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The Buddhist Swastika

The Buddhist Swastika

Let's Not Forget The Buddhist Swastikas True Origin!

Many people are familiar with this symbol, but often it is for the wrong reasons. We will be discussing the origins of The Buddhist Swastika.

Negative intentions are associated with this symbol; however, throughout ancient Hinduism and Buddhism, it is used as a symbol of prosperity.

Sanskrit svatika is the derivative of Swastika:

“su” (good or auspicious)

“asti” (it is)

and the diminutive suffix “ka”

So, this word literally means “it is good” or “all is well”

The Buddhist Swastika

The symbol is a cross with four arms of equal length. There is a right angle bent into the end of each arm. Throughout history, this symbol has been used as a charm to bring good luck.

Buddhism and Hinduism both use this symbol. It is in the art of Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Native Americans, Celts and Persians.

In Hinduism

In Hinduism, this symbol is for auspiciousness, good fortune, and prosperity. Like many symbols, it is truly believed to ward off misfortune, negative forces, and any obstacles that may get in the way. 

This symbol represents God and creation. It is often worshipped to bring good fortune. The four arms have deep meaning, and they are considered to stand for the four human aims (Purushartha):

  1. Dharma – righteousness
  2. Artha – wealth
  3. Kama – love
  4. Moksha – liberation

It is also a symbol of the world wheel, it is an emblem of Sanatana Dharma (the eternal truth) and represents the every changing nature of the world, moving from one point to another around the fixed center.

As such a strong and powerful symbol, it is also associated with the Muladhara Chakra and thought to awaken the center of consciousness at the base of the spine. 
When the symbol is right hand (clockwise), it represents the 108 symbols of the sun and the god Vishnu. When the symbol is left hand (anticlockwise), it represents the night, magic and the goddess Kali.

In Buddhism

This swastika appears throughout Buddhism. This symbol represents universal harmony, plurality, prosperity, abundance, good luck, dharma, long life, and eternity. It is often used to mark the beginning of Buddhist texts.

The Buddhist Swastika

With so many powerful meanings, it is no surprise that this symbol is used to represent different things in different parts of the world. 

In Tibet, it is a representation of eternity.

The swastika is considered the first of the 65 auspicious symbols. It is on statues, sacred texts, clothing, accessories, and jewelry. 

The Buddhists in India use this symbol to represent The Seal on Buddha’s Heart.

Instead of letting this symbol be something of hate spread love and share its true origin. For more information about who Buddha was, click here.

The Buddhist Swastika


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