Heruka Vajrasattva purification practice

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Heruka Vajrasattva mandala


“According to Tantra, one of the most powerful purifications is meditations on Vajrasattva. Recite the mantra of Vajrasattva, the 100-syllable mantra. If you don’t have initiation, you can say the mantra, no problem, you can visualize Vajrasattva in front of you. [Or] Above your crown, as well.’
— H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche


The Four Opponent Powers

Beyond the perfection of a practice involving all three of Body, Speech and Mind, Varjasattva practice also includes the profound “Four Opponent Powers”:

– The Power of Dependence: Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
– The Power of Regret: recalling all of our negative actions in the past motivated by ignorance, attachment or aversion.
– The Power of Remedy: the mantra and visualization and mental focus on purification.
– The Power of Restraint: or undertaking to refrain from creating negative karma (actions) in the future.


Vajrasattva Heruka Mantra


oṃ sri vajra heruka
samayam anupālaya
heruka tvenopatiṣṭha
dṛḍho me bhava
sutoṣyo me bhava
supoṣyo me bhava
anurakto me bhava
sarvasiddhiṃ me prayaccha
sarvakarmasu ca me
cittaṃ śreyaḥ kuru
ha ha ha ha hoḥ
bhagavan vajra heruka
mā me muñca heruka
vajrī bhava


Oṃ. Vajrasattva Heruka keep your samaya.
As Heruka, remain near me.
Be steadfast towards me.
Be very pleased with me.
Be completely satisfied with me.
Be loving to me.
Grant me all accomplishments.
In all actions, make me mind pure and virtuous. Hūṃ. Ha ha ha ha hoḥ.
O Blessed One, Vajra-nature of all the Tathāgatas, do not abandon me.
Be of vajra-nature, O great Samaya-being, āḥ.


How can Vajrasattva Heruka Buddha purify?

“Whatever manifestations of realms, palaces and forms there are, peaceful and wrathful deities, they do not exist on a gross level. They are forms of shunyata endowed with all the supreme qualities. Therefore, they are known as possessing the aspect of being without self-nature. The minds of those buddhas are completely filled with the wisdom of unchanging non-dual bliss emptiness. Therefore, they are known as possessing the aspect of union. Their body, speech, and mind are eternally filled with the taste of great bliss, free from increase and decrease. Therefore, they are known as possessing the aspect of great bliss.”

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


Sanskrit with extensive English translation:

oṃ sri Vajra Heruka
The most excellent exclamation of praise, the qualities of Buddha’s holy body, speech, and mind; all that is precious and auspicious. Vajrasattva, you whose wisdom is inseparable bliss-emptiness,

samayam anupālaya
And whose pledge must not be transgressed, lead me along the path you took to enlightenment,

Heruka tvenopatiṣṭha
Make me abide close to your holy vajra mind,

dṛḍho me bhava
Please grant me a firm and stable realization of the ultimate nature of phenomena,

sutoṣyo me bhava
Please grant me the blessing of being extremely pleased and satisfied with me,

supoṣyo me bhava
Bless me with the nature of well-developed great bliss,

anurakto me bhava
Bless me with the nature of love that leads me to your state,

sarvasiddhiṃ me prayaccha
Please grant me all-powerful attainments,

sarvakarmasu ca me cittaṃ śreyaḥ kuru
Please grant me all virtuous actions and your glorious qualities,

Seed syllable of the vajra holy mind, the heart essence and seed syllable of Vajrasattva,

ha ha ha ha hoḥ
Seed syllables of the four immeasurables, the four empowerments, the four joys, the four kayas, and the five wisdoms,

bhagavan vajra heruka
You, who are the vajra of all who have destroyed every obscuration, of all who have attained all realizations, of all who have passed beyond suffering, and of all who have realized emptiness and know things just as they are,

mā me muñca
Do not abandon me,

Heruka bhava
Grant me the nature of indestructible union, the realization of your vajra nature,

You, the great pledge being with the holy vajra mind,

Syllable of uniting in non-duality.




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