July 8th, 2008

Shadowmancer

Vajrapani & Dorje Shugden: The Daemon of Balance

Mythology / Psychology of Religion

{Note that the performance includes intense depictions of human nature in their natural forms, likened the "Seven Deadly Sins" in countenance; as well as the display and veneration of The Cornu. The dancer could very well be representing a psychodramatic figure affirming the reality of the humanimal}.

Vajrapani & Dorje Shugden: The Daemon of Balance
{A metaphorical and archetypal analysis of its daemonic qualities from a Satanic perspective}
By Draconis Blackthorne


Vajrapani {Chinese / Tibetan / Indian}
Dorje Shugden {Tibetan}
Derivations: Buddhism / Hinduism

Note: Whereas various deities were created by man as reflections of human characteristics, to anthropomorphize metaphorical principles and instill superstitious fear and control in the common populace, a Satanist would realize these depictions as employable characteristics of The Self, and utilize whatever symbolism to empower oneself, and provide carnal contemplation:

Vajrapani encompasses all of the characteristics and purported 'divine properties' of ALL the Buddhas in one, or "The All-One", which connotes Balance* {he carries a vajra [thunderbolt scepter] to establish this equilibrium, which could very well be a pitchfork with its triune barbs}. Surrounded in elemental flames {many times seen as purifying [hell]-fire} He signifies the Cornu with The Left Hand {in oriental cultures, this gesture signifies the 'Warrior' mundra gesticulation, which can be found on several other fearsome deities, from the Chinese Dragon-King Kuang Kung, Devil T'an-Mo, to the Japanese Devil Oyama}.

I contend that this balance is indicative of the Satanic in its essence - The Third Side perspective. Three eyes presented further goes to exemplify this principle. He carries the blazing sword of truth {Authority, Strength and Justice / Lex Talionis}, wielding the lightning bolt {Power}. He is the reconciliation of the carnal and the divine in one persona {ergo, are interchangeable} - the beast tempered, exercised, and naturally enjoyed to achieve enlightenment and totality of being in the uncorrupted realization of the flesh. Ergo, "The highest plateau of human development is the awareness of the flesh". {The Satanic Bible}.

He stands upon The Earth firmament, which displays all the elements under His influence. Serpents decorate him which further indicates knowledge attained - deadly, beautiful, and wise, which of course is also associated with Satan.

He has at times been depicted with a crown of skulls, and/or with a necklace of skulls, which is a further indication of the possession and control of the keys of Life and Death at his disposal. The rictus and fangs also represent The Beast in Man.

Allegorically, there are tales related of a monk facing him to decipher his character - one derivation from the balance of being, and he would be consumed by the consequences of anti-productive, and/or extreme behavior. Here is established the Satanic axiom of "Indulgence, not compulsion".

Moreover, he has frequently also been tantrically depicted with a female consort in the midst of copulation, signifying the merging of the lingam {penis} and yoni {vagina} as one, although the two remain distinct entities. Somewhat likened the Sabbatic Baphomet by Eliphas Levi in this sense, as containing both genders in one whole. In the dynamic of "As Above, So Below", it can also be noted that Vajrapani and Dorje Shugden are depicted with one arm pointed upwards {ether / macrocosm / thought}, with the other positioned downwards towards earth {materialization / microcosm}, representing the materialization of The Will. He also represents the evolution of chaos and wrath contained, understood, and directed towards beneficial ends.

Art by Michael K. SilvaWhile Vajrapani is widely accepted in Buddhism as a "protector" {this specific characteristic can be comparable to gargoyles of European traditions}, there remains some contention about Dorje Shugden {also considered a protector} and his exiled followers, who can be likened to the Yezidis in this respect, who have been accused of worshiping a "devil god". Although a consideration of their mutual characteristics can be easily seen.

CONCLUSION

In the final analysis, Vajrapani and Dorje Shugden are indicative of the Buddha's shadow side, and are more comparable to Mara the Tempter**, who along with T'an-Mo and Oyama, are openly accepted demons, rather than the repulsively ascetic state of abstinence commonly attributed, which is nothing more than pipe-dream wishful thinking towards unnatural practices. Ultimately, since these indeed are all creations of the carnal brain, the divine and the carnal merge as one, and always were!

ADDENDUM

Evocatively, I have long since been familiar with, and attracted towards the fierce appearance of this dark deity, mainly from My Martial Arts training, and seeing him from time to time here and there, most memorably on the show 'Kung Fu', wherein Master Po was teaching young Kwai Chang Caine about the Power of The Mind, leading him to witness the manifestation of a fireball produced with the intensity of a resident meditating monk, with a Vajrapani tapestry upon the wall behind them.

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* Symbolized in the Yin-Yang, contained within the circle of Chi, which may also be indicative of cosmological Entropic force; 'Chaos contained'.
** Mythological equivalent to The Devil in the jesus myth. While The Devil tempted the jesus character in the desert with worldly pleasures, so Mara tempted Buddha with the carnal delights with his three beautiful daughters {the 'devas'}, which Buddha refused. Speculations as to their sexual orientation have been discussed: Impotence, homosexuality, or asexuality? Eunichs? In reality, This may have been a method to dissuade excess breeding among the populace.