Depending on the preferences, people want their homes to be lively, opulent, or basic. However, having a peaceful environment where you can get a good night's sleep is a universal yearning. Peace is a mental state that is inextricably tied to the energy of the environment in which we live. Buddha sculptures are one of the emblems that assist in bringing peace and harmony into the world.
Although Buddha statues have become a common adornment in modern culture, they are still highly significant and holy artworks that require careful placement and attention. There are myriad forms of Buddha, each one carrying a different history. So, let’s take a journey to understand what different forms of Buddha Statue represent and the ideal way to place each one of them.
Medicine Buddha or the Healing Buddha as the name implies is a meditative form of Buddha with halos of healing energy emanating from his head and body. The Medicine Buddha is usually depicted seated with a container of medicine in his left hand, which is generally blue in hue. With a stem of a medicinal plant between his thumb and forefinger, Buddha's right-hand rests on his knee in the mudra of blessings.
The Healing Buddha is revered by individuals seeking a boon of good health because he represents health and healing. While it is more usually found in temples, there is no reason why it cannot be used in your home. Give it a prominent location where it will receive respect and recognition.
The stance of Buddha seated with one hand raised is called the Blessing gesture and has two connotations that are interlinked. The first is protection, in which the raised hand serves as a shield, keeping negativity and danger afar. The second meaning is to be at peace with oneself by overcoming adversity.
You can place the Blessing Buddha anywhere on the house, where you feel like it requires healing or as a cure for Vastu’s defect. However, it is highly recommended you locate the statue at the entrance of your home to keep negativity and disruptive rudiments at bay.
The reclining or sleeping stance of Buddha is one of the most poignant as it symbolizes Gautam Buddha's final hours on earth before achieving Nirvana, or liberation from the cycle of rebirth. The reclining Buddha, on the other hand, is not designed to instill fear; rather, it is meant to urge people to seek inner peace. Buddha's enlightenment allowed him to escape the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth and achieve Nirvana.
Nirvana or Reclining Buddha must always face West to represent his impending end and should recline to the right.
Green Tara Buddha
The female force and the most beloved figure in Tibetan Buddhism are Green Tara, who is revered as one of Buddhism's most well-known goddesses. Green Tara is frequently represented as a caring being who is willing to leave her lotus seat to console and shield us from all of the world's miseries. The Green Tara is always depicted seated on a Lotus flower in her meditative stance with a subtle smile to fill the environment with love, compassion, and wisdom.
East and southeast areas are always preferred to place your Green Tara Buddha statue, however, you can place wherever you feel like you might need to soak away negativity with zen vibes. Green Tara statue or artworks must never be placed on the floor and at least 3 ft distance is recommended.
With his hands folded in prayer, Praying Buddha symbolizes devotion and faith. A praying Buddha should ideally be surrounded by a lamp or candle. This allows the fire's energy to harmonize with the idol's positivity. The prayer Buddha figure is perfect for your altar or pooja area.
The praying buddha statue should never be placed below eye level. It is considered disrespectful to look down at a praying buddha.
The Laughing Buddha, also known as Ho Tai in Chinese, is not to be confused with Gautam Buddha. He is, in fact, a Chinese monk who was a patron saint of children. However, in the West, the spherical, pot-bellied depiction of Buddha is undoubtedly the most well-known. It is said to bring joy and success into your home. Rubbing his belly is said to bring extra prosperity into your life.
The Laughing Buddha should be put in your home's east direction. Keeping it in the east promotes happiness and harmony throughout the home. It also prevents internal turmoil and disagreements.