Sunday, March 25, 2012

Shocking Prophecies made by Padmasambhava more than a thousand years ago

Many people are familiar with the prophecies of Nostradamus made more than seven hundred years ago, but few people are aware of the prophecies made by Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, more than one thousand years ago.

When asked by his disciple when is the beginning of Dharma-ending age, Guru Rinpoche replied; “When the Iron Birds(1) are flying in the sky and the Iron Horses(1) are running on the roads, we know that dharma-ending age has arrived. At this time, Tibetan Buddhism shall flourish globally. When the iron bird flies and the horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the world, and the Dharma will come to the land of the red men (Western Countries).

In this Dharma-ending age, “Rulers do not act like Rulers, Subjects do not act like Subjects, Fathers do no act like Fathers, Sons do not act like Sons” (2), the relationships between Fathers and Sons are more like Playmates. Women do not honor and uphold chastity; men indulge in lust and unrestrained sexual misconducts.

Note:
1) Iron Birds and Iron Horses are known now as Airplanes, Cars and Trains.
2) This reminds me of Confucius’ Analects: “...ruler be a ruler, the subject a subject, the father a father, the son a son”, with regards to maintaining a world of order. What this means is that ruler shall uphold the duty as a ruler by serving the interests of the citizens. The citizens shall behave like citizens, by being law-abiding, respect the authorities and maintain law and order. Parents should act as parents by being providers, teachers and guardians to their children. Children shall be obedient and respect their parents.


Guru Rinpoche further prophesied that in that era (or rather now), carriages do not require horses to move, they self-propel (3). Youngsters in that era step on something that shaped like a bullhorn and there are wheels underneath that allow them to skate everywhere (4). It is even stranger that people in that era do not need to leave their houses to know things that happen around the world, just by sitting in front of a mirror (5).

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3, 4, 5) Car, Skateboard, Roller Blades, TV and LCD panels, i.e. computer with internet connections.


Guru Rinpoche further said that in that era, many ordained monks are greedy and pursue wealth and fame. They travel everywhere to cheat on their followers. They plan and think of ways to get offerings and donations from followers and possess their own private wealth and properties, yet they do not engage in any Buddhist practices or chanting on their own. They indulge in music, dance and entertainments. They break precepts and vows without any remorse (6).

Note:
6) This is happening now.  Bogus monks are everywhere especially in the Eastern countries. This prophecy coincides with Buddha’s prediction that “There is no disappearing of the true Dhamma until a counterfeit Dhamma arises in the world. Once a counterfeit Dhamma arises then there is a disappearing of the true Dhamma.” 


When i read that The Buddha told his disciples the most important sutra of all, the Surangama Sutra, should be the first to be destroyed, i asked myself how could any teaching be destroyed at this digital age?  I could print a thousands copies and bury them underground and someday someone would dig it up and revives the teachings again.  Or i could upload copies of the sutra to all the available servers on the internet. How could it possibly be destroyed?

Then one day, while doing research and reading news regarding some Buddhist sect in Taiwan proclaiming that the Surangama Sutra is fake and that Buddha never taught that, do i realize what Buddha meant by "Destroy".  This realization was brought to me by a renowned Buddhist master over a seminar that Sutras do not get destroyed physically, they are destroyed by being "discredited".  In other words, by saying that Surangama Sutra is fake and that Buddha never taught that, nobody will ever read or bothered with that Sutra again and that is how it is "destroyed".  This will eventually happen to the entire Buddhism as the predicted by The Buddha, as the Dharma ends when nobody has faith or believe in it anymore.
I would also like to note that the credibility of Buddhism is in the hands of those who represent it, those who spread and teach in the name of Buddhism especially those in "high authority" and/or with many followers.  That puts Buddhism at stake because its credibility is tied to these people.  So The Buddha said, in the Dharma-ending age "follow only the Buddha-Dharma, and not the person who teaches it. In other words, The Buddha warned us against "Idolism". It is The Buddha's teaching and your own practices that liberate you, not any mundane person, not even any self-proclaimed or public-acknowledged certified born-again "Buddha". 
The original teachings of The Enlightened Ones could also be corrupted or altered by self-profiteering persons or by intellectuals. This was also the reason Guru Rinpoche concealed countless Terma teachings to prevent the destruction of the secret mantrayana.  And for each of these terma treasure, the time, the identity of its revealer, the person who would receive and hold the teachings were also predicted.

