great perfect being” – “great sorcerer” – a highly perfected and accomplished mystic; one of a legendary class of demigods or superhuman Tantric practitioners who propagated Tantra throughout South Asia and Tibet.
a realized being from the history of Buddhism (a tradition which began in India), who usually continued her or his mundane work in the world, like washing clothes or selling wine, but reached realization through that work and attained magical powers
( Skt.): A realized meditation master in the tantric tradition who typically manifests unconventional behavior also known as crazy wisdom. Also, refers to great Indian tantric masters of the 6th through 10th centuries, renowned for effecting changes in the phenomenal world through spiritual powers.
(Skt); grub thob chen po (Tib). In Sanskrit, maha means â€˜greatâ€™, and siddha means â€˜one who has accomplished Siddhiâ€™, which in turn means great spiritual attainment. The term usually refers to the 84 Indian Mahasiddhas, who were great masters of Tantric or Vajrayana Buddhism.
Literally â€œgreatly accomplished one.â€ See Masters of Mahamudra: Songs and Stories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas MahÃ sthÃ maprÃ pta (Da Shi Zhi Pu-sa): Bodhisattva attendant to Amitayus Buddha who personifies the power of the Buddhas and is in charge of the Pure Land Sect. Name literally means Great Might that Extends Everywhere or Great Strength as an Elephant. Sometimes referred to as a manifestation of Vajrapani.
Mahasiddhas (Sanskrit: maha - great, siddhas - achievers) are a type of eccentric yogis or adepts important in tantric Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. They represent the mystic and unconventional which, in tantric thinking, is often associated with the highest levels of spiritual enlightenment. They are typically contrasted with arhats, the austere saints who achieved Buddhahood.