Vaishravana

Namtose, The Buddha Of Wealth
June 5, 2009

Namtose, The Buddha Of WealthVaishravana or Namtose is a Buddha of Wealth and the Guardian King of the Northern direction.

He has one face, and two arms and rides upon a snow lion. His face has a stern expression with bushy eyebrows and a beard, and his eyes are wide and round. His body a rich golden yellow in color. His right hand holds a victory banner, while his left holds a mongoose, commonly associated with good fortune in ancient India. The mongoose spits jewels symbolizing his capacity as a wealth deity.

Vaishravana has two main aspects: that of a warrior protector and that of a deity of wealth. He is one of the primary protectors of the Gelugpa Sect, specifically serving as the Protector of the middle scope of the Lamrim. In his capacity as one of the Four Directional Guardians, he is often depicted on the outer walls of monasteries and temples, to safeguard against harmful interferences.

His spiritual energy in the form of sound that helps to transform the mind (Mantra):

OM VAISHRAVANA YE SOHA