"When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow." -- Old Native American Prophecy
Eliza Gilkyson - Calling All Angels
5th World of Peace: Rainbow Prophecy
"When the Time of the White Buffalo approaches, the third generation of the White Eyes' children will grow their hair and speak of love as the healer of the Children of the Earth. These children will seek new ways of understanding themselves and others. They will wear feathers and beads and paint their faces. They will seek the Elders of the Red Race and drink of their wisdom. These white-eyed children will be a sign that the Ancestors are returning in white bodies, but they are Red on the inside. They will learn to walk the Earth Mother in balance again and reform the idea of the white chiefs. These children will be tested as they were when they were Red ancestors by unnatural substances like firewater to see if they can remain on the Sacred Path.
The generation of Flower Children have moved through this part of the prophecy and some have remained on the Sacred Path. Others were lost for a while and are now returning to the natural way of being. Some were disillusioned and have forgotten the high ideals that gave them life when their hearts were young, but others still are waking up and quickening into remembering.
Grandmother Cisi would look at me with her obsidian eyes piercing my soul when she spoke of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy, and I would feel my heart skip a beat and then fill with promise and love. She would tell me about the return of the Buffalo to Turtle Island and how the herds would once again be numerous. After the time when the Buffalo returned, the generation following the Flower Children would see the dawning of the Fifth World of Peace." -- Navajo / Hopi Prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow
Warriors of the Rainbow
"There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.
The great spiritual Teachers who walked the Earth and taught the basics of the truths of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy will return and walk amongst us once more, sharing their power and understanding with all. We will learn how to see and hear in a sacred manner. Men and women will be equals in the way Creator intended them to be; all children will be safe anywhere they want to go. Elders will be respected and valued for their contributions to life. Their wisdom will be sought out. The whole Human race will be called The People and there will be no more war, sickness or hunger forever." -- Navajo / Hopi Prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow
Rainbow warriors, the future lies within your hands!
"Among the few who possess inner strength to resist the mass unconsciousness will rise a new neo-indigenous people. Prophecies foretell of a people who will rise from earth's ashes like the Thunderbird, symbolizing rebirth. They will bring balance and harmony back to Mother Earth. The first of these beings will come as teachers and storytellers to remind us of ancient truths of the star people and beyond. They will be pathfinders leading the way to a new universe, a new reality.
Great leaders, Warriors and Shamans of many nations will be born and they will cleanse the earth for rebirth. Next will come the Planters sowing seeds of truth, justice and freedom. The Storytellers, Warriors and Planters will live in the way of the Great Spirit and teach ways to keep Mother of the Ground sacred forevermore. They will be called Rainbow Warriors for they will gather the four sacred directions, all distinctly separate but forever connected in the Circle of Life." -- Lee Standing Bear Moore, Manataka American Indian Council
"There is truth in the prophecies of the Rainbow and the Rainbow people. People from all of the Americas will unite with people from all the other nations, and they will realize that we are all Family, brothers and sisters. This is not my personal vision, but the cosmic vision presented by all the elders, a vision that we all share." -- Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez, Maya Elders Council, Guatemala
"As Native Americans, we believe the Rainbow is a sign from the Spirit in all things. It is a sign of the union of all people, like one big family. The unity of all humanity, many tribes and peoples, is essential." -- Late Thomas Banyacya, Spokesman, Hopi traditional elders, Hotevilla
"This difficult time has seen the beginning of a new nation of multicolored beings. The seeds of the four directions have mixed together to create the first Rainbow people. It is written in time and in the memory of the Indian peoples that our sun will rise again, that we will be able to reestablish our culture: its arts, sciences, mathematics and religion. Mayan knowledge will come forward again. It is for this reason that we, of the Amerindian communities, are once again uniting to reestablish our entire culture." -- Hunbatz Men, Hereditary keeper of the Mayan tradition
"Native prophecies say that mixed-blood and white people who grew their hair long and wore beads would come to the Native healers and ask for guidance... The prophecies say that they would return as the Rainbow people in bodies of different colors: red, white, yellow and black. The old ones said that they would return and unite to help restore balance to the Earth. The story of these Rainbow Warriors is told by many peoples in many different ways. We feel that we are in that time now when the Rainbow Warriors are coming about. So it is a time where we have to acknowledge that we are all human beings upon the same planet and that's what the Rainbow Warriors are all about." -- Late Sun Bear, Ojibway Teacher, Founder of the Bear Tribe Medicine Society
"In this prophecy, these people would wear feathers and beads and communicate with the flowers. The flowers would guide them and support them as they walked their life paths... This also would be a time when all the esoteric teachings of the world's traditions will be revealed, so there will be no secrets, no reason to fear each other, or to be in conflict. This is certainly what is happening now. Not everyone has the strength or disposition to be a warrior. Many are Rainbow Walkers... They are walking across the Rainbow bridge to a new time." -- Oh Shinnah Fastwolf, Medicine Woman, Tineh (Apache) , Mohawk and Scottish origins.
