are not going in circles, we are going upwards.
path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.”
The image of Buddha is one
of the most popular and easily recognized representations of Buddhism
throughout the world. However, in the early days after the religion
flourished, the Buddha image was not used as Gautama
Buddha did not
want to be venerated being a mortal person. Instead, a number of
symbols were used to represent Buddhism and its teachings. Those early
symbols continue to be important Buddhist representations even today
and still hold significant symbolic meaning for the followers of the
Believers revere these Buddhist symbols and incorporate them into
ritual art as well as daily living to derive inspiration for leading a
righteous and fulfilling life. Given below are some powerful
Buddhist symbols that are often used for designing art crafts, which
are not mere ornaments but reminders
of the core beliefs of Buddhism.
One of the most prominent
and auspicious Buddhist symbols, the Dharma
Wheel represents Buddha himself, his teachings and different aspects of
Buddhist practice. It symbolizes the Samsara’s or the
material world’s endless cycle of life, death and re-birth.
The eight spokes of the wheel represent the Eight-Fold Path Buddha set
out in his teachings and also symbolize wisdom. The rim represents
concentration and the hub stands for moral discipline. Dharma Wheel
jewelry guides the wearer about Buddhist practices that help find the
way out of this endless maze of life and death and suffering.
As a clean and beautiful
flower that rises up from the muddy water, the
Lotus is a symbol of mental and spiritual purity, and reflects the
soul’s progress out of the mud of materialism. Wearing
adorned with the Lotus Flower can inspire the wearer to imbibe Buddhist
values of compassion and wisdom, achieve purification of mind, body and
speech, and rise above worldly existence to unite with the divine One.
You can read more about the Lotus Flower
Deer holds a place of honor
in Buddhism and symbolizes the Buddhist
disciples because Buddha delivered his first sermon at the Sarnath Deer
Park in Varanasi. A deer radiates serenity and purity, and is symbolic
of spiritual qualities. A jewelry piece incorporating a deer image is
believed to have a calming influence on the wearer, teaching him/her
the values of quietude and gentleness.
Leaf of Ficus Religiosa
The Ficus Religiosa refers
to a species of fig tree that is held sacred
in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Buddhists revere it because it was a
huge Focus Religiosa tree underneath which Prince Siddhartha Gautama
was meditating when he attained enlightenment and became Buddha.
The tree’s heart-shaped leaf, also called Buddhi Leaf or
Bodhi Leaf symbolizes spiritual awakening and perfection of wisdom.
Jewels incorporating this leaf inspire compassion and modesty that are
essential for achieving
Sri Yantra is a symbol made
of nine interlocked triangles radiating out
from a seed center or bindu. It points towards unlimited abundance and
symbolizes the balance between the spiritual and the material, as well
as the divine masculine and feminine. Adorning Sri Yantra as a piece of
jewelry is believed to give the wearer spiritual comprehension and
mystic abilities, and also bring him/her peace, harmony, happiness,
good fortune and prosperity.
The Tibetan Knot, also
referred to as the Endless Knot, is made of
intertwined lines and symbolizes the illusory, eternal character of
time. It represents interconnectedness and continuity that underlies
all existence, where there is no end or beginning and everything
happens as karmic consequence. Tibetan Knot jewelry helps the wearer
understand this natural ‘cause and effect’ rule.
Origin of Buddhist jewelry