Below, at a Tibetan stupa near to Kathmandu we see a representation of a Dorje, the ultimate weapon of the Deva. The Dorje is a cosmic weapon the
tradition of which goes back thousands of years, the earliest accounts have it as an intelligent weapon that flew as a falcon and could unleash
devastating force, giving its wielder supremacy.
It needs to be considered how such traditions could have developed and whether such a device ever flew above the skies of the Earth in ancient times,
of other wordly origin.
In tracing the history of this artifact and its representations, one finds the earliest mention dates back as far as writing itself, to the time of
It is written about in connection with a campaign of the Sumerian city of Lagash in the 3rd millenium Bc, against the Elamite mountain dwellers on
their Eastern border, and wielded by their God of war, Ninurta.
Here it is refered to as the Sar-Ur or Sharur.
The hero Ninurta led the march through the rebel lands. He killed their messengers in the mountains, he crushed their cities, he smote their
cowherds over the head like fluttering butterflies, he tied together their hands with hirin grass, so that they dashed their heads against walls. The
lights of the mountains did not gleam in the distance any longer.
People gasped for breath ; those people were ill, they hugged themselves, they cursed the Earth, they considered the day of the Asag's birth a day of
The lord caused bilious poison to run over the rebel lands. As he went the gall followed, anger filled his heart, and he rose like a river in spate
and engulfed all the enemies. In his heart he beamed at his lion-headed weapon, as it flew up like a bird, trampling the mountains for him. It raised
itself on its wings to take away prisoner the disobedient, it spun around the horizon of heaven to find out what was happening. Someone from afar came
to meet it, brought news for the tireless one, the one who never rests, whose wings bear the deluge, the Šar-ur. What did it gather there …… for
Lord Ninurta? It reported the deliberations of the mountains, it explained their intentions to Lord Ninurta
The mace snarled at the mountains, the club began to devour all the enemy. He fitted the evil wind and the sirocco on a pole), he placed the quiver
on its hook An enormous hurricane, irresistible, went before the hero, stirred up the dust, caused the dust to settle, levelled high and low,
filled the holes. It caused a rain of coals and flaming fires; the fire consumed men. It overturned tall trees by their trunks, reducing the forests
to heaps, Earth put her hands on her heart and cried harrowingly; the Tigris was muddied, disturbed, cloudy, stirred up.
The birds there tried to lift their heads to fly away, but their wings trailed on the ground. The storm flooded out the fish there in the subterranean
waters, their mouths snapped at the air. It reduced the animals of the open country to firewood, roasting them like locusts. It was a deluge rising
and disastrously ruining the mountains.
"85-96: The Sharur, the heavenly mitum mace finished in gold and lapis lazuli. The exceedingly magnificent fifty-headed battle-mace who has no equal.
The-enemy-cannot-escape, trustworthy in battle. The mighty general of the E-ninnu who in battle subdues all of the foreign lands. Crushes-a-myriad,
whose presence is amazing. The hero who comes down from the great mountains. The Sharur, that which brings forth light like the day. The perfect
weapon which consumes the rebellious land like fire. Obliterator-of-the-mountains, the maintainer of the people in heaven and earth. The tireless
one who never sleeps. No-resisting-this-storm, a falcon against the foreign lands whose wing bears the deluge of battle. The right arm of Lagash whose
awesome radiance covers the Land."
He embedded its Šar-ur weapon beside Lagaš like a big standard, placed it in its dreadful place, the Šu-galam, and made it emanate fearsome
radiance. On the dais of Ĝir-nun, on the place of making judgments, the provider of Lagaš lifted his horns like a mighty bull.
Above we see Ninurta holding a seven headed representation of the Sarur, at this point it can be noted that when the 'mace' is in aggresive mode
it's serpentine heads are splayed open, when in peaceful mode they are closed.
In considering the Sumerian texts we find the Sar-ur had many curious attributes, it could fly rapidly around the Heavens, gather intelligence and
report back, through speech, cause mighty destruction through wind and fire, and radiated great light.
Surprisingly in the early rock art of Pre-Buddhist Tibet we see the Dorje represented not in connection with a mighty war God, but in association with
curious little creatures of an unknown meaning;
Generally throughout the Hindu/Buddhist religion the artifact is known as the Vajra, there are developed philosophical schools based upon it as a
means to enlightenment, due to its indestructible, radiant qualities.
The vajra has three qualities: it can never be used frivolously, it always fulfils its function of destroying the enemy, and it always returns
into your hand. It is indestructible, adamantine.
The vajra, from which Vajrayana Buddhism takes its name, symbolizes the active male aspect of enlightenment often equated with skillful means,
compassion, or bliss. The vajra evolved from the thunderbolt-scepter wielded by the Vedic god Indra.
In order to have intellectual understanding you have to see what is wrong with everything rather than what is right; that is the natural vajra
intellectual quality, the critical attitude of the logical mind, which also brings solidity.
The Sanskrit term vajra means 'the hard or mighty one', and its Tibetan equivalent dorje means an indestructible hardness and brilliance like the
diamond, which cannot be cut or broken. The vajra essentially symbolizes the impenetrable, immovable, immutable, indivisible, and indestructible state
In my opinion though, the most interesting quality of the Tibetan Dorje was that it could generate inter-connected energy spirals, correspondant with
portals of the horizon;
In terms of Western manifestation of the artifact, then it became the lightning generator of Zeus ruler of the Olympians, but this is far removed in
time and place from the earliest known traditions, and thus doesn't appear to have many complex associations, as far as is known.
There is no easy answer as to how the tradition of this device developed, but it certainly made great impression as witnessed by the distance in time
and place were understandings of it were maintained, it still being of supreme importance in some cultures, 5,000 years after first recording.