An amulet, also known as a good luck charm, is an object believed to confer protection upon its possessor. The word “amulet” comes from the Latin word amuletum, which Pliny’s Natural History describes as “an object that protects a person from trouble”. Anything can function as an amulet; items commonly so used include gems, statues, coins, drawings, plant parts, animal parts, and written words
In Balinese mythology, the good spirit is identified as Banas Pati Raja. Banas Pati Raja is the fourth “brother” or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout their life, which is a similar concept to guardian angels. Banas Pati Raja is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented as a lion like creature.
Bennu is an Ancient Egyptian mythology deity, self-created being symbolizing the rising sun, creation and resurrection. Bennu bird sanctuary was located in the Ra temple of Heliopolis and his seat was the sacred Ished tree or tree of life.
This sacred bird is believed to represent the soul of the Ra, the Supreme Sun God of Heliopolis. It is said to have played a role in the creation of the world, and being a symbol of rebirth it is as well associated with Osiris deity.
Bennu derives from the word weben, meaning “to rise in brilliance” or “to shine.” The sacred Bennu bird destroys itself in flames and then rises from the ashes; it may have been the inspiration for the phoenix in the Greek mythology.
A Buddha is one who has attained Bodhi; and by Bodhi is meant wisdom, an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection which can be achieved by man through purely human means. The term Buddha literally means enlightened one, a knower.
The Buddha pieces are a reminder that a person, any person, has the potential to completely awaken from ignorance and opened to his or her vast potential of wisdom
According to popular legend, the Celtic Cross was introduced by St Patrick when he was converting the pagans in Ireland to Christianity. (Although others claim it was St Declan who introduced the cross.)It has been said that St Patrick combined the Christian cross with the pagan sun to give the newly converted followers the idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the symbolism of the life-giving properties of the sun, while others say that placing the cross on top of the circle represents Christ’s supremacy over the sun, which was worshiped by the pagans.
The dancing figure of shiva can sacredly be found everywhere in Nepal, India and Bali.
Dancing Shiva, in the form of Nataraja, is a beautiful image of the cyclical nature of the universe. Virtually every last element in this image has a deeper, mythic meaning: the drum of creation; the fire of destruction; the uplifted leg and down pointing hand is a nod to Ganesha, remover of obstacles; the flowing hair of sensuality; the trodden dwarf of apathy, laziness, and ignorance; the snake, an image of destruction and reincarnation; the fearless abhaya mudra; the ring of fire as the universe yet the entire dance is on a lotus, which is the center of our heart. It is by far one of the most enchanting figures of Hindu mythology.
The endless knot is one of the eight auspicious symbols in Tibetan Buddhism.
It is sometimes called “the glorious knot” or palbeu in Tibetan. In Sanskrit, it is called shivasta. Because the knot has no beginning and no end, this eternal knot symbolizes the endless wisdom and compassion of the Buddha.
The eternal knot symbol has many other meanings. It may symbolize the interconnectedness of wisdom and compassion; the eternal continuum of mind; samsara, the Buddhist concept of the endless cycle of suffering or birth, death, and rebirth; the union of wisdom and method; and the interdependence and interconnectedness of everything in the universe.
It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul…
Nowadays, the Evil Eye is widely used by many cultures around the world and is really strong among the people of the Mediterranean countries as well as in the Indian sub-continent. Legend has its genesis amongst the ancient
Egyptians and Sumerians, thinking that when someone eyes your good fortune with jealousy or gluttony, bad luck in some form is bound to befall you. It is these greedy and spiteful looks, which are directed towards you consciously or unconsciously, that would have the power to cause you harm. It is said that wearing evil eye jewellery brings one protection from this negativity and bad luck.
Zarathustra was a Persian philosopher and prophet, the messenger of peace, good life, and eternal love. The symbol Faravahar, was used as a symbol of Zoroastrianism religion, that was initially spread throughout the ancient Persian Empire. Faravahar’s wings feathers indicate three symbols of
Good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.
The Faravahar is an invitation to proceed toward the good and turn away from the bad, encouraging loyalty and faithfulness. Throughout time, Faravahar has become a national symbol in modern Iran, rather than a religious icon. Having grown up in Iran, this symbol and the beauty of the values it carries is an important reminder of the strength of human good feelings and related actions, whatever situations we face.