With regards to mundane lives, Guru Rinpoche commented that in that era, husband and wife relationship shall be ruined and damaged by so-called “double-tongues” women, who instigate, provoke and create disharmony within families(7). Unfilial sons and daughters will chase their parents out from home. Brothers and sisters shall fight among themselves for inheritance, and violate the five precepts without remorse. Buddha’s teaching gradually faded and eventually lost. There shall be incest among the closest kin. Many people shall be addicted to gambling, drugs and alcohol. Buddhas’ statues and paintings, Buddhist ritual instruments are sold in flea markets on the streets (8). Vintage valuables passed down from generations to generations shall be sold and auctioned in international markets. Deforestation and over exploitation of nature causes ecological imbalances thereby resulting in frequent natural disasters. Thieves and robberies shall infest the entire city and paupers and beggars are seen everywhere.

Note: Can anyone tell me what is not happening now?

7) The word “double-tongues” mentioned is what is known to us now as “double-headed”. He specified women that include friends, relatives and kin. This means gossipy friends and kins deliberately giving bad advises and information to create disharmony between husbands and wives and eventually breaking up families.
8) It was mentioned that the karma for such phenomenon is the widespread of infectious diseases.


In the year of metal dragon (9), demons entered the water (10). In the year of Metal Snake(11), demons entered the wind and thunder frost hail, wreaking havoc and creating disasters for many (12). In the year of Water Goat (13), here shall be widespread of infectious diseases (14).

Note:
9) Year 2000 is the year of Metal Dragon based on the Tibetan Calendar.
10) On August 12, 2000, the Russian Oscar II class submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea and exploded.
11) Year 2001 is the year of Metal Snake based on the Tibetan Calendar.
12) i) Tropical Storm Allison that devastated southeast Texas happened in June
2001.
ii) The 2001 Gujarat earthquake occurred in India, killing 20,000 people and causing injuries to 166,000 others.
13) Year 2003 is the year of Water Goat based on the Tibetan Calendar.
14) The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) happened in 2003.


These incidents might not "appear" to be catastrophic or on global scale. Similar to Chinese Calendar, the Tibetan Calender Year has a 60 years cycle. For instance, in year 2000 it was year of Metal Dragon and in the year of 2060 it should be another year of Metal Dragon.  Should He could be referred to any year with that specific Element-Animal.  

Alcoholics shall die of cerebrovascular diseases; gamblers shall die of stomach disorder; slander shall die of throat-related diseases; heavy smokers shall die of lungs diseases; over consumption of eggs, garlic and onion causes frequent nightmares resulting in mental disturbances and eventually related death; hunters and slaughter of animals shall die of liver and intestines related diseases, sinners and those with heavy bad karma shall die of many types of diseases that are painful and sufferings.

The year of Wood Rooster is when the strength of Buddhism is the weakest. Evil spirits and demons shall take opportunity at this time to wrench more havocs and creating more damages.
In the year of Earth Ox15, there shall be wars among countries and many people shall perish.

Note:
15) 2009 is the Year of Earth Ox based on the Tibetan Calendar. However it might not necessary be this year. It could be another cycle of Earth Ox which is 60 years from now. But for sure in 2009 we have encountered frequent natural disasters of different scale.

The origin of this translated text is in Chinese. Any mistake in the translation is solely my responsibility. I am not sure if there is other more complete translation out there in English, if there is, please inform me. Anyone is free to use the content of this translation, responsibly.


Homage to Guru Rinpoche, if not because of Him i weren’t be alive today doing this translation.
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum.

