Our Manjushri statue with consort wields the sword of “perfected wisdom” over his right shoulder. Additionally, the meaning of perfected wisdom is found in the Prajnaparamita Sutra which is resting in the statue’s lotus blossom. Indeed, this book of transcendent wisdom is visible hovering over his left shoulder. This special Manjushri statue is also depicted in union with his consort. As a result, the depiction represents the primordial union of wisdom and compassion (skillful means). His consort sits on his lap with her legs wrapped around his waist while he sits in full lotus pose.
Manjushri statues wield the sword of wisdom to illuminate the gentle annihilation of ignorance. Although the sword may seem to represent brute force, this is an incorrect assumption. Instead, the sword held by Manjushri encourages the defeat of ignorance by graceful means.
It is helpful for devotees to recite the Manjushri Mantra “om a ra pa tsa na dhih” to develop their intellectual skills. A Manjushri statue makes a useful gift for students because it is believed his mantra can enhance speech, writing, memory and debating skills. Students and intellectuals are encouraged to induce concentration which is a precursor to the development of insight wisdom.
Although Manjushri is one of the oldest and most venerable Bodhisattvas, he is portrayed with youthful looks. This is because the development of insight wisdom encourages devotees to see things from new perspectives. As a result, seeing things in a new light will enhance youthful looks. Additionally, Manjushri has his own pure land called Vimala which is expected to be the most beautiful pure land after he becomes a full Buddha. Vimala is an eastern pure land in contrast with Amitabha’s Sukhavati which is a western pure land.