Right hand over left, the standing Buddha in Monday’s birthday posture shows a Buddha reflecting on what has been done.
Buddha in Monday’s posture is that of deep thought… he is contemplating the attainment of complete letting go as occurred with Nirvana (nibbana) while sitting under the Bodhi tree. After attaining liberation, Moksha, liberation from this world’s inevitable pain – Buddha sat under the bodhi tree for seven days as he examined the suffering of all living things. He decided it was best to share the knowledge with others and dedicated his life to helping others attain the same freedom of mind.
Raised right hand, this standing Buddha in Monday’s birthday posture shows a Buddha stopping disease and tragedy in Vesali.
Preventing tragedy is the theme for Monday’s Buddha posture. The story goes that the city of Vesali was being plagued by evils from 3 origins – poverty, disease, and evil spirts. Evil spirits had overtaken the city, and were eating the people – dead or alive. The king of the city sought advice from sages which told him to contact the Buddha to see if there was anything he could do. Buddha, arriving in Vesali first made it rain torrents of rain to clean the city of dead bodies and disease. Buddha’s disciple, the monk, Ananda went all over the city chanting parts of the Tipitika and splashing holy (blessed) water all over parts of the city. Suffering humans here healed of their affirmities… the evil spirits were banished.
Reclining Gigantic Buddha.
There was a giant in a kingdom, Asurindarahu. This giant wished to visit the Buddha, and when he did, he didn’t want to bow down before him in humility. Why should he, he was the biggest, the strongest – so he thought. Buddha then made himself bigger than the giant – dwarfing him. He showed the giant a part of the heavens with giant figures all much larger and greater than the giant. Asurindarahu was humbled and bowed before Buddha.
A very large reclining Buddha statue is found at Phra Pathom Chedi in Nakhon Pathom province near Bangkok.
Buddha holding a bowl to go alms gathering.
This Wednesday Birthday Buddha posture relates to the first morning that Buddha went into the city to receive alms.
Thursday’s birthday Buddha posture is that of a meditative Buddha.
Usually shown as the Buddha sitting in a half-lotus posture with the right leg on the crease between the left calf and thigh. The right hand is placed on the top of the left hand. In this posture Buddha is representing the vow to sit and attain enlightenment by cutting through the causes of suffering… and culminating in the cessation of all suffering.
Buddha’s pose for the Friday birthday posture is that of contemplation. His hands are crossed in front of the chest – right hand has been placed over the left.
Contemplating, questioning… Buddha wonders how he can put into words the cause of suffering to others so they too can break free from it’s bonds.
Buddha sits in anapanasati meditation posture on the coils of naga (serpent) while 7 naga outline his head as a halo. The naga protect the Buddha from evil. Also called “Mucalinda’s cobra hood”. Mucalinda is the ruler of the naga serpents. Nong Khai has quite a history about Naga serpents in the water of the Mun river there.
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