Vajra bell & Vajra Dorje
In Vajrayana Buddhism, the bell and dorje are inseparable, signifying indivisible emptiness and form or compassion and wisdom, the elements needed to set afoot on the path to enlightenment.
The bell and dorje are commonly used ritual implements for tantric practices — in the most basic breakdown representing wisdom and method (compassion). The use of them together represents enlightenment because combined they symbolize the marriage and balance of duality.
The bell (drilbu) is held in the left hand and symbolizes emptiness, wisdom, and the female aspect. The sound and the shape of the hollow bell signifies emptiness, or the true nature of all things. By understanding and accepting the “empty”/true nature of all things, we become free of attachment and are therefore liberated from suffering. The representation of various parts of drilbu is given in the image.
The name dorje is derived from the Tibetan word for diamond giving the dorje the significance of indestructibility. The dorje (vajra) is held in the right hand and embodies method, form and the male aspect. The term method conveys the compassion that leads one to relief of suffering, the elimination of ignorance and ultimately enlightenment. A dorje most commonly (but not always) consists of 5 prongs on each end. The representation of the parts of the dorje is given for your easy understanding. Dorje should be used correctly. Tie a thread on the longer edge and use that always facing up or else you are putting representation of 5 male Buddhas below.
From the representation, one can understand how sacred are these two items and need to care properly.
Source: Phub Dorji Wang FB
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