Buddha is a way of life, a way of being. Finding the middle road, and walking it. At the center of Buddhism, and at the center of the being, is Love. This Buddha has at its heart, a symbol for the eightfold path; right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. The seven chakra points are depicted in the Buddha image. Elephant, horse and deer are depicted, the three quadrupeds traditionally associated with him. The elephant represents his earthly life, the horse represents when he gave up his royal estate, earthly goods and earthly aspirations, and the deer is to recall his first sermon which took place in a deer park.
From a totemic understanding, elephants represent royalty, personal power and strength. When elephant enters your life, be ready to transform into a much stronger, more actualized self. Horse brings the energy of freedom, while also reminding us of the willing servant. Horse will help you find a strong, free, version of yourself, who is aligned with the gifts you have to offer the Universe. Deer reminds us to be gentle with ourselves, and more loving to ourselves.
Butterfly is imaged within to represent the transformation process that Buddha experienced, and that each of us experiences , often more than once, in our lifetimes. The lotus flower connects us with our Divine self – that part of us that remembers who we are, why we came here, and what our purpose is.
This picture’s meaning, when all combined, signals the realization of the God-self – the Divine Self – the core self – which is where all of our personal power, our love, our purpose, has lain hidden waiting for the right moment.