(35) Swastik – Symbol of Prosperity
Swastik is a very important Hindu symbol. It stands for auspiciousness, peace and prosperity and world brotherhood. No Hindu religious ritual is complete without this symbol.
‘Swasti’ in Sankrit means may all be well with you. People in Thailand still use this form of greeting when they meet one another. Thailand had a long cultural association with India. That is why the greeting is still used there.
How did this sign come into use? To understand this we have to go back to the beginnings of our earth and the solar system. It is believed that there was an explosion and scattering of energy in all directions. As a result our earth and other planets formed. Scientists call this explosion the Big Bang. The exploding of a hundred H-bombs and one thousand A-bombs would be something like a Diwali firecracker compared to the Big Bang. The energy scattered in the shape of Swastik (").
The sign is a sort of a sun mark. As we have already noticed Surya deva is everything to us. If he stops shining his light on us we will all perish. The four arms of Swastik stand for four main directions: North, South, East, West; the four Vedas: Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva; the four aims of human life called purusharthas in Sanskrit : Dharma, Arth (acquiring wealth); Kama (fulfilling desires); and finally Moksha (liberation from this earthly life.) This means the individual attaining moksha will not be born again on this earth. And the four stages of life are called ashrams – Brahmacharya, Grahasth, Vanaprasth and Sannyas.
Even in our towns and villages the Swastik sign is painted on walls. Every Hindu respects the symbol of prosperity and well-being.