"We have the opportunity to build a Rainbow bridge into the Golden Age. But to do this, we must do it together with all the colors of the Rainbow, with all the peoples, all the beings of the world. We who are alive on Earth today are the Rainbow Warriors who face the challenge of building this bridge." -- Brooke Medicine Eagle, Daughter of the Rainbow, Crow and Lakota
"The Rainbow is a form of illumination for mankind... One of the signs that our elders looked for in ancient times was a perfect Rainbow, a perfect one... Some of our old people could summon up the Rainbow the way the Native American medicine people could bring the rain. As soon as the Rainbow appeared, our elders would look at it closely, carefully, for little flaws. Were all the colors perfect? Did the Rainbow arc from one place on the Earth to the other or was it incomplete? They'd size it up carefully. That way they would see if Boamie, the Rainbow Serpent, needed something, if it was damaged or incomplete in some ways... The Rainbow will be perfect again as soon as the Sacred Hoop closes, as soon as the Golden Circle of the new world is complete... The Rainbow will again encircle the Earth perfectly, as it was in the beginning." -- Late Lorraine
Mafi-Williams, Spokeswoman, Council of Australian Aboriginal Elders, Wollumbini
"In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth." -- Grandfather William Commanda, Chief of the Indians of the Americas, Founder, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt
AWAKEN!! THE RAINBOW WARRIORS. . .A TRIBE AWAKENING!
Together we, “the children of the rainbow”, the returning ancestors, restore the garden, fulfilling our missions, recreating heaven on earth.
"E Na Opio O Anuenue" is "Children of the Rainbow" in Hawaiian, and refers to the returning ancestors, those beings from around the world who answer the call home to Kauai. The returning ancestors in some of the universal prophecies are called the Children of the Rainbow because they come in all colors of the rainbow. The vision of the restoration of the garden has been revealed through written and oral histories of cultures around the world. This mission, to recreate heaven on earth, has been remembered by many of the founding members and elders as part of their spiritual awakening.
To assist the restoration of heaven on earth by preserving sacred land, establishing and maintaining spiritual sanctuaries, all of which are to be held in perpetuity for all people and future generations.
Rainbow Peace Flag
Warriors of the Rainbow
This comes to us from Lelanie Fuller Stone, "The Cherokee Lady", who has published several books on Indian Herbal Medicine. This version she says was told to her as a young girl by here Grandmother:
"There was an old lady, from the "Cree" tribe, named "Eyes of Fire", who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans' or Yo-ne-gis' greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.
There would come a time when the "keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs" would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankind's key to survival, they were the 'Warriors of the Rainbow'. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.
The 'Warriors of the Rainbow' would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or 'Elohi'. They would teach them how to live the 'Way of the Great Spirit'. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is 'Sick'.
The 'Warriors of the Rainbow' would show the peoples that this 'Ancient Being' (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the 'Earth or Elohi' beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth.
Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race. Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life - the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life.
Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life.
The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.
The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way - not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mud slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their "quality" and not the amount of money they had obtained. Like the thoughtful and devoted "Ancient Chiefs", they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty.
