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Dorje Handle Kartika Blade Brass Buddhist Ritual Dragon Sky Iron Blade

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Dorje handle Sky Iron Kartika Blade. The handle is a very ornate brass a Dorje that goes into what looks like flames rising up from a dragon straddling the "sky iron" blade with his tail ending at the down turned hook.

The blade is referred to as being made of "sky iron", I have some pieces of hematite and when I pass the blade near them they slam against the blade!! It obviously is made of iron and is highly magnetic. It measures 6 1/2" wide and is 6 3/4" tall. the piece weighs 12 3/4 ounces.

I've researched these pieces and have only found a few of them. I've got three that I've collected over the years. Each one has a brass handle topped with a dorje, and each one has the same heavy iron blade with dragons connecting the handle to the blade. More information is below, they are fascinating pieces and odd that they feel so comfortable and energizing in my RIGHT hand, and totally "out of place" in my left hand. All the research I've done repeats that the kartika is held in the RIGHT hand for ceremonies. The dorje handle being a "lightning rod" and the blade representing a "cutting away of demons and the old and removing suffering, replacing them with diamond clarity.


Kartika Blade
A kartika is a ......symbolic crescent knife or 'chopper', used in Vajrayana Buddhist ceremonies. It symbolizes the severance of all material and worldly bonds and is crowned with a vajra, which is said to destroy ignorance, and leads to enlightenment. The kartika is a key ritual implement in the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Chöd, or 'cutting through demons'. In Buddhist teachings, this tool is held in the right hand of Yamantaka, the conqueror of death. It is also used in Feng Shui.
Depictions of Vajrayogini typically contain the kartika as one of her attributes. In the iconography of the dakini, she generally appears with the hooked kartika knife in her right hand. Lama Tsultrim Allione describes the kartika:
The traditional interpretation of the hook in Tibetan Buddhist imagery is that of the hook of compassion. It is the hook which pulls beings out of the cycles of transmigration. The hooked crescent-shaped knife of the dakini with its vajra handle pulls one forth from suffering, chops up the ego-centred self and is guided by the diamond clarity of the vajra.



Sky Iron

"Thunderbolt iron" redirects here. For other uses, see Meteoric iron.
Thokcha (Tibetan: ཐོག་ལྕགས, Wylie: thog lcags;[1] also alternatively Tibetan: གནམ་ལྕགས, Wylie: gnam lcags[2]) "sky-iron" are tektites and meteorites which are often high in iron content, refer iron meteorite.[3] The usage of meteoric iron is common in the history of ferrous metallurgy. Historically, thokchas were held in esteem for sacred metallurgical fabrication of weapons, musical instruments and sacred tools, e.g. phurba. Their inclusion as an auspicious addition in the metallurgical fabrication of sacred objects cast of Panchaloha is documented. The term has also come to denote ancient metal objects which serve as talismans made from thokcha. They are traditionally held to be endowed with magic and protective power and in this respect are comparable to Tibetan Dzi beads.
Beer (1999: p. 234) holds that:

"Meteoric iron or 'sky-iron' (Tib. gnam lcags) is the supreme substance for forging the physical representation of the vajra or other iron weapons, since it has already been tempered by the celestial gods in its passage across the heavens. The indivisibility of form and emptiness is a perfect metaphor for the image of a meteorite or 'stone fallen from the sky', manifesting out of the voidness of space as a shooting star or fireball, and depositing a chunk of fused 'sky iron' on the earth below. Many vajras held by deities as weapons are described as being forged from meteorite iron, and Tibet, with its high altitude, thin atmosphere and desolate landscape, received an abundance of meteorite fragments. Tibetan vajras were often cast from meteorite iron, and as an act of sympathetic magic a piece of the meteoric iron was often returned to its original site.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thokcha

The dorje symbol came to Tibetan Buddhism from Hinduism. In Sanskrit, dorje is called vajra. Vajra means, thunderbolt or diamond,and the vajra is indestructible. The vajra is like a diamond, because it can destroy, but it cannot be destroyed. The vajra represents spiritual power. In Hinduism, the vajra is the weapon of Indra (the god of rain, lightning, and the sky). The vajra symbol also destroys ignorance. The vajra is the symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism, one of the three major branches of Buddhism. Vajrayana Buddhism is also known as the Thunderbolt Way or the Diamond Way.

The vajra is often used as a tool in meditation. Practitioners can meditate on the vajra to achieve the thunderbolt experience. The thunderbolt experience is a symbol of union of the relative and absolute truths. Relative truth is what we experience in everyday life, conversely, absolute truth is the timeless state of being unified with nature and everything around us...........
In Hinduism, Indra's thunderbolt has open prongs. There is a legend that Shakyamuni took the vajra weapon from Indra and pressed the prongs together to make the dorje into a peaceful instrument rather than a weapon.

Dorje Handle Kartika Blade Brass Buddhist Ritual Dragon Sky Iron Blade


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