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.

Sita and Rama

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Sita and Rama resin statue, Hindu deities representing feminine and masculine
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The divine Hindu couple of Sita and Rama (Ram). Sita represents the earth and feminine qualities, while Rama is the perfect king and represents masculine qualities.

Size: 
2.8" (7.1 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Krishna and Radha

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Krishna and Radha as a divine Hindu couple, Krishna with his flute
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This lovely resin sculpture shows the famous, popular Hindu couple of Krishna and Radha.

Krishna, as a youth, was quite mischievous and 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.

Large: 5"(13cm)/7 oz.

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

Uma Parvati

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Uma Parvati statue, Hindu goddess and consort of Shiva
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The Hindu goddess and consort of Shiva, Parvati, has 24 names. This statue shows her as the dawn goddess. The concept of a dawn goddess as a feminine deity goes back to the early Aryans of India.

Parvati, like Durga, is another form of the great goddess Devi. 'Parvat' means mountain, and Parvati, daughter of Himavan, god of the Himalayas, is known as Daughter of the Mountain.

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

Radha's Dream

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Radha, gopi and favorite consort of Krishna shown here in a dream
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In this original sculpture from Mission Studios, Radha is lamenting being separated from her beloved Krishna.

Her pet parrot tries to advise her in her unhappiness, though can we assume what a parrot would advise? Radha does not notice that Krishna lurks playfully behind the screen, and that her separation is illusory. Is there a lesson here for us all?

Large: 5"(13cm)/7 oz

Size: 
3" (7.6 cm)
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Parvati

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Statue of Hindu Goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva
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This beautiful miniature Hindu statue (murti) is of the goddess Parvati, Shiva's consort, also known as 'Daughter of the Mountain'.

Parvati is the beneficent form of the great goddess Devi. In this form, she takes the role as Shiva's consort, and acts as both a loving wife and devoted mother.

Size: 
2.5" high
Materials: 
Resin ivory substitute
Country of origin: 
U.S.

Handbell-Dorje Set, 5.5"

$36.00
Tibetan Buddhist small size hand bell (ghanta) and dorje (vajra) set of bell met
$36.00

This Tibetan meditation handbell (ghanta)and dorje (vajra) set is the smallest of the three sizes commonly available. Its sound tends to be slightly higher pitched than that of the medium or large hand bell.

Size: 
5.5" (14 cm) H
Materials: 
Bell metal (li)
Included: 
Information Card
Country of origin: 
India
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