Buddhism originated in the 4th or 6th century BC. Siddharta Gautama, whose teachings on Nirvana and enlightenment in India spread at that time, was his founder. To illustrate his wisdom, he used many symbols who still touch many people with their truth today. Since Buddhist symbols carry a strong meaning in themselves, they are perfect as a motive for a tattoo. In this article you will find a small selection of interesting symbols in Buddhism that can give you happiness, protection and spirituality.
Buddhist symbols: Sri Yantra
Sri Yantra belongs to Sacred Geometry and is the diagram of the Indian goddess of happiness, beauty and love Lakshmi, also called Shri. Yantra is therefore a geometric figure with a special effect. Shri Yantra is the Yantra of all Yantras and is intended to balance energies and thus create peace. It consists of nine large intertwined triangles. This results in a total of 43 smaller triangles representing the entire universe and the creation. The triangles are surrounded by two lotus flowers, with eight and sixteen petals. The whole is closed in a square that resembles a four-door temple.
Buddhist Symbols: What does Sak Yant Hah Taew mean?
Sak means “tattooing”, Yant stands for “Yantra”. It is said that the symbols have a magical power and have been tattooed by monks for centuries. This sacral form of tattooing is especially common in Southeast Asia, so many people tattoo such a tattoo during a trip to Thailand. There are different variants of the Sak Yant tattoos, which are characterized by very different geometric shapes.
Among the best known Sak Yant motifs are Hah Taew, Gao Yord and Paed Tidt. For example, Angelina Jolie wears a Hah Taew tattoo on her left shoulder blade. The five lines represent magical spells that protect the wearer from evil and bring him happiness, health and success.
The Seven Chakras
The chakra system originated in India many years ago. Chakra means “Rad” in Sanskrit. Each chakra is an energy center that turns like a wheel. If the speed is too high, this chakra is too open. If the wheel turns too slowly or not at all, it means that this chakra is closed. For good health need all chakras work harmoniously and in harmony with each other. This ensures a balanced and happy life.
This symbol is very popular in many cultures and religions. Judaism refers to the hand of Miriam, the sister of Moses. In Islam, she is known as the hand of Fatima, named after Muhammad’s daughter. In Buddhism and Hinduism, the hand stands with five fingers for five of the seven chakras. It looks like a hand with open palm, but is represented with two thumbs. The Hamsa hand is intended to protect against any damage or danger and often occurs in combination with the “evil eye”. However, in order to be able to provide optimal protection and bring luck, the fingers should point downwards.
Lotus flower as a symbol of purity
The lotus flower is one of the oldest symbols and has many meanings. It grows in muddy waters, but its flowers are unaffected by the impurity. They swim on the water surface and impress with their extraordinary beauty. The lotus flower in Buddhism symbolizes the purity of the heart and the power of psychological resistance. The symbol stands for rebirth, new beginnings and the way to Nirvana.
Ganesha – The god with the elephant head
Ganesha is a Hindu god of fortune, but is also worshiped in Buddhism. He is presented as gracious, kind, smart and humorous. One addresses oneself to Ganesha, if one needs luck, success and good luck at the beginning of a new enterprise. He is still known as the “Overcomer of Obstacles” and “Destroyer of Evil.” His big elephant head means intelligence, his curved trunk is strong and sensitive at the same time. He can differentiate between good and evil.
God Shiva – Destroyer, but also Erneurer
God Shiva is the father of Ganesha and one of the three main gods in Hinduism. Shiva has many qualities and many meanings are attributed to it. He is pure consciousness out of which comes his energy (Shakti) and creates the world. But Shiva also has a destructive but positive aspect. Something is ended so that something new can emerge. It dissolves old habits and thus creates room for a new beginning. That’s why he is God of transformation and change.
Trishula is Schiva’s weapon. He destroys the physical and spiritual world and the world of the ancestors. The trident still symbolizes the three main gods of Hinduism – Brahma as Creator, Shiva as Destroyer and Vishnu as Sustainer. The tips of the trident are associated with the three forces of Shiva’s will, knowledge and energy, as well as the future, present and past.
If you like decent subjects, this symbol is just right. Unalome is a Hindu symbol representing the journey to enlightenment. The path begins in the middle of a spiral, then up and down until it becomes a straight line. Then one is awakening the enlightenment. Life is full of twists, but chaos can eventually become harmony.
Unalome is often combined with a lotus flower and the Om symbol in a tattoo design. The filigree lines are entwined as flower stems very elegant and look very noble. Unalome is perfect as a small tattoo on the back towards the neck or on the wrist.
The sacred Aum or Om symbol represents the vibrations of the universe and all states of human consciousness. It is often sung at the beginning and end of the yoga lesson and is widely used during meditation. The concept behind Om is this: Everything in the Universe started with a vibration, it became a sound, and that sound is Om. The symbol looks like the number 30 and allows many associations: the three gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the three levels of heaven, earth and underworld etc.
Combination of Unaloms and Om
The aum sign also symbolizes the different states of life. A is the awake state. U stands between A and M and is our dream state, ie between conscious and unconscious. The M stands for deep sleep, our unconsciousness. These are things that are not yet revealed.