Spiritual Value of Buddhist items from the Buddhist...

0 Comment
2016-03-10 13:40:52

Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions in the modern world and is supposed to be the third largest religion in the world now after Christianity and Islam. Like all religions, that has their means of worshipping the almighty, the followers of Buddhism to have their religious attainment to salvation and along with them, items which are sacrosanct in the deeds towards it. It is obvious that since we are one of the largest wholesales of Buddhist items we should be doing our job of enlightening those from non-Buddhist faiths as well as those from the faithful, as to their significance in Buddhist worship and belief.

  • Statues – Statues play a pivotal role in Buddhism ever though it is a religion where the principles are more inclined to gaining salvation thought proper means of living rather than a physical entity. But since to follow an example of what had been preached by the great teachers of Buddhism better known as Buddha, people better understand the nature of things when a physical presence is there and is easier to follow teaching laid down. So hence the different avatars of the Buddha are there to guide us through their examples. They are kept in temples and at home as a reminder to do good and not deviate from his teaching in order to gain nirvana.  
  • Singing Bowls – Singing bowls are spiritual well-beings items for most families. The origin of which could be surmised, that the holy Buddha used to travel most of the times spreading his message of peace and goodwill. He used to sustain himself on the alms provided by the faithful. These alms used to be accepted in the bowl made of an alloy of metals. At times, the Buddha fatigue from travelling used to compose the celestial music to comfort his tired body, mind and soul. Singings bowls used to be a part of making music and healing sickness as it draws away the feeling of ill-being. Different metal composition and sized give different tones and strains of music which is single tonal and are said to be aligned to the celestial planetary alignment and the attribute denote to those planets. Singing bowls made by hand are better in sound production and has more value as well. Usually they come in two combinations – five metal singing bowls with iron, mercury, copper, tin and lead, seven metal singing bowls with iron, mercury, copper, tin, lead, silver and gold. Since it is related to Buddhism, prayers and Buddhist mystic symbols are etched into them.
  • Other Ritual Items – Besides the statues and singing bowls which play a vital part in Buddhism, for worship and well-being there are other items which are used ritually such as conch shell trumpets, prayer wheels, dorjes and phurbas. Each having a sacrosanct part to play in the well-being of a Buddhist follower.
  • Conch Shell Trumpets – These are made from special sea shells found in the Indian Ocean and are carefully etched with Buddhist prayers and mystic symbols. Air is blown from the mouth from one end and emits as a sound from the other end which is a clarion call for the height of prayers.
  • Prayer Wheels – These are wheels which rotate on an axis and the cylindrical surface of the wheel has been plated with prayers. It is believed that when the prayer wheel is rotated the prayers are sent to heaven showering blessing on the rotator.
  • Dorjes – Dorjes also known as Vajras in Hinduism plays an important role in Buddhist worshipping. A dorje when place on the altar of prayer is said to remove ignorance from him as the dorje represents indestructible forces being the symbol of the thunder bolt.
  • Phurbas – It is a spiritual dagger in Buddhism which has been bless with the virtues of excising evil malice on you by others without harming the being itself. The whole item of Buddhism is to remove evil and to replace it by good thought and deeds. That is the primary objective of the phurba.
  • Malas – Malas (garlands) used in Buddhist are made from beads of the seeds of trees sacrosanct both in Buddhism and Hinduism. There are a number of beads in a mala and when the faithful in a “down and out” mood, he recites prayers for each bead just as a rosary. On the completion of a full mala, he is said to get spiritual replacement of good virtues and begins to believe in the virtues of doing good. Malas are a part and parcel of all Buddhist faithful - on person or at home.
  • Musical Items –Musical items have always been a part of worship at home or in places of worship. Buddhist, too, uses musical items in their worship. Some of the musical items used by Buddhist faithful are bells, tingshas, and murchungas.
    • Bells – Bells of various kinds are used at altars and places of worships to give a chime and add to the melody of the music. It transmits a titillation of peace to the minds. While entering a place of worship these bells are the first to be rung and also after exiting. There tiny bells to large size bells are used for Buddhist worship.
    • Tingshas – Tingshas are kind of cymbals that are two metal conclave plates when struck together give our sharp musical sounds. They help to complement singing while praying and worshipping in temples or at homes by the Buddhist faithful.
    • Murchungas – Murchungas are Buddhist musical instrument which is played by passing air from the lips of the mouth. It is similar to mouth organ.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    •  Incense Holders and Burners – These are vital and important in Buddhism as they both hold incense sticks and lump incense to burn to give off a sweet fragrant. The kind of smell one gets helps to alert a person’s attention and as well as sway him mood to the positive side of life. Worship needs to be done in an ideal condition.

Besides the above mentioned Buddhist items, there are a few others like prayers flags and drums which are used for mass decoration on festive occasions and the drums are more use by the religious priest known as lamas.

The main thing is getting genuine Buddhist items to cater to ones spiritual needs when in a far off land. People can be made to buy a spurious good by being passed off them as an authentic thing. It is advisable to buy them from the sources of origin or deal with a retailer who deals with a wholesaler which in case of Buddhist items, should be from Nepal.    


Love This Post. Then Share it!

0 Comment

Send a comment