In very basic terms, a phurba is a Tibetan demon slaying dagger. It is used in Tibetan Tantric shamanism for both healing, and banishing. It has a Dorje as the pommel for balance and healing, and a trifecta of entwined nagas on the blades, as is tradition.
Blade(s) Length: 6.5"
Overall Length: 14.5"
Weight: 1 LB 13 OZ or 826 Grams
Length of stand: 24"
Width of stand: 7"
Height of stand: 10"
Phurba Materials: 4140 tool steel, with mild steel, brass, and bronze on the Dorje.
Stand Materials: A beautiful Madrone tree burl slab, copper nails,
Phurba can be translated as Lightning Bolt. For this reason, it was quenched in oil containing: Lightning struck wood, Fulgurite, and meteorites. It has meteorites fused into the Dorje pommel, as is tradition.
This implement feels intense, there’s no other way to describe it. Waiting like a coiled snake for its new Master, it feels alive, not malevolent, but not particularly welcoming either. It will fulfill its purpose with frightening efficiency when in the right hands, and utterly ignore the wrong ones.
The blade of a Phurba is usually composed of three triangular facets or faces, meeting at the tip. These represent, respectively, the blade's power to transform the negative energies known as the "three poisons" or "root poisons" (Sanskrit: mula klesha) of attachment/craving/desire, delusion/ignorance/misconception, and aversion/fear/hate.
As a tool of exorcism, the Phurba may be employed to hold demons or thoughtforms in place (once they have been expelled from their human hosts, for example) in order that their mindstream may be re-directed and their inherent obscurations transmuted. More esoterically, the Phurba may serve to bind and pin down negative energies or obscurations from the mindstream of an entity, person or thoughtform, including the thoughtform generated by a group, project and so on, to administer purification.
The magic of the Phurba comes from the effect that the material object has on the realm of the spirit. The art of tantric magicians or lamas lies in their visionary ability to comprehend the spiritual energy of the material object and to willfully focus it in a determined direction. . . The tantric use of the phurba encompasses the curing of disease, exorcism, killing demons, meditation, consecrations (puja), and weather-making. The blade of the phurba is used for the destruction of demonic powers. The top end, or pommel is used for blessings and healings. .
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