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Vajrapani Holder of the Thunderbolt represents the energy of the enlightened mind , and energy that breaks through delusion. He dances wildly within a halo of flames, which represent the transformative power of Awakening. He holds a vajra thunderbolt in his right hand, which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion.

Non-Buddhists and Theravadin Buddhists seeing Vajrapani for the first time may wonder how such a wrathful-looking figure could possibly fit with the peaceful associations they have with the Buddhist tradition , although such figures are actually very common in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.

Enlightened beings do not, in reality , sit around all day on lotuses smiling serenely. The Buddha himself was fearlessly active in engaging with the other religious figures and philosophers of his day.

His fearless approach to life is perhaps characterized mostly clearly by his encounter with Angulimala , who was an infamous bandit who killed his victims and added a finger from each to the garland he wore around his neck his name means " Garland of Fingers". Although warned to stay away from this dangerous figure, the Buddha insisted on going into the forest to confront Angulimala , who converted to Buddhism , became a monk , and eventually became Enlightened.

We may, at some level, want to meditate , to live ethically , and so on, but other parts of us are profoundly threatened by the possibility of change. Our habits can form a kind of "sub-personality" that can try to hijack our lives. From the point of view of those powerful and yet primitive parts of ourselves, Enlightenment , rather than looking attractive, seems to be threatening and demonic. Because of this dual nature , Vajrapani has his peaceful forms as well, and early depictions of him, while muscular and athletic, are nothing like the wild figure depicted above.

Vajrapani has his origins in the Pali canon , as a Yaksha , or nature spirit. After Ambattha refuses to answer the question twice, the Buddha reminds him that there is a traditional belief that if you refuse to answer the question of an enlightened one three times, your head will split in seven pieces.

Of course this never happens, but " Vajirapani " the Pali form of his name appears, ready to make good on the ancient prophecy. Vajrapani also has his mythic roots in Indra , the Indian thunder god. Jupiter is "Dyaus-piter" or "sky father. In this image, from the second century, both the Buddha seated and Vajrapani standing are sculpted in classic Greek style. Vajrapani here is shown as a powerful muscular figure protecting the Buddha , and his iconography is essentially that of Herakles Hercules.

The characteristics he shares with the later form are the vajra thunderbolt , his powerful frame, and his semi-nakedness, which is typical of a Greek athlete. In later forms , as Vajrapani becomes more other-worldly, he is shown as being dark blue in color. He perhaps borrows this color from Akshobhya , the head of the Vajra Family. But this is also the color of a thunder cloud.

He represents the power, energy , and fearlessness of the Buddhas. He stands in or rather is caught in the warrior pose that will be familiar to those who practice Hatha Yoga.

In his outstretched right hand he wields a vajra , and his left hand holds a lasso with which to bind demons. Vajrapani wears a loin-cloth around his hips. The cloth is made from the skin of a tiger. He is adorned with the five-pointed Bodhisattva crown , but the crown bears five skulls. He has necklace hanging to his belly, but he also has a snake around his neck. Vajrapani has a bulging third eye in the center of his forehead.

There is no place in Buddhist practice for "righteous anger ," and despite his appearance Vajrapani is a profoundly compassionate figure. In another wrathful form , he also holds a noose or fetter. In very wrathful form , he is winged.

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Vajrapani Holder of the Thunderbolt represents the energy of the enlightened mind , and energy that breaks through delusion. He dances wildly within a halo of flames, which represent the transformative power of Awakening. He holds a vajra thunderbolt in his right hand, which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion. Non-Buddhists and Theravadin Buddhists seeing Vajrapani for the first time may wonder how such a wrathful-looking figure could possibly fit with the peaceful associations they have with the Buddhist tradition , although such figures are actually very common in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. Enlightened beings do not, in reality , sit around all day on lotuses smiling serenely. The Buddha himself was fearlessly active in engaging with the other religious figures and philosophers of his day.

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Bodhisattva Vajrapani signifies the power of all the Buddhas just as Avalokitesvara Chenrezig represents their great compassion, Buddha Manjusri their wisdom, and Goddess Tara their miraculous deeds. For the yogi, He is a means of accomplishing fierce determination and signifies unrelenting effectiveness in the conquest of negativity. Hence, He is the very supreme master of secrecy of all Tathagatas. Bodhisattva Vajrapani is portrayed holding a thunderbolt vajra in his right hand, which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion. He is frequent grouped with the Chenrezig and Buddha Manjushri.

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