In Native American culture it is believed that all things possess an inherent virtue, power, and wisdom. The feather, for example, is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection between the owner, the Creator, and the bird from which the feather came. It symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, and freedom. It is an object that is deeply revered and a sign of high honor.
Ganesh is one of the most distinctive Hindu deities with his large elephant head and human body. He plays a dual role of a supreme being powerful enough to remove obstacles and ensure success or create obstructions for those whose ambition has become destructive. Ganesh is also the first deity who awakens in our spiritual meditation and guide us on the path, the main obstacles to remove being the one’s created by our own mind. Ganesh is worshipped throughout Hindu cultures and Ganesh’s statuses are found almost in every Hindu temple, every village every household in Bali, India and Nepal.
Hamsa has become a popular god luck symbol in many cultures worldwide. It is believed that the symbol depicted by a right hand with an open palm or a hand with two open thumbs, is a sign of protection and it’s meant to be worn with fingers facing down for proper protection, bring luck and strength. In Jewish communities, it is called the Hamsa Hand or the Hand of Miriam. In Muslim communities, it is called the Hand of Fatima, Hamsa is the Hebrew word for five, and likewise Khamsa is the Arabic word for five.
Karma wheel symbol
Why are some people rich yet some poor, some happy yet others in misery, some lucky and some unlucky? Moreover, why are some pure, innocent beings afflicted with terrible misfortunes whereas evil tyrants remain healthy and rich? These are difficult questions for most faiths, believing in a just and compassionate God, to answer. The Buddhist explanation is to see this life as but one in a series of many. In this existence, one is reaping the harvest of seeds sown by actions (karma) of past lives, while at the same time planting new seeds to ripen in the life to come. There is no natural evolution in this process hence a higher state of existence can be followed by an even better one or a worse one, depending entirely upon how it is utilized. Going up or down from one life to the next and returning again and again to the same patterns of action, through habit, and thereby reaping again and again the same results, this endless round of existence is represented by the ‘wheel of life’.
According to Buddhism, every person has the potential to become perfect and enlightened, and it is just a matter of time until each human reaches the light. Buddhists believe that it’s necessary to be reborn thousands of times. Polishing one’s being through many incarnations, until one reaches nirvana – the highest state of consciousness that humans can access.
So, the Buddha is sometimes depicted sitting on a Lotus flower, symbolizing the one who overcame the pain of that prevails in the material world and became enlightened, just like the Lotus flower which starts to grow in the dirty and muddy water but manages to surpass the water and produce a perfect flower. Many Hindu gods are depicted sitting or standing on a Lotus flower for the same reason.
As part of the traditional ‘Marapu’ belief, an ancestral animistic belief that is mainly practiced in Sumba island in Indonesia.
The Mamuli is a symbol of unity between men and women. The omega shape of the Mamuli consists of two parts, the feminine center part and the masculine exterior part. The feminine center part represents literally the womb of a female and thus symbolizes fertility and the power of women. The masculine exterior part is often expressed in animal- and warrior ornaments and exemplifies wealth and the power of men.
The Mamuli can be worn as pendants or earrings, by men or women. Men wear a mamuli as an expression and appreciation and respect to women.
Om is said to be the seed of all of creation. This seemingly small word contains all the power of the universe. It is the beginning, middle and the end of it all, or the past, present and future. Chanting Om brings into your awareness the physical reality of this world and to yourself, the subtle impressions of the mind, emotions, thoughts and beliefs of your life in this world.
Throughout history and across many cultures, people have regarded Owls with fascination and awe. Few other creatures have so many different and contradictory beliefs about them. Owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with witchcraft and medicine, the weather, birth and death. Speculation about Owls began in earliest folklore, too long ago to date, but passed down by word of mouth over generations.
Quan Yin is one of the major deities in Buddhism and one of the most worshiped deities used in Feng shui. Known as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, Quan Yin is worshiped in China but also in Korea, Japan, and Malaysia, as well as with numerous Buddhism followers around the world.
