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- Top Quality A++ Grade Natural Crystal Quartz Stupa Tibetan Nepal. Kindly note that since all our products are handcrafted and carved, there always exist slight deviation in size, shape, color and looks compared to image shown here. However the Healing Qualities and Metaphysical Properties are EXCELLENT. The word "Stupa" is a Sanskrit word that literally means "to heap" or "to pile up." The Monnier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary says the stupa is "...a Buddhist monument, (generally of a pyramidal or dome-like form created over sacred relics of the historical Buddha (563-478 BC) or on spots consecrated as the scenes of his acts); a relics shrine or relics casket." It goes on to say that 'stupa' was originally a topknot of hair, designating the upper part of the head, but subsequently became used as an architectural term, indicating a monument of a dome-shaped form over the sacred relics of the Buddha or other saints or venerable persons. The connection between Shakyamuni and a topknot is apparent since he is often depicted as having such a topknot symbolizing his attainment of Enlightenment.
- Stupas were found in India before the birth of Buddha Shakyamuni where mounds of dirt were built around a tree as a tomb for the remains of important figures such as kings and heroes. It's said that the Buddha was the one who changed that practice when he asked that his own remains be placed within stupas that would represent the Awakened Nature, as a reminder of the potential for enlightenment within us all. When it was time for Buddha Shakyamuni to pass into nirvana, he instructed his followers to cremate his body and place his relics in a stupa so that people of future generations could make a connection with Buddhism and experience the Buddha's blessings. What followed was a tradition of stupa building that resulted in many thousands of stupas being built all over Asia. Stupas exist in every Buddhist country in the world and in every Buddhist tradition. They are places of pilgrimage for those seeking their blessings.
- Because every element of a Buddha's physical body is pervaded with the pure energy of Enlightened Mind, the teacher's remains after cremation are considered sacred. One sign that a teacher is an enlightened manifestation is that relics will be found in the ashes that resemble small, round pearls which can be white, red, or brown. These are often the relics that are put inside stupas being built today. Stupas are an ancient form of sacred architecture that represent the heart of enlightenment - not just as a form of tribute but as a radiating presence that transmits blessings to all those who come in contact with them. If properly constructed and empowered, a stupa is like a spiritual generator. It broadcasts virtue of such power that it brings peace and harmony to all beings and balances the forces of nature.
- A Stupa naturally establishes peace and harmony while subduing negative forces, like war and famine. It helps to prevent disease and brings blessings of health, prosperity and well being to the community. No matter the shape or style, a properly constructed and consecrated stupa provides the world a place of blessing and spiritual refuge. Shakyamuni Buddha ignited an appreciation for the spiritual potency of stupas. The Buddha taught and demonstrated that stupas are powerful agents of purification and spiritual transformation. On one occasion he sent a dying man to restore and re-consecrate a stupa in disrepair. After the Brahmin completed the work according to the Buddha's instructions, his body became miraculously strong and majestic.
- Stupas speak of enlightenment on many different levels. The outer form of a stupa represents a meditating Buddha, seated and crowned. When seen from above, a stupa is a perfect mandala, a pure distillation of the universe. But that is only the beginning of a stupa's meaning. Every architectural feature of the stupa symbolically represents a facet of the spiritual path. For example, a stupa incorporates five basic geometric shapes that correspond to the five elements. Each element, in turn, corresponds to an essential attribute of a fully awakened being. The square base of the stupa represents earth and equanimity; the round dome, water and indestructibility; the triangular spire, fire and compassion; the semi-circular umbrella, wind and all-accomplishing action; and at the very top, the jewel-shaped tigle or drop represents space and all-pervading awareness. On a more general note, the configuration of the entire universe as conceived in traditional Buddhist cosmology is a gigantic stupa-as is the structure of a person's subtle body. Thus the inner level of experience relates directly to the physical cosmos, and a stupa is a gateway for merging the innate wisdom nature with the Dharmadatu or "field of dharma" that has no beginning and no end.