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[Part 2] Iconography in India: Buddhism


The Dhyani Buddhas are peculiar kind of Buddhas, Who are not required to pass surpass the stages of a Bodhisattva. They are always engaged in peaceful meditation and abstain themselves from the act of creation. Among the Dhyani Buddhas, Amitabha always faces west when he is represented on ‘Stupa’. His two hands with palm open lie on his lap one upon the other forming the meditative posture. ‘Maitreya may be represented as a standing figure, adorned by rich ornaments and holding stalk of lotus on his right hand. He is shown with Dharma chakra mudra through his right hand while holding vase on his left hand.

Following are the important Mudras commonly represented in Buddha images :

Abhaya

Buddhism- Abhaya

Abhaya means ‘no fear’ and this mudra shows the Buddha giving blessings, reassurance and protection to his followers.

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[Part 1] Lessons from Indian Thinkers: Jawaharlal Nehru


Jawaharlala Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru has been hailed as one of the chief architects of the modern Indian state. Nehru was a great statesman and an idealist. He never vowed before the conservative forces, that tried to obstruct the development of the nation. However, unlike Gandhi, he did not put the concept of spirituality at the centre of his concern. But, his ideas remained equally humane, rational and this-worldly. He stood against the forces of communalism, casteism, landlordism and religious taboos. His accommodating attitude guided the infant Indian state through the most challenging phases. Read More…