Swastika - The Symbol of the Buddha
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General meaning of the Swastika

The Swastika symbol has been used for thousands of years already in almost all human civilizations as a sign for good luck, protection, as a materialisation of life and the changing seasons of the year.

The big Buddha statue on Lantau Island in Hongkong:
the Buddha wears a Swastika on his breast.

The word SWASTIKA stems from the Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language: SVASTIKAH, which means 'being happy'. In India the word is related to things of good fortune because it means being happy. The cause of all life and all manifestations of life is movement.

The incessant movement of the universe continuously brings forth new things. This goes for the earth as well, which is in constant rotation, as are the suns, all planets and the heavens.

As such it's also the sign of the circular movement, the sign of rebirth. It also signifies those who knew about reincarnation (Samsara), who spread all over the world and where they stayed they exerted their influence.

The symbol of the Fylfot, has many names. In the primitive language of the ancient Germanic people it was often called "Vierfoss" (= foot of fire).

The three pictures shown here are right-turning.
Left-turning tracery signs can also be found.
the Zwiefoß
the Zweischneuß
planet Uranus
the Trifoß
the Dreischneuß
planet Saturn
the Vierfoß
the Vierschneuß
planet Jupiter
Source: F.B. Marby "Der germanische Einweihungsweg"

This form of presentation of the Swastika is often found on ancient churches and Gothic buildings in Germany and Europe. Many have already been put under the protection of the Unesco.

According to Guido von List it has the following meaning:
The 'Dreischneuss' as 'Vilfos' says: 'Generative Will',referring to the creation of the universe as well as the affirmation of living. The ' Vierschneuss' as Fyfos means :' Creation of fire' with reference to the original fire which is good.But the 'Vierschneuss' as 'Hakenkreuz' has the meaning 'allincluding cross' - 'Hagg', hegen'.

The name "Hakenkreuz" stays for good as the creator an redeamer who is included in the cosmos as well as in each single person like in a 'Haag'.
Guido von List, Secret of the Runes

Today the name "Hakenkreuz" (Fylfot) has obtained a connotation of condemnation as something of a former dictatorship.

In many places this symbol is used as a symbol for the sun, or taken as a symbol for the movement of the sun and in other regards as a symbol for rebirth, or reincarnation, because the sun turns continuously and gives rebirth to everything, rejuvenating itself for eternityr. In regard to the relationship between "Hakenkreuz", Swastika, Sun and Sun Wheel, another remark can be made: it depicts the progression of the sun as a symbol for the changing of the seasons in the form of a ring. The golden ring of marriage can therefore be seen as sharing all joys and pains of the year together, that is the deeper meaning of the ring of marriage; therefore the symbol of marriage can only be a ring, and because of that it should be made of the sun-like gold.
Old American sun fylfot
from a mound in
the state Tennessee.
'christian cross' son gear
from Nord-America before
its rediscovery.

Whether one leaves out the circle around the Swastika, Sun Wheel or the "Hakenkreuz", whether the wings are straight or bent, whether the beams are reduced from 4 to 3 or increased to 8 or more, or whatever artistic creativity one may apply, the meaning is more or less the same. It has however several relationships to ancient pasts, which can be found back in great historical works.

In Chinese the "fylfot" in a circle is the Chinese character for the word 'sun', without the circle it stands for infinity and for the number 10.000. That the sign figuratively speaking also stands for fertility, can be seen from the carvings and statues of various ancient peoples where the sign was used on genital parts.


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