Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mystical Elephant

Took This Photo Today Outside My Office. This Elephant Has 2 Om Symbols On Each Of His Ears an the Symbol Of Trishul On Its Trunk.

Om or Aum is of paramount importance in Hinduism. This symbol (as seen in the image on the right) is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute of Hinduism — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence. Brahman, in itself, is incomprehensible; so a symbol becomes mandatory to help us realize the Unknowable. Om, therefore, represents both the unmanifest (nirguna) and manifest (saguna) aspects of God. That is why it is called pranava, to mean that it pervades life and runs through our prana or breath. Read On

The trihsula (also spelled trishul or trisula, Sanskrit for "three spear") is a tridentspear that is the emblem of the god Shiva. The weapon symbolizes empire and the irresistible force of transcendental reality.

The three prongs of the trishula represent Shiva's three aspects of:
  • Creator,
  • Preserver
  • Destroyer

      as well as the three shaktis (powers):
  • Will
  • Action
  • Wisdom
     The fearsome goddess Durga also brandishes a trishula in one of her seven hands.


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