The Swastika symbol means well-being - "Su" means "good" and "asti" means "to exist". Many Hindus carve this auspicious symbol in the front entrance of their homes and businesses. During Diwali, the symbol is washed away and re-applied.
The Swastika is known as a good luck symbol for centuries.
It is dated around 10,000 - 13,000 BCE. People throughout the world used their own version of the symbol. The countries includes
- Celts and Nordic population
- North America
- Indus- Saraswati civilization
The oldest known use of the symbol dates back to the end of the last Ice Age.
In fact, Swastika was very popular in Europe and North America as well. It was featured as a good luck symbol in
So what happened?
- German scholars translating old Indian texts, noticed similarities between their own language and Sanskrit
- They concluded that Indian and Germans must have a shared ancestry. They imagined a race of white-God like warriors named Aryans (aka master race)
- They strongly and wrongly believed that the Aryan race once existed and dominated the Indian subcontinent. Therefore, they are entitled the same. As a result, the Nazis caused the deaths of millions of innocent people and Auschwitz's horrors still haunt the world today.
- The symbol eventually became the most vilified symbol of the 20th century.
After the horrors committed by the Nazis, numerous efforts have been made to clear the misunderstandings surrounding the ancient symbol. The EU attempted to ban all use of the Swastika, regardless of the renditions. But Hindu all over the world, have strongly risen in defense of their sacred symbol.
Most importantly, those suffered the most made this statement
" A distorted version of this sacred symbol was misappropriated by the Third Reich in Germany, and abused as an emblem under which heinous crimes were perpetrated against humanity, particularly the Jewish people. The participants recognize that this symbol is, and has been, sacred to Hindus for millennia before its misappropriation,"
Second Hindu Jewish Leadership Summit in Jerusalem held in February 2008.
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