After the last several weeks of working daily with Ganden Cho. There are questions that are arising.
52nd rep, of the Ganden Cho practice this morning... still 48 reps that will more than likely, look and sound like crap....lol😉 Just loving the fun and joy of this beautiful practice, along with the growing pains of struggling, failure and mistakes. Slowly coming to terms with myself inside, cutting the ties of preconceived self. Bringing all the bullshit to the surface...LOL
Any way the question...
The Damaru being the voice of the Dakini.
Each Damaru has its own tempo(speed), its own natural sweet timing.
A 6" Damaru naturally holds a quicker timing than a 10" Damaru.
So my question is depending on the size of the Damaru, does the 'tempo' of the melody (Melody remains unchanging) changes with the size of the Damaru?
Are they the holders of tempo?
Is it the voice of the Dakini calling the pace?
Has the speed of the Ganden practice moved thru the ages, with the needs of the Chopa's at various times?
Wandering Chopa's with their small Damaru that fitted, 'hidden' inside their begging bowls. Because of the persecutions they were facing.
The size of their hidden Damaru may have been 5" ish. Will not play at the pace of the bigger Damaru's.
My 6" Damaru, her arms are limp and lifeless at her sides, if I keep pace with you and your Damaru my precious Guru in the recordings.
Yet if I use the 9.5" Damaru then it is easy to hold pace with you while I'm playing with you on recording's.
I'm not wanting to solidify the practice. Yet these questions live so strongly.
Drums have forever been used to keep time, keep rhythm. They set the tone and tempo(speed)
So in my mind we are looking to wander, at some point in the future. If this is the case there may one day be the need to remain as hidden beggars. The future being promised to no one. In these degenerate times
The 6" Damaru pace of practice, which fits the melody and the MA-LHA-YI-KAN-DRO drum patterns and number of beats per song.
Inside this feels valid, as it is in accordance with some of the consistent features that make these songs work in relationship with melody, words and Damaru. Its just a naturally faster timing, when I slow it down there comes a point in which it no longer sounds, and does not move in the way it could, at a bit faster speed.
When I am playing the 9.5" Damaru the same patterning of rules, all fit the same criteria. Its just at a slower speed. Which over time I know that I will be able to go even slower yet. But that it fits into the framework of the Lineage that you are passing on to me, my kind root Guru.
Currently there are 521ish MA-DANG-LHA-YI-KAN-DRO's per Ganden Cho Practice, LHA-YI's being placed at very specific points in the songs. Is this part of the specific timings of the Lineage? That you my kind root Guru are passing down to me. I have laid awake many nights now pondering these thing. Ultimately none of this, is of a concern, upon awakening I will answer these musing's. Yet I need to follow the footsteps as closely as possible, of all the great masters that are before me. So I seek your advice Khandro La, on these matters, as you are the only living Master I have in my flesh non/reality.
Once again I do not want to solidify my practice, yet I need to be able to answer these questions that will come up in the future, as needs dictate.
Damaru being the voice of the Dakini.
"Do I follow the wisdom rhythm of each individual Dakini, that speaks in my hand, and follow her natural speed of her natural pace? Yet to focus on the speed to be as slow as possible within the natural timing of size of Damaru?
Waiting in anticipation.