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3 Comments

  1. Asha S on February 8, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Thank You..Thank You..Thank You..!!

  2. Matthew Scrase on June 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Hi. loved the site.

    can someone tell me how vajrasattva is indicated in images of vajrakilaya I seem to remember that vajrakilaya has him at his heart but I can’t see anything on the image. I googled what the significance was which is why I’m writing here.

    • Lee Kane, Editor Lee Kane, Editor on June 23, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Yes, Vajrakilaya is the wrathful form of Vajrasattva (although interpretations vary from school to school) — in the same way Hayagriva is the wrathful form of Amitabha and Yamantaka is the wrathful form of Manjushri. Vajrakilaya, who as symbolized by the Phurba (activity) and other symbols represent ENLIGHTENED ACTIVITY of all the Buddhas (you could say Vajrasattva in action). In the same way, Yamantaka is the enlightened body (at least in the Kagye system —- even though Manjushri represents “enlightened speech” or wisdom or dharma, in the Kagye his wrathful form represents Enlightened Body.) Hayagriva is enlightened speech (speech family, Lotus family, Amitabha). Chakrasamvara (Demchok) or Yangdak Heruka (Kagye) represents Enlightened Mind.
      With most wrathful deities, there isn’t necessarily a “direct” visualization link to the peaceful deity. With Yamantaka, you clearly do have Manjushri’s head on top of the other heads, and with Hayagriva the “red” body definitely links to Amitabha —- and again you have “activity” symbolized by the Greeen (activity) horse head.
      Although it’s not necessarily stated or taught this way, I think of Wrathful deities as ACTIVITY of deities. Their wrath and motion and power connotes activity. So, you could say Vakrakilaya — activity of Vajrasattva; Hayagriva, the activity of Speech or Amitabha, etc. There’s a lot more going on with a visualization of any wrathful mandala.
      You asked about symbols that might link to Vajrasattva. Although typically the centre two hands hold the Phurba, you will actually see, in the right hands (on some visualizations) the vajra, which of course is a core symbol of Vajrasattva.
      In kindness, Lee.

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