deepbluehum wrote: pueraeternus wrote:
deepbluehum wrote:Indra is very well interwoven in Mahayana and Vajrayana symbolism, i.e,. the Vajra, along with the bow (Saraha) and the hook (rarer but various yidams have this).
I wonder if this is the reason why Indra subsequently fell out of favor with later Brahmanists and Hindus - that he was effectively demoted and written off? Perhaps they find him too deeply affiliated with Buddhism.
Actually Brahma too is almost nonexistent in India as an object of worship. Visnu and Shiva and their consorts and avatars have become what is today thought of as "Hindu." There is only one or two temples dedicated to Brahma in all of India. Buddha declared himself "brahma bhuto," become Brahma. I think it also has to do with the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita being related more to Visnu, Krisna, etc., and its ratification of Samkya philosophy which enveloped the Upanishads. So I does seem that Brahma and Indra were left to the Buddhist milieu.
Yeah,ironically enough,Indra and Brahma have been reduced to next to nothing by modern Hindus and are now worshiped by a religion that had originally reduced their statues to next to nothing.Sometimes I wonder if the universe does not have a sense of irony.
A person once asked me why I would want to stop rebirth. "It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want to be reborn."
I replied. "Wanting to be reborn is like wanting to stay in a jail cell, when you have the chance to go free and experience the whole wide world. Does a convict, on being freed from his shabby, constricting, little cell, suddenly say "I really want to go back to jail and be put in a cell. It sounds pretty cool. Being able to come back. Who wouldn't want that?"