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Victory Over Evil
The Extensive Practice

of the Solitary Hero Yamantaka

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Victory Over Evil
Meditation on Vajrabhairava

by
Kyabje Phabongkha Dechen Nyingpo

compiled and translated by Sharpa Tulku, Richard Guard and Alexander Berzin
©1990 by Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

©1990 - 2006 Alexander Berzin (www.berzinarchives.com)

Slightly edited and newly formatted by Wolfgang Saumweber
(www.vajrabhairava.com), October 2003;

last revised 3/2006 with corrections by Michael Müller.

Version 2.1 A5 (4/1/2006)

The A5 and A4 formats are provided for
Chenrezig Institute Buddhist Studies Programme in April 2006

(www.chenrezig.com.au)

Je Tsongkhapa with his two main disciples in Tushita Heaven

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Offerings and Praise to the Direction Protectors
Blessing with Root Mantra:

OM YAMARAJA SADOMEYA / YAMEDORU NAYODAYA / YADAY-
ONI RAYAKSHAYA / YAKSHAYACCHA NIRAMAYA HUM HUM
PHAT PHAT SVAHA

Offering the Torma to the Protectors:

OM BHUCHARANAM / YA PATALA CHARAYA MANKHECHARAYA
/ TA PURVA NIGANAM / KA DAKSHINA DIGAYA / HUM PASHCHI-
MANAM / PHAT UTTARA TIGAYA / OM I / HRIH-YA / SHTRI-VA
/ VI-KSHI / KRI-KO / TA-E / NA-A / NA-DE / HUM BHYOH PHAT
SARVA BHUTE BHYAH (3x)

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPALA SAPARIWARA ARGHAM PRATIC-
CHA HUM SVAHA

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPALA SAPARIWARA PADYAM PRATIC-
CHA HUM SVAHA

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPALA SAPARIWARA GANDHE PRATIC-
CHA HUM SVAHA

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPAI.A SAPARIWARA PUSHPE PRATICCHA
HUM SVAHA

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPAI.A SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATICCHA
HUM SVAHA

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPALA SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATICCHA
HUM SVAHA

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPALA SAPARIWARA NAIVIDYA PRATIC-
CHA HUM SVAHA

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPALA SAPARIWARA SHABDA PRATIC-
CHA HUM SVAHA

(Do the mudras and when saying SHABDA, play bell and damaru B D.)

Make the inner offering with:

OM DASHADIKA LOKAPALA SAPARIWARA

OM AH HUM

Play bell and damaru while saying the praise and exhortation by the verse:

O Karmayama, ogresses, dakinis, evil spirits and zombies, all of whom are
sworn as outer and inner protectors, who in the presence of the Subduer and
Dharma-Lord Manjushri, pledged to tame the demons and protect the teach-
ings � O with a wishful mind I bow and turn to you. O directional protec-

Consecration of Sense Offerings for the Self-generation
OM HRIH SHTRIH VIKRTANANA HUM PHAT

(M  Sprinkle from the inner offering cup.)

OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHAH SARVA DHARMAH SVABHAVA
SHUDDHO HAM

Everything becomes empty. From within the state of emptiness, from AH’s
come vast and expansive skull-cups, inside of which are HUM’s. The HUM’s
melt and become libation, cooling water for the feet, perfume, �owers,
incense, a butter lamp, food and music. By nature they are bliss and empti-
ness; in aspect they are the offering substances. Their function is to confer
distinguished, uncontaminated bliss as objects to be enjoyed by the six cogni-
tive powers.

OM ARGHAM AH HUM / OM PA DYAM AH HUM / OM GANDHE
AH HUM / OM PUSHPE AH HUM / OM DHUPE AH HUM / OM
ALOKE AH HUM / OM NAIVIDYA AH HUM / OM SHABDA AH
HUM

(M B D Do the mudras and ring bell and play damaru.)

