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Manjushree

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Manjushree and His forms
Manjushri is one of the Bodhisattva. He has several forms. Out of which important are following:

1. Manjushree Namsanigiti 
2. Manjuvajra
3. Vagisvara Manjushri or Dharamdhatu Vagishvara
4. Arpacana Manjushri
5. Manjughosa
Manjushri is Bodhisattva. Manjushri means “Gentle Glory” in Sanskrit. Scholars have identified Manjushri as the oldest and most significant bodhisattva in Mahayana Literature. Manjushri is depicted as a male bodhisattva wielding a flaming sword in his right hand, representing the realisation of transcendent wisdom which cuts down ignorance and duality. He is one of the four great Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism. The Manjushri mantra is “ Om arapacana dhih”. According to Swambhunatha Purana, the Kathmandu valley was once a lake. It was Manjushri who came on a pilgrimage from Wutaishan (Five peaked mountain, China). He saw a lotus flower in the centre of the lake, which emitted brilliant radiance. He cut a gorge at Chhovar. The lake drained. The place where the lotus settled became the great Swambhunatha stupa and then the valley became habitable.

Manjushree embodies wisdom aspect of an enlightened mind. This is the ability to see into the true nature of reality of the persons and the phenomena. Manjushree has the ability to discriminate correct view of reality as it is. In order to benefit the sentient beings he too, manifests in different forms. In this form of Manjushree he is single faced symbolising his wisdom as non-dual. He holds the flaming sword in his right hand to symbolise to cut off the root of the delusion which is the cause of suffering, the ignorance, and of self grasping. He holds the scriptural text entitled ‘ Perfection of wisdom’ which cuts off all the delusions. He sits in the Vajraparyanka attitude. He is always accompanied by four companions with few exceptions. 

He is invoked especially for increasing the intelligence by reciting his mantra viz: Om A RA PA CA NA DHIH many times. 

In Mahayana Buddhist tradition he is regarded as having supreme wisdom among Bodhisattvas. He is also called price of Dharma because of his eloquent wisdom.

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