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Ritual Objects & Deities An iconography on Buddhism and Hinduism by Mukhiya N. Lama

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Ritual Objects and Deities (An Iconography on Buddhism and Hinduism)

Around two thousand siz hundred years ago while the exploitation caused by Brahmans was on peak point, a genious prince was born in Kapilvastu, Lumbini the southern part of Nepal named Siddharth. 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 excpet Kshatriyas and Vaisyas were on deep rooted poverty. IN the Youth age Siddhartha deliberatelty 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. He pronounced and clarified the ill findings of the fanatical traditions. But most miraculous, the profound anti-fanatical principle of the Buddhism turned to the fanatic culture due to the ignorance of little literate teachers to some places while Vajrayana Buddhism emerged after eight hundred years since Buddha's Mahaparinirvana. Today Buddha's doctrine is profound, vast, practical, useful and beneficiary for all the sentiment beings.

The Yogi Artist is pleased to introduce the significant and comprehensive collection of different types of Hindu and Buddhist ideologies and each of them reflects unique meaning.

The illustration in this book are derived from an ancient art from called 'THANKA' which has been practiced in the Himalayan regions of Nepal.

We, Yogi Artist, have tried to present the symbolism in an integral part of spiritual meanings behind each art work and short description with it. We hope it will be great source in enlightening knowledge of objects.

We, Yogi Artist, are grateful to Venerable Khenpo Phuntsok Thupten Kalsang (Tika), Dinesh Kandel (Ravi), Bidur, Tashi W Ghale, & P.T. Lama for helping us in various aspects.