Feast your Eyes
In our daily lives, symbols are often accompanied by symbols, such as advertising, films and product packs. Here we would like to familiarize you with the meaning of the symbols we use on our meditation cushion.
The famous lotus flower is a marsh plant that grows mainly in the Asian region. It is rooted in standing, moorish and muddy waters and reminds us of our native water lily. Without the sludge and dirt water being able to "touch" the leaves somewhat, the flower rises from the often murky water and radiates in an inimitable beauty. The water and the dirt just peel off the petals and the flower remains pure and clean (also known as the so-called "Lotus Effect"). This property and the regularly and aesthetically arranged petals inspired people in earlier times to religious and spiritual comparisons.
Thus the lotus flower symbolizes purity, beauty, modesty, simplicity, immortality and enlightenment. In various Buddhist traditions, the Lotus is one of the Eight Lucky Symbols, the gifts of the gods to Buddha Shakyamuni, and, due to its previously described characteristics, represents perfect, divine purity in the form of the Immaculate Conception.
The earliest depiction of the Flower of Life was found in the Temple of Abydos, in North Africa.
The symbol of 19 circles is regarded as the prototype of the circle-based symbols and the basic form of creation, in which all knowledge and all happenings in the universe are stored. It is considered to be the symbol for infinity and the all-flowing energy in its original form.
Everything is interconnected, networked and harmonious; Every movement (however small it may be) produces energy and movement. Each movement involves another. All our actions are energies that put invigorating impulses into the boundless universe and produce an effect. By meditating on this symbol, the meditator and yogi can get answers to his questions.
The use of the symbol of the flower of life serves the cleaning of the energy channels and it is to remove blockades, so that the energy can flow unhindered.
The endless knot is also one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism we use on the meditation cushion, symbolizing the infinite wisdom and the infinite compassion of the Buddha, with its overlaps without beginning and end. The endless knot is to remind the believer that the love of Buddha is boundless, no matter how great their own confusion is, or where suffering may appear. Wisdom and passion are inextricably connected with this symbol.
The use of this symbol of the endless knot is intended to depict the believer's attachment to love, wisdom, and harmony, and to support him in his own path to enlightenment.
The term "mandala" is probably best explained by a circle or a square and also means "everything that encircles a center or a center". There are different forms of representation in various cultural circles, be it figures, signs or even landscapes, right down to the blueprint of the entire universe. The representation of Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian circle is such a blueprint. Behind such drawings is the attempt to visualize complex connections, even in religious form. The symbolism in Tibetan Buddhism is particularly rich in Mandalas, which, often in conjunction with mantra recitation and visualization, are meant to connect the practitioners to higher levels of consciousness.