Buddhist pendant amulet, bodhisattva Manjushri (knowledge) obsidian ice.
Before going into the details of this piece, we would like to warn our readers against the many counterfeits of the molded glass obsidian. Obsidian being a natural volcanic vitrification, it is easy to counterfeit this material. Only a detailed examination with the eye, the magnifying glass and the microscope can unravel the true from the false. As obsidian ice is relatively rare, a very low price should alert the future purchaser. Extraction at the production site, transport, size, trading, all at once. We scrupulously examine our obsidian to ensure their authenticity to our customers.
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- Obsidian is a natural glass, it is produced during a release of silica-rich lava containing very little water (-3%). When it leaves the volcano, it undergoes a very rapid cooling that freezes the crystallization mechanisms. "It's like a piece of lava frozen as it leaves the volcano."
- The Obsidian forms so quickly that atoms are unable to organize into crystalline structures. The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth uniform texture. Due to the lack of crystalline structure, obsidian has sharp stops and extremely thin blades.
- It is a natural mineral material that has a composition too complex to be composed of a simple mineral. However obsidian consists mainly of SiO2 (silicon dioxide), usually 70% or more.
- Its fracture is clearly conchoidal and its hardness on the Mohs scale is between 7 and 7.5 (it scratches the glass).
- Black is the most common color of obsidian. However, it can also be brown or green. Rarely, obsidian can be blue, red, orange or yellow.
-The color difference appears due to changes in impurities and in the oxidation state of the chemical elements.
- It is a dark colored stone, due to its richness in magnesium and iron. The surface of this gemstone is made up of beautiful streak patterns, patches, stains, inclusions or stripes of color. These various modes are created naturally at the time of the stone's formation.
- Sometimes two obsidian colors blend together in a single specimen. The most common colour combination is black and brown, known as the Mahogany Obsidian.
- Obsidian may also have an iridescent or metallic appearance caused by the light reflection of tiny inclusions of mineral crystals, rock debris or gas. These specimens are highly coveted for jewelry making.
Manjushrî was a disciple of Shâkyamuni and, along with Samanta-bhadra, one of the acolytes in the groups of images called Shaka Sanzon, "the three venerable of Shâkyamuni" in Japan. It is "The One whose beauty is charming," the Bodhisattva "of wonderful virtue and gentle majesty."
Important in the Mahayuna and Vajrayana Buddhisms. It is invoked for, among other things, success in studies. It represents the wisdom, intelligence and power of the mind. "His worship confers divine Wisdom, mastery of Dharma, faithful memory, mental perfection, eloquence. He would have indefinitely delayed his accession to the state of Buddha, driven by an infinite compassion that led him to remain in this world until there was no longer a single being to lead on the path of supreme enlightenment.
It is the protector of people born under the sign of the lip/rabbit.
The two main emblems of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, are the flaming sword and the sutra of perfection, in his left hand, near the heart. The flaming sword represents manjushri's penetrating intelligence, which cuts off all illusions, revealing the empty nature of all things. The sword represents above all wisdom, discernment that tears the veils of ignorance.
Manjushrî would have been the initiator and master of the Buddhas of the past ages. It should also be that of the Buddha of the future, Maitreya. "Manjushrî is the father and mother of the Bodhisattva, and he is their spiritual friend." The Buddha describes Manjushrî and praises him in the Manjushrîparinirvâna-sutra. This Bodhisattva was therefore very often represented, both in India and Tibet, China and Japan, as well as in Nepal, of which he is, according to tradition, the founder from China. His images appear only belatedly in Central Asia and on some Chinese steles, associated with Vimalakîrti (jap. Yuima Koji) in the 6th century.
According to Nepalese legend, Majushri opened the Kathmandu Valley by cutting a gap in the mountains surrounding the valley with a blow of his blazing sword. The lake occupying the latter was thus able to empty itself through the chobar gorges, which bear the mark of this blow.
The most well-known Mantra of Ma'kwaar is Om Ah Ra Pa Tcha Na Dhih, the syllables-germs Dhih and Mum are associated with Manjushri. To have a good memory or develop one's intelligence one often addresses the bodhisattva of great wisdom, and the recitation of the mantra is very practiced in China.
Long version: Namah samanta buddh-num. He he Kumaraka vimukti pathasthita smara smara pratijà svàh.
His cult in China developed from the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 — 589) on Mount Wut臺ai. Wutai Shan is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. It peaks at 3,058 m at Yedou Peak. It is located on the territory of the prefecture city of Xinzhou, in Shanxi province, only a few dozen kilometers south of one of the five sacred mountains of China: Mount Heng and less than 300 km from Beijing. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 26 June 2009.
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