The tasks of these 'Warriors of the Rainbow' are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning 'Mother Earth' to beauty and plenty - once more.
The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to 'harmony' with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our 'Key to our Survival'.
This is the story of the 'Warriors of the Rainbow' and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day 'Eyes of Fire' spoke of - will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task, the task of being one of the. . .Warriors of the Rainbow. -- Lelanie Fuller Stone "The Cherokee Lady"
Don't turn away from the hand
Stretched in pain of your Mother.
Her name means freedom, Her body earth green,
Her blood clear water, her voice is birdsong.
Rainbow warriors, the future lies within your hands.
Zuni Rainbow Warrior
This are many similarities in this version of the Rainbow Man. The outstretched arms, stance of the legs, and the "Bow of Sky Rainbow above This is a symbol known to the Zuni Indians as Rainbow Man. It was found on a Zuni war shield, a symbol of protection.
The rainbow is the celestial path that the Hawaiian Gods use to come down to earth from the cloud islands. The Rainbow Goddess, Anuenue, who is sister to the primal gods Kane and Kanaloa, acts as a messenger of the Gods. Lono, the God of Fertility and Music, descended on a rainbow to marry Laka, the Hawaiian Goddess of Music and Dance.
The rainbow is also perceived as the pathway that the souls of the dead take to travel to the heavenly realms. The souls have walk on the rainbow path to pass through Kuaihelani, a mysterious floating island, which translates to “supporting the heavens or spiritual” to reach the sacred land of Nu’umealani, the bright, elevated and fragrant land of “the heavenly one”.
The rainbow is thus a symbol of transformation, and those who can freely travel between the upper world and the lower reaches live like gods among humans, enjoying earthly prosperity and abundance.
Featured as a pathway between dimensions in Hawaiian mythology as it does in various cultures round the world, it also acts as a footstool for Malanaikuaheahea, the wife of the legendary transpacific voyager and astronomer whose name, Maliki’i is also the Hawaiian term for the Pleiades star cluster from which the first Hawaiians came to earth.
Found among Hawaiian petroglyphs are the depictions of a rainbow woman and rainbow man or rainbow warrior. The woman is often depicted with an arch or rainbow over her head, indicating she is wise, honored and respected, and is drawn with an open torso to represent the womb and the birth canal.
Behind Rainbow Falls near Hilo is a save thought to be the dwelling of the Goddess of the Moon, Hina, who makes her home near water. If you time your visit perfectly, you can catch a beautiful rainbow or maybe two arching over the 80 ft waterfalls.
The rainbow man petroglyph has been interpreted to mean Keeper of the Aina or of the land and its people. Such petroglyphs are found in the Big Island’s lava fields and in the sacred Iao Valley of Maui. When you examine the petroglyph, you can se that the arc or rainbow begins and rests on his shoulders, suggesting man’s responsibility to earth as a rainbow warrior or one of those who revere ancient wisdom found in the world’s cultures and practice it actively for peace, harmony and enlightenment for all community.
Rainbow man petroglyph (Keeper of the Aina or Land)
One of the island legends predict that with the return of rainbows to earth, the world is poised for a big changes.
The rainbow is often linked to transformation and peace. A legend of Anuenue says that she saved a little girl, Ua or Rain, from falling to her death from a steep cliff. Ua grew up to marry the son of a rival chief and their bonding brought peace to the island of Kauai.
To the ancient Hawaiians, babies destined to become great chieftains are born with rainbows over their homes, and are accompanied by rainbows throughout their lives.
"According to a Native American legend, when the Earth's creatures have been hunted almost to extinction, a rainbow warrior will descend from the sky to protect them." -- The Rainbow Warrior - A Tribute To The Efforts of Greenpeace.
The Hawaiian Rainbow Man is another incarnation of the legendary Rainbow Warrior, a powerful image that Greenpeace and several other organizations have used to symbolize the struggle to protect our precious planet from those who would destroy it for profit.
