This image shows the great Dharmapala (protector of the teaching) Vaishravana, guardian of the North and god of wealth. He is sitting atop a snow lion,wearing golden armour and holding a victory banner. In his hand is a jewel-spouting mongoose which represents generosity. A wavy rainbow aura shoots out from behind the main figure.
Surrounding the figure are the eight demon lords scattered with their demon armies. Amongst the background characters are the eight lucky symbols (wheel, fish, knot, vase, banner, jewel, conch and lotus) and seven royal necessities (precious wheel, queen, wish granting jewel, the elephant minister, horse and general). A chubby figure gleefully empties a large bag of riches to the left of Dharmapala.
I choose the title "King for a day, fool for a lifetime" to represent my thought that remaining pure and childlike is far better than trying to dominate and rule over all things. This king is enlightened and therefore able to flee attachment from the worldly belongings. Traditionally our things own us. Our wealth, reputation and responsibilities entrap us, and though we may seem like a king, it is only for a day. Relying only on our stuff makes us a fool, for we can’t take it to the grave. A true fool has no attachments and remains pure and child like.
My intention with this work is to help the bearer bring great fortune and wealth into their life while remaining pure and honest through integrity and sincere intentions.