Mo Lha, and the 5 foremost dieties

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Mo Lha, and the 5 foremost dieties

Postby Adamantine » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:52 am

Can anyone elaborate on this and how it relates to Tibetan Medicine, and if there are specific pujas related to these 5? And perhaps the significance of paintings like this one Image
http://www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm/435.htmldepicting the Mo Lha in the center?

As the name of a particular spirit, Drala is part of a set of personal energies called “the five
patron gods,” as mentioned in the “Invocation for Raising Windhorse.” The five patron
gods occupy stations on the body of a warrior and are essential to his or her success in life.
They are almost synonymous with one’s windhorse (lungta; rlung rta) and are sometimes
called the “five patron gods of authentic presence.” Authentic presence is a translation for
the Tibetan word wangtang (dbang thang), which literally means the “field of power.” It can
be thought of as a globe of invisible light or energy that surrounds a warrior or a saint.
Tibetan thangkas represent it in cross section as a rainbow arc above the shoulders. When
the five patron deities are fully vested on the body of the warrior, his or her windhorse is
raised and the wangtang spreads open like an energy field projecting out from the body.
What is the individual character of each of the five patron gods? One list gives them this
way:
crown of the head—yul lha (yul lha; “country god”)
right shoulder—dra lha (dgra lha; “enemy god”)
right armpit—po lha (pho lha; “male god”)
left armpit—mo lha (mo lha; “female god”)
heart—sok lha (srog lha; “life-force god”)

Yul lha is a very ancient class of deity sometimes associated with hunting. It is translated
at times as “god of the chase.” Sometimes it is simply the word for the deity that rules a
certain region. The sok of sok lha is the famous Tibetan word for “life force.” The life force
dwells in the heart of human beings. It is part of a list of three forces which, in native
Tibetan lore, are essential to human life—sok, tse (tshe), and la, or life force, longevity
energy, and soul.
Sok is sometimes called sok marpo (srog dmar po), the “red life.” Without it the human
body would become inanimate. Tse is an energy which a person receives in a certain
amount at birth. When the tse is all used up, a person dies of old age.4
La is a complex of energies that is responsible for one’s sense of identity. Some scholars,
influenced by the Chinese theory of multiple souls, call it a soul. The la can actually wander
from a person’s body. In that case, one would become depressed, forgetful, and extremely
vulnerable to illness. Eventually, a person whose la has wandered will die. Therefore, there
are important ceremonies in which you call the la back, even offering a “ransom” for its
return. Actually, the famous Kagyü White Tårå practice that is done to extend one’s life is
called “ransoming for the return of the la.”
From here: http://nalandatranslation.org/media/Thirteen-Dralas-of-Tibet-by-Robin-Kornman.pdf
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Re: Mo Lha, and the 5 foremost dieties

Postby Karma Jinpa » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:57 pm

:good:

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. There is a beautiful Tara dedication prayer that includes an aspiration for one's wangtang to increase, but before this I wasn't actually sure about what I was praying for.

Also excellent to hear that the White Tara practice is used to get one's la back. I suffer from depression, so this makes a few things pretty clear.

Not sure how these 5 personal deities relate to Tibetan Medicine. Have you posed this question to those who specialize in TM, like the people running the Yuthok Nyingthik website? Another good source for info might be the folks who run Tara Rokpa Therapy, the confluence of Tibetan medicine and Western psychotherapy created by the late Chöjé Akong Rinpoche. Perhaps they can help.

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=8644

http://www.yuthok.net/tibetan%20medicine

http://www.tararokpa.org/therapy/

:cheers:
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Re: Mo Lha, and the 5 foremost dieties

Postby Malcolm » Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:14 am

Adamantine wrote:Can anyone elaborate on this and how it relates to Tibetan Medicine, and if there are specific pujas related to these 5? And perhaps the significance of paintings like this one



These five deities are the deities that live on a person's body and are with him or her from birth. If they leave the body, then there can be illnesses since they have protective role.

They are mentioned among the snang srid de brgyad in the sde brgyad ser skhyem.
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Re: Mo Lha, and the 5 foremost dieties

Postby Adamantine » Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:57 am

Malcolm wrote:
Adamantine wrote:Can anyone elaborate on this and how it relates to Tibetan Medicine, and if there are specific pujas related to these 5? And perhaps the significance of paintings like this one



These five deities are the deities that live on a person's body and are with him or her from birth. If they leave the body, then there can be illnesses since they have protective role.

They are mentioned among the snang srid de brgyad in the sde brgyad ser skhyem.


Thanks Malcolm. Do you know if there is a physiological relationship with their placement in the body? For instance, the Mo Lha being at the left armpit?

How do you view these, as actual entities, or metaphors for something related to our individuality?

Are they generally communicated with during sang puja? There is a concise sang by Dudjom Rinpoche the second line of which reads
'GO WA'I LHA NGA DRA LHA NYEN PO NAM
(You five superior gods and the fiercely protective dralha)


Are these five deities in particular what he is referencing?

Thanks for your insight! :namaste:
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Re: Mo Lha, and the 5 foremost dieties

Postby Malcolm » Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:13 pm

Adamantine wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Adamantine wrote:Can anyone elaborate on this and how it relates to Tibetan Medicine, and if there are specific pujas related to these 5? And perhaps the significance of paintings like this one



These five deities are the deities that live on a person's body and are with him or her from birth. If they leave the body, then there can be illnesses since they have protective role.

They are mentioned among the snang srid de brgyad in the sde brgyad ser skhyem.


Thanks Malcolm. Do you know if there is a physiological relationship with their placement in the body? For instance, the Mo Lha being at the left armpit?

How do you view these, as actual entities, or metaphors for something related to our individuality?

Are they generally communicated with during sang puja? There is a concise sang by Dudjom Rinpoche the second line of which reads
'GO WA'I LHA NGA DRA LHA NYEN PO NAM
(You five superior gods and the fiercely protective dralha)


Are these five deities in particular what he is referencing?

Thanks for your insight! :namaste:


There is a section of the eight classes that are placed on the body. You can look at the serkhyem of the eight classes and see it quite easily.

And yes, DR is referring to those five gods.
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Re: Mo Lha, and the 5 foremost dieties

Postby Silent Bob » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:04 pm

Authentic presence is a translation for the Tibetan word wangtang (dbang thang), which literally means the “field of power.” It can
be thought of as a globe of invisible light or energy that surrounds a warrior or a saint.


I'm glad to have the mystery of the meaning of "wangtang" finally resolved. I've had that particular invocation from Lotsawa House for years and have always puzzled over the word.
"All the sublime teachings, so profound--to throw away one and then grab yet another will not bear even a single fruit. Persevere, therefore, in simply one."
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