Enlightened Meditating Shakyamuni Buddha “Touching the Earth” Statue
Meditating Shakyamuni Buddha Statue is premium sculpted cold cast bronze with real bronze powder mixed with resin. Hand-painted in bronze finish to give a high-quality antique look without sacrificing the details. The “Enlightened One” or the “Awakened One“. Is a symbolic, ritualistic gesture used in yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism. The word is Sanskrit meaning “gesture”, “mark” or “seal”. Mudras are most commonly known as hand positions in yoga and meditation, which are believed to affect the flow of energy in the body and unblock chakras. Shakyamuni is considered the historical founder of Buddhism. He is also universally known as the Enlightened One or Gautama Buddha. The oldest text on his life is the Buddhacarita (Deeds of the Buddha) by the poet Asvaghosa. It is difficult to establish the exact period in which Shakyamuni lived (literally Sanskrit. Sage of the Shakyas), but modern researchers date his life to around 560-480 BC. or at 460-380 a. C.
Siddartha, this was his initial name, was born in India to King Shuddhodana and Queen Maya, rulers of the Shakya tribe in the Lumbini Garden. Although the kingdom was quite small, Siddhartha, who according to his father’s wish should have inherited the kingdom of the Shakyas, grew up in luxury and was educated in both civil and martial arts. Despite his comfort, he soon became aware of the problems that caused suffering to human beings and the desire to leave the palace grew more and more in him to find answers to those sufferings. The father, sensing the tendency of his son, tried to restrain him and, according to some stories, decided to marry him with Yashodara, from whom Rahula was born. Despite the marriage, Siddhartha did not abandon the desire to leave the palace. Tradition tells of the “four encounters” that were the origin of Shakyamuni’s decision to devote himself to religious life: one day going out from the eastern gate of the palace he met an elderly man; on another occasion, coming out of the southern gate, he ran into a sick man; another time, coming out of the western door, he saw a corpse.
Finally one day exiting the north side he met an ascetic who had embraced the religious life. This last meeting affected him so deeply that he decided to give up the princely life to become a sage and thus be able to answer the questions about the sufferings inherent in human life, birth, aging, disease and death. On the abandonment of the palace by Siddhartha, the scriptures report various legends. But the most accredited narrates that one night he left Kapilavastu accompanied by the servant Chandaka, cut his hair, got rid of the jewels and royal ornaments and sent the servant home with a message for the family; he would not return to the city until he had achieved the goal for which he had embraced the religious life: the attainment of enlightenment. Enlightened Meditating Shakyamuni Buddha “Touching the Earth” Statue sizes: 3 inches / 7.5 cm x 6.25 inches / 16 cm x 9 inches / 23 cm.
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