The Condensed Meaning of the Commentary

The commentary to the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Heruka body mandala has three parts:
1 The preliminary explanation
2 The explanation of the practice
3 Dedication

The preliminary explanation has five parts:
1The pre-eminent qualities of Heruka
2 The origin of these instructions
3 The benefits of practising these instructions
4 Examples of previous practitioners who accomplished attainments through these instructions
5 The qualifications of a sincere Heruka practitioner

The explanation of the practice has two parts:
1 Generation stage
2 Completion stage Generation stage has two parts:
1How to practise during the meditation session
2 How to practise during the meditation break

How to practise during the meditation session has three parts:
1 The preliminary practices
2 The actual practice of generation stage
3 The concluding practices

The preliminary practices has six parts:
1 Going for refuge and generating bodhichitta
2 Receiving blessings
3 Purifying our own mind, body and speech
4 Purifying other beings, the environment and enjoyments 
5 Purifying non-virtues, downfalls and obstacles
6 Guru yoga

Going for refuge and generating bodhichitta has four parts:
1 The causes of going for refuge
2 Visualizing the objects of refuge
3 The way of going for refuge 
4 Generating aspiring and engaging bodhichitta

Purifying our own mind, body and speech has three parts:
1 Purifying our own mind
2 Purifying our own body
3 Purifying our own speech

Purifying non-virtues, downfalls and obstacles has two parts:
1 Why we need to purify non-virtuous actions and downfalls
2 The actual practice of purification

The actual practice of purification has four parts:
1 The power of regret
2 The power of reliance
3 The power of the opponent force
4 The power of promise

Guru yoga has two parts:
1 A general explanation
2 The actual practice of Guru yoga

The actual practice of Guru yoga has six parts:
1 Visualizing the commitment beings of the Field of Merit, and inviting and absorbing the wisdom beings
2 Offering the practice of the seven limbs
3 Offering the mandala
4 Receiving the blessings of the four empowerments
5 Requesting the lineage Gurus
6 Accomplishing spontaneous great bliss by dissolving the Guru into ourself

Visualizing the commitment beings of the Field of Merit, and inviting and absorbing the wisdom beings has two parts:
1 Visualizing the commitment beings of the Field of Merit
2 Inviting and absorbing the wisdom beings

Visualizing the commitment beings of the Field of Merit has three parts:
1 Visualizing basis Guru Heruka
2 Visualizing Guru Heruka of the body mandala
3 Visualizing the other holy beings

Visualizing Guru Heruka of the body mandala has two parts:
1 Visualizing the Principal
2 Visualizing the retinues

Visualizing the retinues has three parts:
1 Visualizing the four Yoginis of the essence
2 Visualizing the Heroes and Heroines of the twenty-four places
3 Visualizing the eight Heroines of the doorways

Offering the practice of the seven limbs has seven parts:
1 Prostration
2 Offering
3 Confession
4 Rejoicing
5 Beseeching the Spiritual Guide not to pass away
6 Requesting the turning of the Wheel of Dharma
7 Dedication

Offering has five parts:
1 Outer offerings
2 Inner offering
3 Secret offering
4 Thatness offering
5 Offering our spiritual practice

Outer offerings has two parts:
1 The eight outer offerings
2 Offering the five objects of desire Receiving the blessings of the four empowerments has four parts:
1 Receiving the vase empowerment
2 Receiving the secret empowerment
3 Receiving the wisdom-mudra empowerment
4 Receiving the precious word empowerment

The actual practice of generation stage has six parts:
1 What is generation stage?
2 Bringing the three bodies into the path
3 Checking meditation on the mandala and basis Heruka
4 Generating the mandala and Deities of the body mandala
5 Adorning our body with the armour Deities, inviting and absorbing the wisdom beings, and making offerings
6 The actual generation stage meditation

Bringing the three bodies into the path has three parts:
1 Bringing death into the path to the Truth Body
2 Bringing the intermediate state into the path to the Enjoyment Body
3 Bringing rebirth into the path to the Emanation Body

Checking meditation on the mandala and basis Heruka has two parts: 1 Checking meditation
2 The symbolism of Heruka’s body

Generating the mandala and Deities of the body mandala has two parts:
1 A preliminary explanation
2 The explanation of the actual practice

The explanation of the actual practice has two parts:
1 Simultaneous generation of the entire supporting and supported Heruka body mandala
2 Checking meditation on this generation

Checking meditation on this generation has two parts:

1 Checking meditation on the gross parts of our body generated as Heruka’s mandala
2 Checking meditation on the subtle parts of our body, the channels and drops, generated as the Deities

Adorning our body with the armour Deities, inviting and absorbing the wisdom beings, and making offerings has three parts:
1 Adorning our body, the bodies of Heruka Father and Mother of the body mandala, with the armour Deities
2 Inviting the wisdom beings, dissolving them into the commitment beings, and receiving the empowerment
3 Making offerings and praises to the self-generated Deities of the body mandala

Making offerings and praises to the self-generated Deities of the body mandala has five parts:
1 Blessing the offerings
2 Making the outer offerings
3 Making the inner offering
4 Making the secret and thatness offerings
5 Eight lines of praise

Blessing the offerings has two parts:
1 Blessing the inner offering
2 Blessing the outer offerings

Blessing the inner offering has five parts:
1 The benefits
2 The basis of the inner offering
3 The visual object of the inner offering
4 How to bless the inner offering
5 The significance of the inner offering

How to bless the inner offering has four parts:
1 Clearance
2 Purification
3 Generation
4 Transformation

Generation has two parts:
1 Generating the container
2 Generating the contained substances

Transformation has three parts:
1 Purifying faults
2 Transforming into nectar
3 Increasing

The actual generation stage meditation has two parts:
1 A preliminary explanation
2 How to practise the actual generation stage meditation

A preliminary explanation has four parts:
1 What is the basis of imputation for our I?
2 Why we need to change the basis of imputation for our I
3 How it is possible to change the basis of imputation for our I
4 How to change the basis of imputation for our I

How to practise the actual generation stage meditation has five parts:
1Training in clear appearance
2 Training in divine pride
3 Training in tranquil abiding
4 Training in subtle generation stage
5 Training in the yoga of non-dual profundity and clarity

The concluding practices has four parts:
1 Mantra recitation
2 Torma offerings
3 Dissolution and generating the action Deities
4 Dedication

Mantra recitation has five parts:
1The mantras to be recited
2Blessing the mala
3Long mantra recitation
4Short mantra recitation
5Explanation of close retreat

Explanation of close retreat has four parts:
1The preparations
2The preliminary practices
3The actual retreat
4 The fire puja

Torma offerings has three parts:
1 Blessing the tormas
2 Inviting the guests of the tormas
3 The actual torma offering

The actual torma offering has four parts:
1 Offering the principal torma
2 Offering the torma to the Deities of the heart wheel, speech wheel and body wheel
3 Offering the torma to the Deities of the commitment wheel
4 Offering the torma to the mundane Dakas and Dakinis, and to all the spirits throughout the world