Thanka No. 12
nevertheless, served him most faithfully. He provided everything that
Tilipa required. In return, he received nothing from Tilipa, except
abusive words and physical torture. Still he did not lose his devotion and
served him continuously for 12 years.
him for twelve years, Tilipa was fully satisfied with the unfailing
devotion of Naropa. He realised that Naropa had become fully qualified to
receive Tantric initiation. Tilipa conferred on him the Tantric initiation
and taught him the secret doctrine propounded by Vajradhara. Naropa
thereafter constantly meditated and attained the perfection within six
months. He emancipated many people by conferring initiation during his
life time. Maropa Lotsa was one of his chief spiritual disciples. Maropa
introduced the six Tantric systems of Naropa in Tibet.
The central figure is Naropa. Two women are depicted offering him water and food on right and left respectively.
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