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- Prashant Trivedi
The Real Swastika
The word 'swastika' comes from Sanskrit, the
ancient Vedic language, and it means
'conducive to well being.' It is derived
from two Sanskrit words: 'su,' meaning
'well,' and 'asti,' from the verb to be,
meaning 'it is.'
The right-handed swastika has been used as a
positive expression of life by the ancient
Mesopotamians, the early Christians and
Byzantines, the Mayans, as well as the Hopi
and other Native American Indian tribes.
In relation to the Hopi, it can be seen on
their 'prophecy rock' as illustrated below,
and it is considered the initiator of the new
age after the 'Great Purification'.
The swastika is also an ancient Vedic symbol
for the Sun, and of the Vedic diety Lord
Ganesha, the elephant headed God, who is the
first born son in the Universe.
His four qualities, represented by the four
hands of the swastika, are purity,
auspiciousness, innocence, and supreme
devotion to the Universal Mother principle.
Ganesh bestows these qualities with the help
of the right-handed swastika, the symbol of
The left-handed swastika is a symbol of
Kali, the Vedic Goddess who symbolizes
destruction, which is not a bad thing in
itself if one is completely in harmony
with universal laws.
The left-handed swastika is still widely used
throughout the world, including India,
where it is quite prevalent.
This usage is an indicator to where
humanity is heading in the future, considering
that the majority led by a degenrate elite are
very far from being in tune with
the cosmic song.
Vedic scripture states that we are presently
living in 'Kaliyuga,' or the age of Kali,
which will meet its end through 'Pralaya,'
meaning widescale destruction.
Since creation and destruction are two
unseparable facets of the Cosmic Plan, both
symbols have come into prominence through
To those concerned with a new
begining, should try and use
the right-handed swastika,
representing creation and renewed growth.
Astrologically, the right-handed swastika
is a symbol of the Seventh Ray, which is
the governing Ray of the Age of Aquarius,
which is dawning upon us as the influence
of the Piscean Age begins to wane.
The Seventh Ray is essentially an agent of
fusion, blending, and coordination. It is
also the ray of ceremonial order and is
responsible for bringing forth the energies
favouring group endeavor.
The circle surrounding the swastika image
represents our Mother Earth, the cradle of
humanity, and the four dots within our
swastika represent the four races, red,
yellow, brown, and white, who presently
inhabit the earth.
In conclusion, this symbol as a whole
signifies the four races of humanity living
in a state of co-operation with each other
and sharing equally the resources provided by
Mother Earth. It further signifies a state
of harmony between man and nature, which in
turn fosters true growth in all the realms.
- Prashant Trivedi