Swastika: Myths and Realities

November 16, 2011 23:36

The photo was taken the U.S. Hubble telescope. Photo courtesy of the staff Arkhyz Observatory

"… The fact that the star, it is not … rotation. All its rays emanate from a single center, but never meet each other. They go to infinity. Roughly speaking, it is a symbol of individualism … The swastika is no individualism, there is the principle of collectivism. That is, here are the hooks, that these branches, they move, duplicate, one another. They show the rotation. They show that individualism — is illusory ideology, we all depend on each other. In society, a man can not exist by itself. But to accept this truth is very difficult for a man … "
Roman Bagdasarov. Transfer of "Price of Victory" on radio "Echo of Moscow", December 15, 2008

In 1996, it was first published research anthropologist, art historian and Orthodox traditions Roman V. Bagdasarova dedicated symbolism swastika. This is Russia's first full-scale study on the issue. A scientist in his later work repeatedly returns to the subject. His latest book is about the swastika is called "Mystic Fire Cross" (published in the third, ext. And Corr.). To date, RV Bagdasarov considered the best Russian experts in the field.

In his books attracted extensive archaeological, ethnographic, historical and artistic material covering the period starting from the Paleolithic (and that's when, according to the archaeologists found the first mention of the swastika) up to the present day. Special attention is paid to the use of the swastika in the culture of the peoples living in Russia.

According Bagdasarova "disputes about the origin and meaning of the swastika does not cease with the middle of the last century. This is, first of all, influenced the rapid development of archeology as a swastika was found on all inhabited continents, and the diversity of its modifications did not prevent the existence of similar variations, far removed from each other in geographic space and time scale.

Middle and Near East, Central, Northern and Southern Europe, Central Asia and the Far East, the Americas, Polynesia, Africa — indeed, the swastika is a planetary symbol. Unlike other primitive characters, a swastika was seen as the first character, knowingly received through the chain of tradition, person to person, from tribe to tribe, from people to people. "

The study of the swastika from the point of view of religion does not lead to less diversity. Based on the monograph T. Wilson, presented in 1894 to the National Museum of the United States, "was identified as the swastika symbol of Zeus, Baal, Agni, Indra, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Jupiter Thunderer, Athena, Artemis and other gods. Most of the researchers of the late XIX century, agreed that the swastika is an ancient Aryan (Indo-European) symbol for the sun, the sky, the light, the glow of the zigzag lightning, water, and is also the emblem of the Great God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, after it has received the values associated with the cults of Buddha and Christ. "

Bagdasarov exhaustively describes how and in what form a swastika at every step in the culture of the Slavs: it was applied to the sacred objects (icons, crosses and crucifixes, in patterns and painting the walls), on everyday household items and clothing, it is typical for monuments of architecture and art.

"Sanskrit exclamation" Swasti "translates, in particular, as" good ", — says the scientist. Perhaps that is why the treatment is the sign of swastika as a symbol of happiness and prosperity. And since it is assumed that the swastika symbolizes the vitality, light, cosmic energy, the cyclical recovery and considered a sign of a Creator, then many people depict swastikas everywhere and where you want to call the blessing of the divine powers. It is often used in everyday life and everyday life as a "guardian."

Most of the traditions and ancient knowledge agree that the language of symbols is not an invention of man. Divine powers bring these revelations to prophets and individual elected to transfer this knowledge to people. They are updated and changed according to the current events in the spiritual sphere of human activity.

Unfortunately, many of the spiritual knowledge and traditions have been lost in this country during the Revolution and in the years of Soviet power. And this total loss of knowledge of ancient traditions overlapped the tragic events of the Second World War, after which the swastika in the minds of men became associated with fascism. In fact, Hitler was once awarded this swastika.

Roman Bagdasarov writes that by "definition of 'Nazi' symbols can be approached only swastika standing on the edge of 45 ° with the ends pointing in the right direction … It would also call sign is" Swastika », a« Hakenkreuz », as did the Nazis themselves. The most accurate reference consistently distinguish between «Hakenkreuz» («Nazi swastika") and traditional forms of the swastika in Asia and America, which are on the surface at an angle of 90 ° ».

