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What Is The Symbolic Meaning Of A Square?

The square is used symbolically in spiritual and esoteric artwork to represent attributes of the four.

Vitruvian man: image courtesy of Wikipedia

In the many ancient writings, the four was expressed using nature; the four directions, the four winds, the four seasons, the four elements, the four evangelists and so on. Maybe you know some of your own. Continue reading What Is The Symbolic Meaning Of A Square?

The Symbolic Meaning of Prajapati in the Rig Vedas

In the earliest texts of the Rig Veda, Prajapati was of the most important Gods. As the Brahmans of India began to understand the true nature of consciousness, the symbolic precept of Prajapati became merged into the Trimurti.

Statue of Prajapati/Brahma at the Mariammam Temple, Bangkok, Thailand

In Rig Veda 10 verse 121, Prajapati is described as the primordial force of the Universe that emerges from the “golden germ.” This description bears a direct likeness to the later story of Brahma who emerges from a golden egg. Continue reading The Symbolic Meaning of Prajapati in the Rig Vedas

The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Indra

In ancient Vedic literature, Lord Indra is depicted as a war god, a destructive force that yields a powerful weapon in the form of the vajra. However, as we shall see, Indra is not so much a god of waging battles, but is the aspect of our nature that enables us to summon courage and confidence.

Indra on Airavata
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In the Rig Veda, the earliest Hindu texts, Indra was regarded as one of the most powerful Gods. Although he has retained his tag as a Supreme god in modern Hinduism, the evaluation of his role in the development of consciousness has taken a back seat to the Trimurti. Continue reading The Symbolic Meaning of the Hindu God Indra

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

The Symbolic Meaning of the Crossed Swords

The sword is an alchemical symbol representing the power of thought, purification and transformation. The former has a direct impact on the latter two.

Crossed swords Austrian Military Merit Decoration
Austrian Military Merit Decoration

 

How you think determines whether you purify your mind and subsequently what you transform into. If you do not purify your mind, the things you manifest in life will not change. Continue reading The Symbolic Meaning of the Crossed Swords

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 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
Image Credit: Jan

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