Herein is the Explanation of Candali: The Spontaneous Blazing of Great Bliss
gtum mo’i rnam bshad bde chen rang ‘bar bzhugs so (གཏུམ་མོའི་རྣམ་བཤད་བདེ་ཆེན་རང་འབར་བཞུགས་སོ་)
By mkhan chen dpal ldan shes rab rin po che (མཁན་ཆེན་དཔལ་ལྡན་ཤེས་རབ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་)
There are three topics for Candali. They are the preliminaries, the main practice, and the enhancement. In preliminary part, there are five subtopics: the outer physical form, the inner form of the nadis, the “wheel of protection”, training in the path of the nadis, and blessing of the nadis’ points.
The first practice is Guru Yoga. Dissolve the guru into oneself. Visualize oneself as the Ishta-devata in standing position. Purify the discursive thoughts of Samsara. The purifying antidote is the meditation with complete qualities. The fruit of purification is the maturation of appearance, sound and cognition as the essence of the Vajra. This is the ultimate intent of anuttaraguhyamantra (unsurpassable secret mantra).
Omniscient Jigme Lingpa says, “Ho: All appearances and existence are a pure dakini land. Unchanging great bliss is Vajrayogini Ultimate Vajrayogini is perfect in all aspects. May I attain enlightenment by meeting (my?) own face “. It is like this.
For the outer physical form, one’s body is like Vajrayogini, which is radiant (370). With stable divine pride, the visualization is like a rainbow, which is apparent yet lacks inherent existence. Don’t think of it as solid. You should visualize the (outer physical form) as one’s own size, or the size of a house, or the size of the three worlds. You should (also) train in visualization down to size of sesame seed.
For the inner form of the nadi; the color is light red, which denotes great bliss. It is like butter lamp of mustard-seed oil because it dispels obscurations. It is straight like a plantain trunk, which denotes the life force of all phenomena. It is hollow like a tube, which denotes its’ empty essence. It is the thickness of a medium sized arrow shaft. This is the visualization at the time of Candali practice.
When you are practicing transference of consciousness, it is dark blue to denote unchanging Dharmakaya. It is thin like the petal of a lotus to denote the lessening of obscurations. It is clear like a butter lamp of mustard-seed oil to denote dispelling the darkness of ignorance. It is straight like plantain trunk to denote closing of the lower and wrong paths. These are the special qualities of the nadi.
If the visualization is not clear, apply the methods. (371). If you cannot hold the vayus, apply the methods. If the mind is not concentrated, apply them.
Third, the “wheel of protection”. Sitting in Vairocana’s sevenfold posture is the “main point” of the body. First exhale slowly, then with medium force, and finally exhale forcefully. Exhale nine times. Hold the breath by pressing down the upper vayu and holding (up?) the downward vayu. You should practice for as long as you can hold it. This is “main point” of breathing.
Visualize oneself as Vajravarahi. Exhale three times while thinking of the expulsion of the three poisons. Then hold the kumbhaka-breath once. When you exhale, five-colored light issues forth from the sense organs and the pores of body. The entire world is filled with five-colored light. When you inhale, it enters from all the orifices of body and fills the whole body. Repeat this seven times.
The light changes into a five-colored letter ‘Hung’. When exhaling, the whole universe is filled. When inhaling, the whole body is filled. Repeat this visualization seven times. Again, the letter Hung changes into multicolored light and goes out and comes back. Repeat it seven times. You should maintain the divine pride of the Buddha’s body, voice and mind (372). Finally, all the pores of the body are filled with great wrathful deities. Visualize yourself as a wrathful Buddha who is inside a blazing fire. This is the meditation on the “wheel of protection”.
Fourth, training in the path of nadis. The “Main point” of body is the deity visualization as before. There is the central nadi in the body from the top of head to secret place. It is standing like a pillar. There are the left the right nadis on either side of it. From the upper membrane of the brain to the nostril, there are 16 red vowels like A, AA. and so forth, in the left nadi, and 35 white colored consonants like ka, kha, ga, gha, nga and so forth in the right nadi. You should visualize them as piled up on top of one another.
You should breath in the previous way. Then hold the kumbhaka and concentrate the mind in the reality of vowels and consonants when exhaling. The letters come out equally and continuously. While inhaling, meditate on vowels and consonants. Otherwise, while inhaling, they enter from the secret nostril(?) and rotate like a firebrand. Repeat this 21 times. For the vayu to enter into the central nadi, you need (to train) the paths of the left and right nadis (373). It is very important to train it in an unobstructed way. It helps to increase profound wisdom, it increases the length of the life span, and power (strength?). This is the profound root visualization for the accomplishment of innumerable good qualities.
Fifth, blessing of the nadis’ points. In the state of deity’s form having the three nadis and four chakras or a single central nadi, you should visualize your root guru at heart level. He is in the form of Uddiyana Vajradhara, in union with his consort, on a lotus, sun and moon. On his crown are the gurus of the six lineages. On the top, you should visualize the Dharmakaya Samantabhadra in union with his consort. He is residing in the center of a mass of wisdom-rainbow-light.
You should pray from the bottom of your heart. Finally Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri dissolve into light and absorb into Garab Dorje. He dissolves into light and is absorbed into Manjushrimitra and so on. Finally, they dissolve into your root guru. He is also dissolved into light and becomes a reddish white bindu having the nature of uncontaminated great bliss. It pervades all parts of the nadis and transforms them into the Mahamudra of bliss and emptiness.
The extensive practice is doing kumbhaka seven times with each supplication and dissolution. The medium length practice is performing kumbhaka breathing five times with each supplication and dissolution. When you perform kumbhaka breathing three times, it is the condensed practice
Second Topics: the main practice of Candali
It has three subtopics (which are), the “main point” of body, the “main point” of the vayus, and “main points” of visualization.
