Vajrasattva is depicted wearing the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. The crown, jewels and details of his robe are decorated with colorful stones. Additionally, the color of the stones is turquoise which is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes their readiness to act. The special adornments embellish the statue and may inspire all those who lay their eyes on it.
Special Meaning of Vajrasattva Statue
The ghanta bell is the ancient feminine symbol for wisdom and the vajra is the masculine symbol for compassion. As a result, our Vajrasattva statue symbolizes enlightenment. This is because it is the joining of these two virtues that create Nirvana.
Our Vajrasattva statue is the sambhogakaya embodiment of the Primordial Buddha – Vajradhara. This embodiment is one of what is known as the 3 kayas (bodies) of the Buddha. However, the sambhogakaya is described as a “subtle body of limitless form”. This means that a Buddha or high level Bodhisattva can use the sambhogakaya to appear in any form necessary to relieve the suffering of sentient life. As a result, this Vajrasattva statue is one of our most important and significant statues. Click here to learn more about Vajrasattva.
Vajrasattva Rituals for Karma Purification
Tibetan Buddhists strongly associate Vajrasattva with karma purification rituals. Indeed, Vajrasattva is a complex deity. However, devotees believe that reciting his mantra will clean the five aggregates of all past negative karma.
Vajrasattva has a 100 syllable mantra and a much shorter 6 syllable mantra. Although lamas teach devotees that both mantras are equally effective, the 100 syllable mantra is clearly more difficult. Nonetheless, all devotees need to say is “Om Vajrasattva Hum” and the deity will heed their call.
“OM VAJRASATTVA HUM”