SculpturesLargeBuddha, ...

Buddha, the Universal Teacher

Buddha, the Universal Teacher
Availability: Can be backordered
Specifications:
South Indian Temple Wood Carving
36 inch X 19.5 inch X 4 inch
7.5 kg
Item Code: XM50
Price: $980.00
Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
This item can be back ordered
Time required to recreate this artwork: 20 to 24 weeks
Advance to be paid now (% of product value): 20%
Balance to be paid once product is ready: 80%
The amount to be tendered as advance to back order this artwork: $196.00
Viewed 2434 times since 21st Dec, 2012
This statue of the Enlightened one, the Buddha, carved out of fine wood soft enough to yield minutest of details and as hard and compacted as could bear the strokes of chisel and undo the pressure of time and retain its form and every thread intact, represents him in his form as universal teacher, one of the four most significant forms of his image as evolved in the classical Buddhist iconography, the other three being meditating Buddha, or Buddha, the Sakya Muni, Buddha in Bhumi-sparsha-mudra, the stage immediately preceding his attainment of Enlightenment, and Dharma-chakra-pravartana, that is, setting the wheel of Law in motion. Unlike most of his representations conceived combining more than one aspect of his image this statue represents his form as the universal teacher in its purest idiom.

The image-form classified as the Universal Teacher manifests in two aspects of his image, one, the gesture of fingers indicating ‘vitark’ – the gesture of interpreting or elaborating a point, or discoursing, known in iconographic tradition as ‘vitark-mudra’ : sometimes also called ‘vyakhyana-mudra’, and other, a standing posture suggestive of his determination and act to move around for spreading the ‘light’ he had attained : one relating to the act of mind, and other, that of the feet. ‘Vitark-mudra’ is a common feature of two classes of his images : ‘Dharma-chakra-pravartana’ representing the event he delivered his ever first sermon at Deer Park, Sarnath, near Varanasi, to his five prior colleagues who had deserted him, and other, the Universal Teacher, though while in the Universal Teacher image he is represented in walking mode, in ‘Dharma-chakra-pravartana’, as seated. Apart, in ‘Dharma-chakra-pravartana’ his images incorporate, on the bases or pedestals, also the icons of these five initial disciples and some form of deer denoting the place. The Universal Teacher imagery does not have any such specific features.

‘Vitark’ – interpretive mode, is the essence of both image-forms; however, while the images representing ‘Dharma-chakra-pravartana’ conceive fingers of both hands involved in ‘vitark’, those representing him as Universal teacher often have the fingers of just one hand involved in it. This representation of the Great Master as the Universal Teacher with fingers of both hands involved in ‘vitark’ is a more accomplished image as it multiplies the magnitude of the act of mind. Two other aspects of the wood-carving : inclusion of a lotus as also an architectural frame around his figure, are as much significant. The image of the Great Master has been installed on a lotus. Representing the elements of earth, ocean and sky in Indian iconographic tradition the lotus is seen as symbolising cosmos. Incorporating lotus with the image of the Buddha as the Universal Teacher the artist has attributed to his message-couriering cosmic breadth. Similarly, an architectural unit – symbolic of the material world Buddha was born in, has been carved to frame his image; however, his image, more so his ‘mind’, is seen transcending suggesting that the material world : a palace or a hut, was not his frame.

This statue of the Buddha as Universal Teacher represents the aggregate of the last forty years of his life when, after he had attained Enlightenment, for enlightening the ignorant mankind : redeeming it from the fear of sickness, old age and death, he moved from one place to other delivering the divine knowledge. Individual events and experiences are innumerable and are the themes of scores of the Buddhist texts. His visual image as the Universal Teacher represents its totality. The glow, composure and sublimity that enshrine his face are born of the divine ‘light’ he has attained. Anthropomorphically, the statue has been carved with broad forehead, sharp well defined nose, elegantly delineated lips, pointed chin and slightly shut eyes carved like a lotus bud. Lofty as it is the statue is unparalleled in its quality, elegance, stylistic versatility, spiritual fervour and divine lustre. Though carved with largely open eyes, the demeanour of the face is as if engaged in the search within. The beauty of the ‘sanghati – the textile piece his figure has been wrapped in, is perhaps the most outstanding feature of the image’s visual aspect. A simple wood piece, luminous as it is, the image is rare in gentle expressions, refinement, fluidity of lines, plasticity and transcendental quality.

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.

Read more...
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Buddha, the Universal Teacher (Large | Sculptures)

Standing Buddha
Worlds Above and Worlds Below, There's No One Like Me (Buddha's Birth)
Large Size Buddha, The Universal Teacher
Large Size Nirvana Buddha Under the Tree of Life
(Tibetan Buddhist Deity) Large Size Manjushri - Bodhisattva of Transcendent Wisdom
Standing Buddha (with Inlay Work)
Standing Buddha
Standing Buddha
Testimonials
I have always been delighted with your excellent service and variety of items.
James, USA
I've been happy with prior purchases from this site!
Priya, USA
Thank you. You are providing an excellent and unique service.
Thiru, UK
Thank You very much for this wonderful opportunity for helping people to acquire the spiritual treasures of Hinduism at such an affordable price.
Ramakrishna, Australia
I really LOVE you! Wonderful selections, prices and service. Thank you!
Tina, USA
This is to inform you that the shipment of my order has arrived in perfect condition. The actual shipment took only less than two weeks, which is quite good seen the circumstances. I waited with my response until now since the Buddha statue was a present that I handed over just recently. The Medicine Buddha was meant for a lady who is active in the healing business and the statue was just the right thing for her. I downloaded the respective mantras and chants so that she can work with the benefits of the spiritual meanings of the statue and the mantras. She is really delighted and immediately fell in love with the beautiful statue. I am most grateful to you for having provided this wonderful work of art. We both have a strong relationship with Buddhism and know to appreciate the valuable spiritual power of this way of thinking. So thank you very much again and I am sure that I will come back again.
Bernd, Spain
You have the best selection of Hindu religous art and books and excellent service.i AM THANKFUL FOR BOTH.
Michael, USA
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: https://www.learnastrologyfree.com/vedicbooks.htm Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA