September 29, 2013

Prayer Winds: The Power of Drala. ~ Katalin Koda

Something living, something real is taking place in everything.

~ Chogyam Trungpa

The sun rises and the flags undulate in the wind, offering prayers to the sky.

When I watch the sun’s first rays illuminate these prayers, I am inspired to sit quietly and feel the movement of the wind, to listen to it rustle and blow through the trees; to watch the golden rays of light dance through the flag like a brilliant prayer.

Riding on the sacred breath of wind, cultivating drala or windhorse, these prayers are intended to benefit all beings.

Drala is a Tibetan word that literally means above or beyond the enemy.  Drala is

wisdom beyond aggression…the self-existing wisdom and power of the cosmic mirror that are reflected both in us and in our world of perception.

~ Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

According to the principle of drala, our own power and wisdom as human beings is not separate from the world around us; in fact it is very much connected and a direct reflection of of our own vision.

We can tap into this seemingly magical quality of drala by simply being present.

The more present we are, the more awareness is cultivated.

In the morning, as I sat in a place of presence, I saw how magical the world is: the sun’s gentle rays spreading across my face; the movement of the flag; the sound of a dove cooing on the line. Each of these qualities are simply the world as it is and yet utterly beautiful in their simplicity, in their presence of being.


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Assistant Ed.: Michelle Margaret/Ed: Bryonie Wise

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