Rubin Museum: Six Armed Mahakala Essay

942 words - 4 pages

As the protector of all Tibetan Buddhism, Mahakala is an object of meditation as well as the “protector of dharma.” Being a dharmapala which is a type of wrathful deity, his job is to quite the mind and to destroy and help one meditating reach a new level of awareness. His name translates from ‘Maha’ to ‘great’ and ‘kala’ meaning ‘black,’ which is why Mahakala is known as Great Time or Great Dark One, in Sanskrit.

On March 2nd, 2011, I traipsed to the corner of 242nd and Broadway, and hopped on the 1 train, embarking on a journey to the Rubin Museum to see the Embodying the Holy: Icons in Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism. After about an hour train ride, I finally got off at the 18th Street station, and continued my way to the exhibit. Upon arrive to the museum at around 1:17 PM, I started walking around, and came across a very interesting looking statue.

With the exact dimensions of a height of 14 inches, a width of 8 inches, and a depth of 5 inches, this gilded copper alloy with stones stood above a platform, and took a marital, striding pose atop an elephant-headed figure that embodies the strength of the unenlightened mind. What caught my attention is that a middle aged man, who was talking to someone, that had appeared to be his son, started telling a story about how the statue was very symbolic. This artwork was called Six-Armed Mahakala, [Catalogue Number C2006.70.0 (HAR 65729)]. Upon hearing this, I used my BlackBerry to see if this statement had in fact been true, and in doing so, started learning that almost every aspect of this figure had a meaning, such as his color, three eyes, crown, and much more.

I wrote down my observations of Mahakala, and then started to write my paper in the museum. Little did I know, I came across a website that explored the symbolism of each aspect of the statue, and sparked a lot of interest. According to Khandro.net, an internet website, it explains the significance of each aspect of the Mahakala. The body is colored in a very dark blue, which is meant to symbolize Dharmakaya, which is the manifestation of Buddhas. The three eyes signify the knowledge of the past, present, and future, and the manifestation of the three bodies of the Buddha. The crown which he wears has five skulls that symbolize the five poises of anger, desire, ignorance, jealousy, and pride into the five wisdoms. The six arms of Mahakala symbolize the want to achieve sex Perfections. These perfections are generosity, patience, morality, diligence, meditation, and wisdom. There was an interesting aspect, which I had observed, that was similar to a bowl. Upon doing further research, this was called a kapila, which is a skull bowl filled with...

Find Another Essay On Rubin Museum: Six-armed Mahakala

The Jones-Costa Bill: Three Strikes Essay

2572 words - 11 pages sentence for those inmates who received 25 years to life for minor offenses that would not qualify for a third strike sentence under Proposition 36. Under this remediation provision, an inmate has two years within which to petition the sentencing court to consider resentencing to a second strike sentence. The court can exercise its discretion to deny resentencing for public safety reasons.” (Cooley and Rubin, 264). Even though proposition thirty-six has been in effect for the short period of two years, its impact on the legal system in California has been quite significant.

How Hitler had started World War 2

1002 words - 5 pages nation’s vital foundation. The German worker will be saved from ruin with a concerted and all-embracing attack against unemployment.” Hitler continued to promise that, within four years, unemployment must be overcome. As Hitler had promised he and his Nazi government had eliminated unemployment within four years. the number of jobless was diminished from six million unemployed at the beginning of 1933 to one million by 1936. Hitler’s massive stimulation

G.I. Jane

2191 words - 9 pages projects that were targeted at reducing the waste of American citizens, which would in turn benefit the Armed Forces with supplies. The National Woman's History Museum adds, “Women were encouraged to grow food in Victory gardens and preserve their home grown vegetables. In 1944, 21 million families planted 7 million acres that yielded 8 million tons of vegetables”(12). The benefit of millions of tons of vegetables is unfathomable. How much other

Labor Unions Are Useless

2446 words - 10 pages member. According to the union’s work rules, management was supposed to give its employees a minimum of six hours notice if the employee was scheduled to work. In my case this would rarely happen. I was constantly told at the last minute that I needed to work, and if I did not come to work I would be fired. I would protest to the union shop steward (who was my union representative), but nothing ever changed. I complained to the union management

Darfur’s Turning Point or Not

1696 words - 7 pages home to over six million people with over one hundred ethnic and tribal groups(4). Some of this groups included Nomads, Farmers, Muslims, Janyaweed, and people who speak Arab or non- Arab Sudanese(4). Even though Darfur seems like a normal region, lately there has been a Genocide going on there that has tore the region apart. What happened to lead Darfur to a genocide? How long did it go on for? In the year of 2003 Darfur began having conflicts