Meditational Recitation of Vajrasattva
I go for refuge to the Triple Gem. I shall liberate all sentient beings and place
them in the state of enlightenment. The Bodhicitta I shall purely generate.
(3x)

On the crown of my head, from
a PAM comes a lotus and on
it, from an AH a moon-disc
mandala. On top of this, from
a HUM comes a �ve-spoked
white vajra, the hub of which
is marked with a HUM. From
this, light rays emanate and
collect back together, trans-
forming into a Vajrasattva with
a white-colored body, one
face and two arms, holding a
vajra and bell and embracing
the motherly consort Dorje
Nyemma, white, with one
face and two arms, holding a
cleaver and skull-cup. Both are
adorned with silken scarves

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and various jeweled ornaments. The father sits in the vajra position, and in
his heart on a moon is a white syllable HUM from which light rays emanate
inviting forth wisdom-beings who are like himself. They (combine and)
become non-dual. Once again from a HUM at his heart light rays emanate
and invite forth empowering deities. “O all Tathagatha Buddhas please
confer empowerment on this one.” Having thus been requested, they hold
up vases filled with the nectar of wisdom and confer the empowerment,
saying “OM SARVA TATHAGATA ABHIKSHEKA TA SAMAYA SHRI YE
HUM” Thus initiated, (Vajrasattva’s) body becomes filled with the nectar of
wisdom and his crown is adorned by Akshobhya. “O Bhagavan Vajrasattva,
I request you to cleanse and purify myself and all sentient beings of our
downfalls and obstacles, as well as of our degenerated and broken words
of honor.” Having been thus requested, from the HUM at his heart light rays
emanate, cleansing all sentient beings of their downfalls and obstacles, and
making offerings to please the Buddhas and their offspring. All their good
qualities collect back together in the form of light which dissolves into the
HUM at his heart, whereby his brilliance, power and strength become the
quintessence of the sublime.

OM VAJRASATTVA SAMAYA MANU PALAYA / VAJRASATTVA
TENO PATISHTA / DRIDHO ME BHAVA / SUTO KAYO ME BHAVA /
SUPO KAYO ME BHAVA / ANURAKTO ME BHAVA / SARVA SIDDHI
ME PRAYACCHA / SARVA KARMA SUCHA ME / CHITTAM
SHRIYAM KURU HUM / HA HA HA HA HO / BHAGAVAN SARVA
TATHAGATA / VAJRA MA ME MUNCHA / VAJRA BHAVA MAHA
SAMAYA SATTVA / AH HUM PHAT (21 x)

Out of ignorance and delusion I have transgressed my words of honor and let
them degenerate. O Lama, lord master, lord of beings with a nature of great
compassion, to you I turn for refuge.

Vajrasattva replies, “O son of the family, you are cleansed and purified of all
your downfalls and obstacles, as well as your degenerated and broken words
of honor.” Then he dissolves into me and my body, speech and mind become
inseparable from the body, speech and mind of Vajrasattva.

Visualization of the Guests for the Torma
Instantaneously there appears before me the complete supporting mandala
of the glorious Solitary Hero Vajrabhairava and its supported deities. From
the HUM at my heart, light rays emanate, bringing forth the mandala of the
wisdom beings of glorious Solitary Hero Vajrabhairava, together with the
directional protectors.

JAH HUM BAM HOH.

Tongue Blessing:

The wisdom beings become non-dual with the commitment beings.
From a HUM on the tongue of (each of) these guests comes a white
singlespoked vajra through which each partakes (of the offering), draw-
ing up the essence of the torma through a straw of light.

Offering the Torma to Yamantaka:

OM HRIH SHTRIH VIKRTANANA HUM PHAT / VAJRA BHAI-
RAVA ATIPADHI IMAM BALIMTA KHA KHA KHAHI KHAHI
HUM PHAT SVAHA (7x or 3x)

OM HRIH SHTRIH HAH / OM HUM HUM PHAT / OM VIKRTA-
NANA DUSHTAM SATTVA DAMAKA GAH GAH / OM KUMAHA
RUPINE JAH JAH HUM PHAT / OM HRIH RAH HAI PHAT / OM
DIPTA LOCHANA VIKRTANANA MAHA ATTATTA HASANA DINI
DIPTAYE SVAHA /

OM VAJRA NAIVIDYA AH HUM / OM VAJRA SHABDA AH HUM

(Do the mudras, and when saying SHABDA and when saying the praise,play
bell and damaru.)

OM YAMANTAKA HUM PHAT / OM AH HUM

(Make the inner offering.)

Praise with:

As the wisdom body of non-dual (emptiness and bliss), you are extraordi-
nary and all-pervasive. As the (compassion) extending equally to all, you are
the Father of all the Victorious Buddhas. As the empty sphere of all things,
you are the Mother of all the Buddhas. As a wisdom being, you (act) as all the
Buddhas’ offspring. I prostrate to you, O glorious Manjushri, in whom every-
thing is complete. Although in the Truth Body there is neither love nor hate,
yet in order to tame all evil ones of the three worlds, without exception, you
display the body of the King of Fury as a compassionate means. I prostrate to
you, terrifying Bhairava Yamantaka.

