Our Manjushri Buddha statue is the embodiment of “panna” the pali word for wisdom. Panna is the highest form of wisdom known as insight knowledge. Insight knowledge permeates the teachings of Gautama Buddha and it is the most important element of awakening. Therefore, the wisdom held by Manjushri is essential to understand the true nature of things.
Symbolism of Manjushri’s Sword
The image of Buddhist wisdom in our Manjushri Buddha statue is seen in the flaming sword held in his right hand. Although our Manjushri Buddha statues are very bold in pose, this is misleading. Therefore, it is important not to confuse the gallantry of Manjushri with the western concept of chivalry.
As a result, our Manjushri statue represents the nonviolent annihilation of ignorance. The annihilation of ignorance is elegant and not done with brute force. This concept is similar to ancient themes concerning wisdom that are taught in Hinduism.
The Book of Transcendent Wisdom
Our Manjushri Buddha statue is holding the stem of a blue lotus in the palm of his left hand. The blue lotus is surmounted by the book of transcendent wisdom and blossoms over his left shoulder. Devotees are inspired to fearlessly develop “panna” and follow the Dharma path.
Manjushri is frequently portrayed as very young, although he is not a youth. This is because wisdom awakens the devotee and they see the world anew. Practicing meditation and acquiring insight knowledge can propagate eternal youth. To renew your worldly perspective and enhance insight knowledge recite the Manjushri mantra:
“om arapacana dhih”