Swastika : The Pious Symbol
Swastik depicts numerous meanings in various religions & cultures. Swastik is the sign known & accepted globally for its piousness. In Hinduism, Swastika means ‘fortune’. It is a symbol of peace & prosperity, Swastika is regarded highly auspicious in Hindu mythology, astrology and proves its significance in vastu shastra as well. The symbol is used in almost all Hindu worships & is made on doors, entrance books etc during auspicious occasions. Not only in Hindus but similar shapes like Swastik hold their importance in many religions & cultures.Have you ever thought why this symbol is so auspicious to us, how Swastik benefits us and brings us fortune?
History of Swastika Symbol
Archaeological records show the Swastika symbols in various cultures and civilizations. This include Indo-Aryan, Indus Valley Civilization, Slavs, Greeks and Celts. Swastika motifs were there is neolithic period. Khuzestan province of Iran and “Vinca script of Neolithic Europe showed the presence of Swastika symbols. Also it was found in the archaeological surveys on in Early Bronze age and Iron age. But it is the Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Shamanism and Mithraism where the Swastika symbol became a sacred symbol.
Swastika Significance in Hinduism
Swastika symbol is substantial for Hindus. If you have experienced then not even a single work of their life begins without Swastika symbol on it. Right and left Swastika symbol in Hinduism has different meaning. The right one is the evolution of the universe and the left one is the involution of the universe. Swastika symbol also represents the God Sun. Almost all Hindu yantra like shree yantra, accessories and religious designs has Swastika symbol on them. Even the auspicious occasions, temples, pictures, sacred signs, houses, doorways, ceremonies have the Swastik symbol on them.
Here, is what Master Deepak ji tells us why we should regard Swastik. Swastik stands out in our Cultural & religious beliefs because of its incredibly insightful philosophical depth involved in the symbol. So, come let us know what Jyotish Guru Master Deepak ji says about this pious symbol of Hinduism.
Philosophy behind Swastik
The four sides or the four limbs of Swastik depict many different things and has deep philosophy attached to it. As per Hindu philosophy, the four sides of Swastik are the four main Hindu Vedas which are four pillars of Hinduism. Rigveda · Samaveda · Yajurveda · & Atharvaveda, . The four sides also depict, the four stages of human’s life. Brahmacharya – the student’s life, Grihasta the family life, Vanaprastha – the retired life, Sannyasa – the religious life. The four sides of Swastika also illustrate four goals of life. Dharma – religion, Artha – success, Kama – pleasure, Moksha release. Henceforth, Swastika in Hindu philosophy is a symbol that brings success in all the fields of life.
Why Swastika is symbol of Lord Shiva –
The upright lines or the vertical lines of the Swastika indicate the self-birth and jyotir-lings (lustrous phallus) which relate to Lord Shiva. Hence, the Swastika is also the symbol of power, symbol of Shiva thus Swastik holds the power to bring in the positivity in our lives.
Why Swastika is a symbol of Lord Vishnu & Brahma-
Swastik is among 108 symbol of Lord Vishnu. The four sides of the Swastika indicate the 4 hands of Vishnu pointing towards 4 directions north, south, east, and west. The four sides also depict the four faces of Brahma looking at four directions. This means that both Lord Vishnu & Brahma are looking at us & blessing us. The middle part of the Swastika is the place of nabhi kamal (navel like lotus) of lord Vishnu & is also the pace of Brahma. Thus, called as the symbol of Shri (bliss) which means it is a sign of lord Vishnu & Brahma.
Hence, the symbol of Swastik gives us strength, steadiness & determination & also offers us joy of life.
Why Swastika is symbol of Sun –
Swastika is also regarded as symbol of Sun. The right side of Swastika signifies the rotation of sun, which starts from the North then east, south and lastly to west. Sun is one of the reasons of existence of life on the earth and thus the symbol of Swastik holds an auspicious importance to us in our daily lives.
Why Swastika is symbol of lord Ganesha & Goddess Laxmi –
Swastik is also symbolic form of Ganpati & Laxmi.
Often Lord Ganesha is depicted sitting on the lotus kept on bed of Swastika. That’s the reason why Swastika is worshiped in Diwali poojan along with goddess Laxmi & Ganesha. It brings us prosperity, success, wealth & fortune.
What is the Connection of Swastika with Stars –
Swastik also has a relationship with astronomy. It is the root sign of Saptrishi collection of 7 stars, which in hindu mythology are recognized as seven peers. Giving place and prominence to Swastika ensures the blessings of seven peer’s name.
Remedy through Swastika to bring success in life –
- Swastika made with 9 gems on silver eradicates all the vastu dosha.
- 9 inch of Swastika is considered extremely auspicious.
- Swastika made on panchdhatu stuck on door will bring in fortune and well being for whole family.
- Worshipping god & goddess after making them sit on the Swastika brings success soon.
- During the Hindu marriages couples are shown the sign of Swastika so that their upcoming life is filled with love & happiness.
- If the infant is made to sleep in the cloth with Swastika mark on the 6th day of birth Swastik brings him fortune & good health & blessings.
- If Swastika is printed on the doors it’s pious effects will bring the good news in and keep the house safe from any natural calamity.
Swastika, the symbol of life, prosperity. Swastika, the symbol that eradicates negativity. By drawing this simple Swastika you can invoke blessings of Brahma Vishnu & Mahesh. This is just one symbol that has a depthful meaning behind its foundation. Hence, Swastik must be given prominence in our day to day life to attain sovereignty, positivity, success , & joy of life says Master Deepak ji.