On the transfer of "The Price of Victory" broadcast by Radio "Echo of Moscow" December 15, 2008, Bagdasarov commented on this question as follows: "… And then, when there was a question to Hitler, what a character will become a leading symbol of the movement, the swastika seemed to him the best choice. First, it is an ancient symbol. Secondly, it is very understandable. Since it was not related to any moment of negative connotations.

He was well-known, it has been common to all cultures from West to East, from North to South. And no, in general, no political force, this significant, it has not yet been privatized. So Hitler, of course, could not pass this as a gifted political leader and took the character … "In my books, academic results justify that" fascism and the swastika should be completely separate. "

Because "the consequences of the barbaric attitude to the swastika are very sad for the modern culture of the Russian people. Known fact, when the Second World War, workers Kargopol museum was destroyed by a series of unique embroidery, ornamental motif containing a swastika, for fear of being accused of Nazi propaganda. Up to now in most museums monuments of art having a swastika, are not included in the main exhibition. Thus, the fault of the public and state institutions supporting "svastikofobiyu" suppressed millennia cultural tradition. "

An interesting case related to this issue took place in Germany in 2003, the President of the Association of the German Falun Dafa (Falun Gong — an ancient system of improvement of the soul and life, based on boosting morals) suddenly received a notification of a criminal case by the district attorney in Germany, where his accused the show of "illegal" symbol on the website (Falun emblem contains in the swastika of the Buddha).

The case was so unusual and interesting that the consideration it lasted more than six months. The final verdict of the court said that the Falun symbol is legal and valid in Germany, also pointed out that Falun symbol and illegal character looks completely different from each other and have a completely different meaning. Extract from the judgment: "The symbol of Falun represents peace and harmony in the mind, which is exactly what firmly defends Falun Gong movement.

Falun Gong is all over the world. Now Gong brutally persecuted in his country of origin — China. Until now, 35,000 people were arrested, and several hundred of them were sentenced to imprisonment of 2 to 12 years with no evidence of any charges. " The prosecutor refused to accept such a verdict and filed an appeal.

After a thorough investigation of the sentence of the District Court of Appeals issued a decision to confirm the original sentence, and to refuse further appeals. A similar case occurred in Moldova, where in September 2008, was considered a similar case, and only January 26, 2009 the decision was taken with the verdict of the court completely reject the prosecutor's application and admit that emblem of Falun Gong has nothing to do with the Nazi swastika.

The writings Bagdasarova have interesting information about the swastika for people prone to the scientific knowledge of the world. "Archetype swastika played at all levels of the universe. Confirmation of this — follow the migration of cells and cell layers, in which the structure of fixed micro-shaped swastika. It is a cell adhesion molecules. (Adhesion, one of the primary processes of development, means sticking, cell attachment to each other, without which there can be no embryo).

Adhesion molecule (IAC) form structures, each branch of which is a protein chain. " IAC photos taken with an electron microscope, look like three-and four-armed swastika. "Thus, the expression of the MAC process (creation of the microcosm), available human eye in the form of a swastika, the model reproduces the shape of the universe (the macrocosm) …" has the same structure as our galaxy, seen pictures of the universe from space. Therefore, the swastika is very attractive for astrophysics and geophysics. And perhaps it is with these facts relate mystical and esoteric aspects of the symbolism of the swastika.

Thus, we see that the sign of the swastika permeates our being from micro to macro and occurs everywhere in our lives, but our contemporaries (particularly in the former Soviet Union), have lost the ancient knowledge and cultural traditions of generations, sometimes about it and not know it. And it becomes clear why our ancestors thought the swastika sign Creator called sacred symbol and so carefully carried the tradition of transmission of knowledge from generation to generation.

Tamara Bogdanova. The Epoch Times

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