The Tibetan Bon Terma of the Phurba/Demon Dagger and Grimoire of Vajra-Kila
©1993 GLHoke / ZAXON 210-8-211
Once again, don’t try this at home without the proper empowerments. Another mostly notes doc about Vajrakilaya or DorjePhurba, completely unedited from the 1993 document.
The Phurba Cult :
The Phurba / Phurpa / Phurbu is a weapon commonly held by the Wrathful Deities. It’s history goes back to around 1000ce, and was spread across the Himilayas and west into Mesopatamia and east into Indonesia. The one common physical feature is a long triangular/three-sided blade with serpents trailing down it, and the fancier ones developed handles of the heads of Makara dragons topped by an embedded vajra or lotus topped by a three-sided god’s head. Tibetan Buddhism transformed the triple head into Padmasambhava in his three forms. Some older phurpas have the horse’s head of the deity called Hayagriva. One original theory of how horses and phurpas became connected is that these horse-riding nomadic warriers kept their horses in place by a rope to a pen pounded into the ground, thus the phurba/dagger/peg. Most blades are iron with brass or copper or silver on the handle. But some of the older more practical phurbas are just carved of wood. In Nepal a healer/exorcist/shaman must carve a wooden Forba as an initiation. These all-purpose daggers could be stuck in the ground around a camp or as tentstakes to banish demons from the site. The Bonpo shamans of Tibet had their own “God of the Dart” known as Phur-ba’i-Lha.
If one looks at the geomantic forces of the earth’s electromagnetism as being serpentine or Naga energies, then the phurba was used as an instrument to redirect these powers. Phurbas are like pendulums that respond to power spots and demon haunted grounds. A Dutch Hexen friend of mine refers to them as <demon-stickers>, which is a healthy practical occult view. But the Tibetan practitioners see these energies more as primal and amoral, and thus to be dealt with in an enlightened and compasionate way. But in the end the power of the Phurba god deals decisively both inwardly and outwardly towards the old gods of the Earth. These energies are pinned down, controlled, and re-directed by the phurba master, but the dragon/serpent isn’t killed like Michael or St. George would have done.
The secrets of the Phurba god and his teachings were discovered by Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe-Tsogyel, then hidden again in caves and astral akashic spaces as Terma for later Tertons to discover physically and psychically. They were brought out by Terton Ratna-glin-pa in the 1400’s out of a triangular cave guarded by a scorpion. For this reason phurbas are displayed on altars in triangular bases marked with the scorpion charm.
The Phurba festival is on the 8th day after the 4th new moon of the year, sometime in August, and lasts 5 days. The present 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatsal still has traveling with him both a phurba master and hail master to prepare places for his religious ceremonies and teachings.
As a practitioner of Wicca, I feel that much I have learned about phurba rites can be applied to magicke with the Athalme. In much the same way can the god energies of the even more dualistic West be handled by the athalme used like a phurba. In the same way Witche’s have applied native shamanic techniques for contact with the old Celtic goddesses and gods and elementals. While much of this native European religion has been burned out by X-ianity, the threads of their practices still survive in other forms in the jungles of the Amazon and the caves of the Himilayas.
The serpentine Kris knives of Bali and Thailand are a related magickal weapon. In legend each knife carries a spirit which must be dealt with and which can be used as a protector.
Phurbpas are three-headed daggers into Nagaloka, like the three-headed images of Hekate, the Greek Goddess of the underworld crossroads.
And are not the wood or iron stakes of the vampire hunters this same instrument in the West ?
In Hindu India this god was originally the Vedic Indrakilaya who fought and subdued the drought Nagaraja Vritra with the original lightening iron nail weapon, the Phurba.
Kilana = ‘nailing’ = a process by which a spirit or other ethereal being is nailed down or captured with a mantra and made to remain in a certain location for a specific purpose.
IndraKila = thunderbolt / nail driven into the
head of Vritra, not to kill her but to stabilize her.
Pillars, towers, temples, lingums, spires, phurbas, nails, pins, and swords all pin down the turbulent female chaos energy of nature.
The largest more ornate temple phurpas, called Ma-phur, often blossom into the full form of the Master or God of the Phurba, known as Vajrakilaya or one of the names above.
Hermit Yogi/Yogini Chod practitioners sometimes pitch a shelter with their Khatvanga/Trident as the tent pole and four phurbas as tent pegs.
The original horsemen of the Mongal north may have used a phurba like peg to tether their horses (Hayagriva) to.
Phurba blades have on their 3 sides the 3 Nagas :
Kali Nag – black snake
Padma Kuli – lotus snake
Astra Kuli – armed snake
In Hindu India wooden images of malevolent Goddesses of disease are stuck full of nails to keep them at bay.
