In Tantras of the Father (method) class, method is represented by the white drops situated in the crown wheel, and wisdom by the red drops in the navel wheel. The Lunar white drop (from the father) is linked with "amrita" and the "method" of the long-life vase, whereas the Solar red drop (from the mother) is "rakta" ("blood") and the "wisdom" of the skull-cup (in Mother tantras, stressing wisdom, these polarities may be reversed). The white drops sustain the solid white organs of bone, brain, marrow & spinal cord, whereas the red drops gives rise to the soft red organs of viscera, blood & muscle tissue. These equivalences are not direct, but indirect by way of hylic-pluralistic multicorporality, in particular the subtle anatomy of the "Vajra body" with its "wheels" ("ćakra"), "channels" ("nadî") & "winds" ("prâna" or "ch'i").
These two drops may also be depicted in two separate skull-cups, placed as offerings in front and to the left & right of one's meditational deity ("yidam"). Between these two cups, a third one represents the offering of the five sense organs. The white drop represents the "white" male semen ("kunda"), the red drop the fertile "red" uterine blood ("rakta"), and the five sense organs symbolize the consciousness seeking rebirth. The latter is not the mortal gross & subtle minds, but the immortal very subtle mind of Clear Light.
Uniting white (long-life vase) and red (skull-cup) drop is the tantric equivalent of merging method (cf. form-bodies or "Rûpakâya" = "Sambhogakâya" + "Nirmânakâya") and wisdom (cf. "Dharmakâya"), the state of an Awakened One. This fusion into "one taste" ("ekârasa") or "unio mystica", is represented by the tantric manifestation of Buddha Śâkyamuni, i.e. Vajradhara, who holds the Vajra (method) in his right hand and the Bell (wisdom) in his left.
The Vajrayâna knows long life rituals to give teachers the opportunity to stay in their bodies longer, continuing their spiritual practices benefitting sentient beings. Increasing the drops, in particular the white immortality nectar, lengthens one's lifespan. Although Great Perfection practices, like Calm Abiding on the Six Perfections, resulting in a good heart & a calm mind, automatically increases the number of drops, specific tantric "sâdhanas" (like those of Amitâyus or the White Tara) introduce a "turbo-effect", allowing -so tradition has it- a dramatically increase of one's lifespan (Nâgârjuna is said to have lived for centuries, while Padmasambhava is deemed to still walk the Earth today) ...
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