origin and meaning of this symbol

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origin and meaning of this symbol

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this is said to mean love and kindness and protection, but where does it come from, and how did it come to mean these things
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16. 'In what has the world originated?' — so said the Yakkha Hemavata, — 'with what is the world intimate? by what is the world afflicted, after having grasped at what?' (167)

17. 'In six the world has originated, O Hemavata,' — so said Bhagavat, — 'with six it is intimate, by six the world is afflicted, after having grasped at six.' (168)

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It looks like an "om" with a candrabindu, but I don't recognize the script.
Seated in solitude, the body and the mind are made calm and pure.
Moved by serenity, they act for each others' salvation.
The nature of the mind, like this, is alien to all corruption
when the body, as it should, sits at peace.

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The general shape is giving me Southeast Asian vibes, like this Thai "Om."
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Seated in solitude, the body and the mind are made calm and pure.
Moved by serenity, they act for each others' salvation.
The nature of the mind, like this, is alien to all corruption
when the body, as it should, sits at peace.

(T848.46b23 Vairocana Sūtra)
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salayatananirodha wrote: Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:35 am this is said to mean love and kindness and protection, but where does it come from, and how did it come to mean these things
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Where did you find it?
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salayatananirodha wrote: Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:35 am this is said to mean love and kindness and protection, but where does it come from, and how did it come to mean these things
You could try asking the chairman of the Samatha Trust, Dr. Paul Dennison, who's a great enthusiast for Khmer and Thai yantras, mantras, tattoos, etc.

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Looks like the symbol for the crown chakra

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Read up on it at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahasrara
“Monk, the property of light, the property of beauty, the property of the dimension of the infinitude of space, the property of the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, the property of the dimension of nothingness: These properties are to be reached as perception attainments.[2] The property of the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception is to be reached as a remnant-of-fabrications attainment. The property of the cessation of feeling & perception is to be reached as a cessation attainment."[3]

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it looks like the Sanskrit (although it is said to pre-date Sanskrit) "OM" orthographic character inserted into the middle of the Thai "OM" - seems redundant - maybe from a piece of jewelry etc. Where's it from?
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