Ritual Objects and Deities : An Iconography on Buddhism and Hinduism

Mukhiya N. Lama and Mingyur T. Lama, Vajra Publications, 2012, pbk, 110 p, ISBN : 9789937506786, $0.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Ritual Objects and Deities : An Iconography on Buddhism and Hinduism

Contents: 1. Ritual objects. 2. Symbolism and pictures. 3. Pictures of deities and tantric Gurus. 4. Body gestures and symbols. 5. Symbolism and ritual objects. 6. Hindus and Buddhist deities. 7. Buddhist ritual objects and gestures. 8. Bibliography.

Around two thousand six hundred years ago while the exploitation caused by Brahmins was on peak point, a genious prince was born in Kapilvastu, Lumbini the Sotuhern part of Nepal named Siddhartha. He saw perilous situation in the human society that certain class of people enjoying their life beyond the limitation capturing all social powers into their hands and others except Kshatriyas and Vaisyas were on deep rooted poverty. In the youth age Siddhartha deliberately considered to find out the path to liberate the downtrodden people with the weapon of the wisdom.  He resolved to attain such wisdom through the supreme meditation which he underwent for six years. He revealed that the cause of suffering is the ignorance. He found the way of mitigation of ignorance and preached to combat against social discrimination and injustice through the individual self understanding. Among the causes of human suffering fanaticism also is one of the major causes.


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