(09.05.17) SYMBOLISM

Hinduism is rich in symbolism.Many acts of worship, such as puja, are symbolic, a form of visualisation in which worshippers simulate activities normally performed on higher planes of existence. Thus the scope of symbolism is broad and includes physical acts such as offering pranam (obeisances) with folded hands. Such physical gestures tend to induce the appropriate mood and awareness within the practitioner. Many symbols are considered auspicious, embodying the notion of inner purity. Sacred emblems are displayed in the home or temple to invoke good fortune.

#1 Lotus (padma) – symbol of purity/transcendence. Growing out of the mud, it is beautiful, and though resting on water, it does not touch it.# 2 Conchshell – used during arati: one of the four symbols of Vishnu. The others are the lotus, club and disc.# 3 Swastika – an ancient solar sign considered to invoke auspiciousnes.# 4 Trident (trishul) – the symbol of Shiva; often carried by Shaivite sannyasis (renunciates).# 5 Kalasha – coconut circled by mango leaves on a pot. Often used in rituals such as the fire sacrifice.#6 Cow – symbol of purity, motherhood and ahimsa (non-violence).#7 Lotus feet (of guru or deity) – touching the feet of superiors shows an attitude of submission and service.# 8 Dipa/lamp – symbol of light."Of vibrations I am the transcendental Om."Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita 10.25

A little gesture,like a smile, can be a significant symbol...There is a smile that you never forget... and that is the first smile you actually feel and not just see....

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