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Vajrayogini is the feminine wisdom consort to the chief among Herukas, a category of wrathful deities. Their ferocious looks are truthful to their nature, in a sense that they are more powerful than demons – they are forms of Bodhisattvas that have taken on the mission to protect humans and demolish the obstacles on their way to enlightenment.

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Gazing intensely at the ruby red face of Hayagriva, Vajrayogini is the feminine wisdom consort to the chief among Herukas, a category of wrathful deities. For modern standards these deities may resemble greater of monstrous imageries, wearing crowns bejewelled with sculls on their several heads, and snakes wrapped around their limbs as accessories. Their ferocious looks are truthful to their nature, in a sense that they are more powerful than demons – they are forms of Bodhisattvas that have taken on the mission to protect humans and demolish the obstacles on their way to enlightenment.

Hayagriva is the deity of speech, symbolic with a green horse head sitting in his luscious golden mane. On each of his faces, he has three eyes that can see the past, present, and future. Opened with an intention to intimidate, his mouth has precisely four fangs that indicate his triumph over the four evils (named Mara, the demonic celestial king in Buddhism). In response to the neighing horse head’s representation of how speech, in its ferocious form, has emancipating effects, Hayagriva’s blue counterpart Vajrayogini has a sow’s head at her forehead which signifies the transcendence out of ignorance. This is a union between compassion and wisdom, a necessary fusion to overcome the false duality of the world.

This incredible work is by an unknown artist. It is an 18th century Thangka painting from Tibet or Mongolia named ‘Hayagriva in Yab-Yum form’.

Hayagriva is a Tantric Buddhist meditational deity that can be found in all four of the standard classifications: Kriya, Charya, Yoga and Anuttarayoga. He is associated with the Padma Buddha Family where the Buddha is Amitabha, the Lord is Avalokiteshvara and chief wrathful deity is Hayagriva. According to some traditions Hayagriva is an independent entity while in others he is the wrathful emanation of Amitabha or Avalokiteshvara.

In Hayagriva’s most basic form he is typically red in colour, with one face and two hands, peaceful or wrathful in appearance. The most important iconographic characteristic is a horse head, typically green in colour, placed above the central wrathful face. The horse image can be single or as many as three horse heads per wrathful face of Hayagriva.

The representation of yab-yum, which translates as ‘father-mother’ in the Tibetan language, is common in Tibetan Buddhist iconography.

 

Production times

  • 1-20 editions. Up to 3 weeks
  • More than 20 editions. Up to 6 weeks

Paper:

  • Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White matte 310gsm paper

Gazing intensely at the ruby red face of Hayagriva, Vajrayogini is the feminine wisdom consort to the chief among Herukas, a category of wrathful deities. For modern standards these deities may resemble greater of monstrous imageries, wearing crowns bejewelled with sculls on their several heads, and snakes wrapped around their limbs as accessories. Their ferocious looks are truthful to their nature, in a sense that they are more powerful than demons – they are forms of Bodhisattvas that have taken on the mission to protect humans and demolish the obstacles on their way to enlightenment.

Hayagriva is the deity of speech, symbolic with a green horse head sitting in his luscious golden mane. On each of his faces, he has three eyes that can see the past, present, and future. Opened with an intention to intimidate, his mouth has precisely four fangs that indicate his triumph over the four evils (named Mara, the demonic celestial king in Buddhism). In response to the neighing horse head’s representation of how speech, in its ferocious form, has emancipating effects, Hayagriva’s blue counterpart Vajrayogini has a sow’s head at her forehead which signifies the transcendence out of ignorance. This is a union between compassion and wisdom, a necessary fusion to overcome the false duality of the world.

This incredible work is by an unknown artist. It is an 18th century Thangka painting from Tibet or Mongolia named ‘Hayagriva in Yab-Yum form’.

Hayagriva is a Tantric Buddhist meditational deity that can be found in all four of the standard classifications: Kriya, Charya, Yoga and Anuttarayoga. He is associated with the Padma Buddha Family where the Buddha is Amitabha, the Lord is Avalokiteshvara and chief wrathful deity is Hayagriva. According to some traditions Hayagriva is an independent entity while in others he is the wrathful emanation of Amitabha or Avalokiteshvara.

In Hayagriva’s most basic form he is typically red in colour, with one face and two hands, peaceful or wrathful in appearance. The most important iconographic characteristic is a horse head, typically green in colour, placed above the central wrathful face. The horse image can be single or as many as three horse heads per wrathful face of Hayagriva.

The representation of yab-yum, which translates as ‘father-mother’ in the Tibetan language, is common in Tibetan Buddhist iconography.

 

Production times

  • 1-20 editions. Up to 3 weeks
  • More than 20 editions. Up to 6 weeks

Paper:

  • Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White matte 310gsm paper
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