'' The Adamantine Songs (Vajragiti): Study, Translation, and Tibetan Critical ''
Saraha is considered to be one of the founders of Buddhist Vajrayana, and particularly of the Mahamudra tradition. Acclaimed one of the greatest yogis of India in the late 8th century, the indomitable Saraha heads the Mahamudra lineage. He was born into a Brahmin class family in Bengal, eastern India, and was raised to become a Buddhist monk.
He became the disciple of a saint named Ratnamati, who was a master of the Guhyasamaj Tantra. Thus Saraha learnt the profound secrets of a method of meditation that focuses on raising kundalini and abiding in blissful Mind's own innate state. As a yogi, traveling aimlessly from place to place across the glorious land of India, eventually Saraha met a woman and married her. Settling in isolated places, residing in cemetery grounds and in lonely Himalayan temples, they committed themselves to spiritual endeavour.
The very name "Saraha" derives from his occupation as a maker of arrows. When not making and selling arrows, the couple spent their time in Mahamudra meditation, cutting the linear flow of thought, so as to experience naked consciousness in all its unveiled brilliance. Thus the two of them eventually attained mutual Enlightenment together! Saraha composed a main meditation text which has been transmitted and studied in the Kagyu Order, now for many centuries. This is one of the fundamental treatises of the Mahamudra meditation tradition.
Saraha begins the lineage which descends through his disciple Savari to Luipada, to Dengri, Vajraghanta, Kambala, Jalandhara, Krsnacarya, Vijayapada, to Tilopa and Naropa, the teachers of Marpa of Lhotrak. Marpa was the renowned teacher of Tibet's greatest yogi Milarepa, and the latter taught Gampopa, to in turn was the teacher of the first Karmapa.