The Complete Purification of the Eyes: An Exalted Awareness-Mantra
In the Indian Language (Sanskrit): Arya Chakshubi Shodhana Nama Vidya
In the Tibetan Language: Phakpa Mik Nampar Jongwa’i Zheyjawa’i Ngak
In the English Language: The Exalted Awareness-Mantra of the Eyes’ Complete Purification
HOMAGE TO ALL THE BUDDHAS AND BODHISATTVAS!
Thus have I heard: at one time, the Transcendent and Accomplished Conqueror was in an excellent town of the Shakyans, and was abiding amongst the Shakyans. At that time, in the place known as Stadusa, there was a man called Shakyasukha, who had vivid faith in the Buddha. He had vivid faith in the Dharma and the Sangha. He had gone for refuge in the Buddha. He had gone for refuge in the Dharma. He had gone for refuge in the Sangha. He was solely focused on the Buddha. He was solely focused on the Dharma. He was solely focused on the Sangha. He had no doubts and no hesitations towards the Buddha. As he had no doubts and no hesitations towards the Dharma, the Sangha, the Truth of Suffering, the Truth of the Origin, the Truth of Cessation, and the Truth of the Path, he had attained the fruition of the Truths. He had become manifestly complete. He abided in the abandonment of swords and weapons.
To that man’s eyes, there appeared apparent and non-apparent forms. Since this was the case, he gave rise to faith in the Buddha, the Transcendent Conqueror, focused his attention, and prostrated to the Buddha-Bhagavan, saying:
I PROSTRATE TO THE BUDDHA, THE BHAGAVAN, THE GENERATOR OF APPEARANCE, THE HOLDER OF THE LAMP, THE ILLUMINATOR!
SUGATA ENDOWED WITH GREAT COMPASSION, CLARIFY, I PRAY!
BHAGAVAN, COMPLETELY PURIFY MY EYES, I PRAY!
He spoke thus.
[Now, at that time,]The Transcendent Conqueror was abiding in the Abode of the Gods. Since his divine ears were utterly pure and surpassed the ears of humans, he heard the words which were uttered by Shakyasukha. After he had listened, the Transcendent Conqueror arose from his state of meditative absorption, and said to the Venerable Ananda:
“Ananda! As you have come, protect Shakyasukha with this Awareness-Mantra of Complete Purifcation of the Eyes! Thoroughly hold him, thoroughly sustain him, make him peaceful, make him happy and well; cast away punishments, cast away weapons, cast away poisons, eliminate poisons, establish boundaries, and bind the earth!”
“In a similar fashion, fully purify the eyes of the four monastic retinues of bhikshus, bhikshunis, shramaneras, and shramaneris, and of those of other sentient beings, as well! Fully purify the very insides of their eyes! “
[recite the Awareness-Mantra thus:]
TADYATHA: HILI MILI KILI MILI HILETE HUYA HUYA HUYA MANI HULA HULA HULA HUDU HUDU HUDU CHAKSHURA MUKHA VISHODHAYA SVAHA
“Ananda! This King of Awareness-Mantras, ‘The Complete Purification of the Eyes’, clears away the defects of the eyes, the imbalances of the inner winds, the imbalances of bile, the imbalances of phlegm, and imbalances which arise from disorders in the humors. “
“Through the Truth of Ethical Discipline, the Truth of the Resolve for Excellent Conduct, the Truth of the Sages, the Truth of Interdependent Origination, the Truth of Suffering, the Truth of the Cause, the Truth of Cessation, the Truth of the Path, the Truth of the Arhats, the Truth of the Pratyekabuddhas, and the Truth of the Buddha-Bhagavans, may the eyes of Shakysukha not become ill!”
“May tears not fall! In any and all ways, may tears not fall! May my eyes, and the eyes of all sentient beings, be completely purified!”
“Ananda! This Queen of Awareness-Mantras, The Compete Purification of the Eyes, was spoken by six perfectly complete Buddhas. I, also, likewise speak it, and the Four Directional Kings, the Ruler of the Gods, Indra, and the Lord of the Saha World-System, Brahma, rejoice.”
“Ananda! If you pronounce this Awareness-Mantra during the three times of the day, then cloudiness, visual aberrations, cataracts, eye-diseases that are directly visible, and all of the defects in the visual field that come from the harm inflicted by gods, that inflicted by nagas, that inflicted by gandharvas, that inflicted by yakshas, that inflicted by goblins, that inflicted by evil spirits, that inflicted by zombies, that inflicted by zombies and evil spirits working together, that inflicted by demons, and that inflicted by demons and zombies working together, as for all of those defects, in this world of living beings, with its gods, humans, and demi-gods together with its heavenly beings, maras, Brahmas, mendicants and brahmins, they will not be seen, and indeed, they will not be abide.”
The Venerable Ananda listened accordingly to the Transcendent Conqueror, and saying, “Bhagavan, it is like that!” he held the foundations of secret mantra. As he had attained the state of wisdom wherein all things are realized, he went to where Shakyasukha was, and said:
“Blissful One, the foundations of the secret mantra The Complete Purification of the Eyes have been bestowed upon you by the Tathagata, the One Gone to Thusness, and since this is the case, everyday, during the three times of the day, recall it!”
And he spoke extensively in that way. Shakyasukha’s eyes were purified at the very moment he heard this. As his eyes had become entirely pure, with his stainless eyes, he saw everything.
The Transcendent Conqueror had proclaimed sacred words, and the Venerable Ananda, Shakyasukha, and the universe, with its gods, rejoiced; they vividly praised what had been spoken by the Bhagavan, the Transcendent and Accomplished Conqueror.
THE EXALTED AWARENESS-MANTRA KNOWN AS ‘THE COMPLETE PURIFICATION OF THE EYES’ IS COMPLETE.
Translated by Erick Tsiknopoulos (Sherab Zangpo)
This means that visual aberrations appeared to him.
 Sanskrit: Sukha!, Tibetan: Dewa!