Prayer by the 5th Dalai Lama to Gyelchen Dorje Shugden


 


HUM

Though unmoving from the sphere of primordial spontaneity,
With wrathful turbulent power, swifter than lightning,
Endowed with heroic courage to judge good and bad,
I invite you with faith, please come to this place!  

Robes of a monk, crown adorned with rhinocerous leather hat,
Right hand holds ornate club, left holds a human heart,
Riding various mounts such as nagas and garudas,
Who subdues the mamo’s of the charnal grounds, praise to you!  

Samaya substances, offerings and torma, outer, inner and secret,
Favorite visual offerings and various objects are arranged.
Although, previously, my wishes were a bit dense,
Do not stop your powerful apparitions, I reveal and confess!

 Now respectfully praising with body, speech, and mind,
For us, the masters, disciples, benefactors and entourages,
Provide the good and avert the bad!
Bring increase like the waxing moon in spiritual and temporal realms!

 Moreover, swiftly accomplishing all wishes,
According to our prayers, bestow the supreme effortlessly!
And like the jewel that bestows all wishes,
Always protect us with the Three Jewels!

Even the composition of this short praise and propitiation brought benefit. Thus, although undisputed great Tantric masters tried to subdue him by burning him in the fire through their rituals, his display of miraculous power only grew greater. (from ‘MUSIC DELIGHTING THE OCEANS OF PROTECTORS’, page 105).

HIS HOLINESS THE FIFTH DALAI LAMA WROTE THIS PROPITIATION AFTER REALIZING THAT DORJE SHUGDEN WAS NOT A HARMFUL SPIRIT, AS HE HAD FIRST ASSUMED BECAUSE OF THE DISTURBING APPEARANCES THAT MANIFESTED AFTER TULKU DRAKPA GYALTSEN’S DEATH.

AS KYABJE TRIJANG DORJE CHANG EXPLAINS, SUCH DISPLAYS AS THAT OF TRYING UNSUCCESSFULLY TO SUBDUE THE DHARMAPALA, SERVE TO BRING OUT THE GREATNESS IN BOTH THE DALAI LAMA AND DORJE SHUGDEN WHO, IN THE PROCESS, SHOWED HIS HAVING MASTERED GUYASAMAJA’S TWO STAGES, AMONGST OTHER SIGNS.

THE GREAT FIFTH NOT ONLY WROTE THIS PRAYER, BUT EVEN CRAFTED A FAMOUS AND STILL-EXISTING STATUE OF DORJE SHUGDEN WITH HIS OWN HANDS (pic below, statue at Gaden Pelgyeling Monastery, Nepal).