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Thanka No. 06



Collection: Spituk monastery

School of art: Tsang-bris

20th century


He belongs to the father Tantra. This Tantra emphasized on the development of the illusory body rather than on clear light. It is one of, the highest Yoga Tantras which belong to the new translation school. Guhyasamˇja belongs to the vajra family and develops such a quality which transmutes anger.

He embraces his consort with his main arms. His central hand holds vajra and the upper right hand a bell. His upper right hand holds the wheel of Dharma and the lower right hand a lotus. His upper left hand holds the flaming jewel of ratna and the lower left hand a sword. Thus he unifies all the five principles. His consort bears the same attributes. She is the prajµˇ or wisdom and Guhyasamˇja is upˇya or method. The embracing of both of them symbolises the union of the pure illusory body and the actual clear light. When the trainee attains the Buddhahood, his pure illusory body and the actual clear light transmute into enjoyment body and wisdom body respectively,

Guhyasamˇja represents the union of the clarity of the pristine consciousness and its emptiness which produces the supreme bliss. The vajra and bell together symbolises the union of bliss and emptiness. His three faces represent the transmuted energy of attachment (raga), hatred (dveŔa) and ignorance (moha).

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