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Swastika
08-05-2013, 12:00 AM
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Swastika
If there was ever a list to be compiled for the worst crimes committed against humans and humanity, the German Holocaust will always be on the top of such lists.
Thousands of innocent lives sacrificed, and in the most gruesome manner possible. If there ever was a hell, Hitler would surely be burning there even at this very moment.
The reason, however, of me bringing the Nazis to this post, is not because of the actions they performed, but because of a certain symbol they chose.

It is a mighty known fact that the Nazis wanted to create a superior race of the Aryans. The symbol, which they chose thus, signified a superior race of the Aryans. Whatever crimes they committed against humanity, that cannot take away the divinity that the symbol symbolizes and the respect that it commands. One of the most auspicious and the second most multifaceted and "famous" symbol of Hinduism, the Swastika found a fascination among the Nazis and they made it a mandate for all their officers to wear on their sleeves, symbolizing a higher race and stature. What makes Swastika, out of all the symbols, so special, then?

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Interestingly, Swastika wasn't even purely a pan-Hindu symbol. Artifacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy clearly suggest the wide usage of Swastika, as far back as 1000 BCE. For thousands of years, the symbol has been used by civilizations and cultures spanning geographical boundaries, and was called by many different names, 'Wan' in China, 'Fylfot' in England, 'Hakenkruz' in Germany, and of course, 'Swastika' in India.

Literally, Swastika comes from Sanskrit, where 'Su' means good or auspicious and 'Asti' means to-be, Su-asti meaning "All be well". Adhering to the rules of Sanskrit, the suffix-'ka' is added to mark it a complete symbol, Swastika.
Symbolically, the Swastika is represented by 4 Ls, but actually it means much more than that.
In scriptures, the word "Swasti" appears in a Vedas and Upanishads. Consider the following verse where Swasti appears two times in the 3rd and the 4th line.

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The difference between Swastika and Om can be, that while Om is primarily a sound, a word, Swastika is primarily a symbol.
Swastika symbolizes eternal nature or the entire Brahmand, for it points in all directions, thus representing the omnipresent. As per historians, ancient forts were built in the shape of Swastika as it provided maximum security. It became sanctified for its protective powers, and became sacred.
In simplest form, the patterns in basket weaving represent Swastika, it finding its traces in ancient India

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As above, so below: If you are a fan of Dan Brown, and have read The Lost Symbol, would be familiar with the phrase.

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The phrase, as such means, that everything is same,no matter how we perceive it. There is no separate heaven or hell above, its as good as earth, where we may find both heaven and hell. It also means that things which appear to be completely different from each other, have attributes that are exactly similar. This, in short, is the entire concept of quantum physics.
Also, this means that based on the study of a portion of a population, the correct determination of a trend can be made possible.
See below Morpheus from The Matrix standing in the same pose as the one above.
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Now, Swastika symbolically also represents Lord Brahma, with all his hands stretched in the four directions, representing evolution and involution of the entire Universe.
Think of it, if we consider each arm of Swastika as Brahma with each of his arm, we get a similar image as above. Notice the arms of Brahma in the image below and think of it with respect to the phrase above and the similarity with Swastika.

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So, scientifically, the symbol of Swastika in a way talks about Quantum physics.

Multifaceted Representations: Just as The Multifaceted OM represents a number of triads as per Hindu philosophy, the Swastika also represents a number of quadruples.
Swastika represents the 4 Vedas, viz. Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda and Sama Veda. Swastika slo represents the 4 stages in a person's life(Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa). It also represents the 4 seasons, the 4 directions and the 4 Yugas(Satya, Treta, Dvapar and Kaliy Yuga)

English academic Hilda Roderick Elis Davidson theorized that the symbol of Swastika could be interpreted as the hammer of Thor, Mjolnir, particularly a spinning hammer.
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Spiritual secrets of the Carbon atom:The graphical representation of the activity of the electrons of the Carbon atom. The Carbon electron's high probability zone formed spiral standing waves around the carbon atom's nucleus. When this configuration is viewed from various angles, physicists have discovered the pattern of Swastika when they viewed at it in a 2-D format.

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Even in early twentieth century, Swastika was considered a symbol akin to positivism and auspicious connotations. Unfortunately, it all seemed to change when in 1920, Hitler, according to "Mein Kamph", decided to make it a symbol of the Nazi struggle and triumph. Sooner than later, Swastika became a symbol of hate, violence, death and animosity, in the western world.

I was reading an article a few days back. Pretend City Children's Museum had decided to pull back the Swastika they had put up, to showcase a model Hindu home. Widespread protests on Facebook forced the museum authorities to pull the symbol back.
Think of it, Swastika has been an integral and essential part of every Hindu ceremony and imagery since ancient times. Lord Ganesha is often shown with a Swastika in his left hand. Shopkeepers and vehicle owners put up Swastika to ward off negative forces. Be it the ceremonies of Diwali or some auspicious havan at home, Swastika takes center stage in all these functions. It is the epitome of everything auspicious.
The symbol still holds a lot of value in various Hindu ceremonies, and all the symbology and signs add more meaning to the power of this symbol.
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08-05-2013, 03:31 AM
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I really hope "as above, so below" isn't now known primarily for Dan bloody Brown. That would make me very sad.
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08-05-2013, 06:51 AM
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It's not, the phrase has been floating about for decades.

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08-05-2013, 11:01 AM
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(08-05-2013 06:51 AM)gorm_sionnach Wrote:  It's not, the phrase has been floating about for decades.
Centuries even, as per the Emerald Tablet. Tool mentions it in their song "Lateralus". Also, IMtM has mentioned it a few times on http://www.religionforums.org.

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08-05-2013, 11:02 AM
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I suspect we all know what it is, I was just commenting half-jokingly on the OP's "you'll know this if you read Dan Brown" comment.
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08-05-2013, 11:08 AM
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(08-05-2013 11:02 AM)Painkiller Wrote:  I suspect we all know what it is, I was just commenting half-jokingly on the OP's "you'll know this if you read Dan Brown" comment.
I know, Mr. Joke Kill.

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08-05-2013, 11:28 AM
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You hid that joke WELL, IM.
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08-05-2013, 11:28 AM (This post was last modified: 08-05-2013 11:53 AM by gorm_sionnach.)
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RE: Swastika
I think the modern asociation with the symbol, in the west, has rendered any attempt at reclaiming it by westerners as something other than the symbol of the NSDAP, moot.

I'll not tell Hindu's what they ought to do, least wise in India, but there really is too much baggage to make the symbol worth "taking back".

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08-05-2013, 11:36 AM
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(08-05-2013 11:28 AM)Painkiller Wrote:  You hid that joke WELL, IM.
Well, I can see how referencing Tool lyrics and blatantly referring to myself and the very forum I'm posting on could be construed as serious, PK.


(08-05-2013 11:28 AM)gorm_sionnach Wrote:  I'll not tell Hindu's what they ought to do, least wise in India, but there really is too much baggae to make the symbol worth "taking back".
I agree with you very much on this, for what it's worth.

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08-05-2013, 11:48 AM
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You're a hippy, they're always doing stuff like that.
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