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In his heart, an enlightened being like the Buddha or a Great Bodhisattva, is calm, peaceful, and totally compassionate. But in order to subdue and transform negative energies, often embodied as evil spirits, especially those that arise directly from the poisonous passions of anger and hatred, it is necessary on occasion for such compassionate enlightened beings to display a wrathful face and form and engage in wrathful actions. Thus, when the demon sorcerer Rudra threatened to enslave and even extinguish nascent humanity in prehistoric times, the great Bodhisattva Vajrapani, also known as Vajrasattva, adopted this exceedingly terrifying form of Vajrakilaya in order to subdue Rudra and his minions. The demon Rudra symbolizes the inflated ego and the evils it causes. In general, the function of Vajrakilaya
practice is to overcome obstacles and demolish negative energies afflicting the life of the individual practitioner. For the overcoming and subduing of demons, evil, spirits, and negative energies generally in his own time, it is said that Vajrakilaya was the personal meditation practice of Guru Padmasambhava himself, as well as that of his consort, the Tibetan princess Yeshe Tsogyal, who wrote the first Tibetan commentary on this practice.
These methods include the higher spiritual practices (stod-las) for attaining liberation and enlightenment and the more practical magical ritual actions (smad-las) for subduing and
transforming negative energy in daily life. As embodied in the Yidam, or meditation deity, Vajrakilaya is among one of the most popular meditation and ritual practices in the Nyingmapa tradition, the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism.