By L.T. Kalsang
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Yet still I ·have not been 'liberated fioni my kingdom. Now I have beeri sent by· them to you, 0 gutu. 22 Bless me with the power of bodhicitta And deliver me. e ~anqala and, bestowing the power of Shri Hevajra, secretly named pjm · Janna-guhey-vajra. Day and mght, the guru ~hpwered up9n him the' rain ·of admonition and followed this· by an empowermerit ( abhisheka) that lasted a full thirteen days, during which time none of his attendants slept, but strolled about, playing, singing, dancing and enjoying many kinds ·of music, These attendants thought only of when the Prince would enierge.
Perhaps that moon might be myself but I kne~ not who was that sun coming from the west. " Then Atisha stood in the centre. of his retinue, surrounded by five hundred horsemen, wearing a beautiful cap bright as the sun. Whereas his thirty-four ·disciples and servants resembled one another in bearing, conduct and costume, his own robe was smooth, shining, of fine texture and sweet-smelling. Brilliant was his splendour, upright his handsome figure and many were his other marks of distinction. " Furthermore they implored: "Pray look compassionately upon us Tibetan people who have accumulated so many evil deeds!
However, at that time, thanks to the services rendered by the religious King of Mnahri, monasteries for bhikshus were built. Nevertheless there was conflict, because those who preferred the Vinaya school opposed the followers of the Tantric school and vice versa. Thus whereas almost all subscribed to this or that doctrine in name, it was rare to :find anyone who understood even one set of teachings, let alone the entire practices and doctrines of the Mahayana. It was a time when numbers of Indians came to obtain gold from Tibet, and these people, pretending to great knowledge of tantra, behaved truculently, employed black arts, and cheated many Tibetans.
Atisha by L.T. Kalsang