[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.”