Vajrasattva- The Priest of Dhyani Buddhas
Vajrasattva, the sixth Dhyani Buddha is regarded as the priest of the Five Inspirational Pancha Buddhas. Vajrasattva represents the principle of purification and is an ultimate Buddhist deity who defines the purity of the enlightened mind. Independent shrines are dedicated to his worship; he is not represented in the stupa like other Dhyani Buddhas. His worship is always performed in secret and is not open to those who are not initiated into the mysteries of the Vajrayana. He manifests the purity of speech, mind and body of all Buddhas. He encompasses the ability to quench spiritual impurities such as negative karmic forces and tendencies in an effort to help sentient beings to a better rebirth or to reaching enlightenment.
In iconography he is typically seen as the minds pure essence and is always holding a vajra and a hand bell. The vajra (symbolic of a diamond) held in his right hand is a spiritual tool with the ability to cut any substance yet it cannot be cut itself. This insinuates the indestructible purity that Vajrasattva embodies. The hand bell (ghanta) in his left hand is symbolic of wisdom and compassion. The unity of the two together signifies his attainment of enlightenment. He is white in color and sometimes known as the Prince of purity, and is adorned with beautiful ornaments and clothes of celestial silk.
Vajrasattva’s practice is a tantric meditation for purification through the realization in your true karma. He is visualized in the foundation meditation practices of Tantra, with the aim of generating BODHICHITTA, to purify all our karma in order to reach enlightenment as quickly as possible in order to be best able to help all limited beings. He is represented in two forms, single and yabyum. Vajrasattva is associated with the hundred syllable mantra. It is a chanting which is used in rituals of purification especially in funerals.