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The Compassion Of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

The Compassion Of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
It is said that Lord Avalokiteshvara was sitting blissfully in His home atop the Mount Patala, when He happened to lean over ihaloka for a glimpse. The sheer extent of klesha (affliction) and dukha (sorrow) that He witnessed made His head burst into a thousand pieces, from each of which emerged a singular divine head. This is how, overcome by compassion, Lord Avalokiteshvara became the sahsramukha (thousand-faced) Bodhisattva. It is an integral aspect of His iconography, as could be seen in the murti pictured on this page.

This one depicts the Bodhisattva of compassion with eleven faces (ekadashamukha) and a thousand arms (sahasrabhuja). The numbers in question, be they pertaining to the heads or the limbs, are symbolic of the infinite capacities of the Bodhisattva. Upon a lotus throne He is seated with His anteriormost hands holding afore the chest the mythical wish-fulfilling jewel. With the flaying arms and the crowned heads stacked progressively upwards, this composition makes for a striking silhouette. The same is poised upon a rugged, rock-like pedestal engraved with snow lions on either side.

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Item Code: ZM08
Brass Statue
8.7" X 4.5" X 2.6"
1.5 kg

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