A Short Introduction Written and assembled from sources by Stephen Knapp This is a short description of the basics of Vedic culture and its philosophy. Many people do not know quite what it is, and it is often described incorrectly by many who are not a part of it.
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Lord Hanuman is one of the most revered god in hindu mythology! Lord Hanuman is not only the most powerful but also the most humble gods in Wednesday, December 24, What does Swastik Swastika symbol mean Swastik or Swastika means different things in different cultures and religions and because it's so incredibly popular and spreads across cultural boundaries it can be a symbol of both good and bad depending on the context.
In Hinduism though, Swastik is a symbol of good though and stands out because of the incredibly insightful philosophical depth involved in the idea behind it! Yes, Swastik or Swastika is an extremely special symbol in Hinduism and I'll be elaborating on it in more details in the rest of the article but before that let me provide some background information first - Archaeological origin and history of Swastika Swastik - Before delving into the religious perspective, I'd like to explain how Swastik Swastika could've originated.
Indus Valley Harappa is one of the earliest places where Swastik Swastika is found and these civilizations were mainly basket weaving ones and if you notice, the symbol of Swastik Swastika resembles the basket weave design basket weave pattern picture on the left.
So, that gives us some indication as to how Swastik Swastika might have originated in history. I should also note that Swastia unlike many other ancient symbols has its origins at reasonably advanced stages of the ancient societies. Also, we may observe that Swastik Swastika is a symbol of good rather then bad from a strictly archaeological point of view.
Now, I'd like to explain Swastik Swastika from a religious point of view - Swastik Swastika in Hinduism and India - Swastik Swastika has been a symbol of good luck from time immemorial in Indian Hindu homes.
Swastik Swastika can be seen drawn at doors, walls and many auspicious places in Hindu homes to signify good luck and well being.
Swastik Swastika is also found even more prominently around many festivals and coming from a hindu family.
As a kid, I've drawn Swastik Swastika myself on the walls in my home around Diwali for a long time. I'll go over all of the below - 1 Swastik Swastika is associated with the symbolism of Lord Vishnu - diffrent symbols are associated with Lord Vishnu and Swastik is one of them.
Swastik Swastika can be seen drawn on the right palm of Lord Vishnu or sometimes held in hand or held or drawn in some other form around Lord Vishnu. This coincides with the four "all seeing" faces of Brahma and therefore at times Swastik might be associated with the symbolism for Brahma.
Sun is sometimes associated with various symbolisms used for Lord Vishnu and Swastik can be sometimes used as a symbolism for Surya sun god too! Also, since the top-down Swastik Swastika has this peculiar multi-directional or direction-less depending on how you look at it characteristic, it's again associated with the mid-day Sun's rays falling in all directions simultaneously.
So, as you may observe, this association is pretty strong from both religious and nature worship point of view and even more so in the ancient times when nature worship was indeed at it's pinnacle. Swastika is one of the symbols of Lord Vishnu and Lord Vishnu in turn is associated with the preservation of life as in one of the Trinity in Hinduism so Swastika is seen as a symbol of life and preservation.
Further, Sun's rays are directly associated with good crops and more enough food for the winter season so the overall association of Swastik Swastika with life, preservation and well being, as a symbol of the Lord Vishnu preserver of lifeSurya god and Sun's rays good crops, food production is reinforced.
So we observe that even from a strictly pagan religion and basic sustainability point of view Swastika Swastik becomes a very important symbol of good luck and well being.
Swastika, as might be originated from the Basket weave design, also signifies stability because this basic structural component, of the big structure let's say a basketensures that the big structure based on Swastik design will hold. This basic idea adds to the well being aspect as can be noticed and makes Swastik Swastika even more important.
It's even more prominent in Ashtamangalas in Shwetamber Jainism but in other Ashtamangalas sometimes Swastik is replaced by related symbols like Endless Knot and such. More specifically, Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism and the Hindu symbols have been carried over to China and Japan still retaining more or less the same basic philosophies.
So we see that in China it is found to be again associated with well being and luck directly and Ying-Yang indirectly. In Japan it changes slightly to mean Ying-Yang but the fundamental symbolism stays the same.
If you look closely, the symbol Ying-Yang itself resembles Swastik, Ying-Yang is sort of a more round version of Swastik. I mentioned the meaning of Swastik in these far eastern cultures because it's primarily carried over from Hinduism and Buddhism is for the most part modified Hinduism.
The deeper philosophical insights into the real meaning of Swatik Swastika in Hinduism - Above points that I made do the job of explaining the contextual meaning and significance of Swastika in Hinduism and related religions.
The most important and often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of Swastik Swastika is the one related to the Chinese Ying-Yang symbolism.
Before I go about explaining this aspect of philosophy behind Swastika, let me explain why I chose the Chinese Ying-Yang symbol here. Ying-Yang is basically about the duality of the universe and in some context it can refer to the the Evolution and Involution of nature the same was Pravritti and Nivritti do.
I understand that the very topic of Nivritti and Pravritti deserve it's own article if not a few books so I won't be able to do justice to the topic of significance of Nivritti and Pravritti in Hinduism in the current post but I promise to write another fuller article dedicated to Nivritti and Pravitti and how they relate to Hinduism; suffice to say here that Nivritti is involution and Pravitti is evolution of nature and how human life unfolds.
In other words, Pravitti is about a human's actions acting as both source and end of the causality loop; and Nivritti is the opposite process of trying to break free from this infernal causality loop by understanding the true nature of universe.
Please remember that both Pravitti and Nivritti are absolutely required for the universe to work, it's just that Pravitti is about choices that we semi-consciously make through causality while Nivritti is about the choices that we consciously make.
It gets a bit deeper though with many tangents but they are unrelated to the current Swastik Swastika topic and I'll be writing more about them in the Pravitti vs Nivritti article.There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
   The term "yoga" in the Western world often denotes . Jainism is an ascetic path and thus is practiced in its fullest by monks and nuns. In addition to practicing meditation, monks and nuns adopt a life of celibacy, physical penance and fasting and material simplicity.
In respect of their basic philosophical concepts, Buddhism and Jainism were indebted to the Sankhya philosophy. The Buddhists and Jainas equally believe that the world is full of misery, that the object or religion is to deliver the soul from the miseries of this world by eliminating rebirth.
Swastik (or Swastika) means different things in different cultures and religions and because it's so incredibly popular and spreads across cultural boundaries it can be a symbol of both good and bad depending on the context. In Hinduism though, Swastik is a symbol of good though and stands out because of the incredibly insightful philosophical depth involved in the idea behind it!
The relationship of karma to causality is a central motif in all schools of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist thought. The theory of karma as causality holds that (1) executed actions of an individual affects the individual and the life he or she lives, and (2) the intentions of an individual affects the individual and the life he or .
Buddhism is centered upon the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, whereas Jainism is centered on the life and teachings of Mahavira. Buddhism is a polytheistic religion and it's main goal is to gain enlightenment. Jainism is also a polytheistic religion and it's goals are based on non-violence and liberation the soul.