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L00k at this Lucky Lock - symbols

Discussion in 'Vajrayana DIR' started by ShivaFan, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. ShivaFan

    ShivaFan Satyameva Jayate
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    L00k at this Lucky Lock I just bought at a Tibetan shop in the SF Bay Area! The lock actually works!

    Anyone know what the symbols represent? It is Buddhist.

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    Will the lock rust if I use it outdoors on the outside of a door or gate?
     
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  2. Vishvavajra

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    The front is the Eight Auspicious Signs, or at least the common Tibetan versions. They like putting them on things, makes them lucky. The key is a vishvavajra, which is a pair of thunderbolts forming a cross, another old Buddhist symbol for the nature of the entire world of the four elements in a single moment (see my avatar). On the back you have the Sanskrit dharani of Avalokiteshvara (om mani padme hum) in some moderately squished Tibetan characters. It doesn't make a coherent sentence, but it is believed that saying it aloud or even just reciting it in your mind causes the power of the bodhisattva of infinite compassion to manifest in the world, which helps lead all beings a little closer towards true happiness and liberation. Consequently it's Tibetans' favorite six syllables in the world (I don't even read Tibetan, but I recognize it because they like to put it on everything, the better to spread happiness far and wide). Not sure what the middle bit is supposed to be.

    It's a neat item. I've never seen anything like it.

    All things are impermanent.

    (Really I have no idea.)
     
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  3. ShivaFan

    ShivaFan Satyameva Jayate
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    This is great info, highly appreciated, thank you!
    I didn't realize the mantra on the back, either!
    This appears to be the real thing, a great catch to find and add to my Oriental collection of Dharma related gems.
     
  4. ratikala

    ratikala Istha gosthi

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    the center should be the seed syllable Hrih , belonging to Amatabha having the quality of meditation and compassion , Chenreizig (avaloketishvara) being decendant in the lotus family shares the same seed syllable , ....
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    it is very nice to carry this mantra , ...prehaps instead of using as a padlock you can use like a key ring and take it everyehre with you ......lucky Shiva fan ji , ...:p
     
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