Jambala (also spell as Dzambala ) is the God of wealth and appropriately a member of the Jewel family. In hindu Mythology Jambala known as Kuber. Is also believed to be an emanation of Avalokiteshwor Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion , manifesting as the wealth-giving Buddha. About manifest of Chenrezig, the story goes that Lama Atisha, a very revered high lama of the Gelug-pa tradition, was walking in Bodhgaya when he encounter an old man dying of starvation. Lama Atisha very sad about old man's suffering . Lama Atisha doesn't have any food to offer old man, so immediately cut his flesh to offer the old man. “How can I eat a monk’s flesh?” the old man refused to eat flesh. Lama Atisha lay down, feeling sad and helpless when a white light suddenly appears before him. It is the Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshwor, says to Atisha, “I will manifest as Jambhala, the Buddha of wealth to help suffering beings. I shall alleviate their poverty so they will not be distracted from practising the good heart.’
Everybody wants money! As everyone knows, when one is rich, it is easier to be unselfish and to develop an attitude of generosity.( Jambala With Five meditation Buddha Thanka hand Painting. ) The rich gold colouring of his skin represents increase and growth: in the short term, he can bring us material wealth and help us out of poverty but more importantly, his practice or worship can also bring us to spiritual wealth and personal growth to become a better person. As with all Buddhas, his practice can help us gain the ultimate attainment of enlightenment. So the purpose of worship or practicing Jambala is to eliminate the insecurity of worrying about money so that one is not distracted by poverty and lack of funds. The best way to request help from the Jambala is by making continuous water offerings to him. If possible, do also try to simultaneously recite the appropriate mantras, and then the practice will be extremely powerful.
His form is short, fat and strong, which comes from a time when it was widely believed that obesity is synonymous with wealth and luxury. His face carries an arrogant expression and sits in royal posture. This acts as a warning to tell us if we continue to look and act in this arrogant way in our attempts to get material wealth, we actually gain poverty instead. So Think! Is our greed hurting others?
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