Vajrasattva is depicted wearing the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. The crown, jewels and robe are decorated with colorful turquoise stones. Additionally, turquoise is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes their readiness to act. These special adornments embellish the statue well and will inspire all those who lay their eyes on it.
Vajrasattva Statue Features
Our Vajrasattva statue depicts him wearing the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. He sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. In his right hand he holds the vajra which is the masculine symbol for compassion or skillful means. Additionally, he holds the ghanta bell in his left hand which symbolizes the feminine attribute of wisdom. It is the joining of these two virtues that will give devotees the enlightened body, speech and mind of a Buddha. In other words, the eternal union of compassion and wisdom is the state of Nirvana. Click here to discover more about the rich symbolism of Vajrasattva.
Vajrasattva Rituals for Karma Purification
A Vajrasattva statue is the Sambhogakaya embodiment of Vajradhara Buddha. Additionally, 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”