Dictionary of Buddhist Iconography, Volume 14

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International Academy of Indian Culture and Aditya Prakashan, 2005 - Buddhism - 296 pages
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Beyond intellection,surrounded by the transfinites of images that are a home to pensive reflections,this volume is again a whirlwind of forms that weave the threads of our inner being,in the constant yonder-faring of Buddhist iconography. Vajrapa is a metamorphosis of Indra akra according to Buddhaghosa.His iconographic evolution has been phenomenal:he is a standing or sitting Bodhisattva,a ferocious demonic identity,a serene attendant of akyamuni in the Ma ju la-kalpa,a kneeling Vajrapa attending on Nalada a Vajrapa (no.19),carries sar apa emustardi as one of the Eight

Auspicious Objects (no.27),or he has sixteen arms (no.45).Vajraraga is one of the erotocentric deities,like Ragaraja akkiraja,Kurukulla,Ragavajra, Vajraraga Maju.The cult of Kamadeva and a study of the erotocentric deities may elucidate the emergence of yab.yum in the anuttara-yoga tantras.Vajrasadhu is one of the Bodhisattvas of debate to destruct and defeat heretics.The system of debate according to Asa?ga has seven major divisions.Vajras?dhu represents vada-ni sarafa as the assembly lauds the skill,confid-ence and ingenuity of the victor.Vajrasattva has 18 forms,and is distinguished from Vajradhara.He is both a Buddha and a Bodhisattva (no.1 p.4114).In the Nayas utra he is the central deity of the ma ala.Vajravarah is shown in two intersecting triangles that represent the basic rcakra.She is the vanquisher of enemies,as her invocations indicate: ajite,aparajite aunconquered?,vijaye evictorious?,trasani mara prabhedani parajaye eyou terrify,kill,tear to pieces,and conquer?.She reminds of the Varaha incarnation of Vifu.

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