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The Symbolic Meaning of the Adityas God, Aryaman

In the Rig Vedas, Aryaman is named as one of the 33 important gods. On that basis alone, it is worth looking into the esoteric symbolism surrounding the ancient deity to determine what lessons modern man can learn from ancient civilisations.

Finding balance in life

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The True Meaning of the Swastika

There is a time in history which radically altered the perception of the swastika. You know the time I am referring to.

Swastika - a symbol of good fortune and prosperity

Until the Swastika became synonymous with fascism, death and destruction, it was revered in by Hindus and Buddhists as a symbol of austerity. The symbol of the sun is still proudly displayed in many parts of Asia. Continue reading The True Meaning of the Swastika

Alchemical Wisdom in the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism

Siddhartha Gautama, the original “Buddha” recorded in history said, symbols and idols were a distraction from the revealing of truth.

Modern day religions, including Buddhism, ignore these words and have since created gigantic symbols and idols. In parts of Asia, Buddha statues stand, or lie, over 100 metres tall!

Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

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The Symbolic Meaning of the Dharma Wheel in Buddhism

The Dharma Wheel is a core symbol of Buddhist teaching. Together with the lotus flower, it is the most commonly used symbol and found in every Buddhist temple, shrine and monument.

Golden statue of the dharma wheel, Thailand

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The Symbolic Meaning of the Treasure Vase in Buddhism

As the name suggests, the Buddhist treasure vase is a symbol of wealth and prosperity.

Today the vase is typically used to collect money, thus alludes to material wealth. However, its true esoteric and spiritual meaning relates to the liberation of the mind.

Iconography of the Buddhist treasure vase

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The Symbolic Meaning of the Endless Knot in Buddhism

The Endless Knot is perhaps the most complex of Buddhist symbols to understand. The orthodox meaning is typically shallow, and the true meaning is complicated. However, I will do my best to explain in terms that can be easily understood.

Endless knot
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The Symbolic Meaning of the Victory Banner in Buddhism

The victory banner is a symbol in Tibetan Buddhism that celebrates enlightenment. More precisely it represents the stage of higher consciousness when an individual has mastered their emotions.

Victory Banner, Pha That Luang, Laos

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