Religious symbolism is the use of symbols, including archetypes, acts, artwork, events, or natural phenomena, by religion. Religions view religious texts, rituals, and works of art as symbols of compelling ideas or ideals. A symbol is recognized through out the every nation of the world which signifies the qualities which are related to the deeper truths; Symbols help create a resonant mythos expressing the moral values of the society or the teachings of the religion, foster solidarity among adherents, and bring adherents closer to their object of worship.
The study of religious symbolism is either universalist, as a component of comparative religion and mythology, or in localized scope, within the confines of a religion’s limits and boundaries.
We can use the model of a bright lamp to represent our level of awareness or consciousness: Our body represents the lamp which is lit ever more brightly as our awareness increases. The brightness of our awareness lights up our surroundings so that we can see and hence perceive additional aspects of ourselves and our surroundings.We have an increasingly better feel for what we should do or not do (higher consciousness). To have peace of mind in our daily life.
OM or AUM is the symbol of the essence of Hinduism. It means oneness with the Supreme, the merging of the physical being with the spiritual. The most sacred syllable, the first sound of the Almighty – the sound from which emerges each and every other sound, whether of music or language. The OM represents all the alphabets, all the words and all the objects of the Universe.What is beyond Omkara is Silence.Silence is the Parabrahman and Omkara are the Shabdha Brahman. It also means oneness with the Supreme, is also called the mother of all the mantras, the first sound of the Almighty, the sound from which emerges each and every other sound, It’s the sound of the creation of the universe, where we came from, our home.
In the Upanishads this sacred syllable appears as a mystic sound, regarded by Scriptures as the very basis of every other sacred mantra It is the sound not only of origination but also of dissolution. The past, present, and future are all included in this one sound, and even all that transcends this configuration of time is also implied in OM.
Although Om symbolizes the most profound concepts of Hindu belief, it is in use daily. The Hindus begin their day or any work or a journey by uttering Om.
4 – SWASTIKA
The Swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used by many cultures around the world. The work Swastika is derived from Sanskrit word Svastika, meaning any lucky or auspicious object, the Swastika an extremely powerful symbol known worldwide. It resembles an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, Sometimes dots are added between each arm. It is also seen as pointing in all four directions and thus signifies grounded stability and strength. It is also considered as the emblem of sun, power, life, authority,
In Hinduism Swastika are often seen on the sides of temples and religious scriptures, it is also used in Hindu weddings, festivals, ceremonies as it is considered extremely holy and auspicious symbolism by Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhist rank Swastika second only to OM.