The Meaning Behind The Buddhist Eternal Knot Symbol

by Conscious Reminder

The symbol of the Endless Knot is an ancient one, and it probably originates from a symbology related to Naga. Nagas are beings that are living in different locations which range from waterways and underground locations to unseen realms.

Nagas are powerful beings that have their perceptions and also vary in the levels of enlightenment, just like human beings. Additionally, some of them are the protectors of Dharma.

In Hindu mythology, these beings are benevolent and malevolent, demons and Gods. They represent the unconscious mind of humans consisting of two different parts: base consciousness and higher self.

In addition, the serpents are the symbol of rebirth and renewal because of their skin’s systematic shedding. Serpents can also be found in some ancient cultures in which they represent the time cycles.

The meaning of the Endless Knot in Tibetan Buddhism

Here, it is the symbol of promise which symbolizes the unity which is between infinite wisdom and compassion, with a beginning or an end. This symbol is also present in Chinese art, utilized in the Chinese knots.

Moreover, this symbol represents Samsara, the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, the karmic cycle which continues eternally unless whole spiritual liberation. As this symbol is without beginning and end, it also represents Buddha’s wisdom.

Another probable interpretation is related to opposing forces’ interaction in a dualistic manifestation world, which leads to the union of those forces, and to harmony throughout the whole creation.

The meaning of the Eternal Knot in the Celtic art

The symbol of Buddhists is also comparable to the knots of some other ancient traditions and cultures, bearing amazing similarity to ancient Celts’ Celtic Knot. This Celtic symbol, which is called mystic knot as well, represents the uninterrupted cycle of life. Such symbols started appearing in the art of the Celts during the fifth century.

The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The Endless Knot symbol forms part of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. The rest of the symbols are the following:

Treasure Vase

The meaning of this symbol has been connected with some ideas of the storage, and satisfaction of the material aspirations. According to the sayings of Shakyamuni Buddha, the origins of suffering are attached to the desire, and in order to end that suffering, sentient beings have to stop caring about such attachments.

Dharma Wheel

In the religion of Buddhists, this symbol belongs among the most significant ones, because it is a representation of Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings. This wheel is comprised of three main parts, which are the hub, the rim, and the spokes.

Victory Banner

The Victory Banner symbolizes the victory of the teaching of Gautama Buddha over death, ignorance, suffering, disharmony, and every negative thing in the world.

Lotus Flower

This flower is actually similar to the ways people rise up proudly from all those sufferings in order to reach their spiritual enlightenment, beauty, and clarity. The mud which nourishes the lotus flower’s roots is the symbol of the messy lives of humans.

Golden Fish

This symbol in Buddhism represents happiness, as fish are entirely free in their water habitats. Moreover, the fish is the symbol of fertility and plentitude. Two fish in Hinduism represents the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers.

Parasol

The Parasol symbolizes the notions of wealth or royalty, and people were supposed to be financially quite rich in order to possess this item. It even represents how people enjoy during feasts. The dome indicates wisdom and compassion, two things which are fundamental in the tradition of Buddhists.

Conch Shell

This symbol in Buddhism represents the profound and joyful sound of all those teachings of Dharma. Moreover, it is emblematic of the excellent spiritual power, while its vibrations are said to protect people from the evil spirits.

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