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Vajra & Bell - Tibetan Buddhist Bell, Dorje Set
Vajra is also known as dorje, it is a Buddhist ritual object resembling a small sceptre, which symbolizes the eternal quality of a diamond – an extremely durable substance that cuts but cannot be cut – and the overwhelming force of the thunderbolt. In non-material terms, these qualities represent the resolute spirit and great power.
A brass vajra has a central sphere representing sunyata: the limitless void of the universe. From this emerge two sixteen-petaled lotus blossoms, one denoting samsara, the material world and the other, nirvana, a sphere that lies beyond human consciousness. The periphery of each lotus features five prongs consisting of sets of two, four or eight mythical creatures, whose tongues unite at a point. Each set represents negative qualities from the material world (“poisons”) and their opposing, superior qualities or “wisdoms”, associated with spiritually enlightened beings. Thus, the poison of delusion is similar to the wisdom of reality.
A vajra with closed prongs is a benign object held by compassionate deities. In the hands of wrathful deities, the prongs are open; it becomes a symbol of righteous anger, wielded against injustice. During Buddhist ritual ceremonies (or during one's personal practice), the vajra is used to invoke celestial beings and the bell welcomes their presence with heavenly music. So, it is also known as Tibetan Buddhist bell and or vajra.
The vajra is accompanied by a ghanta or bell in Tantric and Vajrayana Buddhist rituals. The vajra represents compassion a male principle while the bell symbolizes the feminine principle of wisdom. Antique Vajra and bell or ghanta can be seen in the hands of several Buddhist deities. The vajra represents the method which is great compassion beyond personal preoccupations, which brings forth indestructible awareness-energy. The bell's shape and sound is a metaphor for wisdom’s clear, space-like nature with sounds (phenomena) coming from silence and returning there shortly after. Check out our collection for more Vajra and Bell made in Nepal.