“1939 – SVASTIKA”

ORIGIN AND MEANING OF SVASTIKA{Excerpts from Bábá’s Discourses  - corrected from different source}

The Duty of KÁPÁLIKAS is not only their Individual Emancipation but they have to put efforts to emancipate the whole Universe – “KAM PALAYATI JAH SAH KÁPÁLIKA”.

Saguńa Brahma has two counter parts — Subjective Saguńa Brahma and Objective Saguńa Brahma.

Subjective Saguńa Brahma consists of Consciousness and Cosmic Mind and Objective Saguńa Brahma means manifested universe with its five Rudimental factors and Material expression.

Subjective Saguńa Brahma in Philosophy is called ‘Karana’ Brahma and Objective Saguńa Brahma is called ‘Karya’ Brahma.

The Tantrikas hear different sounds in different Cakras of the body while performing Sádhaná.

Thus, in Tantra there are many sounds which represent the “Biija” or seed of different Spiritual expressions.

As “Ta” is the Biija of dullness, likewise the acoustic root of whole Saguńa Brahma is “AUMa”.

A represents the sound of creation, U represents the sound of preservation and Ma represents the sound of destruction. The Objective portion of the Saguńa Brahma has the sound “Ka” that means the acoustic root of Karya Brahma is “Ka”.

Tantrikas heard the vibration which of course was an abstract idea. As there were no alphabets, so in the beginning this “ka” could not be written. But these Tantrikas later on to give the sound “ka” an alphabetic expression drew a picture which was exactly like the “Plus” sign of Mathematics.

The figure contains two lines – one horizontal and the other vertical.

The first line represents Purus’a and the latter represents Prakrti.

Prakrti always co-exists with Purus’a.

Thus in the beginning this “Plus” sign represented the acoustic root “ka” of Objective Saguńa Brahma. In 1500 BC in Brahmi language the letter “ka” was written just as “Plus” sign.

In 1500 BC in Prakrta, and after thousand of years in Bengali, Devanagari and Hindi languages “ka” was written with two lines – one representing the Purus’a and the other representing the Prakrti.

In Tantra there is a special system known as “KÁPÁLIKA SÁDHANA”.

Scriptures say that KÁPÁLIKA is one who controls, preserves and revolves the Manifested Universe.

Ka plus Palika is KÁPÁLIKA(Kam  Palayati jah sah Kapalika).

Ka” means the entire Universe with all its visible and invisible expressions.

A KÁPÁLIKA has to protect, preserve and nourish this “ka” world.

To get this done KÁPÁLIKAS have to help the humanity to move towards perfection so that the dormant human caliber and capacity may be fully developed.

We know that the Creation is the result of the centrifugal activity of the Macrocosmic Nucleus.

The “KULAKUŃDALINII” or the Sleeping Divine Potentiality has coiled in the clockwise direction.

So KÁPÁLIKA in order to take the humanity from the static dominance towards the Purusottama, require the anticlockwise force, the direction just opposite to the path of creation which is from one to many.

Therefore they have assumed the four handles on the figure “Plus” to represent the “ka” with a view to revolve it towards perfection, to unfold the divine potentialities from the path of negativity to the path of supreme positivity.

The KÁPÁLIKAS drew four handles on the figure “ka”.

The meaning behind it was that KÁPÁLIKAS will have to catch the “karya Brahma” and move it in anti-clockwise direction.

So this “ka” with the four handles represents the Svastika.

Handles of Svastika should be drawn always in the right hand direction.

But the people who draw this Svastika with handles in left directions exhibit a mental tendency which stands for crudification.

Their activities are for destruction and not construction.

As a result of the parallelism with matter, they have crudified their mind. So, they support this reverse figure of Svastika.

The Svastika symbolizes victory – victory from the bondage of Prakrti.

Man is under the bondages of Prakrti and liberation means a complete emancipation from the clutches of Prakrti where there will be no death, no life, no joy, no pleasure – a stage of equipoise of weal and woe , and equilibrium of pain and pleasure, that is the stage of Anandam, a stage which does not get disturbed or influenced by any of the Internal or External stimuli.

So when Man emancipates himself from the bondages of Prakrti and merges with the Cosmic Entity he becomes victorious.

To be victorious one requires the anticlockwise movement, the centripetal advancement towards the Supreme Entity.

Svastika symbolizes this.

That’s why Svastika became the symbol of KÁPÁLIKAS.

The Duty of KÁPÁLIKAS is not only their Individual Emancipation but they have to put efforts to emancipate the whole Universe – “KAM PALAYATI JAH SAH KÁPÁLIKA”.