(sweet voice), Vagishvara (lord of speech), Manjushrikumarabhuta, all these are
the names for one of the most deeply revered Bodhisattvas, Manjushri.
Representing unadulterated wisdom, Manjushri is the Buddhist crown prince,
mostly seen in idols in a regal form.
the Buddhist legends, when Buddha asked Manjushri how he wanted his
enlightenment, Manjushri replied that he wanted a complete and true
Enlightenment. He then added that he is not vehemently following Enlightenment,
since he sees no difference between true wisdom and himself. Buddha was very
pleased with this reply. In Tibetan iconography, Manjushri is represented as
seated cross-legged, with a sword in his hand, appearing in motion. He is
believed to cut through all ignorance and pride stemming from it. This brass
idol shows a similar representation, where Manjushri is adorned with precious
jewels and a decorated crown. His upper garment looks as if moving in the wind
while the Bodhisattva sits unaffected, focused on his duty of cleansing the
world of the darkness of obliviousness.
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