Vajrapani is a
fascinating figure with ongoing debates about his origin and early connection
to the Buddha. His name, "Holding a/the Vajra in his hand," links him
to Indra, a powerful Vedic deity. Vajrapani stands resolute, wielding the vajra
in his upraised hand.
While his wrathful
form is fearsome to combat demons, he reveals a benevolent aspect to those who
seek his guidance. Like a compassionate king, he cares for all living beings.
His thunderbolt weapon severs the bonds of illusion and ignorance, guiding conditioned
souls towards enlightenment. Vajrapāni has a wrathful expression, often
represented as a yaksha, aiming to instill fear and loosen one's dogmatic
beliefs. In his outstretched right hand, he wields a vajra, symbolizing
analytical knowledge (jñanavajra) that breaks down the attachments of
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