What is Dharma?
What is the DHARMACHAKRA of Buddist?
It is the symbolic representation of the dharma, the teachings of Buddha which is the path to an Enlightenment, since the early period of the Buddhism in India. A similar symbol is also used in Jainism, one of the dharmas of India.
In Buddhism, each part of the dharmachakra represents a specific meaning as follows:
- Its overall circular shape represents, the perfection of the teaching of dharma.
- The hub in the center, represents the discipline, which is very much essential for the practice of meditation.
- The rim, that holds the spokes of chakra, represents the Samadhi state, which holds everything together
- Each spoke of the chakra represents a portion of the "Noble Eightfold Path" or "Ashtangamarg"
Derivation of the name Ashoka Chakra
He preached his first teachings to them and thereby declaring the "Dharmachakra". This symbol is taken by the King "Ashoka", Indian Emporer Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty and inscribed on the top of his pillars.
These inscriptions, were spread throughout the areas of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan and represents the first real evidence of Buddhism.
These edicts describe the details of the first wide expansion of the Buddhist dharma, through the sponsorship of one of the most powerful kings of India. According to these evidences, Buddhism reached as far as the Mediterranean and many monuments of the Buddhist were created.
Usage of Ashoka Chakra
Ashoka Chakra's representation of the Hindhuism
"Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ pracodáyāt"
- GAYATRI MANTRA
These Rishis, represents all the "Rishis" of the Himalayas, of which "Maharshi Vishvamitra" is the first and "Rishi Yajnavalkya" is the last, who governed the dharma.
Representation of the 24 Spokes of the Ashoka Chakra in Indian Flag
11. Self Sacrifice
21. Moral Values
22. Spiritual Wisdom
23. The Fear of God
24. Faith or Belief or Hope
Description of the Flag of India
Our leaders must be dedicated themselves to their work without selfishness and ego.
The color White in the center is the "Light of knowledge", a path of the truth to guide our conduct.
The color Green represents our relationship and values to the soil, plant life here, as to which all other life depends.
And also, the "Chakra" denotes motion. Because, there is life in the movement and the stagnation creates death. It is the representative of a peaceful dynamic change.
India is a beautiful country of different people, places, traditions and culture with the UNITY IN DIVERSITY.