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Old 24-06-2014, 03:11 PM   #370
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Ashtamangala are a sacred suite of 8 Auspicious Signs endemic to a number of Indian religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The symbols or "symbolic attributes" are yidam and teaching tools. Not only do these attributes, these energetic signatures, point to qualities of enlightened mindstream, but they are the investiture that ornaments these enlightened "qualities".. Many cultural enumerations and variations of the Ashtamangala are extant."Groupings of 8 auspicious symbols were originally used in India at ceremonies such as an investiture or coronation of a king.. An early grouping of symbols included: throne, swastika, handprint, hooked knot, vase of jewels, water libation flask, pair of fishes, lidded bowl. In Buddhism, these eight symbols of good fortune represent the offerings made by the gods to Shakyamuni Buddha immediately after he Gained ENlightenment"...

1-The right-turning white conch shell (Sanskrit: Śaṅkha; Tibetan: དུང་དཀར་གཡས་འཁྱིལ་, Wylie: dung dkar g.yas 'khyil), representing the beautiful, deep, melodious, interpenetrating and pervasive sound of the Buddhadharma, which awakens disciples from the deep slumber of ignorance and urges them to accomplish their own welfare and the welfare of others..A pink conch shell sat on a glass tabletop, surrounded by delicate shells from South Sea islands..

2-The endless knot or eternal knot state denotes "the auspicious mark represented by a curled noose emblematical of love".. Moreover, it represents the intertwining of wisdom and compassion, the mutual dependence of religious doctrine and secular affairs, the union of wisdom and method, the inseparability of emptiness and dependent co-arising), and the union of wisdom and compassion in enlightenment.. It is also symbolic of knot symbolism in linking ancestors and omnipresence and the magical ritual and meta-process of binding .. This knot/net/web metaphor also conveys the Buddhist teaching of the Doctrine of Interpenetration..

3-The 2 Gfish , representing the state of fearless suspension in a harmless ocean of samsara, metaphorically often refer to buddha-eyes or rigpa-sight; symbolises the auspiciousness of all sentient beings in a state of fearlessness without danger of drowning in the Samsaric Ocean of Suffering, and migrating from place to place and teaching to teaching freely and spontaneously just as fish swim freely without fear through water..The 2 fishes originally represented the two main sacred rivers of India - the Ganges and Yamuna. These rivers are associated with the lunar and solar channels, which originate in the nostrils and carry the alternating rhythms of breath or prana...

4-The lotus flower(Sanskrit: Padma; Tibetanad me), representing "primordial purity" ( ka dag) of body, speech, and mind, floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire; represents the full blossoming of
wholesome deeds in blissful liberation...

The jewelled parasol or Sacred Umbrella, which is similar in ritual function to the baldachin or canopy.. Müller-Ebeling, Rätsch & Shahi (2002) scholarly chart the origins of the Sacred Parasol as a symbolic depiction of sacred medicinal and hallucinogenic mushrooms of the Himalayan pharmacopeia; representing the protection of beings from harmful forces, illness; represents the canopy or firmament of the sky and therefore the expansiveness and unfolding of space and the element æther; represents the expansiveness, unfolding and protective quality of the sahasrara; under the auspice of the precious parasol all take refuge in the Dharma...

The Urn of Wisdom or treasure vase represents health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, wisdom and the phenomenon of space. Indeed, to disambiguate, "Space" (Sanskrit: ākāśa) is a rendering of the particular denotation of the element of the mahabhuta (Sanskrit; English: "Great Elements") and the 5 Pure Lights. Space is that elemental matrix that contains, holds, and conducts all phenomena. Space is the repository and conduit of everything that is manifest, embodied or incarnate; symbolises Śūnyatā (Sanskrit); the iconographic representation of the 'wisdom urn' is often very similar to the 'water pot' (Sanskrit: Kumbha), which is one of the few allowable possessions of a Theravadin bhikku or bhikkuni; the wisdom urn or treasure vase is used in many vajrayana empowerments and initiations...

The Wheel of Law sometimes represents Sakyamuni Buddha and the Dharma teaching, and also represents the mandala and chakra.. This symbol is commonly used by Tibetan Buddhists, where it sometimes also includes an inner wheel of the Gankyil (Tibetan). Nepalese Buddhists don't use the Wheel of Law in the eight auspicious symbols..Instead of the Dharma wheel, A Fly Whisk may be used as one of the ashtamangala to symbolize Tantric manifestations. It is made of a yak's tail attached to a silver staff, and used in ritual recitation and during fanning the deities in an auspicious religious ceremony (puja) The Mani wheel is another Dharmacakra guise that unites the function of the yak's tail with the doctrinal aspect of the Wheel of Law. The Sudarshana Chakra is a Hindu wheel-symbol..

Dhvaja meaning banner or flag. Dhvaja banner was a military standard of ancient Indian warfare..Makara Dhvaja has become latter an emblem of the Vedic god of love and desire — Kamadeva. Within the Tibetan tradition a list of 11 different forms of the victory banner is given to represent 11 specific methods for overcoming defilements. Many variations of the dhvaja's design can be seen on the roofs of Tibetan monasteries
to symbolyze Buddha's victory over 4 maras... strange twilight world opened up before me, and I felt as the first man to set foot on another Planet..What you fail to understand is the power of hate.. It can fill the heart as surely as love can..there is hope for the future.. When the world is ready for A new and better life, all this will someday come to pass, in G's Good time...

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