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The Tilak, a dot or a stripe between the eyebrows. It symbolises the third eye, sometimes called the eye of Shiva, and is nearly always seen as a dot between the eyes on women. Some westerners mistake this for a caste mark; this is not the case, is it a religious icon.


Vibhuti is the holy ash obtained from sacred puja rites involving fire. Ash as the product of fire is considered intrinsically pure. It is used on the forehead, which signifies that the latter is willing to destroy all bad and evil thoughts in his mind.
Picture is of the Indian god-man, Sathya Sai Baba, The grey ash can be seen falling from Sai Baba's hand in the picture. Sathya Sai Baba is a divine incarnation in India.


Rudraksha are seeds of the rudraksha tree that, according in Hinduism it represents the tears (aksha) of Lord Shiva (also known as, Rudra). They are often threaded into a necklace and used as a rosary to accompany prayer and meditation.


The Om, (sometimes spelled Aum) is the pranava, the root or base sound which made all creation; it exists within all things, and to this, all things return. Chanting OM brings balance, centredness, peace and serenity. This is universally used as the symbol of Hinduism.


The Svaasti (pronounced Swasti). This symbol is over 6000 years old and means auspiciousness. It can be found on idols, statues, temples, footpaths and in front of homes. It brings divine protection and auspiciousness.


This is the Swastika of the Third Reich. Hitler took the ancient Hindu symbol, turned it on an angle, and misused it. Misuse of a divine symbol brings about consequences, for none are exempt the law of karma. Understand that the Svaasti symbol was six thousand years old, long, long, long before that dippy, brainless Hitler took it and misued it. As a result, he and the German nation were defeated.


Ancient Swasti symbol used in a Jain Temple in India


Sri Chakra or Shri Yantra is a yantra formed by nine interlocking triangles that surround and radiate out from the bindu point, the junction point between the physical universe and its unmanifest source. It represents Sri Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance on all levels, in abstract geometric form. It also represents Tripura Sundari, "the beauty of the three worlds."


The lingam, symbol of Lord Shiva and the formless God.

The Lingam (also, Linga, Shiva linga, meaning "mark" or "sign") is a symbol for the worship of the Hindu deity Shiva. The use of this symbol for worship is an ancient tradition in India extending back at least to the early Indus Valley civilization.

The Lingham is often recessed in a circular bowl, called a yoni.


This is thought to be a sacred conjuntion of masculine and feminine. One of Lord Shiva's forms is Ardhaneswaraya, half-male, half-female.


The Lotus is associated with the creation mythology as well as the gods Vishnu, Brahma, and Lakshmi. The significance of the lotus is that it sits on the water and its roots go down into the mud below. Be in the world, not of the world. The human being must hold onto God in order to cross the ocean of life and cease from the cycle of birth and rebirth.


The veena is a musical instrument and is always shown in depictions of the goddess Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning. It represents Vidya, education in the fine arts and education in the essentials.


The Goddess Saraswathi with veena and palm leaf


the god Nataraja dancing, surrounded by a ring of fire. This is creation, preservation and dissolution. The world and the universe are the dance of creation, something that is outside time and space, and thus eternal. The Hindus sing to god Nataraja (a form of Lord Shiva) dhimita, dhimita, dhim meaning the noise the anklets Nataraja makes when he dances.

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