Table of Contents
- 1Hinduism is repleted with symbolism
- 2Every symbol has a deeper meaning
- 31. Om (or Aum)
- 42. The Swastika
- 53. The Sri Yantra
- 64. The Tilaka
- 75. Rudraksha
- 86. The lotus
- 97. The Veena
- 108. Bindi
- 119. Brahman
- 1210. Dhvaja or flag
- 1311. Trishula
- 1412. Tripundra
- 1513. The Saffron Color
- 1614. Buddha Peace
- 1815. Dharma Wheel
- 1916. Gayatri Yantra
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Trishula or the Trident is a prominent Hindu symbol that is associated with Lord Shiva. Though this three-pronged symbol is usually viewed as a weapon used by the Lord for the protection and restoration of Dharma, it actually carries deeper meanings.
It is representative of the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and stands for the balance between the forces of creation, preservation and destruction. It is also considered symbolic of the three Gunas – Rajas, Tamas and Sattva.
The Tripundra is a prominent Hindu symbol that is used by Shaivites or the devotees of Lord Shiva. Tripundra is typically a tilak, with three horizontal lines made from bhasma or sacred ash applied on the forehead.
It may have a red dot or bindu superimposed in the center. Some Shiva followers also draw the three ash strips of Tripundra on the sides of their arms.
13. The Saffron Color
If there is any color that can symbolize all aspects of Hinduism, it’s saffron – the color of Agni or fire, which reflects the Supreme Being. As such, the fire altar is regarded as a distinct symbol of ancient Vedic rites.
The saffron color, also auspicious to the Sikhs, the Buddhists and the Jains, seems to have obtained religious significance much before these religious came into being.
14. Buddha Peace
There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.
The lotus flower represents peaceful rebirth which can be a change of ideas and a renaissance of beliefs or the ability to see past wrongs.
15. Dharma Wheel
The 8-fold path to enlightenment in the Buddhist tradition is represented by this wheel.
The paths are, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Using this symbol strengthens the devotion.
16. Gayatri Yantra
This symbol represents the illumined mind and far-sighted wisdom. THE words and sounds of the Gayatri Mantra comprise the most powerful of Vedic affirmations. Using this symbol removes the possibility of making wrong choices in life by empowering all truth.
When used on water, it carries the harmonic resonance of the wisdom of all life. On a larger, universal scale, the use of the Gayatri Mantra and the sacred symbol, the Gayatri Yantra, representing those enlightened sounds, radiates vast and powerful knowledge to all beings.
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