On an elaborately decorated table sit seven cups; on either side of the row is a vase holding a peacock feather. Behind the cups is a statue of Mahamayuri, one of several Wisdom Kings and Queens in the Buddhist pantheon. As guardians and protectors, these figures were generally depicted with ferocious appearances in order to frighten and destroy evil and ignorance. Mahamayuri however, was generally shown with a peaceful countenance and riding a peacock. In choosing what will fulfill us emotionally, this queen reminds us to look beyond sensual pleasures and the desires of the ego. Wisdom is needed in making this choice, and she warns us not to be impulsive but to think long-term. Her "vehicle," the peacock, was a welcome wild bird in India because it killed and ate small poisonous snakes. It reminds us to be watchful and guarded when it comes to momentary gratifications that may distract us from what will bring true happiness. The two peacock feathers in the vases look like of a pair of eyes, as if this is a display of what is inside my mind. They suggest the only person responsible for my decision and my subsequent happiness or unhappiness is myself.