Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Mahakala (Tib. Nagpo Chenpo): translates as 'Great Black One.'
This is a category of protectors. The two-armed form is called Bernagchen.
Black Coat (Skt. Mahakala / Tib. Bernagchen): the main protector of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
He is bluish-black in color and is depicted as either jumping or riding a mule with his companion Radiant Godess (Tib. Palden Lhamo).
In his right hand, he holds a chopping knife, which severs all obstacles, and in his left hand, he holds a skull bowl with the heart-blood of the ego.
-- Quoted from 'Buddha & Love' by Lama Ole Nydahl.
See also, if you wish or need, ... : Protecting Activity of Mahakala, Mahakala Invocation.