Throughout Himalayan art, people often encounter not only majestic peaceful deities but also demonic looking wrathful deities as well. In fact each peaceful deity has a wrathful opposite. Though they look evil in nature, they are actually meant to scare away anything that could possibly harm you. Dynamic in their posture doing what is essentially a Warriors Pose, they also represent the innate power within us all to harness negative emotions and use them to produce a state of equanimity. Lastly many Wrathful Deities can be seen trampling on figures representing an active destruction of the Ego.
Image credit: The Great Black One, Lord of the Pavilion, Mahakala Panjarnata (detail), Tibet; 18th century; pigments on cloth; Rubin Museum of Art, C2001.1.4 (HAR 65004)
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About the Teacher
“Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.
— Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995). For more information please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.