The Sanskrit word Vajra and its Tibetan synonym Dorje are variously interpreted as diamond, lightning bolt, thunderbolt or phallus. The Vajra/Dorje is also a kind of ritual knife or chopper. In addition to these literal meanings, Vajra also has tremendous extra resonance, symbolizing:

• Diamond-hard, indestructible wisdom

• That perfect piercing moment of epiphany and clarity

• Enlightenment

• Divine inspiration

• Fertility; procreativity

• Life essence and the ability to generate life

• Death

• Apocalypse

Vajrayana or “Diamond Vehicle” is the name given to esoteric, Tantric Buddhist traditions. The word Vajra is incorporated into the names of many spirits, not limited to those included in this book.


Ghantapa; Marichi; Vajranairatmya; Vajrapani; Vajravahari; Vajravetali


Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

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