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Manjushri translates as “Gentle Glory” in Sanskrit. Additionally, Manjushri is believed to be the bodhisattva counterpart and the embodiment of wisdom who accompanied the primordial Buddha. This Manjushri statue wields a flaming sword in his right hand that signifies that wisdom and analysis will always annihilate ignorance. The triumph of wisdom over ignorance is the omnipresent theme throughout Buddhist teachings. Thus, the “sword” of wisdom is an effective weapon needed to stop the endless cycle of rebirth and suffering.
Also please note, in his left hand the Manjushri statue is holding the stem of a blue lotus between his thumb and index finger. The lotus is believed to be surmounted by the book of transcendent wisdom.
The Manjushri statue features the youthfulness that is commonly associated with him. However, this does not indicate that he is merely a youth. Instead it is believed that an enlightened being will see the world from a refreshed perspective. Therefore, one who obtains insight knowledge will see the world anew and be reborn. The youthful features and association with wisdom make the Manjushri statue a popular selection among students.
Manjushri is also highly associated with the Manjushri Mantra “om arapacana dhih”. The association is so strong that he is also known by the name “Arapacana”. The Manjushri mantra Tibetan pronunciation has a slight deviation “om a ra pa tsa na d+hih”. The Manjushri mantra benefits will enhance your ability to debate, memorize, read, write and absorb knowledge. Thus, it may enhance the academic performance of students.
“om a ra pa tsa na d+hih”
In Vajrayana Buddhism Manjushri is a meditation deity who is considered to be a fully enlightened Buddha. This is a typical variation in the significance of Buddhist deities. As a result, in some beliefs the deity is a Bodhisattva and in others he is a Buddha. Therefore, Manjushri is considered to be both a Buddha statue and also a bodhisattva statue.
Certain associations of Manjushri’s flaming sword can be connected with the “Vel” or spear held by the Hindu God Lord Murugan. Mainly, it is the non violent aspect of wisdom. Therefore, the motivation is not to smash ignorance with brute force. Instead, wisdom slices through ignorance in a more elegant annihilation.
Uniquely Crafted Manjushri Statue
Our wide selection of Buddha and bodhisattva statues from Nepal are manufactured using the traditional lost wax method. The high quality and uniqueness of the finished statues is made possible by the caste knowledge held by our local manufacturers. For centuries the artisans of Nepal have reserved and enhanced the lost wax metal casting technique. Therefore, your statue will last for many lifetimes and can be passed down for generations.