38 comments:

  1. I have heard this very similar prophecies but in Tibetan. You should probably dig up in old Tibetan Libraries and literature. Guru made a lot of prophecies even the invasion of Tibet by China

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  2. Thank you so much for your work in making this material available to the public. I am an America amatuer historian working on a theory that I believe to be true which was left to me by my father. Although this theory has little or no support from western scholars there seems to be mountains of evidence including these prophecies given so long ago by Guru Rinpoche that seem to support it. That theory is that "Asians were present in North America exploring, colonizing and evangelizing long before Christopher Columbus arrived in the late 15th Century." I have written on this subject and my work
    can be accessed by googling: "Were the Anasazi People Buddhists?
    "Mandalas, Mantras, Manjis, and Monuments" and "Dimensions of
    Dine (Navajo) and Buddhist Tradition."
    Recently I came across what I have been told and I believed was
    prophecy of the Hopi Native American culture. Google: "Hopi and Tibetan Prophecy" and "The Hopi People and Buddhist Symbols." Because it is identical or almost identical to the prophecies of Guru Rinpoche I now believe that the reason it is called Hopi Prophecy is because it was accepted and embraced and eventually merged with the Hopi culture as their own ancient prophecy even though in reality it was brought to them by Vajrayana missionaries lead by Hwui Shan in 458 CE. You are an expert on this topic. What are your thoughts on my comments?

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  3. Have you seen how the Imperial Shrine of Japan, the Mirror of Yata deciphered contains ancient Brahmi, Chinese, Hebrew and Shinto religious symbols and writing?

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  4. Regarding the Hopi and Tibetan Prophecy - gogle search it and read the first few headings. Also regarding the 7th Padmasambhava prophecy, how the double tongued will try to separate husband and wife - the one who opened the Hopi tablets to reveal what was inside had been slandered in such a way to the point where friends and family, unwittingly are slandering this family and attempting now to break it apart with false witness provided by the Police State.......

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  5. Thank you for a great contribution! I enjoy your writing and perspective, please keep going!

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement Deva!

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  8. thank you for your translation work and also the contributions by readers. It is really thought provoking and gives real insight to ourselves too. Please share more to benefit lay people like us.

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  9. I am trying to track down the source text for the prophecy of Padmasambhava, "When iron birds fly across the sky (and iron horses ride on wheels), Tibet would be invaded and the Tibetans would be scattered like ants, and the dharma will go to the land of the red people." (there are several variations of this with the part in (*) being present in some and not in others). I was hoping that someone here might known in what text Padmasambhava is recorded as saying this. Thanks.

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    1. prof.Stephen Batchelor, did try unsuccessfully source text with Guru Rinpoche prophecy. Also he wrote article about it. In end of a day we don't know who terton and which terma is a source of Guru Rinpoche prophecy.

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    2. Hi, Id not find it neither, but the 16th Karmapa refered to it many times. The other prophecies like fathers would not act like fathers are include in some ppractice texts of the Karma Kagyü (not all of what was said, the quote that they were traveling over the world I never saw.) Best wishes Gerd

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  10. I am praying interest to study and delve on furthermore about this......thanks

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  11. I am praying interest to study and delve on furthermore about this......thanks

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  12. I am shedding light about the 4 human races. Everyone should know. Sites.Google.com/site/4humanspecies/

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    1. where can the four colors get together, says a bearded white man with blue eyes, and I would be coming to Hopi land from the east

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    2. HMU, nivlac7@live.com or nivlac6872137@gmail.com

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  13. I am shedding light about the 4 human races. Everyone should know. Sites.Google.com/site/4humanspecies/

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  14. well first you must have the book of dead. then the life of and liberation of padmasambhava ISBN:0-913546-18 -6 and larst the secret life and songs of the lady yeshe tsogyel. ISBN 0-14-019205-0.
    here is reading for the rest of your life.

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  15. Thank you everyone for your respective kind comments. I apologize that I was not able to reply on time. In response to Mila, another book i would recommend is "Words of my Perfect Teacher"

    Regarding this post, please bear in mind that the source came from translated commentaries, we cannot verify its authenticity and should not indulged too much in its sensation. What is most important is we remember Guru Rinpoche and embrace his teachings. There are many hidden teachings from Guru Rinpoche called Terma, which shall be uncovered and revealed in its appropriate time by various masters (Tertön) in future.

    Almost everyone who is devoted to Padmasambhava and regularly chant his mantra has personal connection with him directly. Whichever way he guides your life be assured that its the most appropriate based on your individual nature and your mind.

    Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung

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    1. Very wise words.
      Thank you.
      Tashi Delek
      Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Padme Siddhi Hung

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  16. Dear Leong and all the others, thanks for sharing. The citation: "“When the Iron Birds(1) are flying in the sky and the Iron Horses(1) are running on the roads, we know that dharma-ending age has arrived. At this time, Tibetan Buddhism shall flourish globally. When the iron bird flies and the horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the world, and the Dharma will come to the land of the red men (Western Countries)." is famous among the Tibetans, but until now nobody could give me the source. Did you find it in the Chines version? Whats the precise title. I compose a biography about the 16th Karmapa, who visited the Hopis and exchanged about their respective prophecies and named him the fullfiller of their prophecy. They agreed that their prophecies would be the same. Interesting what Hendon writes about Hwui Shan who came in 458 CE to America. Hopis see a much older connections, as they might have older ancestors from the 3rd world, the age before the great flood. If someone has more informations about the Hopi-Native American connection - I'm very interested in that. Please write to info [-at-] karmapabiographie.de Many thanks! Gerd

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  17. So, this famous saying is in fact a myth then? How disappointing.

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  19. manage to find a sanskrit shurangama version. but am still puzzle over why it is so different from the mandarin version one. hopefully one day i will get a satisfy answer as i prefer to recite sanskrit language one.

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  20. I just want to ask 2 questions:
    1) where is Padma's burial place?
    2) why everybody is covering the fact Padma had two sons, so his kalachakra practice wasn't without releasing his bija (seminal seed)?
    Trinogen

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  21. 1-Padmasambhava did disolve his body and mind into the lotus light body beyond dead and he's is still there. He can be seen by those whom realice the spontaneous presence three bodies of the Buddha!
    2-Padmasambhava never had a physical son and never has practice the Kalachakra tantra because it did not existed in his time, that is why hi and the teachers of his time never commented even that name.Kalachaka originates in the 10 th century from the new schools after Atisha coming from in India to Tibet.
    Never the less Padmasambhava did have uncontable spiritual sons and dougthers born about of his own spiritual mind in order to disípate the cause of all suffering of the world, Our own ignorance !

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  22. Hi ! It is because I have expend the last 25 years of my life researching all reference about Padma Sambhava including his ogininal birth place and it has been confirmed by high Tibetans Lamas and actually I live temporaly in one of them ! So If any of you have any doubt about just ask and I will try my best to answer in the best way posible and on the right and auspicious time !

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    1. I am the sun..i am the light of the sun..i am the love around the sun ..i am the colours of life
      Please chant this and share

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    2. I am the sun..i am the light of the sun..i am the love around the sun ..i am the colours of life
      Please chant this and share

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  23. About Tibet Invasion, it was written on the wall beside the door of conference room inside the Potala... Guru Rinpoche didnt specifically said China instead he said Tibet will b invaded by one of their Neighbors country... if he says China before the invasion there will b conflict between Tibet nd China, can u imagine how many people may die frm tht day to 1950..

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  24. Actualy it was an encarnacion of the Buddha Sakyamuni who did teach the sutra. Latter his encarnated as Padma Sambhava to give the Tantras.

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  25. Dear Author..
    Is their any prophecy made by Guru with regard to Bhutan??

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  26. Thank you for such a wonderful insight,l really honour the author to take up the responsibility of all that he has translated or written .Only a wonderful soul can do so.I am really blessed to follow the teachings of Gurupadmasambhav taken to Tibet .By Guru Shishya parampara it has again come to India in the name of Brahmavidya (not Brahmakumari)
    It is also taught in California in the name of Institute of Mental physics.Thanking you again.Let the like minded people come together and spread such wonderful teachings once again .

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  27. The ancient practices emphasized Breath, Meditation and Silence. It is through the practice of breathing exercises and meditation that one gets experiences. Experiences give knowledge and knowledge gives opportunities for experimentation and wisdom. Guru Padmasambhava and his lineage from Tibetan masters to Guru Ding le Mei repeatedly told their disciples to "go find out" through self-effort.
    Thank you for the insight!

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    1. Thank you Sir for this comment and for sharing this post with us.It was an eye opener.I would never have connected the two names.
      The prophecy can be a bit frightening but mental physics definitely helps us with the courage to cope with it.If we still have the teachings, all is not lost.

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