“Give up the mind that wants to meditate and calm down. Focus on nothing at all.
Disturbing thoughts and lazy indifference are not liberation.
Remain unstained by thoughts and circumstances.
Rest relaxed in the uncontrived nature of mind, free of elaboration or alteration.
For the benefit of one and all, simply preserve peerless awareness.”
The Story of Sukhasiddhi
‘The life story of Sukhasiddhi is very wonderful. When she was about sixty years old, or maybe sixty-five, she experienced a great deal of suffering. Due to that, she engaged in the practice of vajrayana and attained a state where she appeared like a sixteen-year-old girl. Her story is that she and her family were very poor and they got to the point where they only had one container of rice left. So, her husband and son went out to look for food. They went all over, searching, begging for food. Though they went through a great deal of difficulties, they were unable to find any food. Thinking that they had one container of rice left, they went back home to eat it. However, while they were gone, Sukhasiddhi, out of great compassion, had given the food to a beggar. When her husband and son came back, they were very hungry and expecting to eat the last container of rice, but they found that there was no rice left, that she had given it away to a beggar. They were very upset and very angry with her, saying that though they were all experiencing a great deal of suffering, a great deal of problems, she had given their last food away. They were so upset with her that they threw her out of the house. Then she became very upset and cried about her husband and son throwing her out of her home. Leaving her town, she gave rise to a very strong renunciation for samsara, and based upon this very strong renunciation and good fortune, she was able to meet with a siddha from whom she received oral instructions. She meditated upon them and realized mahamudra, the supreme siddhi. Her mind was liberated within this state of luminosity, and her body became an empty form like a rainbow. She looked like a sixteen-year-old girl. She unified luminosity and the illusory body. It is said that even at this time she resides in India and can be found in various places there. So it is on the basis of having a lot of suffering and difficulties that one is able to practice the dharma very well. In order to meditate upon mahamudra, one needs to have problems and difficulties. If one doesn’t have problems, but is just happy, one won’t meditate and will just be distracted.
Therefore, it is said that when one is meditating upon mahamudra, it is very good if one has a lot of suffering. Within the true nature, or essence, of mahamudra, there is no time, and therefore one does not need to think about needing a long time for these practices. It is enough just to realize the true nature of one’s present mind, mahamudra.’
“Upon receiving empowerment and instruction from Virupa, Sukhasiddhi, then a sixty-one-year-old, attained full enlightenment that very evening. Like Niguma, her body became rainbowlike. Niguma is remembered as a wrathful, dark-brown woman who wore bone ornaments, whereas Sukhasiddhi is portrayed as a peaceful, light-skinned sixteen-year-old.”
Sources: ‘The Story of Sukhasiddhi”, as told by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoche