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)

- Hemavatasutta


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It looks like an "om" with a candrabindu, but I don't recognize the script.
The thus come thus gone,
who has neither came nor went,
enthroned on men’s breath,

like the still turtle,
withdraws six appendages
and is clothed in light --

illuminating
the unilluminated
with three shining cures.
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The general shape is giving me Southeast Asian vibes, like this Thai "Om."
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The thus come thus gone,
who has neither came nor went,
enthroned on men’s breath,

like the still turtle,
withdraws six appendages
and is clothed in light --

illuminating
the unilluminated
with three shining cures.
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Re: origin and meaning of this symbol

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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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Svākkhātaṃ brahmacariyaṃ, sandiṭṭhikam’akālikaṃ,
Yattha amoghā pabbajjā, appamattassa sikkhato.


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directly visible, immediate,
Where not in vain is the going forth
of one who trains heedfully.”
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