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Luyipa

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ལཱུ་ཨི་པ; Lūipa; Luipa; The Fish-Gut Eater;

Mahasiddha LuyipaLūyipa / Luipa (nya’i rgyu ma za ba): “The Eater of Fish Intestines”/”The Fish-Gut Eater

When the King of Sri Lanka died, his second son was appointed to rule the kingdom. However, the young prince loath to ascend the throne, and after much difficulty, he managed to escape from the palace and set out for Ramesvaram to begin life as a yogin. He wondered through India until he reached Vajrasana and later he journeyed to Pataliputra. One day, through his karmic destiny, he met with a dakini incarnate. After paying homage to her, she told him “Your four psychic centers and their energies are quite pure. However, there is a knot of arrogance about thve size of a pea in your heart”. She then poured some putrid food into his begging bowl. As he left, he threw the inedible slop into the gutter, whereupon the dakini replied “How can a gourmet attain nirvana?”

He then realized that he still perceived some things are more desirable than others. Set to destroy such flaws, for the next 12 years he dwelt on the banks of the Mother Ganga, begging his supper from the fisherman and all he would accept for them was what they normally tossed to the dogs. To the yogin, the food he received was the nectar of pure awareness through which he discovered that the nature of all substances is emptiness.

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