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The language of symbols

Posted on 21 November 2012 by Meena-Om

Symbols have a unique world of their own. They speak through various forms like lines, dots colors etc and represent complete scriptures. These are spontaneous expressions and are created to represent inner truths and feelings. Since these are forceful and complete inner expression only those individuals who are sensitive to visual representations can relate or decode these. Symbols have instant associations for example seeing a ‘mace’ one is reminded of Hanumanji or Bhim, the Sudarshan chakra reminds us of the strength of Vishnu and Sri Krishna’s invincibility. The bow and arrow reminds us of Sri Ram and the ‘trishul’ or trident of Durga, the ‘damru’ of Lord Shiva and last but not the least the rat reminds us of the benevolent Ganesha. Like these there are various symbols and a variety of deities and their divine qualities are completely represented through them. To realise and understand these in totality and to translate them into our daily sadhna, to feel their essence and wisdom, spontaneous and accurate response and complete karm are necessary. Only people who have divine vision and are truthful seekers can experience and realise these. Just like Sri Krishna’s divine ‘virat rup’ could only be viewed by Sanjay and Arjun.

The ancient seers of our land were very wise to have cleverly concealed the secrets of the science of human existence, natural and universal mysteries in the form of our various deities and their heroic deeds.

Knowledge stored in the written word and verbal traditions can easily be lost or misinterpreted to suit selfish purposes. But the purity of symbolic representation can only be decoded by individual selected by divine choice and this knowledge flows to the true seeker because only TRUTH can reach TRUTH. THIS IS THE TRUTH.

All scriptures related to our Indian culture mention in some place or the other the fact that ‘these are spiritual secrets and should be imparted only to the deserving.’ There is a reason for this statement. Symbolic language, their beauty and the truths hidden in these visual representations can only be decoded by the person who is blessed by Goddess Saraswati, who symbolises wisdom and truth.

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