How is karma related to the universe?

Karma: symbols and their meaning

When it comes to karma, it is often about symbols that combine the phrase "As you call into the forest, it echoes out". Because that is the meaning of karma. Everything you do, good or bad, will happen to you in this life or in the next.

A sacred syllable as a karma symbol

The Om created the universe according to Hindu ideas and represents the creation of all of our lives and that of the galaxy.

  • Om symbolizes the original sound that was heard during the creation process, creation.
  • The symbol is an expression of the Trinity. As an interpretation of the states of consciousness, Om combines deep sleep, the dream state and the waking state.
  • It also symbolizes the aspects of the divine. Vishnu, the sustaining power, Shiva as the destructive power and Brahma, the creative power are important.
  • The fourth element besides the Trinity is Turiya. In this state one feels liberated or also enlightened.

The Ensō from Zen Buddhism

Ensō is Japanese and means circle when translated.

  • The symbol represents a moment in which the body and mind are not restricted in their creative process and the consciousness is completely free.
  • The circle is a sanctuary in Zen Buddhism and serves Zen masters as the signature of religious works of art.
  • Ensō stands for enlightenment, elegance, strength, the universe and emptiness at the same time.
  • The symbol is often shown openly, which leaves room for interpretation. For example, an open circle stands for a part of something bigger and for the rejection of perfection.

Yin and Yang for a harmonious life

Yin and Yang represent two different principles, which in their essence behave in opposite ways, but are nevertheless dependent on one another and have an effect on one another.

  • Yin is the inwardly directed energy and contains all structures that absorb and collect forces.
  • The black highlighted half of the symbol is Yin. So she is the dark, soft, negative and passive part and stands for the feminine.
  • The yang that gives impulses is directed outwards as well as upwards and tends to be exhausted.
  • Yang is therefore the white, light half of the symbol and reflects the hard, high, positive and active part. He also stands for the masculine.
  • One possible translation for yin and yang is the "dark side of the mountain" (yin) and the "sunny side of the mountain" (yang).
  • There were similar symbols in ancient Europe. They have purely external similarities, but are not related to one another in a historical context.

Everything is connected through the eternal knot

In this symbol, all aspects of life, but also beliefs, are connected or entangled with one another.

  • The endless or Buddha knot is the symbol for the infinite, because there is no fixed start and end point.
  • The knot unites all existing things and also takes up the law of cause and effect.
  • In the Buddhist religion, the knot is represented with six loops, whereas in the Tibetan area forms with only four loops are common.

The triangle as the seat of a divine power

In the different religions and the history of mankind the triangle always stands for different terms and has many meanings.

  • In Hinduism, for example, the triangle stands for a character trait of the supreme deity Vishnu and is a symbol for the goddess Lakshmi.
  • In general, the triangle unites three things that have existed since the beginning of the universe - the soul, the body and the spirit.
  • It also represents the cycle of life and symbolizes becoming, being and passing away. With death a new life begins and the cycle continues.
  • The Triangulum is the Trinity, the seat of the Supreme God and combines the qualities of strength, wisdom and beauty.

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