Phurba, the ritual object of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism.
Natural rock crystal,
About 10 cm long
The Phurba is a dagger to defeat demons. It was introduced into Tibetan Buddhism by Phadmasambhava and is a symbol of the transmutation of negative forces.
Often made of stones, bones, or iron, Phurba's daggers of Tibetan Buddhism temples are easily recognizable by their triple-sided blade. Used in rituals to chase unwanted spirits, the Phurba acts spiritually to immobilize demonic spirits and sometimes kill them in the hope that they will reincarnate into better places.
Each component of the Phurba has its own meaning. The dagger's blade represents the method, with each of the three sides representing the three-spirit worlds. The tip reconciliating them all three to form a harmonious world axis. The triple-blade design is also designed to simultaneously transform the three poisons of the world into positive energies. These poisons are ignorance, greed and aggression. Enemies of Buddhism who can demand a whole life to overcome in the quest for enlightenment. The blade is often seen as indestructible and lit with a fire to burn over hatred.
The Phurba handle represents wisdom and is often modeled as an eight-sided bulb with symmetrical knots at each end. There are various interpretations to the presence of these knots. From the conviction that nirvana is enclosed inside, to the belief that the different sections of the knots contain the paradise of many gods. By going up to the desire of a shapeless form, representing the fact of being informed to the realm of the Buddhas.
The top of the handle often displays the three crowned deities of Yamantaka, Amrita Kundalini, and Hayagriva. Yamantaka, the white-coloured face, symbolizes the body and the destruction of hatred. Amrita, the coloured face in blue, symbolizes the spirit and the destruction of the illusion. Hayagriva, the face of red color, symbol of the word and the destruction of greed.
In many illustrations, Phurba's dagger is represented in a simple form, due to its small size. However, in its three-dimensional form, this tiny blade is most often depicted with many Buddhist symbols and demonstrates its concentration on the purge of evil.
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