Quan Yin is a shortened form of a name that means One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World. Her Chinese title signifies, “She who always observes or pays attention to sounds,” i.e., she who hears prayers. Sometimes possessing eleven heads, she is surnamed Sung-Tzu-Niang-Niang, “lady who brings children.” She is goddess of fecundity as well as of mercy. Worshiped especially by women, this goddess comforts the troubled, the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate.
The serpent is one of the oldest mythological figures. It has origins in Eastern and Western cultures. Serpents themselves were considered to be immortal as they regained new life after shedding their skin. People born under the snake symbol in China are expected to lead charmed lives.
Serpents have also traditionally been associated with trees of life in different religions and cultures. Christianity portrays the serpent who tempted Eve as evil. In Greek tradition, Ladon twirled around a tree to guard the golden apples in the Garden of Hesperides. Ladon was a serpent-like dragon. He was slain by Heracles. Mayans worshiped a Vision Serpent who was associated with the World Tree. The Vision Serpent served as a gateway to the spiritual world. Their main god Qutzailcoatl was depicted as a serpent. Mayans also believed that serpents carried the sun and moon across the sky and were reborn when they shed their skin. In the Buddhist tradition, the Buddha was meditating under the Bodhi tree and got into a deep meditative trance. Mucalinda the snake king arose from the ground and shielded the Buddha for seven days allowing the Buddha to stay in his deep meditative state.
Serpents have also been associated with feminine and masculine symbols. The snake represents the phallus and assertive power while it can also represent fertility and a creative life force. Serpents were familiars to the Great Goddess, the goddess of all. A serpent is the symbol for kundalini, the divine creative feminine power. It is also known as Shakti energy. The serpent is coiled up and sleeping at the base of the spine waiting to be called to join the masculine and feminine entities. In Greek culture, the snake is associated with the Goddess of the moon and fertility.
Vajra is a Sanskrit world meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. It refers to an important sacred tool and ritual implement in Vajrayana Buddhism, Hinduism, and Tantra where it symbolizes the male principle of creation and represents both method and “Upaya” (skillful means) in religious practice. When made to be worn as a pendant or a ring, it reminds the wearer, and the viewer, of the supreme indestructibility of knowledge. In the tantric traditions of Buddhism, the vajra also.
Yin and yang (or yin-yang) is a complex relational concept in Chinese culture that has developed over thousands of years. Briefly put, the meaning of yin and yang is that the universe is governed by a cosmic duality, sets of two opposing and complementing principles or cosmic energies that can be observed in nature.
One finds peace by mastering to balance dualities and opposites within self.
3 Wise Monkeys
See No evil, hear no evil, say no evil…..
The three mystical monkeys (as they are sometimes called) are named the “sanzaru”
Their names are Mizaru, Iwazaru and Kikazaru.
In Japanese language, «san» means three and «saru» means monkey. Time passing, «saru» becomes «zaru» giving birth to sanzaru. Yet, «zaru» is also a negative form, that we could translate to «not to»and in Japanese culture, monkey is supposed to ward off evils…
The monkeys represent an approach to life, supported by the Shinto and Koshin religions. Historians believe that the three monkeys symbol is approximately 500 years old, however, according to Osho Rajneesh, this symbolism was spread across Asia by Buddhist monks, having originated in the ancient Hindu tradition. Pictures of the monkeys can be seen on ancient Koshin scrolls, while the Tōshō-gū shrines, where the monkeys can be found, are erected as sacred buildings for the Shinto believers.
Gada (Spirital Weapon)
Like earth moves around sun and gathers life force from it and stores it, similarly the Gada Mace moves round the body to gather life force to be used by its practitioner. The Gada Mace is a sign of bravery, immense physical strength, virility and radiance like the sun.
Lord Hanuman is portrayed carrying a Gada Mace in popular religious art, however is not a physical weapon, but is symbolic of the embodiment of moral and spiritual values. It is carried in the left hand as a symbol of self-sovereignty, authority of governance and the power to rule.
Hanuman is one of several characters in Hindu mythology and is the only holy animal figure who is known as a god today. The mystic texts speak of him as a monkey child of the Wind God, possessing enormous strength, keen intellect and a mastery over the Vedas and other branches of learning. He is also a devotee of Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, and has the ability to take on any form he wishes.
