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EIGHT SYMBOLS Necklace

EIGHT SYMBOLS Necklace

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Unique 108 mala necklace made of the Bondhi seeds best selections. Pendant made from white cooper and silver with the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhismthey came to represent offerings the gods made to the Buddha after his enlightenment and nowadays reveal how to begin, make progress on and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Handmade by tibetan monks. 

The symbols are often used in decorative art, or as a point of focus for meditation and contemplation 

Here is a brief overview of the Eight Auspicious Symbols: 

The parasol is a symbol of royal dignity and protection from the heat of the sun. By extension, it represents protection from suffering.

The two fish were originally symbolic of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, but came to represent general good fortune for Hindus, Jainists, and Buddhists. Within Buddhism, it also symbolizes that living beings who practice the dharma need have no fear to drown in the ocean of suffering, and can freely migrate (chose their rebirth) like fish in the water.

The Conch ShellIn Buddhism, a white conch that coils to the right represents the sound of the Dharma reaching far and wide, awakening beings from ignorance.

The lotus is an aquatic plant that roots in deep mud with a stem that grows up through murky water. But the blossom rises above the muck and opens in the sun, beautiful and fragrant. So perhaps its no surprise that in Buddhism, the lotus represents the true nature of beings, who rise through samsara into the beauty and clarity of enlightenment. The color of the lotus also has significance:

  • White: Mental and spiritual purity
  • Red: The heart, compassion and love
  • Blue: Wisdom and control of the senses
  • Pink: The historical Buddha
  • Purple: Mysticism

The victory banner signifies the Buddha's victory over the demon Mara and over what Mara represents--passion, fear of death, pride and lust. More generally, it represents the victory of wisdom over ignorance. 

The treasure vase is filled with precious and sacred things, yet no matter how much is taken out, it is always full. It represents the teachings of the Buddha, which remained a bountiful treasure no matter how many teachings he gave to others. It also symbolizes long life and prosperity.

The Dharma Whell is one of the most well-known symbols of Buddhism. In most representations, the Wheel has eight spokes, representing the Eightfold Path. According to tradition, the Dharma Wheel was first turned when the Buddha delivered his first sermon after his enlightenment. 

The Eternal Knot, with its lines flowing and entwined in a closed pattern, represents dependent origination and the interrelation of all phenomena. It also may signify the mutual dependence of religious doctrine and secular life; of wisdom and compassion; or, at the time of enlightenment, the unions of emptiness and clarity.