Also called a "goal doll," the daruma was modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. Legend claims that he sat facing a wall in meditation for nine years without moving, which caused his legs and arms to fall off from atrophy.
Here's how the daruma works:
- When purchased the figure's eyes are both blank. Select a goal or wish and paint in one of the eyes.
- To motivate the daruma to grant your wish, promise to give him full sight once the goal is accomplished. You can do this by filling in the second eye once your goal is achieved.
The daruma symbolizes never giving up on your dream and the ability to overcome and recover from any hardships you may encounter on your mission to reach your goal.
Red: Good luck and good fortune. Recommended for: General wishes.
Yellow or Gold: Wealth and financial success. Recommended for: Anything related to money.
White: Purity and peace. Recommended for: Wellness: mental, spiritual, physical, etc.
Purple: Self-improvement and enlightenment. Recommended for: Building up a new personality or trait.
Blue: Performance and career success. Recommended for: New jobs or business ventures.
Pink: Love and romance. Recommended for: All things heart.
Green: Health and wellness. Recommended for: Being in prime physical condition.
Orange: Study and learning success. Recommended for: Better mind, better concentration, and results.
Yellow: Protection and support. Recommended for: Friendship and honor in relationships.
Black: Prevention and bodyguard. Recommended for: Warding off all evil.
Silver: Sophistication and social status. Recommended for: Showcasing a personal or professional transformation.