Antique 1800's to early 1900's bronze Yab-Yum sculpture with deep mystic symbolism. Yab Yum generally means duality and polarity of energy - male and female energy coming together to create one whole. Bringing their different energies to create wisdom and compassion, tantric sexual practices which join together this energy and the divine strength of creation. This is not a mass produced piece and shows signs of having been lovingly made by hand perhaps for a local temple. The male (father), represents compassion for all beings, which is the natural expression of such wisdom. Their union is ultimately undertaken out of compassion for the world.
CONDITION: Excellent antique condition with normal signs of use appropriate for age
SIZE: 12 inches high x 8 inches wide x 7 1/2 deep
Yab-yum is generally understood to represent the primordial (or mystical) union of wisdom and compassion. In Buddhism the masculine form is active, representing the compassion and skillful means (upaya ) that have to be developed in order to reach enlightenment. The feminine form is passive and represents wisdom (prajna), which is also necessary to enlightenment. United, the figures symbolize the union necessary to overcome the veils of Maya, the false duality of object and subject.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the same ideas are to be found concerning the bell and the dorje, which, like the yab-yum, symbolize the dualism that must be exceeded. The sacred Tantric practice leads to rapid development of mind by using the experience of bliss, non-duality, and ecstasy while in-communion with one's consort.
In Hinduism the yab-yum has a slightly different meaning. There, the embraced posture represents the divine strength of creation. The Hindu concept is the one of a passive masculine deity embracing his spouse called shakti, which represents his activity or power.
The symbolism of union and sexual polarity is a central teaching in Tantric Buddhism, especially in Tibet. The union is realised by the practitioner as a mystical experience within one's own body.
As a tantric practice, Yab-yum is akin to the Karmamudrā or "actionseal". This is the tantric yoga involving a physical partner. However, the aim of the practice is to control one's winds. This sadhana is part of the completion stage.
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