(Last Updated on : 11/03/2016)
Jambhala which is also known as Dzambhala, Dzambala, Zambala or Jambala referred to the God of wealth in Buddhism
Concept of Jambhala
Jambhala is the God of Wealth and appropriately a member of the Jewel Family. In Hindu mythology, Jambhala is known as Kubera
. Jambhala is also believed to be an emanation of Avalokitesvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. There are five different wealth Jambhala, each has their own practice and mantra to help eliminate poverty and create financial stability.
Importance of Jambhala
Jambhala is the protector of all Lineages and of all sentient beings from all sickness and difficulties. Jambhala is a Bodhisattva of material and spiritual wealth as well as many other things, especially of granting financial stability.
Practice of Jambhala
Jambhala practice is an expedient and worldly cultivation-method. Tantric cultivation is divided into "Generation Stage" and "Completion Stage"; Generation Stage is the foundation while Completion Stage consists of practices pertaining to the holy truth and the transcendental methods. Jambhala practice is a fundamental cultivation-method.
Five Elements of Jambhala
The basis of five Jambhalas practices is Bodhicitta. The practitioners should generate the altruistic intention of compassion, and practice generosity. The practice can remove poverty within the six realms and increase ones merits, wisdom and lifespan. All their material and spiritual needs will be met.
Observation to Jambhala
The worship of five Jambhalas summons immense positive wealth energies upon the participants. The Buddhists believe that wealth results from ones past actions, but this puja itself also plays a significant role in changing the course of ones financial situation.
Mythology on Jambhala
According to the Buddhist myths, while Gautama Buddha
was teaching the Maha Prajna-Paramita Sutra, the jealous Devadatta threw rocks at the Buddha. But instead, the rocks hit White and Yellow Jambhalas on their heads and hit Black Jambhala on the stomach. Gautama Buddha then came over to Jambhala and blessed him; from his hand came a white, nectar-like substance of wisdom and compassion and love, and touched Jambhalas head. Jambhala feel very blissful, happy, calm, and cleaned his impurities and obstructions, and his wounds. Jambhala immediately bowed down to Buddha and thanked him. This mythological story on Jambhala has become the basis for the practitioners of Jambhala Puja to pour water over their statues or to place their statues under the falling water of six-step waterfalls.