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Initiating and Sealing by the Empowering Deities
“O Tathagata Buddhas, I request you to confer empowerment on me.”
Having thus been requested, they emanate goddesses such as Charchika and
so forth, who first proclaim auspicious verses and then hold up moonlight-
white vases filled with the five nectars. “Just as all the Buddhas received
empowerment as soon as they were born, likewise do we now confer this
empowerment with pure heavenly water.” Speaking thusly, they confer the
empowerment upon the crown of my head, whereby my entire body becomes
filled with the empowering water, purifying me of all my stains. The excess
water that stays on the crown of my head as a protrusion transforms into an
Akshobhya who adorns my head at the center of the crown of my main root
face. The empowering deities dissolve into me.

OM YAMANTAKA ARGHAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA
OM YAMANTAKA PADYAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA
OM YAMANTAKA GANDHE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA
OM YAMANTAKA PUSHPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA
OM YAMANTAKA DHUPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA
OM YAMANTAKA ALOKE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA
OM YAMANTAKA NAIVIDYA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA
OM YAMANTAKA SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA

( B D play bell and damaru)

Inner Offering to the Lamas of the Lineage, the Yidams, Protec-
tors and So Forth
I offer to the mouth of my precious and kind root Guru, who is the essence
of the entire body, speech and mind, good qualities and virtuous activities
of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and three times, who is the source of
the eighty-four thousand groups of teachings, and who is the lord of all the
Sangha community of Arya Noble Ones — OM AH HUM

M  Hold up the skull-cup in your right hand with its front facing away
from you. Stir or make the gesture of stirring the inner offering with the left ring
�nger three times clockwise. Then sprinkle the offering to the root guru from
the level of the crown, to the lineage lamas from the level of the eyebrows, to
the deities of the mandala and of the four classes of tantra from the level of the
heart, to Dharmaraja, the oath bound protectors and to the dakas, dakinis and
so forth from the level of the navel, and for the lords of the sites and the sentient
beings of the six realms, it is sprinkled with the mudra of supreme bestowal at
the level of the knee. While making the inner offering, strongly visualize that the
wisdom of bliss and emptiness is generated in the guests of the offering.

Description of Vajrabhairava
With the ability to devour the lords of the Three Realms, I chortle “HA-HA”,
with my tongue darting, my fangs bared, my mouth having wrinkles of anger,
my brow also wrinkled in anger, with my eyes and eyebrows ablaze like the
eon of destruction and my orange hair bristling upward. I make threatening
mudras at both the worldly and transcendental gods, frightening even the
frightful ones, and thunder the sound “PHAIM” like a dragon. I eat human
blood, grease, marrow and fat, and have five dried fearsome skulls crown-
ing (each of) my heads. Adorned with a skull-rosary of fifty moist (human)
heads, I wear (two) black snakes as Brahmin threads. I am also adorned with
ornaments made of human bones, such as wheel shaped crowns, earrings and
so forth. My belly is bulging, my body is naked; my phallus stands erect. My
eyelashes, eyebrows, moustache and body hairs blaze like the fire of the eon
of destruction.

My main face is that of a black buffalo, extremely furious and having two
sharp horns. On top of it and between my horns is a red face, extremely hor-
rific with blood dripping from its mouth. On top of that is a yellow face of
Manjushri with a slightly wrathful expression. Adorned with the (flower)
ornaments of youth, his hair is tied in five knots on the crown of his head. As
for my faces to the right of the base of my horns, the first (or central) face is
blue, the face to its right is red and the face to its left is yellow. As for my faces
to the left of the base of my horns, the first (or central) face is white, the face
to its right is gray and the face to its left is black. These faces are very wrathful
and each of my nine faces has three eyes.

With my first right and left hands I hold the moist skin of an elephant
stretched open by the skin of its left front and hind legs, with its head to my
right and its hairy back facing outward.

As for my other right hands, I hold in the first a curved knife, in the second a
dart, in the third a wooden pestle, in the fourth a fish-knife, in the fifth a har-
poon, in the sixth an axe, in the seventh a spear and in the eighth an arrow.
(In the back row) in my ninth (hand I hold) an iron hook, in the tenth a skull
club, in the eleventh a khatvanga, in the twelfth a wheel (of sharp weapons),
in the thirteenth a five-spoked vajra, in the fourteenth a vajra-hammer, in the
fifteenth a sword and in the sixteenth a chang-teu hand-drum.

