Friday, February 5, 2010
HERO AS YOGIC FIGURE
The Primal figure of the Hero in a Mohenjodar seal, shows a Being seated in meditation, with a horned head dress. He is surrounded by animals, and is seated in a yogic posture. He is a symbol of life, and later it is from such a concept of the hero who becomes one with the Cosmos, that the archetype of the Buddha emerges. It is said that when the Buddha was first discovered seated in meditation under a tree he was mistaken as a Yaksha, or Tree Spirit. The Yakshas play an important part in Buddhist iconography, as we see in the Barhut railings.