Who is the Divine Madman? : Drukpa Kunley (Bhutan)

Only in Bhutan....can you meet a Takin! 
By Kelly Granite Enck

Here's a short story from my memoir "From Hollywood to God" on how to quiet the mind.

 ....The Bhutanese have a wonderful sense of humor and their animals express this, especially the Takin!

According to Bhutanese Mythology the Takin has a magical origin, with high religious connotations and has been adopted as the National Animal of Bhutan.  

Drukpa Kunley, (1455-1529) also known as The Divine Madman of the Dragon Lineage of Kunga Legpa. He was a great master of Mahamudra in the Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist tradition. He was able to transcend what everyone saw as naughty into nothing, by taking away the perceptions. He could have sex and give it the same meaning as sustaining. He believed in  total non-duality. He used beliefs in the world that we have given Power to-- and turned them upside down. He did this to show his students, that we give everything the meaning it has. His antics were "shocking!" Like trading his religious teaching for Chang Beer and having Tantric Sex with lots of women. :) Buddha, on the other hand-- taught the middle road. This does not mean the the Divine Madman was wrong, read this interesting comment from the Dalai Lama about him.
The following is an excerpt from "Toward a New Spiritual Ethic" By Kate Wheeler.
The discussion turned to teachers who have sex with many women students, claiming to enlighten them. To almost every one's horror, the Dalai Lama said there were a few cases where this might be possible. He began musing about that famous yogi of medieval Bhutan, Drukpa Kunley, who used to sleep with other men's wives and all sort of inappropriate people. His Holiness said that Drukpa Kunley did all this only for the long-term benefits of everyone involved, benefits of which he was full cognizant through his psychic powers. All of the emotional agony Drukpa Kunley caused purportedly turned out happily in the long run. Smiling slightly, His Holiness explained that Drukpa Kunley could understand the long-term effects of his actions because he had attained the non-dual insight known as "one taste." All experiences were the same to him: He could enjoy excrement and urine just like the finest food and wine. Traditionally, His Holiness said, the practice of tantric sex is permitted only to practitioners who can match Drukpa Kunley's insight. As for the teachers nowadays who sleep with many students, His Holiness laughed and said, "If you put into their mouth some urine, they will not enjoy." This in itself would be proof of their inadequacy.
As the legend goes, the Madman would subdue demons by clunking them on the head with his penis, a symbol the Bhutanese have adopted to protect their homes from evil.

The Divine Madman gets big laughs throughout Bhutan and you can find his symbols everywhere. I found one on our drive through the mountains in Paro and pointed it out to Kunga, my guide. He said, "They are fertility blessing painted that they paint on their homes."

...I wonder what my neighbors would say if I painted a penis  on my home? lol

One day the Divine Madman's devotees were gathered to witness this powers and they asked him to perform a miracle. However, the saint, in his usual unorthodox and outrageous way, demanded that he first be served a whole cow and a goat for lunch. Having devoured both and leaving only the bones, he stuck the goat head on the bones of the cow.

To everyone amazement, upon a commanded the animal came to life, arose and ran to the meadow and then began to graze. The animal came to be known as “Dong Gyem Tsey” the Takin and can still be seen grazing in the Himalayan mountain. Due to their uniqueness, the Takin continues to befuddle taxonomists, who have put them in their own category, Budorcas Taxicolor. 

Interesting Facts About Takin 
1. Takin are an example of "convergent evolution" which describes the acquisition of the same biological trait in unrelated lineages.
2. When threatened, adults bulls have been known to lie down on the grown with their necks stretched out in a very successful use of camouflage, and their alarm call resembles a cough.
3. Unlike many mammals that have localized scents glands to mark their territory. The Takin produce an oily, strong smelling, substance secreted over their whole body. They rub against trees and shrubs to 
mark their territory. 

On my way up the mountain to visit the Taktsan Monastery, known as Tiger's Nest we were discussing our visit with the calm Takin, I wondered how powerful man really was, believing now that within us we can create the outer world, if only we were mad. :)
A Monk inside the Tigers Nest, put a crimson string around my wrist a blessing which obviously is working! :) The only thing left for me, was to quiet my mind. And shortly I found the perfect zen story to do just that.
First image : The Search for the Bull
This stage represents man when he still doesn't know his true nature, but one way or another, has already started his search. He wishes to find it, though he doesn't even know what it is, nor is he sure of recognizing it when he finds it. Sometimes he experiments with the search as an escape from his present circumstances, that in general are not pleasant. Life as it is, is a heavy load and - he thinks - surely there must be a better way of living. Most of those that have started the "search" are at this stage.

