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Vajrayogini Buddhist Deity. Naropa Tradition, Tibet. 1800s.

Vajrayogini and the Pure Land of Khechara, from the tradition of mahasiddha Naropa. The dakini Vajrayogini, of the Naro Khechari lineage, is the small central red figure with one face and two hands surrounded by a ring of flame standing on a double tetrahedron within a three-storied heavenly palace. Resting on a large double vajra within a circular mandala within the larger buddha realm of Akanishta, this is the pure buddha-realm of Vajrayogini. Below are six offering goddesses and two animal-headed protector deities as door guardians. On the upper floor is Heruka Chakrasamvara and the Sakya gurus of the Vajrayogini lineage. On the top story is buddha Vajradharma, red, holding a vajra and bell crossed at the heart, seated. Vajrayogini is a representation of complete buddhahood in female form. Classified as Wisdom or ‘Mother’ Anuttarayoga Tantra the practices originate with the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Tantras.

Parnashavari, The Forest Goddess. Himalayas. 1800s.  

Associated with the mysterious Shavari tribe of ancient India, the Forest Goddess with three faces and six hands wears a skirt and garland of thatched green leaves. She has always been associated with jungle tribes and the practice of healing. Her specialty is contagious disease. 

In the Himalayas and Tibet it is common place when a large group of people congregate to receive extended religious teachings to first give the initiation and blessing for the Forest Goddess in order to stave off sickness. Parnashavari is an example of an Indian folk deity absorbed into Tantric Buddhism. 

Vajravarahi Five Deity Mandala. Kagyu, Karma and Buddhist Lineages. Tibet. 1500. 

རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས།

Vajravarahi is one of the central meditational deities of Tantric Buddhism. In the center of the composition are two crossed triangles, red in color, appearing as a six-pointed star. In fact, what is depicted here are two tetrahedrons, four-sided pyramids, merged together with the two points facing down. Mandalas are architectural plans and all architectural forms need a foundation. The foundation for all mandalas is a tetrahedron and for most of those it is a single tetrahedron. The Yoginis are most often depicted above a double tetrahedron but not in all cases. 

At the center of the tetrahedron on a four-petalled lotus is Vajravarahi, red in color, with one face and two hands. Her right hand holds aloft a curved knife and the left a skull-cup to the heart. In the bend of the left elbow a katvanga staff is held against her left shoulder. Adorned with bone ornaments and a necklace of heads she stands in a dancing posture on a corpse seat. Directly above are four seated buddhas beneath rainbow arches. Above them are two rows of various mahasiddhas and teachers of the Karma Kagyu tradition interspersed with black hat Karmapas and red hat Shamarpas.

Realizing that the Black Organization are not on the same page
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  • Vermouth:jk lol. planted some bombs in that car. You dead.
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  • Vodka:wat.
  • Chianti + Korn:no one ever invites us to these things.
  • Haibara:this is why none of us can have nice things.