Question asked by Lia
I just went on a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya and have had a certain "feeling". After looking even after a picture of the Buddha at the Mahabodhi temple, I went there and had a very strong feeling that is hard to describe. Is that a sign of karma being cleansed or what exactly? Also, how did the image of the Buddha meditating with the top knot hair occur? I noticed other Buddhas like Maitreya, Amitabha, and so on had this hair style while sometimes having crowns instead. Is this top knot image what the Buddha actually look like or was it different like long wild hair with a starving body? The other Buddhas like Milarepa had a starving green body and long hair while others like Padmasambhava were fancy jewelry and robes with others like Lama Tsongkhapa in a monks robes with none of them having the top knot. As for the ages of deities in visualization, what does one do if one feels rather better off with a being around the same age as the person? I noticed Manjushri is to be 16 years old in visualization, but I don't feel comfortable with that especially the 8 year old White Manjushri. Would Yamantaka, Kalarupa, or Dorje Shugden appear at a certain age? I've noticed this with a lot of Buddhas and bodhisattvas without finding an old one.