The symbol of the Swastika goes back over 11,000 years and is believed to have
originated in the Harappan or Pre-Harappan period and the culture of the Indus
Valley Civilization. There is also a mention of the Swastika in the Vedas around
the same time.
The swastika, an Indian symbol of peace and continuity came into ill repute
because of the Nazi regime in Germany who took (plagiarised) it as their emblem. But
it's unlikely they had any idea as to what it represented. Unfortunately most people still look
on the symbol with some disgust due to this recent chapter in our history, but
elsewhere in the world the swastika has a different meaning and this is what we
should focus on.
It is thought that "single swastikas began to appear in the Neolithic Vinca
culture across south-eastern Europe around 7,000 years ago. But it's in the
Bronze Age that they became more widespread across the whole of Europe." BBC.
"The swastika goes back in time at least 12,000 years according to archaeology,
its a Sanskrit word "suasti" meaning "it is ( asti ) good ( su )" . Its origin
seems to have been the sudarsana disc of Lord Visnu, a spinning disc he used as
a weapon. Sudarsana means "good ( su ) vision ( darsana )" just as "suasti"
means "it is ( asti ) good ( su )" .
In the region of mezine, Ukraine, archaeologists dug a man made ornament of a
bird fashioned from the ivory tusk of a wooly mammoth. Carved upon this ornament
was a swastika, which, at a date of between 12,000 and 15,000 years, makes it
the oldest swastika ever found." ~ prasadam.co.uk
We must ask why and the most obvious is that the polestar (Polaris) remains in
an almost fixed position above the North Pole making it an important navigation
marker. Then moving around the polestar we have the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) and
Little Dipper (Ursa Minor).
seems likely that the swastika symbol was symbolic of the Big Dipper in its
progression which was related to the observations of all other phenomenon.
If we look back through our history, we can see a great deal of work has gone
into aligning structures like Stonehenge, the Egyptian pyramids and other
momentous buildings around the world to different points of the compass and more
particularly different star systems so that there are are measurable
astronomical alignments happening within these structures at different times of
The structures were important because they helped the people to understand the
passing of the seasons, to be able to predict climatic changes and know when to
plant their crops. Today we think we are so smart with all our technology that
we know everything, but our ancestors in some ways were even smarter.
While the use of the swastika is thought to have appeared in southern Europe
7000 years ago, it seems probable that like so much of our knowledge and
technology, this perception is most likely to have originated in India. The word
<i>swastika </i>comes from the Sanskrit <i>svastika</i>, which means "good
fortune" or "well-being."
7000 years ago Indian knowledge far surpassed that of Europe. They had
substantial cities and were culturally and scientifically very advanced. They
knew the Earth rotated on it's axis and around the sun, they had
along with much of the solar system, they knew
more about astronomy than Galileo and Copernicus, and they understood that many
of the stars in our night sky were actually far away galaxies.
When observing the changes in the night sky and the changes in the seasons on
earth, when everything is functioning regularly and predictably, then all is
well. Earth seasons are not always so predictable and yet when the movements of
the stars remain constant, that would give reassurance to those who are perhaps
suffering some anxiety through unpredictable seasons and crop failures that all
will return to normal.
When we look at the history of India and the knowledge that has come from them,
it would be really foolish to disregard this Hindu contribution to our
knowledge. However knowledge changes as its distributed and as knowledge moved
to Europe, the significance like so many ideas also changed. Therefore it's
highly probable that the use of the swastika in India day's back to at least
11,000 BC and possibly much further.
The Swastika may map the turning sky down onto the ground, forming the bond between 'levels' that is so central to shamanic cosmology." Crystal links.
Hinduism we have the story of the churning of the ocean
and the possibility of
everlasting life or perhaps the Big Dipper represents that wheel of Samsara that
turns incessantly. And yet it can also be a metaphor for the turning of the
wheel of Dharma and perhaps our ancestors also saw this as a driving force of
our existence. There are so many possibilities and they are all life affirming.
It turns out that the Swastika symbol dates back over 11,000 years, and was used
much before the rise of the Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest
civilizations on the planet.
"An electron has a high probability zone formed of a spiral of standing waves around the carbon atom's nucleus. When this configuration is viewed from certain angles, the spirals form recognisable symbols. In the first view a 3-dimensional Aumkara (OM or AUM symbol) could be seen. From a different angle that Aumkara became a flat, 2-dimensional Swastika. The Swastika, he concluded, was actually 2-D representation of the 3-D aumkara.
Rotating the model to another angle shows those symbols change into the Greek Alpha and Omega. At a cosmic level the symbols of Eastern spirituality (Aumkara and Swastika) are literally and only different aspects of the same spiritual truth that is also represented by the symbols of Western spirituality (Alpha and Omega). The Carbon atom, by containing within it these universal symbols, demonstrates that matter is a manifestation of the same Divine consciousness experienced by the saints and sages of all history. Matter is innately spiritual" KRM
The big dipperModern constellations EWO
The Times of India
The Journal of American Folk-Lore", Volume XIV, Houghton, Mifflin and Company: London, Leipzig; 1901. Pages 217-218.
The Fundamental Principles of New and Old World Civilizations" by Zelia Nuttall (Archaeological and Ethnological Papers of the Peabody Museum of Harvard University. Vol. ii.) Cambridge, Mass. 1901.
Predating Indus Valley Civilisation