Friday, February 1, 2019

Rangjung Kharsapani (self created Avalokiteshvara)


The Kingdom's National Treasure the secret relic ‘Rangjung Kharsapani’ was brought by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel from his monastery at Ralung in Tibet.

Rangjung  means ‘self-created' and Kharsapani means Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig in Bhutanese. The self created statue of ‘Rangjung Kharsapani’ (Avalokiteshvara) had appeared miraculously from the vertebra of Tsangpa Gyre, the founder of Drukpa Kagyu lineage of Mahayana buddhism. It was found in the cremated remains of Tsangpa Gyare. This relic statue has one face and two arms with lotus stalks in the left hand and the right hand in a position of protection.

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  A bodhisattva is an enlightened being who has decided to delay becoming a fully enlightened Buddha and who lives in a compassionate spirit life for the sake of all beings. He has taken vows to save all beings. With a mantra, Om mani padme hum! (Hail the jewel in the lotus), he tirelessly attempts to deliver all beings from suffering. He appears in many different forms to assist suffering beings.

It is widely believed that just having a glimpse or seeing the Rangjung Kharsapani is equivalent of seeing the Avalokiteshwara in real. Buddhist believe that every person whose heart is moved by love and compassion, who deeply and sincerely act for the benefit of others without concern for fame, profit, social position, or recognition expresses the activity of Chenrezig. Love and compassion are the true signs revealing the presence of Chenrezig in him or her.

Compassion is the most important religious practice. For Buddhists, compassion is sensitivity to the sufferings of others and attempt to relieve suffering. It is the realization that we (human beings, animals, and the earth itself) are all interconnected. The Buddha is an example of compassion, for he taught human beings the way to freedom.

If one prays with utmost faith and devotion to Rangjung Kharsapani it is believed to bring forth many merits for oneself and other, and purify all the wrong deeds and dispel of all the bad obscuration we have accumulated in the past lives. It clears away all the malevolent spirits and protects us from outer, inner and the most inner obstacles of this lifetime and brings forth longevity, free of all diseases, good fortune.


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