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Thanka No. 07



Collection: Spituk Monastery

School of art: Sman-bris

18th century


He belongs to the mother Tantra of the highest Yoga. This Tantra emphasizes on cultivating the actual clear light rather than the illusory body. It also belongs to the new translation school of Tantra.

He subdues the Rudra of ego through transmutation of passion. Thus Cakrasamvara stands on the body of Rudra and his consort. His blue colour symbolises the cosmic Dharma dh”tu of space which is deviod of all the qualities. The passion is the principle of Padma family to which Cakrasamvara belongs.

Cakrasamvara has twelve arms and four faces which represent four Buddha families. His main hand holds the vajra and bell and represent non-duality. His other hands hold attributes such as an elephant, a skin shawl, which symbolizes the fearlessness, an axe, a hooked knife, a trident, a skull, a hand drum, gut lasso, kha¶v”“ga, skull and the head of Brahm” and so forth.

He wears the garland of fifty two heads and the tiger skin skirt of a warrior. He wears the crescent moon in his top knot of the hair. He stands in the dance posture having transmuted passion into Karmic energy .He wears the bone and jewel ornaments.

His embrace with his consort represents the intelligence and energy; and the union of the wisdom of nirvana and saĘs”ra. He stands on Mah”deva and Umadevi who represent the ego. They rest on solar disc which represents prajµ”.

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