The erstwhile Shakyamuni Siddhartha Gautama had spent years as a mendicant and ascetic. The image of Him that forms the subject of our visualisation is the result of that prolonged period of tapa (austerity) and svadhyaya (self-seeking). His limbs gathered in the elusive poorna-padmasana; at the meeting point of the heels His palms turned outwards, the thumbtips touching. Zoom in on each aspect of the sculpture to appreciate the finesse of the carving and polishing.
Note the halo of lotus petals that surrounds the gracious head of the Buddha. A mass of curls coiled in a characteristic bun atop His head, and ears of wisdom that stretch from as high as the brow to the zenith of the clavicles. How irresistibly beautiful is the face of Enlightenment - large, half-shut eyes as wide as the wings of an albatross, a compassionate mouth, respite for the senses as much as for the soul.
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