the Blue Pearl is not the human way.

By recit­ing the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” every day, we are reminded that during these diffi­cult times, we must shed our fear, our anger, our doubt and our judg­ment. We must remain calm in the face of disas­ter, and mani­fest the qual­ity of the lotus, emerg­ing from the mud pure and with­out stain.

The 21st Century is the century of the Divine Mother. It is the time when the femi­nine energy of Enlight­en­ment will assert itself through­out the world.

A tran­scen­dent Master of the Dakini lineage once imparted the follow­ing wisdom to her beloved grand­daugh­ter:

Life throws rough circum­stances towards us, and only wisdom can resolve their mean­ing. When we are tested by Heaven, there is a reason. Whether we can view each obsta­cle as a bless­ing, whether every “bad” person we encounter is a messen­ger, depends on whether our hearts are with the Dao, and whether our love truly reaches high and deep. We can retrieve some­thing worth­while out of karma, but only if we make offer­ings in spirit, even to forces we perceive as nega­tive. We should give thanks for the wonder­ful oppor­tu­nity to be tested, which enables us to develop patience and compas­sion.”

It is a common misun­der­standing to think that when we recite her mantra, we glorify Guan Yin. Rather, it is Guan Yin who glori­fies us – the precious Blue Pearl inside each one of us – our true Inner Nature, our Enlight­en­ment.

Om Mani Padme Hum.”

Lotus and pearl