Second image: Finding the path
At this stage, the searcher finds indications, clues in one or more spiritual traditions, he is attracted by books of wisdom, he assists to conferences on the subject, he meets masters and notices that there are others that have followed the same path, he is not the first person to have noticed that there is something subtle to attain. This stage, generally, starts with yoga practice, meditation or other disciplines. Through these he experiences sensations related to the spirit. In the first image the farmer searches all over, without a specific order, whereas in the second image his search is more focused and better oriented.
Third image: The first glimpse.
This would be considered the first spiritual experience, the student gets to see his true self and feel the kundalai energy that awakens within him. It is equivalent to the first contact with the master that initiates him or transmits him his energy. Kundalai energy is both physical and spiritual in nature. The searcher's objective will be to elevate this energy towards his consciousness instead of repressing or eliminating the animal within. This first insight can also originate from religious experiences in the form of celestial visions. As a summary, the first sight is any kind of vision or unusual experience that stimulates the individual to follow the path towards that which is transcendental.
Fourth image: Capturing the bull
The farmer has caught the animal but it is still stubborn and does not follow him. He has finally caught it but it is obstinate and uncontrolled. Its energy and decision are relentless, at times it runs toward the hills, at other times it stays unmovable in deep impenetrable valleys. It symbolizes our struggle with our basic nature, something that can last a whole lifetime. At this stage a person must analyse if he is advancing and attaining a clearer understanding or he is simply stuck and protecting himself behind certain doctrines or ideas related to spiritual practice.
Fifth image: Taming the bull
This represents the control of our physical or animal nature, this is attained by knowing it, in other words, listening and in dialog with it. The farmer is now directing the bull with the reins and controls it to the extent that the bull lets himself be guided. Little by little the man becomes the master. What he does at this stage is unite his consciousness with the animal nature (basic nature). For example, a professional animal trainer knows that using force you do not tame the animal, only harmonizing his consciousness with the animal conscience can he attain that. This is why many of the effective spiritual development formulas do not try to conquer, dominate, destroy or eliminate the ego, rather they teach you to live in harmony with it. Actually, it is the ego or the mind itself, that promotes the search of one's Self and it must go through all the stages. Thus to talk about eliminating it is absurd.
Sixth image: Riding the bull home
In the Hindu culture, Gods and Goddesses are represented riding on animals as their vehicle. The animal symbolizes the inferior nature that the man dominates and with which he has a good relationship. One must feed and take care of the biological part of our being, without abusing nor relaxing too much. This way the physical vital force becomes an ally. In the drawing we can see how the man is riding the bull without reins, the bull knows where to go and that's where it goes without being directed. He is playing the flute placidly on the back of the bull. The struggle is over, the man has attained the state of enlightenment.
Seventh image: The transcended bull
The farmer is alone and happy, sitting by his house, the bull is no longer visible. The man has become one with the Being. Instead of the former efforts, a state of peace and happiness reigns.
Transcendence is a recurring or temporal experience of unity, beyond dualities. It is an exceptional state of conscience. When we live in a dual world, we always experience the opposites: inside - out, happiness - sadness, success - failure, etc. Duality starts with birth and ends with death. Actually, we live not only in duality, but rather multiplicity. Whereas transcendence implies a unity experience, not duality, not multiplicity, that shows us our true nature.
Eighth image: The bull and Self transcended
All has fused itself into nothingness. We can only observe a circle, with nothing inside, which means all opposites have disappeared. At this stage the man can't even say "I'm illuminated" or "I'm not illuminated", they don't exist for him, Unity is all that exists.
Ninth image: Back to the origin
In this image we can see nature in all its splendour, flowers, birds, the river, mountains. It represents what happens after the transcendental experience. Outside the illuminated man, nothing has changed, only man himself has been transformed. He reenters life with different eyes, a new center with another focus guides him. Each time he so wishes he can go within himself and see life through it. All is in peace.
Tenth image: In the world
Buddha, after attaining the state of illumination, almost didn't come out again and return to the world. His compassion for all beings finally took hold and the rest of his life he dedicated to intense social work that transformed culture and society in his time. In this drawing the illuminated man now directs himself to other beings to help them. He puts all his wisdom at their service.
My memoir  "From Hollywood to God"  is now on Amazon and Kindle books!

My first stop was to The World Sound Healing Conference in San Francisco. I wanted to understand the science of frequencies, especially if everything in the universe was vibrating to their own unique song!

I waited in the large conference room to hear Dr. Susan Yale's lecture on the Harmonic Oscillator.

The room went black and three pyramids projected on a movie screen.

"You can hear the sound of "nature" between the Pyramids of Giza," Dr. Yale said, pausing, "it's a perfect F Sharp."

No one moved. She spoke slowly, "If you knew there was a place in the world where you could hear God, would you go?"

I always wanted to sleep on the Nile!"

~ from my Memoir, (click link—"From Hollywood to God"  Kelly Granite Enck on Amazon books and Kindle.
Giza, Egypt
Hiking through Bhutan

Tiger's Temple, Thailand
River Kwai, Thailand

The Kingdom of Bhutan

Tiger's Nest Bhutan

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