Q: I’ve been practicing the deity yoga for 15 years and even more. What should be my next stage?
A: It’s really disappointing to see some people, I’ve seen many people who say, who came to me and said that “I’ve been practicing this deity for 15 years, or 12 years” and then they say “So what should be the next stage?” And when that person asks that kind of a question, it happened to me many times by other people asking that question, and it’s very disappointing, because then you understood that that person doesn’t realize the meaning of the deity.
The meaning of the deity is not about changing to many other deities. The meaning of the deity is that you develop a quality so that you detach yourself from the grasping towards the reality, and then when you minimize that sense of negative influence, then naturally the pure wisdom and the Buddha nature in your mind, and the condition to recognize, builds up by itself naturally.
So that’s something that we have to keep in mind. Every deity practice, as long as it has a creation and completion, it has a root and the seed to recognize the nature of mind.