Battle Paper

983 words - 4 pages war progressed, the Continentals began to wear blue uniform coats, but the militia kept their other clothes. Continentals are men that are three year enlistees in the regular army. Both the British and the American were armed with guns and muskets, but the Pennsylvania regiments had long, small caliber, rifled weapons that they carried. Lord Charles Cornwallis had toughly campaigned for two years in North Carolina and South Carolina before he

The Economic Impact of the Mexican Peso Crisis

1617 words - 6 pages inappropriateness or ineffectiveness of the standards that were used in extending credit by the financial sector (Calvo, 171). Another important factor that affected the financial sector and would eventually contribute to the development of the Mexican Peso Crisis was that the risk premium of the Mexican economy was significantly impacted by the armed conflicts that happened in Chiapas at that time. This armed conflict led to a decline in investor

The Life and Styles of Pablo Picasso

3391 words - 14 pages . Picasso and the Bull. Translated by Anthony Kerrigan. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1956. · Packard, Fred M. The Effects of War on the Works of Two Spanish Painters -- Goya and Picasso. Master's Thesis for Kent State University, 1961. · Picasso, Pablo. Bull's Skull, Fruit, Pitcher (Tete de Taurea, Fruit Pichet). Exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1939. · Rubin, William, ed. Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1980. · Souchére, Dor de la. Picasso in Antibes. New York: Pantheon Books, 1960.

Reveiw of Jan Goodwin's The Price of Honor: an in-depth critical analysis of Goodwin's book about women and Islam

1386 words - 6 pages Appleby, Leila Armed, Fatima Mernissi, Barnett Rubin, and Shaul Bakhash" (Moghadam, 5).Lastly, Goodwin has a tendency to use grandiose and inflaming language. She is often describing repressive regimes with terms such as despots, fanatical, extremism, rabid, and misogynist. In some cases, she does have good reason to use such language, for example: When radical Islamist movements, like the Taliban, are on the rise, women's very visible repression

Making the War Machine

1295 words - 6 pages see how much influence the Romans had on war. The first important part of the Roman army was the way its legions were organized. Rome had a number of legions. Each legion consisted of six thousand men. These were divided into ten cohorts of six hundred men each. These cohorts were then subdivided into three maniples of two hundred men each, which were split up into centuries of one hundred men each. This structure of the armies allowed all of

1950's Music Motown: The History of Motown's Greatest Stars

1951 words - 8 pages , “the Motor City”. Gordy co-wrote the song “Money (That’s what I want) by Barrett Strong. With the royalties he received from this song, he purchased a white frame house located at 2648 West Grand Boulevard with a sign reading “Hitsville USA”. This would be Motown’s headquarters for the next ten years. They built a studio in the garage which became the place where numerous smash hits were produced and recorded. Today Hitsville USA is now a museum

Similar Essays

The Oedipus Complex Essay

2208 words - 9 pages this theory as both inaccurate and patronizing to women. She countered Freud's view of women by proposing that men have "womb envy," an unconscious desire for a womb (Freud, Sigmund Schlomo). Sigmund Freud’s development of the Oedipus complex can be summarized in a six-stage chronology of his own life. In stage 1 (1897-1909), galvanized by his father’s death in 1896, Freud felt obligated to learn more about his own psyche. Having

The Hallucinations Of David Savage Essay

1900 words - 8 pages It’s cold, damp, and dark on the morning of September first at six in the morning. But today, today is September first, the day of light to fashion followers everywhere. The day that Vogue releases their fall fashion issue and tells us what to wear, how to pose in our selfies, what plastic surgeries to be on the look out for, our new goal weight, what’s in, what’s out, and who “can’t sit with us”. Today is the day that we not only redefine our

Andy Warhol 20th Century Genius

1293 words - 5 pages William Rubin, director of the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. "He was a pioneer of image-appropriating pop art, and the implications of his work proved essential to the subsequent postmodernist movement" (Art in America, 1987, p. 143).In 1968, a writer/actress named Valerie Solanis, founder and sole member of S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men), entered the Factory on June 3 and shot Warhol. This was

Uss Monitor Essay

1015 words - 5 pages widest point was 41 and half feet, while being armed with 2 eleven inches Dahlgren guns. The hull contained two ventilation blowers, each with their own dedicated blowers, these served to remove toxic fumes from below deck where the crew resided. The crew consisted of forty nine sailors four of which were engineers responsible for operating the vessel. The crew stayed in extremely small but well maintained rooms while aboard the vessel. Lanterns