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Perfection amidst the chaos

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Manjushri Pauba

Manjushri is a Bodhisattva considered the personification of the combined wisdom of all the Buddhas.

He holds a sword in his right hand — symbolizing his ability to cut through delusion.

In his left hand, by his heart, he holds the stem of a lotus flower, which bears a book — the Perfection of Wisdom teaching.

Manjushri mantra
Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih

The literal translation of this Mantra gets into some pretty cosmic Buddhist philosophy but I first fell in Love with this mantra through this simple translation offered by Deva premal from her album of Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent times with the Gyuto Monks.

Amidst The chaos, everything is Pure by nature”

 

Here is a great simple version you can chant along with to get you started

 

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Fierce Gods

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I recently came across this image on a late night google meander annotated ‘krishna as Narasimha’, and it struck me as a most interesting contrast to the flute playing/lovestruck/cowherd familiar face of Lord Krishna.

The Ṛg Veda contains an epithet that has been attributed to Narasiṁha.

like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming.

His main claim to fame is as the ‘Great protector’, defending his devotees in times of need. Vishnu/Krishna is said to have taken this form as an avatar to destroy a particularly difficult demon king. But thats a story for another day.
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