Diameter: 3 1/2"
Height: 6 1/4"
Bell Weight: 14.3 oz
The MEINL Bells are handcrafted in India and made from a cast alloy. Used for meditation and as ritual implement and instrument of the Buddhism, the bell which is held in the left hand is a symbol of the female principle and represents wisdom. The additional Dorje is held in the right hand and is a symbol of the male principle and represents accomplishment and wealth. Combined together they stand for the path to enlightenment.
"Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).
"The vajra is made up of several parts. In the center is a sphere which represents Sunyata, the primordial nature of the universe, the underlying unity of all things. Emerging from the sphere are two eight petaled lotus flowers. One represents the phenomenal world (or in Buddhist terms Samsara), the other represents the noumenal world (Nirvana). This is one of the fundamental dichotomies which are perceived by the unenlightened. The physical manifestation of the vajra, also called dorje in this context, is the male organ.
"Arranged equally around the mouth of the lotus are two, four, or eight creatures which are called makara. These are mythological half-fish, half-crocodile creatures made up of two or more animals, often representing the union of opposites, (or a harmonisation of qualities that transcend our usual experience). From the mouths of the makara come tongues which come together in a point."