Incas of Peru
Another story recalls Viracocha (as Manco Capac), emerging from a cave at Lake Titicaca after the re-appearance of the sun…
“Manco Capac and his brothers arrived at the mountain which is two leagues approximately from the town of Cusco, Peru and climbing to the top, they saw in it the rainbow, which the natives call “guanacuari”, interpreting it as a favorable omen.
“Consider this a sign that the world will not again be destroyed by water.” -- Manco Capac
The rainbow was depicted on the high altar of the Sun Temple in Cusco and remains the insignia of the Inca civilization to this day. The Inca’s are known as the Rainbow One’s, those who’ve successfully initiated their Diamond light body.
Machu Pichu, Peru
A double rainbow over the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the world's most spectacular ruins. Temples, houses, staircases and agricultural terraces were built high among rugged and forested mountains with distant snow-covered Andean peaks providing a dramatic backdrop. We may never know what drove the Incas to build in this almost inaccessible location, or the true purpose of their remarkable achievement.
For Buddhists, the rainbow recalls the Prajnaparamita teaching on the Emptiness of Form. These striking atmospheric manifestations that occur at transitional times of the year, or of changing weather, are also understood in Tibetan Buddhism as indications of blessings from the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, dakinis or deities.
To Tibetan Buddhists, the appearance of rainbows also has a spiritual meaning as it marks either the passing on of a wise sage, a special yogi or spiritual master; or it foretells the birth of a significant reincarnation. Indeed, the passing on of high lamas – enlightened masters – is often accompanied by the appearance of beautiful rainbows in the skies. Likewise, when a special reincarnate child is born, rainbows often appear as a sign in the skies.
Sometimes just the presence of a highly realized yogi or spiritual master near a particularly sacred place is enough to create the appearance of rainbows.
Green Tara's head emanates a rainbow aureole,
her body is made of green light, transparent like
a rainbow. Green Tara (绿度母) is arisen from the
compassionate tears of Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin).
Rainbows are often explained as the bridge from the realm of the gods to the earth, more often, they are seen as a kind of omen. As a sign from heaven, they are interpreted in a variety of ways: a portent of impending war or conversely, a seal of the Creator's promise not to destroy the land in another global Flood.
In India, the rainbow is poetically called Indra's Bow. But for Buddhists, the rainbow recalls the Prajnaparamita teaching on the Emptiness of Form. These striking atmospheric manifestations that occur at transitional times of the year, or of changing weather, are also understood in Tibetan Buddhism as indications of blessings from the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Dakinis or deities.
"Historic accounts of the lives of great masters have told of rainbows and other special signs, like the rain of flowers, and of special clouds that appeared, witnessed by people on very special occasions and at auspicious events." -- Jamgon Kongtrul Labrang
The Tibetan tradition of enlightened reincarnation (the reincarnation of a deity) began with the Karmapa lineage, each of whom has been honored as a Living Buddha in each of their 17 incarnations dating back to the 8th century. The first Karmapa fulfilled a prophecy that the Buddha would come to alleviate the sufferings of the Dark Ages.
"The consecration of the land on July 25, 2002 occurred during Rinpoche's first retreat program in Crestone. After the opening ceremonies both Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Kartar Rinpoche were looking into the sky (they were under a canopy) and smiling and talking to each other. Shortly after everyone's attention focused on the rainbow in the cloudless sky without rain. This magic rainbow formed a half moon around the sun. The canopy obviously did not obstruct Thrangu Rinpoche or Khenpo Karthar's vision and perhaps they saw more than just the rainbow." -- Namo Buddha Newsletter, 2002
In the midst of the cremation ceremony of the 16th Karmapa, a giant rainbow ringed the sun although the weather was clear and dry. What remained of his heart was seen to roll out of the pyre on the side facing Tibet, and later a small footprint appeared in the ashes in the same direction. Many people from all over the world witnessed those signs.
His Holiness The Seventeenth Karmapa, 2006
"At another time she [the 17th Karmapa's mother, Loga] dreamt of eight auspicious symbols wreathed in rainbow light emanating from her heart. The night before the birth, in late June, 1985, the father saw rainbows over the tent and was surprised, for the sun had already disappeared behind the mountains. The baby was born the next day without pain or difficulty, just before the first golden rays of sunlight burst into the tent. At the same time, a cuckoo landed on the yak-hair tent and sang.
