In this age, in which Westerners pride themselves on ethnic and religious tolerance, Indians and Hindus have been shocked and surprised to discover their most sacred symbol banned from public display by Western organizations – most recently, Facebook.
The symbol that I am talking about is the ancient swastika. It is a sad irony that the impact of de-Nazification policies of our erstwhile Soviet Union and Western Allies have blindly led us to hate this symbol, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, and one of the most holy symbols of the history of mankind.
For at least 9,000 years this symbol years has been the symbol of Subh Labh, meaning, literally: auspicious profitable/good-happening, though sometimes wrongly translated to just ‘good luck’, as the literal translation of Su-asti-k.
To understand the meaning of Subh Labh we need to understand Dharma. In short the latter means an action that leads to good of not only one, but all. The Dharma of the sun is to shine. The Dharma of Humans is the ten basic laws (however discussion of these is beyond the scope of this article).
So Subh Labh means something like: may good happen to me while I spread good to all around me. May this atmosphere of good spread. In fact, this is the inalienable aspect of the Indian model of economics, which is based on the belief in earning a living while, at the same time, doing service for the good of society and the nation.
Today, we find Western liberals defending the Quran and Islam, and claiming that they’re being misrepresented by fanatics. Yet such support for the swastika is totally lacking in the West, perhaps especially from liberals. Why? Wasn’t our sacred symbol misrepresented, too?
Yes, we know that the Nazis used the symbol we’re discussing. They called it the hakenkreutz (“Hooked Cross”). They didn’t call it by its Sanskrit name, swastika. We know they spoke of “Aryans”.
But why do you still believe what the Nazis said? Aryan is a Sanskrit word. It appears many times in the Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedic texts (sacred to Hinduism), where it refers to the Aryas or Aryan people (referred to by modern academics as Indo-European or Indo-Iranian). We do not know the origins of this people, but we do know that the term Aryan means noble, and that this noble people influenced Indian culture thousands of years ago. We know also that the Nazis had no legitimate claim on this beautiful term.
No matter where you consider the origin of Aryan culture, whether India or Central Asia, the swastika is the symbol of Aryan [noble] thought which traveled all over the world, with Aryan thought reaching ancient Europe, China, Japan, Australia and Americas.
The swastika signifies Aryan Culture, Aryan Philosophy and Aryan Thought.
I’ve already mentioned the Vedas. Archaeological findings suggest that Indus Valley Civilization is Vedic, i.e. Aryan. Fire Altars, the god Shiva as Pashupati (the Lord of animals), and other symbols found there are reflected in the early Vedas.
Nevertheless, more than half of the important sites have been found away from Indus River. French satellite image and later Indian findings have found the track of long-lost, mighty, mystical Saraswati River of the Vedas. Saraswati was still flowing mightily around 3,200 BCE, but began to dry up around 3,000 BCE. Initially communists and anti-Indian and Aryan forces argued that Vedic civilization adopted Dravidian culture, just like the Romans adopted the Greek. But symbols and artifacts similar to those of the Indus Valley Civilization are found in Europe as well. Most visibly, Cernunnos, the Celtic horned god, on the Gundestrup Cauldron found in Denmark, resembles the Pashupati Seal of the Indus Valley.
The propaganda of the communists and other anti-Indian intellectuals have been disproved by the Vedas themselves. The Vedas describe many unique astronomical occurrences, as well as the time period between them. Based on these, calculations by various scholars, especially by David Frawley, have suggested a date of at least 6,000 BCE for earliest verses of the Rig Veda.
But we can assume that the advanced cities and forts, and the presence of sophisticated agriculture, described in the Rig Veda would need a civilizational progress of at least 1,000 years. This assumption is backed by the discovery of Mehrgarh, the oldest city of Indus Valley civilization. Even better results are found when we compare Indus Standard bricks, weight and measures with Vedic sources. And last but not least, there has also been an attempt to decipher the Indus Script by Natwar Jha with the help of N.S. Rajaram, though his readings haven’t yet received mainstream acceptance.
The politics around the Aryan origins and Ayranism itself is so strong that it is very difficult for an honest researcher and truth seeker to stand up and give his findings. Yet doubts over linguistics have been disproved beautifully by the great Indo-Iranian linguist Dr. Koenraad Elst. From all of the evidence, it is completely clear that Indus Valley Civilization was indeed Vedic Civilization, and goes back to 7,000 BCE.
The brief History lesson above was to demonstrate the antiquity of the swastika. This is its significance: It is the symbol of Dharma, the symbol of Aryanism [spiritual nobility], symbol of humanity and progress for all. Yet, this great symbol is tragically the most misunderstood symbol of all history!
Why do I care so much? It started when Facebook deleted my Profile Picture. I run an alternative government movement. Alternative Governments are movements who declare a sovereign government and try to establish their sovereignty upon their claimed territory. They can vary from militant to peaceful. And we are peaceful people caring about the value of human life. The flag of our alternative government is saffron flag with a sun disk and swastika upon it. This was deleted by Facebook.
Now we have to unite together to spread truth about the swastika, this great auspicious symbol, what it is and what it really means. The swastika is an indispensable part of the global spiritual movement to increase the consciousness of humanity in general.
The Christian cross was used in the Crusades, by Crusaders who caused massive destruction of life and property, but does it means we should ban the cross? Absolutely Not. Similarly, it does not matter that our sacred symbol was used by a racist organization in the middle of Europe.
Luckily, nowadays, there is, increasingly, a rise in support for the swastika in the West, which is good sign for its future recognition as one of the world’s most ancient spiritual symbols. We can do the little we can, if you read this article I request you to spread real meaning of Swastika. Namaste.