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Covenant. Yes, we can translate the word tukdam (thugs dam), meaning the property of an ally called yidam (yi dam / yid dam). Otherwise, we can still understand this word tukdam as a spiritual bond (literally) and deification (semantically). This is the basic meaning of the covenant.

It is the property of the person called the Ally – the strength that joins the believer with God.

This is the basic meaning of tukdam, therefore, it means a kind of promise, oath, agreement and consent.
In this way, we hear in a prayer often recited by believers:

Ohm,
gathering happy and peaceful gods,
fulfill the covenant.
The gathering of developmental gods,
fulfill the covenant.
The gathering of imperious gods,
fulfill the covenant.
Collection of raw gods,
fulfill the covenant.
A gathering of angry thoughts,
fulfill the covenant.
Collection of bright mothers,
fulfill the covenant.
Strongmen, soldiers and great kings,
fulfill the covenant.
Treasurers and guardians of the word,
fulfill the covenant.
Envoys and employees,
fulfill the covenant.
Noble earth doctors,
fulfill the covenant.
Eight branches of violent gods,
fulfill the covenant.
Citizens of the country,
fulfill the covenant.
Six families of travelers,
fulfill the covenant.
Through the airy decorations of the sky
fulfill the covenant.
By the sound heard in the air
fulfill the covenant.
By peaceful sanctification of the ground
fulfill the covenant.
Calm the circumstances and difficulties.
Give the highest and ordinary perfection
by the blessing of fulfilling the covenant,

and through us, believers and friends, brothers and sisters.

Another meaning of tukdam is spiritual action, exercise, asceticism. It seems that it refers to the above meaning of the covenant as a promise. When we fulfill the covenant, it is an act and in the wake of the same covenant can be understood as an action.

Tukdam is also a delight, delving into, meditating. In this sense, one speaks of resting in a covenant or life in a covenant (thugs dam la bzhugs), which seems to be close to the Christian concept of resting in the Holy Spirit. It is worth noting that the word tukdam could also be translated as the Holy Spirit, if we read the second part of it, not as a noun, but the adjective of the lady, meaning as much as the saint. Tuk (thugs) is a ghost (from uk (dbugs), breath, breath), and I will give it to a bond or saint. The word tukdam can mean in this case either a spiritual bond or a holy spirit.

This meaning of the covenant as delight or contemplation is also used in relation to people who have died but still show some signs of consciousness after death, such as sitting in an upright posture.

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In addition, tukdam is also understood as a divination, examination, estimation, test. It is possible that this meaning appeals more to deification. It is known that a person in such a covenant – a deified person – is able to announce truths outside of the area of ​​his own acquired messages.


Other tukdam meanings are hope, desire, desire. It is also present in the prayer given above, where it is asked to fulfill the covenant. So fulfill the covenant – fulfill my dream. You promised to help in my endeavors. Now, I am asking you for help – fulfill the covenant, as we agreed.


Jakub Szukalski

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