Vajra

Vajra

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.

SEE ALSO:

Ghantapa; Marichi; Vajranairatmya; Vajrapani; Vajravahari; Vajravetali

SOURCE:

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.

Related Articles

Vajravetali

Vajravetali : The Diamond Zombie; The Adamantine Ghoul; The Resurrected Diamond; The Diamond Vampire Vajravetali, Wisdom Dakini, is the consort of Yamantaka, the Diamond Terrifier.…

Vajravahari

Vajravahari The Diamond Sow ALSO KNOWN AS: Vajra Dakini; Vajrayogini; Dorje Pakmo CLASSIFICATION: Buddha; Dakini; Yidam Vajravahari, gorgeous yogini and adept, is a spirit of…

Vajranairatmya

Vajranairatmya Diamond Selfl essness; Lady of Emptiness; She Who has Achieved Selfl essness ALSO KNOWN AS: Nairatmya; Vajra Nairatmya ORIGIN: Tibet CLASSIFICATION: Buddha Vajranairatmya is…

Vajrapani

Vajrapani – Thunderbolt Bearer; Diamond Bearer Vajrapani began as a Yaksha and was so fierce that he eventually attained the status of Chief General of…

Ghantapa

Ghantapa, Prince of Nalanda, home of renowned Nalanda Buddhist University in Bihar, India, renounced his crown and took a vow of celibacy, becoming a scholar…