寶螺手Mudra of the Magic Conch

「若為呼召一切諸天善神者,當於寶螺手。」

As explained in the text the practice of this mudra is designed to summon all benevolent deities.

諸天善神,遠在天邊近在眼前

一念清靜就能召感吉祥的守護力量

諸天善神動念即至

就來挺你,作你靠山

自己更要先作別人的護法神

隨時留心別人有聲無聲的呼求

尋聲救苦,挺一切善行

作一切清靜行者的靠山

Benevolent gods of the heavens,

So for away and yet always within reach.

A single thought pure and clear summons the good guardian angels.

And the benevolent gods will be with you

Giving you backing and support

But you yourself must first be a guardian of Buddhist truth for others.

Taking need every moment of their call and appeal, audible or inaudible.

Tracing the source of misery and trying to alleviate it

And giving support all good deeds

And acting as a prop for all pure – hearted traveling monks.


【祝福】

法螺,是廣傳佛法的吉祥法器,藏密弟子皈依或親近上師前,為了創造吉祥的緣起,常會供養法螺,意思是希望上師法教廣傳,利益無量眾生;也是一種自我期許,希望精進修持上師所傳的一切法教,讓自己成為能夠傳揚師教的法器。

法螺,也是大菩薩或大修行人來臨時,弟子為告知遠近有緣人所吹的法器,相當於佛家的麥克風,用渾厚悠揚的海螺聲告訴大家「注意呀,善知識來啦,快來親近呀」。

寶螺手,是種祝福,祝福我們,藉由千手千眼觀世音菩薩的加持與願力,一切懇切召喚的心念,都能如響徹三千大千世界的海螺聲,召感諸天善神護持,讓一切轉為吉祥。

寶螺手,也是種提醒,我們的心就是一個莊嚴的法螺,佛法經由我們的實修行持,而能廣傳,饒益有情;讓我們說出口的,都是妙好法音,有令人安定喜悅的力道,就像法螺響起,每一聲,都是清淨聲

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