Saturday, 21 October 2017

Importance Of Hindu Symbol Swastik - Symbol Of Prosperity

Swastik is a very important Hindu symbol. It stands for auspiciousness, peace and prosperity and world brotherhood. No Hindu religious ritual is complete without this symbol. Swastik is one of the most important symbols in Hinduism, the other one being Aum. The word is ancient, derived from three Sanskrit roots "su" (good), "asti" (exists, there is, to be) and "ka" (make) and has meant a "making of goodness" or "marker of goodness". The icon connotes and reminds the viewer of something "conducive to well-being", "make good", prosperity and dharmic auspiciousness. The swastika symbol is commonly used before entrances or on doorways of homes or temples, to mark the starting page of financial statements, and mandala constructed for rituals such as weddings or welcoming a new born.

Swastika Symbol With Lord Ganesha
Swastika Symbol With Lord Ganesha
‘Swasti’ in Sankrit means may all be well with you. People in Thailand still use this form of greeting when they meet one another. Thailand had a long cultural association with India. That is why the greeting is still used there. How did this sign come into use? To understand this we have to go back to the beginnings of our earth and the solar system. It is believed that there was an explosion and scattering of energy in all directions. As a result our earth and other planets formed. Scientists call this explosion the Big Bang. The exploding of a hundred H-bombs and one thousand A-bombs would be something like a Diwali firecracker compared to the Big Bang. The energy scattered in the shape of Swastik (卐).

The swastika (as a character 卐 or 卍) is an ancient religious icon used in the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and Southeast Asia, where it has been and remains a sacred symbol of spiritual principles in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. The name swastika comes from Sanskrit, and denotes a "conducive to well being or auspicious". In Hinduism, the clockwise symbol is called swastika symbolizing surya (sun) and prosperity, while the counter clockwise symbol is called sauvastika symbolizing night or tantric aspects of Kali. In Jainism, a swastika is the symbol for Suparshvanatha – the 7th of 24 Tirthankaras (spiritual teachers and saviours), while in Buddhism it symbolizes the auspicious footprints of the Buddha.

Swastik Symbol
Swastik Symbol
Accordingly, Swastik Symbol was created to symbolize the ‘Sun’ or the Surya Deva as it was marked as the centre and the source of energy for the planets and because of sun the life existed on earth. The four arms of Swastik stand for four main directions: North, South, East, West; the four Vedas: Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva; the four aims of human life called purusharthas in Sanskrit : Dharma, Arth (acquiring wealth); Kama (fulfilling desires); and finally Moksha (liberation from this earthly life.) This means the individual attaining moksha will not be born again on this earth. And the four stages of life are called ashrams – Brahmacharya, Grahasth, Vanaprasth and Sannyas. Even in our towns and villages the Swastik sign is painted on walls. Every Hindu respects the symbol of prosperity and well-being.

It is interesting that this symbol can be traced back in time and also across many old cultures and religions that the world has seen. The symbol can be traced as back as three thousand years. Even in Egyptian civilization it was considered as an auspicious symbol. It has been found in artefacts that were found in Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. They were even traced in Bronze Age coins that were found in England. In many Buddhist scriptures to this symbol is present. You will often see this symbol printed at the chest and at the feet of Buddha. This symbol is belived to contain the soul of Buddha himself. During the excavation of the Indus valley civilization many vessels and utensils were found with this symbol.

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