Grimoire of the Phurba Master known as
Khyab hJug Ch’en Po :
Here is a description of his mandala/yantra : He dwells in a blazing blue/black triangle surrounded by four interlocking demons and the eight sacred charnel grounds. In it’s centre sits a flowering lotus under the sun and moon. Dorje Zhonnu himself, his body glowing stormy blue, has three wrathful heads coloured white/blue/red surmounted by a vajra or Amoghasiddhi Buddha’s head. He has six arms holding flame, vajra, scorpion, trident, and two holding a single-faced Vajrakilaya phurba centre. His lower body is the three-sided triangle blade with serpent tails weaving upon it. He is surrounded by flames. Sometimes he embraces his consort Khorlo-Gye-Dema. Visualize at his brow a shining white OM, at his throat a fiery red AH, and at his heart a blazing vareagated blue-black HUM. From his body streams ultraviolet light in the ten directions. In the old manuscripts of Phurba practice it is said that the phurba master sits in a mandala/yantra of human skin surrounded by four lotus petals then a circle of ten more blazing petals. In a later section are listed the Naga ornaments and Mandala and Mantras of Vajrakilaya. Some of his other forms are named : Tingnak Dorje Trophur – blue/black vajra wrathful phurba, Muknak Dorje Trophur – purple vajra wrathful phurba, and Dukphur Nakpo – poisonous black phurba.
According to Tarthang Tulku : <<Propitiation of Vajrakila (the wrathful manifestation of Amoghasiddhi) severs the roots of karmically inherited dispositions constituting the personality stemming from envy and jealousy, and eliminates feelings of separateness instigated by insecurity, fear and self-condemnation>>.
Like the medieval magickians co-temporaneous with him, the phurba shaman sits protected in this circle while dealing with his evoked
Nagas/Angels/Demons inside their own constricted triangle. Such a talisman would have a downward triangle, with three phurbas in the corners pointed inwards, inside of which is an eight petaled lotus circle, in which sits the Naga to be questioned or commanded, worshipped or banished.
Tracing these deities back to the natural forces :
Vajrakila = thunderbolt = strike = male/fire
ZaRahula = storm/tornado = suck =
male/air and female/water
Ravana = earthquake/landslide = shake = male/earth
They are the highest RakshaNagaRajas because
space and fire and air are over
the Nagas/Naginis who are of water and earth.
Purba Drugse Champa – Bon Phurba winged form with 6 arms holding 6 phurbas, winged consort holding skullcup and phurba, lower body of Makara head with phurba coming out of mouth, piercing two corpses flanked by a makara with phurba riding makara and a boar with phurba riding a boar.
Universal Phurba deity form : 6 arms holding
right Vajra (Vajrayana Buddhism) and Swastika (Bon)
center Phurba (Shamanism)
left Trident (Shaivism) and Fire (Parsee/Zoroastrian)
Consort Nagini holding
right Snake (Naga) and left Skullcup (Yaksha)
Phurba deity is half male and half female in that the upper half is a phallick tricephalic head mounted on a vajra, and the lower half is a lotus that turns into a makara mouth spitting a triangular blade wreathed in serpents.
The Phurba is used in speed-walking to surf the electromagnetic ley lines like a pogostick.
Yeshe Tsogyal is the main Vajrakilaya lineage holder from Padmasambhava down thru.
Mandalas and Mantras :
Tibetan Naga ornaments of Dorje-Zhonnu :
right shoulder Yukngon
above navel Dutsi-Khyil
gut centre Miyo-Gon
right thigh Dorgyel
left thigh Khamsum-Namgyel
Mandala of Vajrakilaya /
Phurba ‘phrin las lha tshogs:
centre Buddhakila / sKu mahog
azure blue phurba of conch shell
east Vajrakila / Thugs mchog
white phurba of silver
south Ratnakila / Yon tan
yellow phurba of gold
west Padmakila / gSung mchog
red phurba of copper
north Karmakila / ‘phring las
green phurba of iron
Vajrakilaya Bija Mantra :
Ja Hum Ah
Vajrakilaya Mantra :
Om Vajra Kilikilaya
Bam Hung Phat !
Vajrakilikilaya Mantra :
Om Kuru Kuru
Sixteen Syllable Mantra :
Om Vajra Ki Li Ki La Ya
Sarva Bha Gin Bam Hum Phat
Ja Hum Ah
Femanine Vajrakilaya Mantra :
Om Kuru Kuru
Long Form of Vajrakilaya Mantra :
Om Vajra Kilikilaya Dza Hong Bam Ho :
Katam Kaye : Jaye Bhijaye :
Achite : Aparachite :
Mara Sena Pramara Tanaye
Bam Hung Phat !
