Medallion for Self Protection
This medallion keychain is designed to offer the owner an all-round general protection. Both sides of the medallion coin are inscribed with powerful secret mantras and the eight auspicious symbols that bring cosmic protection. It protects the carrier from all forms of dangers such as dangers from natural disasters, people with ill intentions, evil spirits, accidents, negative energies and so on. A good amulet to carry if you often travel to places prone to natural disasters such as earthquake, volcano eruptions, typhoon, hurricane and flood.
The Eight Auspicious Objects are a collection of lucky Buddhist icons, which make an appearance on many types of Buddhist artefacts, such as textiles, objects and paintings. It is said that each symbol on its own is a representation of a sole feature of Buddhist teachings; when they are all shown together, the abilities that they hold become stronger and multiply.
The Eight Auspicious Symbols are a parasol, a pair of golden fish, the great treasure vase, a lotus, the right-turning conch shell, the endless knot, the banner of victory and the wheel of dharma. Although these icons originate from Indian mythology, they have become well-known and widely used in Tibetan Buddhism. Below is a list of what each symbol stands for.
Parasol (Chattra)/ Canopy : In the dictionary, the parasol is defined as “an umbrella used for protection in the sun”. The umbrella, being an ancient Indian symbol of royalty and safety, represents a shadow of protection, which is cast upon the beholder to prevent anguish, yearning, obstacles or infirmity. The shade that it casts is also said to protect from devious spiritual forces. Many cultures have adapted the use of a parasol, due to its protective nature, as it is an icon of preventing suffering in the realms of men, gods, and in future lives. The use for the parasol symbol in Feng Shui is to represent a rich career and satisfaction in all areas of business life, especially new ventures and assessments.
Golden Fish (Suvarnamatsya): These two fish together represent harmony, happiness, fertility and recovery. Traditionally, in China, the fish symbolize unity and loyalty, because they always swim in pairs – it is for this reason that the golden fish would often be offered as wedding presents. In Buddhism, the golden fish are believed to be a powerful possession, having the ability to prevent accidents, illness and bad intentions. The golden fish are also placed in the homes of rich families, to stimulate wealth corners and bring an abundance of wealth and fortune.
Treasure Vase (Kalasha): The treasure vase is a very useful icon, symbolizing an abundance in material possessions, long life and prosperity. It has always been an icon related to the idea of “inexhaustible treasures” – it is said that no matter how much one takes out of the vase, it will never go empty. In many cultures, the fairytales told often entail an encounter with some sort of “never-empty vessel”, and has so become a symbol which people keep in their homes, to bring a long life, wealth, and many benefits from the world. The treasure vase is also known to summon harmony and unity to the area surrounding it.
Lotus (Padma): The growth pattern of a lotus represents the development that the soul can make – the lotus has the ability to blossom out of muddy water (materialism), past the water (experience) and make its way out into the sunlight (englightenment). The lotus is also a symbol of both mental and spiritual purity, due to the fact that it grows and stands tall with its strong stem above all the other water-flowers around it. This beautiful flower is an icon of the blossoming of wholly decent deeds, resulting in purification of the body and mind. In Feng Shui, the lotus is used to summon joy, love luck and continuous social growth.
Conch Chell (Sankha): The conch shell was the original trumpet horn used in ancient India, and has remained to be an icon of strength and sovereignty. When used as a horn, the sound the shell made was believed to eliminate evil spirits and harmful creatures, sometimes even being able to prevent natural disasters. Indian mythology tells of many heroes carried with them a grand white conch shell – it is for this reason that the shell has come to be known as an insignia of authority. In Tibetan Buddhism, the conch shell is used to call people to religious events, and during the events themselves, it is used as both an instrument to create music and a vessel to hold holy water. In Feng Shui, those who are searching for networking in business, to create ties for import and export, should make use of the conch shell. In addition to this, it will help to create prosperity from global awareness of your business ventures, and will create reputation and fame luck in the south.
Endless Knot (Shrivasta): The endless knot, as can be derived from its name, is a knot that has no beginning or end – this is a representation of how all events progress in a cycle, the “never-ending cycle” in Buddhism. This cycle came to creation based on the endless understanding and empathy of Buddha, forming good tidings and love luck. This “magical lucky knot” is seen as an icon of a smooth and simple life, one that is free of disease, problems, pain and suffering. It is often given to couples upon marriage, representing a perseverant love and romance that will keep their marriage solid. In addition to this, the endless knot is the ideal trinket to keep when making a long journey, as it is known to prevent accidents or other dangers (such as burglary, kidnapping or mugging) – this is because the endless knot is the unsurpassed symbol of protection in Period 8.
Victory Banner (Dhvaja): “Dhvaja” in Sanskrit means “standard, flag or ensign”. It was originally used as a military icon, held by the Indian soldiers during war. However, the victory banner was not only used for war; it is better known to hold the victory of the teachings of Buddha, who believed that enlightenment and insight always overcome ignorance. This glad shows the defeat of Mara (evil) by Buddha – it is with this defeat that Buddha was able to reach a state of nirvana. In Feng Shui, the victory banner is an icon of the victory that one achieves, whether it be over one’s own body or someone else’s, to overcome obstacles and negative energy. In addition, this banner is also a representation of the total triumph of the Buddhist Doctrine over all other malevolent and malicious forces.
Wheel (Dharmachakra): In Buddhism, while the whole wheel itself is a symbol of the teachings of Buddha and spiritual chance, the different parts each have their own iconography: the rim represents the factor of limitation, the hub symbolizes the axis of the Earth, and the eight different spokes together show the Eightfold Path dictated by Buddha (which creates a calm for all suffering). In Feng Shui, the wheel is an icon of surmounting the shortcomings of mankind, some of which are ignorance, greed and temper – these are different sources from which suffering originates. Therefore, the wheel is used to obtain spiritual escalation, poise and better perception.
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