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The seven branches "Keys of magic that open the gate"

Lama Gongdu

The practice of preliminary actions

The seven branches

Keys of magic that open the gate

     Praise to the guru, deva, dakini! Hum!
     This is the practice of teaching the first branch from the instructions of the Collection of Thoughts of the Teacher-guru. The yogi should show an understanding that corresponds to this, [and say]:

     Om Ah Hum!
      A gathering of teachers-gurus, Enlightened Ones, bodhisattvas and noble ones who are in the three times, past, future and present! [You are] together with all the peaceful and angry devatas, dakinis, protectors of the teaching, male and female guardians of the teaching who have vows!
      Om Ah Hum!
      You do not stay anywhere, deviating from the space of perfect purity! I ask you to appear instantly in the power of compassion in this great vast palace of Great Bliss for the control of three realms, three worlds and six species of beings!
      Om Ah Hum!
      [You are] on a seat of lotus and pure Sun and Moon, methods and wisdom! [Stay] on a seat that is made of jewels with fine silks, nice and soft! [You are] in the seat of pure Great bliss on the top of your head! I ask you to remain steadfast for the good of the beings!
      Om Ah Hum!
      [Acting with] a pure body, I connect my palms on the top of my head! I touch the ground with my five [body parts], bending down with flexibility and happiness! Rising, I prostrate with devotion! Let the splendor and radiance of the bodies of the Three Roots touch [my] body!
      Om Ah Hum!
      With devotion, with a sweet melody of speech, I prostrate myself [before you], proclaiming the activities of deeds and the qualities of greatness of body, speech and mind! Grant to speech the blessing of non-repressed speech!
      Om Ah Hum!
      Having the power of the heat of perfect purity of exalted thoughts, I prostrate, instantly showing perfect remembrance and thoughts regarding the qualities of the three Roots and Sugatas of the three times! I ask you to create nonconceptual clarity and bliss in your mind!
      Om Ah Hum!
      Staying in the natural unity, with the devotion of the body, speech and mind, I offer flowers, incense, oil lamps, fragrant water, food, sounds of music, forms, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, etc.!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I offer four continents, small continents, Meru, seven mountains, the playing ocean, the Sun, the Moon, along with a stream of small stars! I offer a round and full pond, which has eight branches [qualities]! Accept for the good of the creatures!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I offer various types of jewelry, such as gold, silver, turquoise, emerald, sapphire, pearls, lotus raga, emerald, lapis lazuli, crystals, corals, etc.! Please accept with compassion!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I offer camphor, sandalwood, saffron, silahi, nutmeg, heart of perfect victory [tib. rnam rgyal snying po], an accumulation of cottage cheese and meat! I offer all kinds of medicines that destroy obscurations-flares and diseases! I offer it to the Three Roots with a mind full of faith and three gates!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I offer various types of cereals, such as wheat, rice, millet, barley, white mustard, sesame, barley, beans! When I fully offer it with lofty thoughts, I ask you to accept it with compassion for the good of others!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I regretfully repent, with a mind filled with regret and sorrow, of all violations of the basic and secondary obligations of the heart-especially in relation to the body, speech, mind, qualities and activities of the teacher-guru, peaceful and angry deities and dakinis!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I regret to repent of the ten ungodly acts I have committed, such as taking life, taking what is not necessary, impure behavior, lying words, slander, rude words that divide meaningless [speech], passionate mind, malicious mind, false view, etc.!
      Om Ah Hum!
      In addition, I and other beings undertake not to carry out [such acts] after regretting and repenting of all that has been done wrong in the three times, past, future and present!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I and others rejoice with purity in all that is done by the virtuous Noble Ones of the three times, such as pure and impure deeds, actions and all that will become action!
      Om Ah Hum!
      Encourage meeting Sugatas of three times, the Victorious and the Sons, the lords of the ten levels of a Noble and rotate until then, until you empty samsara, the wheel of the Teachings outer, inner, and unsurpassed Chariots!
      Om Ah Hum!
      All of you who have involvement and aspiration have rays of compassion from the essence of the vast space! I pray and ask you to stay, without going into nirvana, for the protection of those who are mired in the mud of suffering!
      Om Ah Hum!
      Thus I make prostrations, offerings, gifts, and repentance for the pernicious, rejoice in virtue, encourage to turn the wheel of Learning, ask to remain without going to nirvana, etc. I offer [merit] from all this for the sake of great enlightenment!
      Om Ah Hum!
      May the spiritual merit that comes from performing the virtuous actions of the three gates in the six periods of time in the form of the seven branches, etc., deeds and what appears as actions — the living beings, the six kinds of beings, follow the path of liberation!
      Om Ah Hum!
      Even in a temporary state, the virtuous and white aspects of the perfection of fortune, virtue, goodness, glory and wealth will spread in the kingdom of the mountain country! May after spreading this, the beings act in the Teachings of the Great Chariot!
      Om Ah Hum!
      May the causes, conditions, and fruits of this defeat the black aspects of the demons, calm all errors, and spread the good! Let the Teachings of the Enlightened One then increase and spread!
      Om Ah Hum!
      Especially when I carry out the Teachings of the Great Chariot, the defenders of the Teachings will not act with fury! You upasakas who have power and glory, show protection and friendship to the practitioners who practice the Teaching!
      Om Ah Hum!
      I offer for the unsurpassed vajra chariot all the roots of virtue that are formed in this way, fully accumulated because of unity, contemplation and lack of contemplation! Let the six species of beings gain omniscience, [level] the Enlightened one!
      How wonderful!
      Let the men and women who are fortunate followers in the future repeat this at the beginning of the practice or in the six periods of the day and night while studying the holy Teaching! Let them, through this constant mindfulness with the first meditative immersion, have all the merit of this virtue! May the qualities of thousands of Enlightened Ones become perfect and follow the levels and paths! Let them proceed to the level of the unsurpassed Vajradhara as the level of the Enlightened One! May they also attain the perfection of wisdom in the temporary state, attain the dharani of forgetfulness, and achieve all conceivable goals! Therefore, all the lucky ones in the future, thanks to diligence in this, will practice! If they find [this] heart, they will teach others and spread [the Teaching]!
     This is how the "Gate-Opening Keys of Magic" end. Padmasambhava, the acarya of Uddiyana, has hidden this realization for the benefit of the future as a treasure trove written in text form by me, Tsogyal. Let him meet the only husband who has a destiny!
     Samaya. Seal. Seal. Seal.
     The terma was extracted by Sangye Lingpa, who is like me, from Puri Phugmochhe.
     Mangalam.
     Translated by Lama Karma Paljor.

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