At one point during the Karmapa's first international press conference on April 27, 2001 during which he was referred to as a "900-year old teenager," there was a clap of thunder followed by a brief shower which, when the sky cleared, was followed by a rainbow.
Even in the most secular of societies, a rainbow is usually taken as a blessing or at the least, an auspicious sign. Its appearance has the capacity of adding glamour to an otherwise mundane event. In fact the word glamour has a connection with that remarkable optical phenomena." -- Ken Holmes
Rainbow Body Guru Padmasambhava
In the Bon Tradition, Padmasambhava received Dzogchen Teaching from Jetapihritsa (Garab Dorje) and his father Drenpa Namkha, whose transmissions came both directly from Kunto Zangbo (Samantabhadra) and from various masters who have achieved rainbow bodies of light.
OM MANI PADME HUM
The Rainbow Body- Jhalu
A teacher or yogi who has acquired the highest forms of accomplishment can manifest what is called "the rainbow body" or "body of light." Usually this happens after death, but it has been known to happen at other times. For example, one of the 8 forms of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) is The Rainbow. His Holiness the 16th Karmapa was observed by many people as he temporarily dissolved in this way during a Black Crown ritual.
Those who have mastered the trek-chod phase of Dzogchen in which pure and total presence is stabilized, are able to do to-gal. This is the final Dzogchen practice which enables the yogi at the time of death to dissolve his or her physical body into the essence of the elements. The yogin then disappears into a "body of light" leaving behind only the hair, toe and finger nails, and the nasal septum.
Tibetan letter "A", the symbol of body of light
The rainbow body is the physical mastery state of Dzogchen of the Nyingmapa and the Bonpo where the trikaya (Nirmanakaya, Sambhogakaya and Dharmakaya) is in accord and the nirmanakaya is congruent with body-mind and the integrity of the mind-stream to the heart-mind) is realized as Dharmakaya. The corporeal body of the realized Dzogchenpa, which is now hallowed, returns to the primordial energetic essence of the Five Pure Lights of the five elemental processes through the Bardo of Mahasamadhi or Parinirvara. This is then projected as the mindstream through the process of phowa. The realizer of Jalus resides in the timeless, eternal space that is considered a mystery.
Countries such as China, Tiso notes, and certain political movements in Western Europe have chosen to abandon and even physically destroy anything to do with the contemplative life.
Ascension Rainbow Body
"We're now being asked to examine those institutions and their practices in a new light in order to recover for humanity some very profound truths about who we are as human beings." -- Tiso
This research is clearly controversial because it tackles the age-old questions of life after death, the immortal soul, and reincarnation. Furthermore, it suggests that the alleged resurrection of Jesus Christ was not an isolated case, but shines as an example of what may be possible for all human beings.
Both Tiso and Steindl-Rast emphasize that these experiences are said to occur only in highly evolved individuals who are the embodiment of compassion and love. They speculate these qualities- conscience and consciousness- are a driving force of evolution.
“The realized Dzogchen practitioner, no longer deluded by apparent substantiality or dualism such as mind and matter, releases the energy of the elements that compose the physical body at the time of death." -- Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
"It is my great hope that the rainbow body research will make us more aware of this possibility. " -- Steindl-Rast
Tiso holds the opinion that in today's world, where consumerism, exploitation, and economic injustice are still out of control, there is an urgent need to reinforce the more loving, altruistic, and spiritual dimensions of the human being. In the future, he says, we should consider establishing new models of monasteries and retreat centers for individuals who wish, with idealistic motivations, to intensify their spiritual practices. He also proposes initiating a "holy" laboratory to document the progress of individuals.
