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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:06 pm 
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Have seen a little about these personal devas or lhas that sit on one's shoulder or at the heart etc. But what is a me-lha? Does 'me' mean fiery?

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Tony Duff says it is the god of fire, or agnideva in Sanskrit.


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Thank you, will have to study more about Agnideva.

Should have gone to the Princeton dictionary first:

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Agni. (T. Me lha; C. Huoshen; J. Kashin; K. Hwasin 火神). The Vedic fire deity
adopted into the Buddhist pantheon as the guardian of the southeast. In the
MAHAVAIROCANA BHISAṂBODHISŮTRA, he is identified as an incarnation
of VAIROCANA; in Tibet, he is associated with HEVAJRA. Agni is depicted
riding a goat, with one face and two hands, the right holding a rosary, the left a
vase full of the nectar of immortality (AMṚTA). The term also refers to a class
of pre-Buddhist fire deities absorbed into the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon.

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