White Manjushri, Tibet 17th Century, Embodyment of Highest Wisdom-Knowledge OM AH RA PA TZA NA DHI
Manjushri (Jamyang) is the manifestation of the highest wisdom-knowledge of enlightenment and the highest ranking bodhisattva-aspect in Tibetan Buddhism. According to the elements he can appear in all kind of colors (like blue for the highest wisdom-knowledge of the water element, green for the highest wisdom-knowledge of the air element etc.). Very popular forms are the orange and the white Manjushri. Manjushri can also emanate in various wrathful forms like Yamantaka. In Buddhism he is also the patron of Astrology and all esoteric sciences (- an Eastern version of Mercury in his function as Hermes Trismegistos). The book on his left shoulder symbolizes that his mind holds the complete philosophical- and tantric wisdom-knowledge of the universe. The flaming wisdom-sword in his right hand demonstrates, that he uses this knowledge to free the deluded mind from karmic bondages and illusions. His most popular mantra or magic sound invocation is OM AH RA PA TZA NA DHI. His seed-syllable (basic sound) is DHI. The Buddha family he is most associated with is the Vajra family (water element). His holy mountain is the Wu Tai Chan on the border between Tibet and China.
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