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Buddha Symbolism

This time I am focusing on Buddha symbolism, being something that I am incorporating not only in to my jewellry but also it is prevalent in everyday healing life and well-being.

Buddha Symbolism

A brief introduction is:

Buddha heads or Buddha head statues, as they are known, are not just the depictions of the head of the Buddha, but the symbolic as well as spiritual representation of the enlightened one’s wisdom and knowledge.

Buddha Symbolism

The Buddha is well represented in many iconographic forms. Along with many Buddha statues and images, Buddha Heads have been one of the most popular iconographic representations of the Buddha and his characteristics. A round, youthful, charming and sweet looking face is a typical characteristic of the head of Buddha but there are more to them than what meets the eye. Regarded as one of the most important parts of the body of the Buddha, Buddha heads are crafted so as to represent the vast wealth of knowledge he possesses being the awakened one.

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Many features of the Buddha heads represent different meanings according to the principles of Buddhism like the mudras depicted in Buddha statues. Specifically a Buddha head is carved to represent the Buddha’s wisdom along with the serene smile of the face symbolizing the Buddha’s peaceful and calm nature. Few of the most conspicuous features are the ushnisha, a large cranial bump on the head which represents the knowledge and wisdom the Buddha attained after being enlightened, the urna, a small hairy bump between the eyes of the Buddha which symbolizes the all seeing supernatural vision that the Buddha has, the long ears signify the wealth he had during his life as a prince and the curly hair of the Buddha represent the nobility he possesses. The ushnisha sometimes takes the form of a flame which indicates illumination. The facial expression of a Buddha head is mostly serene with the half closed eyes which means he is closed in meditation with a gentle smile on the lips.

Buddha Symbolism

The Buddha head statues are taken as the objects of great significance in Buddhism and by the followers of the religion. But this does not mean that the Buddha heads carry only religious significance as they possess much other significance in anyone’s life. These sculptures also act as great objects of decoration of anyone’s surroundings as they radiate the feeling of peace and calm around you. Along with the beautification of the surroundings, they spread the influence of peace and harmony around anyone’s life.

You will find representations of Buddha heads in some of my jewellry which you can find here:  Aurora Facets Jewellry

Until next time, many blessings, Justine xxx

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