Our Manjushri statue is shown wielding the sword of transcendent wisdom over his right shoulder. In Buddhism, the omnipotence of wisdom will always annihilate ignorance and delusion. However, this is not an act of violence. Instead it is considered to be a “gentle” annihilation and the triumph of wisdom.
Manjushri is one of the oldest and most venerable Bodhisattvas in the Buddhism pantheon. The story of Manjushri first emerges in the “Prajnaparamita” which is known as the book of transcendent wisdom. Additionally, the book was written over the course of 7 centuries, between 100 A.C.E and 600 A.C.E. Therefore, it is fitting that there is a lotus flower growing over his left shoulder and a copy of the Prajnaparamita is resting in the blossom.
This Manjushri statue is also depicted with traditional features such as the crown and jewels of the Bodhisattva. Additionally, he is featured with the Ushnisha topknot, third eye of wisdom, he is seated in full lotus pose and also depicting the Abhaya mudra. The Abhaya mudra is a symbol of fearlessness and protection. As a result, devotees can take refuge in the power of wisdom.
The attribute of wisdom is also believed to be a fountain of youth. This is because newfound wisdom will allow the recipient to see the world anew. As a result, they will benefit from renewed vigor and youthful looks. However, the youthful looks of Manjushri are not to be confused with adolescence and immaturity.