(SOLD) Copper Mahakala Incense Burner 7"
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(SOLD) Copper Mahakala Incense Burner 7" Item #6n64

Materials: Lost Wax Method, Copper

Origin: Made in Nepal

Tibetan Name: Gom-Po

Height: 7 inches

Width: 5 inches

Depth: 4 inches

Weight: 3 pounds

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This is a very unique Mahakala incense burner; when the incense is burning the smoke comes out through Mahakala's mouth.

Both Buddhists and Hindus worship Mahakala.  His ferocious appearance aside, Mahakala is a manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of universal compassion.  He is depicted in the entrance of all Buddhist monasteries and is regarded as the protector of the Buddhist doctrine.

He is shown in many forms, two-armed, four-armed, six-armed and sixteen-armed.  Here he is shown in his two-armed form which is quite popular in Nepal.  He is wrathful, bedecked in ornaments of serpents with a protruding belly and wears a  crown of five skulls which represents the five poisons of delusion, namely lust, hatred, ignorance, pride and jealousy transformed into the wisdom of five Buddhas.  In his hands he hold a bell and dorje, symbolizing wisdom and method.

At one time, Avalokiteshvara thought that he would be able to subdue the degenerate beings of this Age of Darkness, yet seeing many beings practicing Dharma who were yet unable to escape from the Bardo realms, he thought that through a wrathful form he could also protect them from the Bardo.  Finally, he thought that the beings in this dark age were needy and poor, experiencing only suffering, and that by a wrathful form he could provide them with an antidote to their suffering so that their needs could be met by simply expressing the desire to escape their suffering.

With this three-fold activity, his vow became even greater than before.  From the heart of noble Avalokiteshvara merged a dark letter hum, which transformed into the instantaneous Protector of Wisdom.  In all the Pure Lands, the ground shook with six earthquakes.  The Conquering and Transcending One of Immeasurable Light and all other Tathagatas of ten directions proclaimed with one voice:

"Son of Noble Lineage, it is well that you have made this resolution.  You shall have the empowerment of all the wisdom dakinis.  You shall have the strength of the wrathful Yama, Lord of Death.  You shall have the mountain spirits, the yakshas, the devils and the demons as your messengers.  You shall embody the great wrathful empowerments of the Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities, and Activity of all the Buddhas throughout the three times."  Ever since then, Mahakala has remained as the Protector of the Doctrine of all the Buddha fields.

There are 2 separate pieces to this statue: the Mahakala (top) and the Maka (incense bowl).

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