Master Manjushri

Geshe Rabten gave this commentary on the Praise to Manjushri in Dharamsala, India, in June, 1975. Translated by Gonsar Rinpoche. Edited by Sandra Smith and Ven. Gyalten Lekden, March 2013.


Homage to my guru and protector, Manjushri!

You, whose intelligence shines forth as the sun, unclouded by delusions or traces of ignorance,
Who hold to your heart a scriptural text symbolic of seeing all things as they are,
Who teaches in sixty ways, with the loving compassion of a mother for her only son,
To all creatures caught in the prison of samsara,
Confused in the darkness of their ignorance, overwhelmed by their suffering.

You, whose dragon-thunder–like proclamation of Dharma arouses us from the stupor of our delusions
And frees us from the iron chains of our karma,
Who wields the sword of wisdom hewing down suffering wherever its sprouts appear,
Clearing away the darkness of all ignorance;
You, whose princely body is adorned with the one hundred and twelve marks of a Buddha,
Who has completed the stages achieving the highest perfections of a bodhisattva,
Who has been pure from the beginning.
To you, oh Manjushri, I bow.


With the brilliance of your wisdom, O compassionate one,
Illuminate the darkness enclosing my mind,
Enlighten my intelligence and wisdom
So that I may gain insight into the Buddha’s words and the texts that explain them.


The Power of Manjushri’s White-Fire Blue-Fire Sword

Hearts Center Organisation, July 2015

“So it’s a great energizer, Manjushri says. His sword is a great energizer; it is an activator. You hear a lot in new-age circles now that a certain ritual is going to do this thing, that it’s going to activate this or activate that. This is common parlance now in the new-age circles. And I understand what they’re mentioning, but a lot of what some woo-woo new-age people consider as these activators are more in their minds than real. Although for those who are really true disciples, are really attuned to the masters and are doing the work, yes, there are these cosmic activators, and this sword is one of them.”

“So through the light that it wields, it activates engrams and powerful stimulants to draw us higher into the divine world and to do our work. This sword helps us to do our work. It clears away the unreal from the real and transmutes that unreal into real so that we can focus on what is real, focus on what is beneficial, beautiful, bright, divine and let go of, erase, transmute and really forget the darkness. This is a type of cosmic forgetting, where we don’t focus on it and therefore it has no effect on us; for what we focus on we become. What we put our attention upon becomes a part of our reality, and therefore by not placing our attention on darkness, we’ve already won about a third of the battle, because we’ve put our attention on darkness so much that it’s entered our world. So it’s a great thing to be reminded to not focus too much on darkness, because then we start absorbing that and it becomes part of our reality.”