This is thangka about a way to heaven, which is a long period of deep study of full understanding. In brief, this is the interpretation of the various symbols. The path, the way to complete control of one’s mind, each blend represents one of the six powers hearing, contemplation, mindfulness, alertness, and familiarity. The Elephant represents consciousness. The monkey represents mental agitation(emotional disturbances). The Rabbit represents fluctuation of the mind. The Stick is used to control the elephant i.e alertness. The rope which is shown in the monk’s hand i.e. mindfulness.
The fire represents the struggle for control which reduces through familiarity. After, the final stage (in the cave), bliss and ecstasy(a state of elated bliss) are reached using the realization of the wisdom of emptiness to banish(drive away) ignorance.
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