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108 12 mm tiger eye beads. Quartz rutile 16 mm.
The mala, trengwa, in Tibetan is the rosary of the Buddhist, the object from which the monk (or even the lay practitioner) almost never separates, holding it in his hand or wrapped around the wrist.
The mala is first of all a utilitarian onjet: it serves as a tactile medium for the recitation of mantras, at the same time as it is used to count them if one has set a set to repeat a defined number.
The mala is composed of 108 strung beads, which justifies its name, since it simply means "garland" (beads). The various components each contain a symbolic meaning specify: The big pearl (or Buddha's head) that closes the loop meets the knowledge of emptiness. The small cone that overcomes it is the mark of emptiness itself. The cord on which the beads are threaded must, theoretically, present itself as a braid of several threads:
three sons symbolize the "three bodies" of a Buddha (Absolute Body, Body of Glory and Body of Emanation);
five sons symbolize the "five wisdoms" or the "five families" of Buddhas (Buddha family, vajra family, jewel family, lotus family, activity family)
nine threads symbolize the primordial Buddha Vajradhara and the eight great bodhisattvas.
Bi or "Chinese pi" in finish
During the Chinese Neolithic period appeared many objects with strong symbolic value. Among those is the disc "bi" or "pi" (the latter name is more frequently used in the West; it is due to the transcription of Chinese in English by the British Thomas Francis Wade in the 19th century).
In antiquity, the disc was called "bi" or "pi" the treasure inherited by those under the sky." Its thickness varies depending on usage and times, and its thickness varies from 1 to 10 mm. The dictionary of the scholar Xu Shen, during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 221 AD)
Today, it is called "Ping an kou," "Luo han yan"
"Huai gu," which means in Chinese "bring good luck and keep it safe."
The subneolithic period and in particular the Shang Dynasty (1600-1027 BC) saw the appearance of hemmed around the central opening (Chuling bi). These same records were found in the culture of Sanxingdui in Sichuan, around the same time. Some pieces bore traces of incisions drawn in concentric circles.
The Chinese Pi became popular from the Zhan Guo dynasty, it is known by its name "Bi", and is carried from then on by the peoples of these ancient dynasties.
The "bi" or "pi" disc is a flat disk with a circular hole in the center. It appears in the funeral context and testifies to the rank and status of the deceased. Then it becomes a symbol of the sky, of the celestial universe, round and infinite and insignia of protection, as well as a pledge of alliance between the emperor and his vassals. It also symbolizes creation, social rank and supreme power.
The exterior of the Chinese Pi, a perfect circle, means that the earth is vast, infinite and limitless. The inner drilling of the Pi promotes the entry of new energies; he prays for serenity, our inner peace.
The space of the Chinese Pi contains all the magnificence of nature. It highlights tolerance and harmony when we synchronize our hearts with the earth and the sky. It brings wealth and security to those who wear it. Its round shape means auspicious, happy and perfect, people wear it to have a safe life.
The circle symbol of infinity. Including ying and yang the masculine and feminine principle, good and evil.
The IP at its centre calls for the meeting of the two concepts, remember the symbol of ying and yang where each carries in its center the principle of the other.
The circle is the inclusion and perfect representation of our world, nature, humanity spirituality... The symbolic representation of the circular IP also comes from the fact that a positive aspect of our world exists only by its negative opposite, one exhaled by the other, one existing only by the other, the circle being the perfect completion of two elements harmoniously embracing.
According to legend it can avoid misfortunes, it nourishes and protects the body, it is also a symbol of social status and wealth.
The disc "bi" or "pi" was originally a ritual or ceremonial object to celebrate the worship of the sky and that of the sun. It was associated with the "cong", a parallelepiped pierced by a hole at the top, which depicts the earthly, square world. Some have suggested that its true meaning would be the emptiness it embraces...
The "bi" or "pi" discs, when they were small, could be suspended from the belt by a cord, like lucky charms.
The ninth son of the dragon follows the massive and powerful look of the lion surmounted by a dragon's head and a pair of wings for good measure. The pixiu (貔貅) has a horn, when it had two in the past to distinguish the male from the female. An air of strength and ferocity emerges from the set, accentuated by the freely exposed fangs. It is that the pixiu is a heavenly guardian, charged with preventing the intrusion of demons and evil spirits, he fiercely protects his master.
The pi xiu is of noble extraction, it feeds on stones and precious metal that give it a certain nobility of character. The animal is short on legs and a little ventury. It is because, for having relieved himself in the gardens of the Jade Emperor, he was punished by the latter who, with a misplaced kick, sealed his anus. And has since been tinkle into the belly of the wonderful monster all the gold, all the silver and all the jewels that he swallows with good appetite. In the eyes of men, he acquired a new virtue: that of attracting good fortune.
In feng shui, a pixiu is used as a remedy against certain delicate qi. It is particularly placed in the annual area afflicted by the three killers (san sha, 煞), the area of Tai sui (Grand Duke Jupiter, 太歲) or Sui Po in particular if this area is frequently disturbed (for example if the main entrance door is there).
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