Kartika (Drigug, Grigug) In Tibetan Buddhism, the Kartika, or Drigug, is a ritual flaying knife used in burial rituals, with the handle crafted as a dorje. A tool of the wrathful female deities known as Dakinis (“sky dancers”), the kartika symbolizes the cutting away of all things material, symbolized by the human body. Like the phurba and other Tibetan Buddhist implements, the kartika is a likely remnant of pre-Buddhist pagan practices.
Both BOLD and BALANCED... Like the Earth, the Noble shows no resentment. Like the deep dug pillar, he is firm in vows, pious & pure. Like the pool clear, cool, and free from mud. Such one has ended this round of rebirth. Dhammapada 95 http://What-Buddha-Said.net/Canon/Sutta/KN/Dhammapada.Verse_95.story.htm Thera Sariputta in memoriam: The Captain of the Faith... The General of the Dhamma! http://what-buddha-said.net/library/DPPN/sa/saariputta.htm