First, you should sit in seven-fold Vairocana posture or (that of the six-cornered stove). You need a genuine meditation belt and a large seat of four fingers height for jumping
For “main point” of the vayus, you should perform the nine-fold breathing as a preliminary. For main practice, there are four applications. Among them, the body must be in the previously mentioned posture. From right nostril, you should inhale slowly without others feeling it(?), when it reaches and presses the navel vayu, you should exhale slowly from left nostril. Similarly, inhale from left and exhale from right. Inhale equally and exhale equally (through both). Then, inhale and exhale forcefully.
Then inhale from the right in previous posture, in accordance with turning(?) lean and exhale from the left or you can inhale turning to left side (375) and exhale far to the right. Or you can inhale and exhale equally while drawing the shoulder backward. On these occasions, the vayus causing five disturbing emotions, sickness, negativities and obscurations should be expelled in the form of black air without any residue. Then, you should think that the elements of channels become extremely pure.
In the main practice of four applications, there are inhaling, filling, pressing, and shooting. First inhale the air inside; holding with unity is filling. Reducing equally from left and right (nadis) is pressing. Throwing out (the breath) is shooting.
For visualization, there is the outer Candali, the inner Candali and the secret Candali. Visualizating one’s body as Vajravarahi is the outer one. Meditation on the channels and chakras is the inner one, while meditation on the wisdom of blazing and dripping is the secret Candali. Those are the short statements. When you want a slight extension, there is the visualization of the Ashay and blazing and dripping, burning together.(376)
At first, visualize one’s body in the deity’s form. There is the letter ‘Ham’ at one’s crown, which is inseparable from method and wisdom. Exhale the stale air. In the mean time, you should visualize the mandalas of the elements. There is the blue mandala of sky at sixteen inches from nostrils. The green mandala of air is at fifteen inches, the red mandala of fire is at fourteen inches, the white mandala of water is at thirteen inches and the yellow mandala of earth is at twelve inches. To represent both method and wisdom, you should visualize these in front of both nostrils. The elemental mandalas of right side denote the five mothers such as Locana, who are essences of five elements.
Rasana channel of one’s body is the method part, so that inhaling this continuum is the union of method and wisdom. The left side of mandala represents the five male Buddhas who are the purities of the five aggregates. The left side of the body is the wisdom part. Inhaling the root continuum is the union of method and wisdom. You should slowly and gently inhale from both nostrils and (the vayu) passes through left and right channels. You should dissolve it into the Ashay inside the central channel. At the same time a little downward clearing vayu (377) yellow in color, from a five colored sphere of air, should be dissolved into the Ashay. Think that the Ashay be comes brighter than before. You should inhale, fill, press and throw the air. When you exhale, five colored vayus of the five families go out from the Ashay. When you inhale, they enter and dissolve. The powers of Buddhas of ten directions and four times dissolve into the Ashay during these intervals. The pure essences of environment and living beings also dissolve into it.
Visualization of the blazing: The essence of the Ashay in the form of blazing red Vajravarahi fire goes up inside central channel in an increasing way. Finally, it reaches Crown and meets Hayagriva, who is the essence of method and great bliss, in the form of a letter (Ham). That letter dissolves into light instantaneously and absorbs into the thirty-two petalled crown chakra. Blazing great bliss pervades all of that chakra. It falls down into sixteen petalled sambhogacakra of the throat, and blazing great bliss pervades all of the chakra.
Then, it falls down into eight petalled dharmachakra of the heart (378) and blazing great bliss pervades the whole chakra. Then it falls down into the sixty-four petalled nirmanacakra of the navel and great bliss pervades it. Finally it falls to the twenty-eight petalled bliss-sustaining-chakra of the secret place and great bliss pervades there.
Again, the Vajravarahi fireball of primordial-wisdom of the Ashay goes up from secret place to navel, heart, throat and crown with an increasing amount of blazing. From the crown to the secret place, you should visualize this three or seven times.
For the visualization of blazing and dripping together, one’s body with the channels and five chakras as well as all appearances and existence dissolve into light. White and red droplets of great bliss dissolve into the light of the unity of bliss and emptiness. Its essence is the primordial, natural, and co-emergent wisdom of the luminous Great Perfection. You should rest in the naked, natural, non-fabricated state without any hope, fear, acceptance, rejection, refutation or establishment. This is the ultimate Candali of the abiding nature (379).
You should train the mind with the meditations on the rarity of a human life with freedoms and endowments, the impermanence of life, karma; its causes and results, and the imperfections of samsaric existence. Pray to your Guru and the Triple Gems with great faith by remembering their qualities. You should merge the Guru’s wisdom mind with your intellectual mind. Train the mind in loving kindness and compassion. Develop the precious mind of enlightenment repeatedly. We grasp at an “I” for the mere continuation and collection of the five aggregates without any examination and analysis. When we analyze and examine it, we cannot find an “I”. Meditate one-pointedly on this meaning. All the objects of the outer environment and inner living beings appear true when we do not examine and analyze them. When analyzed you cannot find even a particle that is truly existent. They only appear in the mind. The nature of that mind is not established from the beginning. You should take rest in this sky-like state. This is the enhancement.
I have no experience in this. I’m explaining empty words, which are like the “water” of a mirage. It is explained in a foreign land. Anna has computerized this document. I aspire for the attainment of the inner Vajra-body for every sentient being.
This first rough draft of the English text was completed 11-06-08 by RC Parker. There are undoubtedly still many mistakes and the editing is not finished. The accuracy of the English translation has not been checked. It has not been proofread and likely has many typos and grammatical errors beyond the inaccuracies in translation. Comments and corrections welcome.