In Bali worshiping Hanoman is believed to be able to provide strength and power (supernatural) like the wind as long as it is devoted to honesty and loyalty.
Simorgh (meaning literally thirty birds) is a story from the Persian Sufi Mystic poet Farid u-din Attar, from his book Conference of the Birds.
The story recounts the longing of a group of birds who search for a leader. They decide the legendary “Simorgh” should be their king and they go on a journey to find him. They journey over seven valleys each representing one stage of attainment to wholeness.
One by one the birds drop out unable to fulfill the challenging journey. Eventually only thirty birds reach the land of Simorgh but instead of finding their spiritual leader, all they see is their own reflection in a lake. As the birds realize the truth, they see they are not separate from the universe. they are one with it.
The Cyrus Cylinder has a cross-cultural significance. People from different backgrounds, nationalities, and religions recognize it as relevant and important. A replica of the Cyrus Cylinder is kept at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main reason for this is how the Cyrus Cylinder is symbolic of tolerance and freedom.
The Cyrus Cylinder tells an amazing story: Cyrus conquers Babylon, and what does this king of kings, this greatest king chosen by god, this most powerful man in “the four corners of the world” do? He sets all the peoples free, lets them go back to their homes and homelands.
Most amazingly, he lets them recover their statues and gods – all the things that were confiscated as symbols of victory – and go back to their lives and religions, worshiping their gods in their own way and in their own temples. This is what sets the Cyrus Cylinder apart from a number of other ancient objects. The message is one of tolerance, peace, and multi-culturalism. It portrays a very modern way of ruling with pluralism and tolerance at its core. No wonder many have called the Cyrus Cylinder “the first bill of human rights.”
It is fascinating that 2600 years later, the Cyrus Cylinder still unites people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions in cherishing the wisdom of tolerance.
Iranians are proud of the Cyrus Cylinder because it was a Persian King who decided to break the tradition and allowed deported peoples to return home.
To Jewish people the story told by the Cyrus Cylinder is a magnificent one, as it corroborates the events in the Old Testament about King Cyrus allowing captive Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple. In fact, in the book of Ezra, King Cyrus permits the Jewish exiled people to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.
Even the founding fathers of the United States sought inspiration from Cyrus, what he did in Babylon as described by the Cyrus Cylinder, and how he ran a country. Thomas Jefferson owned two personal copies of Xenophon’s book Cyropaedia – the Education of Cyrus – which was “a mandatory read for statesmen.”
In terms of spirituality, the spiral symbol can represent the path leading from outer consciousness (materialism, external awareness, ego, outward perception) to the inner soul (enlightenment, unseen essence, nirvana, cosmic awareness). Movements between the inner (intuitive, intangible) world and the outer (matter, manifested) world are mapped by the spiraling of archetypal rings; marking the evolution of humankind on both an individual and collective scale.
Moreover, in terms of rebirth or growth, the spiral symbol can represent the consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and thus expanding outwardly. This is the way of all things, as recognized by most mystics. 🌀✨
Dainty and powerful, the “NING” toned bell is used by Balinese Priests and Prietesses in the inner sanctum of temples to communicate with the Divine. It is the daintiest of the bells with a very high frequency. The focus of the “NING” bell is on communion with the Divine
in modern times. Tara originated as a Hindu goddess, a Great Goddess — the Mother Creator, representing the eternal life force that fuels all life.
There are many embodiments of Tara, but the best known are the White Tara and the Green Tara.
The peaceful, compassionate White Tara gently protects and brings long life and peace. The more dynamic goddess, Green Tara is the “Mother Earth”, and a fierce goddess who overcomes obstacles, and saves us from physical and spiritual danger.
In Sanskrit, the name Tara means Star, but she was also called She Who Brings Forth Life, The Great Compassionate Mother, and The Embodiment of Wisdom, and the Great Protectress.
Adopted by Buddhism, she become the most widely revered deity in the Tibetan pantheon. In Buddhist tradition, Tara is actually much greater than a goddess — she is a female Buddha, an enlightened one who has attained the highest wisdom, capability and compassion. . . one who can take human form and who remains in oneness with every living thing.