Divine Couples

Famous couples abound throughout the world’s great religions. They symbolize the union of male and female principles, sensual energy, non-dual bliss, divine playfulness...

Many Tibetan deities have a yab-yum form, where the deity is shown with his shakti. The divine couple is a representation of wisdom and compassion, or wisdom and skillful means, locked in embrace. This union is represented as a physical union, as spiritual ecstasy is too abstract to portray. Another symbolic representation of the same concept is the handbell and dorje.

The tantric tradition of India believes that sensation and emotion are the most powerful human motive forces, and, as all energy is holy, these forces can be harnessed to serve a higher spiritual end. Tantra deals in love, and love means caring, possibly the ultimate social virtue.

Here are a few famous couples to remind us of the bliss of non-duality.

Radha-Krishna, Under the Rainshawl

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Hindu statue of Radha and Krishna, famous Hindu lovers, hiding from the rain
Radha and Krishna, famous lovers in Hinduism, hide under the rainshawl
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Krishna as a youth was quite mischievous, and he enchanted and intoxicated the cowherd women, or gopis, with his flute playing. He teased them and made love to them. Krishna's favorite of all the gopis was Radha, who took many risks to meet her dark lover.

Here she is teasing Krishna back, taking refuge with him under the rain shawl, hiding his flute from him.

Large: 5"(13cm)/7 oz

Size: 
3" (8 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Padma Sambhava

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Buddhist Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), Indian Tantric master
Buddhist Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) with the khatvanga against chest
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This resin statue depicts Padma Sambhava (Padmasambhava), or Guru Rinpoche as he is often called, the great Indian Tantric master credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet. He is sculpted in meditation pose, a dorje (vajra) in his right hand, a skull cup (patra) with the vase of life in his left hand, resting on his lap. The magic wand, or khatvanga, invented by Padmasambhava, rests against his left shoulder. It is used for cutting off the root of the three poisons of ignorance, greed, and anger (ill-will). Padmasambhava wears the flowing robes of his native land, roughly corresponding to the Swat Valley, located between Kashmir and Afghanistan. He wears a mitered hat with a waving vulture feather on the top.

Large: 4"(10cm) / 11 oz

Size: 
2" (.8 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Krishna Playing Flute

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Hindu god Krishna playing flute
Krishna, Hindu deity, charming the gopis with his flute
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This statue of the Hindu god Krishna depicts him playing his flute.

Krishna, as the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, is worshiped in two distinct forms. First, he appeared in the role of a playful pastoral god. Krishna grew up playing many pranks and performing miraculous deeds. He sported with the gopis, or cowherdresses, whom he charmed by playing his flute, making them fall madly in love with him. All of this came to be interpreted as symbolizing lila, or divine play, and as an allegory to the power of bhakti, devotion or loving faith of a devotee for a deity.

Size: 
2.8" (7 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Mandarava

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Mandarava sculpture in resin of Buddhist consort of Padmasambhava
Resin statue of Mandarava, Buddhist consort of PadmasambhavaMandarava statue in resin, Mandarava, consort of Padmasambhava
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This resin sculpture images Mandarava, consort of Padmasambhava, the great Indian tantric master who established Buddhism in Tibet. Mandarava was a princess in northern India; her name means Celestial Red Flower.

Mandarava's father, the king, did not like Padmasambhava and threatened to kill her if she did not renounce him. She refused, so he tied them both up and lit a fire! As Padmasambhava was a master of magic, he manifested a lake around their feet, preventing them from being burned. This convinced the king that it was their destiny to be together.

Size: 
2.5" (6.4 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Kalachakra

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Kalachakra statue in consort
$24.00

Kalachakra literally means turning the wheel of life. He is a yidam, a fierce god protector, with four heads, each containing a third eye. He can have 12-24 arms, but never more than two legs. Although hard to tell on this small statue, his body is covered by a tiger skin and he wears a belt of dorjes. He is always shown stepping to the left on two demons. Here he is shown with his consort.

Size: 
4"(10 cm)
Materials: 
Brass
Country of origin: 
Thailand

Mary & Jesus, Divine Union

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Mary Magdalene and Jesus as Divine Couple in Divine Union
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A statue of Mary Magdalen and Jesus together as the Divine Couple. They are one in purpose, each with one hand on the grail, teaching the gospel of love. Divine union, divine purpose.

Large: 5"(13cm) / 7 oz

Size: 
2.5" (6.4 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Angel Friends

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Angel Friend statue showing two injured angels helping each other
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This charming statue of two angels was inspired by a Bernie Segal story. In this story, a doctor dies and goes to heaven. He is amazed to find sick and ill people, and angels with only one wing. He asks the angels, "How do you fly, with only one wing?" And the angels answer, "Even though each of us only has one wing, we can fly if we help each other."

Size: 
2" (5 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Meditating Shiva

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Shiva, Hindu god, meditating as yogi
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Shiva is one of the three gods of the Hindu divine Trinity (Trimurti). He is a complex deity, with 1008 epithets.

In this statue, Shiva is shown as the divine yogi who has attained spiritual mastery over reality. Shiva is the arch ascetic, the Divine Yogi, who sits alone on Mount Kailash, high in the Himalayas, at the foot of which is the purest and holiest lake to be found anywhere.

Large: 3"(7cm) / 7 oz

Size: 
2" (5 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Parvati Seated

$245.00
Seated Parvati bronze statue from India
Seated Parvati bronze statue from IndiaParvati bronze statue from India
$245.00

Parvati, like Durga, is another form of the great goddess Devi. “‘Parvat’ means mountain. Parvati, daughter of Himavan, god of the Himalayas, is known as Daughter of the Mountain. Her greatest pleasure is to serve Shiva, and she combines the roles of caring wife and affectionate mother.”*

Size: 
10"(25.4cm)
Materials: 
Bronze
Country of origin: 
India

Vajrasattva Shakti Yab-Yum

$625.00
Vajrasattva Shakti statue from Tibetan Buddhist tradition
Vajrasattva Shakti statue made by Newari craftsmen in Patan, Nepal Vajrasattva Shakti statue showing Vajrasattva and his consort in embrace
$625.00

This exquisite, finely detailed statue of the Buddhist Vajrasattva and his Shakti was made by master Newari craftsmen living in Patan, Kathmandu. It is exceptionally beautiful. The image has been cast in the traditional lost wax method, then finely polished. This is a true art piece, worthy of an altar, and sure to be treasured.

Size: 
6" (15.3 cm)
Materials: 
Bronze
Country of origin: 
Nepal
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