Ven. K. C. Ayang Rinpoche, Blessing the Deer
The Rainbow Bridge connects realities through the frequencies of light and color. This is a photo of Tibetan Buddhist monk, the Ven. K. C. Ayang Rinpoche, blessing the deer in Kyoto's Nara Park, July 26th, 1985 (year of the buffalo). He only asked once for a photo of him to be taken, saying, "Take a photo now!" No one saw the rainbow until the print was developed. Rinpoche, on seeing the photograph, said he felt that his prayer blessing of the deer had been answered by the Buddha Amitabha at the very moment the photo was taken, when he had made contact with the deer, and that the power of His blessing appeared in rainbow form.
As for the rainbow body, Tiso and his team hope actually witness and scientifically document the entire experience while it is occurring.
"What is important is that we broaden our scope of what we believe is possible. We want to discover if there are ways we can begin to develop spiritual practices that, even though they might not lead us to personally experience the rainbow body, could lead us to some other manifestation of our highest potential." -- Schlitz
Francis Tiso remarks that one of is most intriguing interviews was with Lama A-chos. He told Tiso that when he died he too would manifest the rainbow body.
"He showed us two photographs taken of him in the dark, and in these photographs his body radiated rays of light." -- Tiso
Because Lama A-chos emphasized that it was possible to manifest the rainbow body while still alive, not just in death, Tiso plans to return to Tibet with professional camera equipment to try to photograph this radiating light.
Other incidents of meta-normal occurrences upon death are also being studied. For instance, several of Tiso's colleagues were present for the postmortem process of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who died eight years ago.
"This man was a very large-boned individual, and it was reported that seven weeks after his death the flesh was reduced. That could have been done by chemical substances, however, the bones also shrank." -- Tiso
Shrinkage of the body occurred with another guru, Lama Thubten. His miniature-sized frame is now kept in a monastery in Manali, India. Tiso has ascertained that incidents of bodies shrinking or disappearing shortly after death were documented centuries ago, such as in the classic story of Milarepa, a Buddhist saint from Tibet who lived in the 11th century. Milarepa's biography was translated into French by Jacques Bacot in 1912, and into English by Walter Evans-Wentz in the 1920s.
"In the ninth chapter of this literary classic It states that his body completely disappeared shortly after his death." -- Tiso
Even the earliest biographies of Milarepa, says Tiso, attest to this phenomenon. In addition, accounts exist about the great eighth-century tantric master Padmasambhava and how his body vanished.
"Highly realized saints in Catholic and Orthodox Christianity tend to move in the direction of incorruption, so that the body does not decay after death. bodily ascensions are mentioned in the Bible and other traditional texts for Enoch, Mary, Elijah, and possibly Moses. And there are numerous stories of saints materializing after their death, similar to the widespread phenomenon known as the 'light-body.'" -- Tiso
Ven. Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgial, personal tutor to His Eminence the Fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, had also witnessed unusual rainbows on November 17, 1997.
"Like the samboghakaya, rainbows are colorful and pure. They appear as the result of the interdependence of causes and conditions. That they are connected with the events about the Fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche is a sign that His Eminence’s incarnation is authentic, and that his activity will be colorful and pure, like the rainbow." -- Ven. Drupon Khenpo Lodro Namgial
Very Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche with Rainbow, Pullahari, 1997
The sun rose on a magical new day.
Over the whole earth they came,
The people of every color,
Sister, Brother, Father, Mother Traveling over many a land
People of the Rainbow
Children of the Way,
with a fresh glow
Finding their way
More and more joined,
a song for the soul
A new way to live,
A new way to see,
It happened this way
And a new song,
It came from within
If you can find the Star,
Within then you will find
What is, What was
And what will be, you see,
It happened this way
The people of the Way
The Rainbow Tribe - Author Unknown
"The ancients did not believe that spirituality made men either righteous or rational, but rather that righteousness and rationality made men spiritual. The Mysteries taught that spiritual illumination was attained only by bringing the lower nature up to a certain standard of efficiency and purity. The Mysteries were therefore established for the purpose of unfolding the nature of man according to certain fixed rules which, when faithfully followed, elevated the human consciousness to a point where it was capable of cognizing its own constitution and the true purpose of existence." -- Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages