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Lord Jigten Sumgon’s promise – Mahakala – crows – event when receiving bodywork and mentioning the connection to the Lama
This was a full day for me. I bought a new car, which considering my history of ascetic thriftiness, is a big change. It’s a Corolla, so relatively cheap, reliable and good gas mileage. But I received a very obvious and auspicious sign this morning, prior to visiting the Toyota dealer, while I was receiving bodywork.
I was receiving from Jackie Emm, who is a very skilled and competent bodywork practitioner on top of having a soothing and healing presence and a soft, kind heart. Anyway, we started talking about Buddhism, and because we recently experienced the passing of a mutual friend, we spoke of Buddhism’s thoughts on death.
Let me pause a second for context and say that I have a connection with a Buddhist protector known as Mahakala (who has a connections with graveyards, death and transformation) and I have read that one of Mahakala’s symbols is the crow or raven. In Tibetan, Mahakala is known as the Great Black One (as I’m not sure if there is a word for midnight blue), so it seems fitting that Mahakala’s bird would be black and have to do with death and transformation.
With that said, Jackie was doing some energy work with my heart as I told her, “it is good you have a connection with Janet [Evergreen – another dedicated Buddhist practitioner] and I.”
“Why?” She answered. I have established a solid, trusting professional friendship with Jackie, so I felt it was okay to share what I am about to say next:
I said, “because if you have a strong connection with a serious Dharma practitioner, then you can think of that person at the time of your death. And due to their connection with authentic root and lineage lamas, you will be protected on your journey after you die.” And I am not joking here, as I finished saying this, a large crow flared its wings right outside the window as it flew by and I said, “the Dharma protectors are here.” And then the crow landed on the lamp post outside the other window and proceeded to caw toward us. I mentioned, more to myself than her, “Mahakala is right there!”
Considering Jackie had been really close with our friend who passed away, she admitted that she had asked for a sign as well. And, personally, I suspect Jackie is an old soul and a secret Bodhisattva. So the protectors revealed themselves, whatever the reason. And I had a great treatment as usual.