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50 However, the siddhas' tradition is by no means dead, and the next generation in the West can enjoy the fruit of this generation of Lamas' work. Since need, ability and aspiration are present in a favorable environment, there is no reason why countless American and European siddhas should not flourish in a latter-day blossoming of the tantric tradition transposed to the West. Notes to the Introductz"on 1. Hugh R. Downs, Rhythms of a Himalayan Vz'llage, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1980. 2. It is always dangerous to generalize about India-a subcontinent-and Indians-diverse races and tribes.

These were the niith siddhas, who were to become recognized as the progenitors of the Introduction 25 great hathayoga tradition of saiva-tantra. The belief that they are still alive today is shared by millions of contemporary Hindus, who will probably direct the enquirer to the Kumaon district in the Himalayas to find Gorak~a (9), Cauratigi (10) and the other immortals, still meditating in secluded caves. The legends convey the lore of eighth-twelfth century India and also the timeless ethos of Hindu spirituality.

For the Mahasiddha Padmasambhava, the J)akini's Paradise was his homeland of Orgyen (O<;l<;liyava. the Swat Valley), which was also conceived as a Dharmakaya Buddhafield. The majority of the siddhas who did not attain the Oakini's Paradise were those who only accomplished mundane st"ddhis and, attaining immortality, or extraordinary longevity, remained on earth working for humanity. These were the niith siddhas, who were to become recognized as the progenitors of the Introduction 25 great hathayoga tradition of saiva-tantra.

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