As for my other left hands, in the first I hold a skull-cup filled with blood, in
the second a (four-faced, yellow) head of Brahma, in the third a shield, in the
fourth a leg, in the fifth a lasso, in the sixth a bow, in the seventh intestines
and in the eighth a bell. (In the back row) in my ninth (hand I hold) a hand,
in the tenth a cloth shroud, in the eleventh a person impaled on a stick, in
the twelfth (a triangular) brazier, in the thirteenth a scalp, in the fourteenth
a (hand in the) threatening mudra, in the fifteenth a trident with a three-
curved banner, and in the sixteenth a homa-fire fan.

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As for my right feet, the first treads on a human, the second a buffalo, the
third a bull, the fourth a donkey, the fifth a camel, the sixth a dog, the seventh
a sheep and the eighth a fox.

As for my left feet, the first treads on a vulture, the second an owl, the third
a crow, the fourth a parrot, the fifth a hawk, the sixth a kite, the seventh a
mynah bird and the eighth a swan. Also trod under my feet with their faces
down are Tsangpa, Wangpo, Khyabjug and Dragpo (under my right) and
Zhonu Dongdrug, Logdren, Dawa and Nyima (under my left), as I stand in
the midst of a furious conflagration.

Blessing of the Sources, Body, Speech and Mind
On each of the (two lower) eyes (of my main
face) is a white KSHIM in the nature of
Kshitigarbha, on each of the ears a black JRIM
in the nature of Vajrapani, on each nostril a
yellow KHAM in the nature of Khagarbha;
on the tongue a red RAM in the nature of
Avalokitesvara on my forehead a green KAM
in the nature of Sarvanirvaranaviskambhini;
and on the forehead my navel a white SAM in
the nature of Samantabhadra. At the crown
of my head is a white OM in the nature of the
vajra body. At my throat is a red AH in the
nature of the vajra speech and at my heart is a
blue HUM in the nature of the vajra mind.

Meditating on the Triple Stack Heroic Minds
With myself as this commitment being, I have at my heart, on a moon-disc
seat the wisdom being the youthful Manjushri with a yellow-colored body
and a slightly wrathful expression, brandishing a sword in his right hand and
holding at his heart a scriptural text in his left. Sitting with his legs crossed in
the vajra position, he is adorned with the thirty-two major marks and eighty
minor signs of a Buddha. In his heart, from a AH comes a sun-disc mandala
in the center of which is the concentration being, a dark blue syllable HUM
emanating five-colored rays of light.

Invitation of the Wisdom Deities
OM HRIH HA BHO MAHA KRODHA AGACCHA AGACCHA
ASMAD PUJA PHATI-GRIHNHANTU PRASADA MEDI-MANA
KURU SVAHA

From the HUM at my heart light rays emanate and bring forth from their
natural abodes to the space before me the supporting mandala of the glorious
Solitary Hero Vajrabhairava and its supported deities, similar to what I have
visualized.

OM HRIH SHTRIH VIKRTANANA HUM PHAT

(M  Sprinkle from the inner offering cup to eliminate the hindrances of the
offering.)

OM HRIH SHTRIH HAH / OM HUM HUM PHAT / OM VIKRTA-
NANA DUSHTAM SATTVA DAMAKA GAH GAH / OM KUMAHA
RUPINE JAH JAH HUM PHAT

OM HRIH HAH HAI PHAT / OM DIPTA LOCHANA VIKRTANANA
MAHA ATTATTA HASANA DINI DIPTAYE SVAHA / OM VAJRA
NAIVIDYA AH HUM / OM VAJRA SHABDA AH HUM

(Do not ring the bell and damaru.)

OM MUNGARA JAH / OM DANDA HUM /
OM PADMA BAM / OM KHANGA HOH

Inviting the Empowering Deities
OM HRIH HA BHO MAHA KRODHA AGACCHA AGACCHA
ASMAD PUJA PHATI-GRIHNHANTU PRASADA MEDI-MANA
KURU SVAHA

Once more from the HUM at my heart light rays emanate and bring forth to
the space before me the Buddhas together with their Bodhisattva offspring,
residing in the ten directions.

OM HRIH SHTRIH HAH / OM HUM HUM PHAT / OM VIKRTA-
NANA DUSHTAM SATTVA DAMAKA GAH GAH / OM KUMARA
RUPINE JAH JAH HUM PHAT / OM HRIH HAH HAI PHAT / OM
DIPTA LOCHANA VIKRTANANA MAHA ATTATTA HASANA DINI
DIPTAYE SVAHA / OM VAJRA NAIVIDYA AH HUM / OM VAJRA
SHABDA AH HUM

(Do not ring the bell and damaru.)

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