All you need to know about Brahmarupa Mahakala

All you need to know about Brahmarupa Mahakala

Brahmarupa is the outer form of Chaturmukha Mahakala.  He is the special protector of the and the 2nd main protector of the School.

Brahmarupa, a benign form of the wrathful deity Mahakala, is shown as a bearded nomadic ascetic, sitting on a corpse, wearing a bone apron, and holding a thighbone trumpet and a skull cup.

A protector of the Sakya school of , he is credited with introducing the , an important text, to the Sakya hierarchs.

Who is Brahmarupa Mahakala?

Mahakala Bramanarupa is one of over 70 different deities of the Mahakala type. These are wrathful deities particularly adept at quelling monsters and overcoming demons, whether they be outer, inner, or secret. Some deities, such as have their own Mahakala form.

Gonpo takes the guise of a to appear in the world of ordinary beings. This Mahakala is from the Sakya located to the southwest of where he is honored as one of their patron deities. Brahman refers to the priestly caste in the system, which stressed . Although no longer accepted today, traditionally caste was linked to one’s color the high caste brahmans had light skin, lower castes had dark skin.

The strongly objected to this concept and stressed the importance of a person’s heart and over their external characteristics determined by birth. In the concept, you were of a high caste if you had pure altruistic .

You were of a low caste if you were harmful to others. By showing a dark-skinned brahman in such close proximity to corpses and other impurities, this manifestation of the deity aggressively confronts the racism of the traditional and conveys the message that one cannot be polluted by death or outward appearances. In , the only pollution rests within.

Life of Brahmarupa Mahakala

In this section, we are going to learn about the life of Brahmarupa Mahakala, after that, the short of Brahmarupa Mahakala itself.

Brahmarupa Mahakala is a benign form of the wrathful deity Mahakala. He is credited with introducing the Hevajra Tantra.

Brahmarupa Mahakala is known as gon PO dram ze in . Brahmarupa Mahakala is also known as the Mahakala who appears in the form of a Brahman in English.

Iconography of Brahmarupa Mahakala

In the of Brahmarupa Mahakala, we are going to learn about his posture, hand and leg gesture, and different representations of Brahmarupa Mahakala in and statue.

Brahmarupa Mahakala is appearing as an Indian Brahman. Brahmarupa Mahakala is dark brown in color. He has one face and two hands.

The right hand of Brahmarupa Mahakala holds a human shin-bone trumpet. The left hand of Brahmarupa Mahakala upraised a human skull filled with blood. The hair, beard, and eyebrows of Brahmarupa Mahakala are white.

He wears bone ornaments, intestines, and human skin he sits atop a human body.

Depicting Buddhist Protector Brahmarupa Mahakala Thangka

The thangka of Buddhist protector Brahmarupa Mahakala is from Tibet. It is made between 1700 to 1799 AD. Brahmarupa Mahakala is from Sakya, Ngor (Sakya), and Buddhist lineages. The base of the is mineral pigment on . Currently, this thangka is in the of san Francisco.

By depicting this thangka, we are going to learn about the presentation of Brahmarupa Mahakala with different deities such as , , and Sakya , etc.

Vajradhara

Vajradhara is presented directly above the thangka. Vajradhara is floating on the clouds. Vajradhara is blue in color. Vajradhara is the ultimate primordial Buddha or .

Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo

Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo is presented to the proper right side of the central figure in the thangka. Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo is in the seated position. Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo was one of the most influential of all Sakyapa and is credited with founding the Ngor subschool.

He was a contemporary of Rongton Sheja Kunrig and a teacher of Chokden and Sonam Senge. He founded Ngor Monastery in 1430.

Sakya Lama

The Sakya Lama is presented on the proper left of the thangka. Sakya Lama is wearing a white lower robe.

Brahmarupa Mahakala with Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja Thangka

The thangka of Buddhist protector Brahmarupa Mahakala with Guhyasamaja is from Tibet. It is made between 1600 to 1699 AD. Brahmarupa Mahakala with Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja is from the Sakya lineage. The size of the painting is 57.15×43.18cm. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on cotton. Currently, this thangka is in the .

By depicting this thangka, we are going to learn about the presentation of Brahmarupa Mahakala with and Lama.

Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja is presented directly above the thangka. Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja is floating on the clouds. s Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja is orange in color.

Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja is embracing the consort with three faces and six hands.

Green Tara

Green is presented on the right side of the thangka. Manjuvajra Guhyasamaja is the female figure.

Lama

The Lama is presented at the bottom center of the thangka. Lama wearing monastic robes. Lama is holding a and . He is seated on an elaborate .

Brahmarupa Mahakala with Vaishravana Thangka

The thangka of Buddhist protector Brahmarupa Mahakala with Vaishravana is from Tibet. It is made between 1700 to 1799 AD. He is with Vaishravana is from Sakya, Ngor (Sakya), and Buddhist lineages. The base of the painting is ground mineral pigment on cotton. The thangka of Brahmarupa Mahakala is from a private collection.

Vaishravana is presented at the lower right of the thangka.is Vaishravana is riding a Lion.

Begtse Chen

is presented at the bottom center of the thangka. Chen is flanked by his consort and son. He is the Mistress of Life and Lord of Life.

He is known as the Great Coat of Mail in English. Begtse Chen is also known as Atma in . Begtse Chen is the main protector of the Hayagriva cycle of practice.

Donor Figure

The figure is presented at the lower-left corner of the thangka. Donor figure is the inscription of Ewam Rinchen Migyur Gyaltsen of the Luding Labrang and the 37th Great of Ngor Ewam Monastery.

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