Mantras from Terma/treatise of Dorje Zhonnu :
Om Rulu Rulu Hum Shoa Hum
Om Bhaser Kili Kilaya Sarvar
Bing Ne Bam Hum Phet !
Burn and stab effigy with Phurpa with the Mantra :
Che Che Stam Bha Ya !
Mantra of Accomplishment :
Sarva Ah Na Ya Vajra Phat !
Ta Tha Ya Tha Ya Hum Phat !
Ah Be Sha Ya Ah Be Sha Ya Hum Phat !
Initiations/Empowerments into Vajrakila :
My first was in the summer of 1993. The occasion was the teaching of the Shakya Trizin in Washington D.C. This lineage of Vajrakila comes from Padmasambhava thru Khon Luiwangpo thru the Shakya royal family and has remained intact down thru the years. An old Phurba was put out on the altar for the empowerment and hidden away immediately afterwards. Wand was thru being touched on the head by the large elaborate torma of Vajrakila.
My second was in the summer of 1994. The occasion was the teaching of Jigmey Phuntsok Jungney, a terton in the Vajrakilaya lineages of Yeshe Tsogyel, Nanam Dorje Dudjom, Terton Sogyal, and Lerab Lingpa. The initiation is called <<The Sole Kilaya of the Sacred Bond of the Heart>> and is of the Phurba called VajraKumara which hung around Padmasambhava’s neck and which he gave to Yeshe Tsogyal. It is the <<Mother of All Phurbas>>. The form of Vajrakila is of a blue youth with two arms rolling a phurba, ornamented with snakes and skulls, surrounded by flames, standing on disks of the sun and moon. The Wang was a sharp hit on the crown with a Phurba. PHAT !
Phurba teachings first given by a 9 headed scorpion in a cremation ground
vajrakila form of shiva as mahakala lord of tent pole, center of tent pole is lingum and 4 pegs are phurbas
padmasambhava had bell metal phurba right for maras and rakshas, kila of teak wood left to protect disciples, and black iron kila necklace indivisible with the deity
herukabuddha raped rudra’s rakshasha wife to birth vajrakumara half heruka half raksha
make mandala of vk from nails or thorns
mahottarakila = 9 heads and 18 arms
mantras of vk in phurba bk pg 46 on and 131
types of symbolic natural phurbas
trident for shiva
eclipse pointed shadow for rahu/ketu
lighteningstrike for vajrakila
swastka for rahu
meteor or comet for ketu
Hayagriva is the wrathful form of Avalokitesvara whose mantra is
OM HAYAGRIVA HU LU HU LU HUM PHAT!
Hayagriva consort Sri has
red head and green body holds kapala left and curved blade right
horses are natural enemies of snakes
Kilaya is like an armed escort. – Yeshe Tsogyal
wrap blue/black cloth around a phurba to stabalize it when thrown like the feathers on an arrow, and this cloth can conceal the phurba from other’s eyes
Ratna Lingpa is the terton who discovered the Vajrakila phurba text which is the lineage thru Penor Rinpoche of the Palyul lineage
Vajrakumara’s consort is Ekajati
Vajrahumkara is in the zenith with vajra and ghanta and snake around topknot and holds also a bow and arrow like rahula
Amritakundalin – snake form
Kila mudra – triangles with first, little, and thumbs
Kilaka – female form
death mantra with bone phurba
OM VAJRA KRODHA YAMARAJA VAJRAKILI KILI HANA HANA MARAYA PHAT!
Sri Devi has a phurba topped with a peacock feather
phurba parts :
vajra – fire
knot – air
lotus/makara – water
blade/nagas – earth
white phurba – bone
red phurba – wood
black phurba – iron
Vajrakila consort Trptacakra or Diptacakra
mantra is HANA HANA HUM PHAT!
kila circle starts from northeast
all trees are seen as living kilas
vajrakila rapes rudra’s wife who is a rakshashi and has son vajrakumara who is half heruka and half rakshasha
rahula is also half rakshasha and half nagaraja
vajrakila yabyum = sex + death
phurba oracle – cast 9 nails and see geometric patterns
black vajrakila has 3 heads and 6 arms
coloured vajrakila Mahottarakila has 9 heads and 18 arms
vajrakila puja like chod in that the universe is destroyed and recreated
grey vk book page 88 has retinue of 10 directions and page 166 has universe visualized as a phurba
on the lingum :
white OM at testicles base
red HUM on shaft
blue PHAT at tip when cumming
female has a red AH in her yoni
via The Tibetan Bon Terma of the Phurba/Demon Dagger and Grimoire of Vajra-Kila – from the Archives of ZAXON Publishing