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Beautifully hand-crafted three-tone metal Tibetan dorjee / vajra pendant, set with 7 blue and red stones. Pendant only, chain not included.
What is a Dorje / Vajra?
Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Dorje is the Tibetan word for vajra. Do-rje means noble stone > Do = stone and rJe = noble or prince.
It embodies not only the brilliance of refracted or reflected illumination, but it also symbolizes the impervious and fixed solidity of the point of power around which all else turns -- the axis mundi or hub of the world. Additionally, it is a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).
It is also known as bojro (Bengali), bajra (Malay), dorje (Tibetan), dorji (Dzongkha), wajra (Indonesian), jīngāng (Chinese), geumgangjeo (Korean), kongosho (Japanese) and Очир ochir / Базар Bazar (Mongolian).
The vajra is essentially a type of club with a ribbed spherical head. The ribs may meet in a ball-shaped top, or they may be separate and end in sharp points with which to stab. The vajra is used symbolically by the dharma traditions of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, often to represent firmness of spirit and spiritual power. The use of the vajra as a symbolic and ritual tool spread from India along with Indian religion and culture to other parts of Asia.
The Vajra Cross
Before time began, there was only darkness and the emptiness that is the Void. A gentle wind arose from the four directions that, over time, filled the Void. It began to grow in power until, after eons had passed, the wind coalesced into a substance so thick, heavy, so solid, so immutable that it formed Dorje Gyatram, the vajra cross that is the basis of the physical universe. Also known as the double dorje (visvavajra) this powerful symbol is also associated with Amogasiddhi (Tibetan: Donyo drupa), who is the Karma family buddha. His name means Unfailing Accomplishment. His activity transmutes the klesha (stain, or imperfection) of jealousy. His activity is the subtle one of diminishing attachment. He is green in color, his left hand rests in his lap in the mudra of equanimity and his right at chest level palm outwards in the "granting protection" or "not to fear" gesture. His consort is Damtsig Dolma, Green Tara.
The vajra cross, whether vertical or in X-form, is also considered an emblem of protection. The vishvavajra, (vishwa or vishva is Sanskrit for world with the connotation of "the universe as we experience it," and it means the double dorje or crossed dorjes. It stands for the stability or foundation of the physical world.
This is a mark often used as a seal or stamp and may be found impressed or incised on the plate at the base of a statue that protects and keeps prayers/relics inside. It is also the emblem of Buddhist deities whose influence encourages immoveable determination.