Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Prayer to Hold Back the Fires

We are all seeing the devastation wrought by the terrible fires in Southern California. It has become an international story. When people with good intentions see things like this, they immediately ask themselves, "What can I do to help?"

The following is taken from A Prayer Which Spontaneously Fulfills All Wishes. This is a treasure (gter) discovered by Rigdzin Goddem (1337-1408). With all of my heart, I believe that if everyone earnestly recites this excerpt, addressed to Padmasambhava, and applies this to the current situation in Southern California, it will have a profound effect. I am directly expressing my firm belief in the true power of this prayer, which is to unite sentient beings in a wish for the welfare of others. I do not know how to say otherwise.

Please... I beg of you... even if it is only once... recite this prayer, which is offered here without restriction. Please, tell your friends, link to this prayer, and try to encourage as many people as possible to join the recitation:

When the obstacles from earth, water, fire or air

Endanger or destroy our illusory bodies,

WIthout hesitation or divided mind we pray to you;

Orgyen with the female deities of the four elements,

Without doubt will pacify the elements instantly.

Padmasambhava of Orgyen, to you we pray;

Please bestow the blessing of spontaneous fulfillment of our wishes.

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