A lot of controversy was buzzing on facebook about my potted arrangement. My business and I are not on facebook. Someone in the community alerted me to some comments on my potted arrangement. So, I thought I would post the Facebook comments on my blog page and finally respond to some of these comments. Thank You for all the feedback. Enjoy! - Anju
Ganesh Arrangement meaning and Swastika
I would like to inform people about my “Ganesh, potted arrangement” in the Active Page (Dec. issue.) Below is my personal write up, and what I am conveying in my potted arrangement.
Ganesh is the chief of intelligence and knowledge.
He is the son of Parvati and Shiva. Shiva and Parvati gave Ganesh and his brother the mission of running around the world. Ganesh became the “Lord” after the outcome of the mission. The reason for him to have that honor was because Ganesh did not begin the challenge like his brother. Ganesh humbly walked around his father and mother, thus Ganesh displaying that his mother and father are the foundation of all existence.
Ganesh rides a rat which exemplifies the repressed devil of vanity and impudence. Additionally, Ganesh also has an elephant head. The elephant head calms the psyche and his or her reservations driving the individual to see beyond exterior appearances. Ganesh also eradicates all barriers, insisting the individual to see past the exterior, thus helping people see the spiritual aspect of everything. He helps people stamp out obstacles in life, and in order to do that you need to be able to conquer your worries and be eliminate fear from your psyche.
Swastika in Sanskrit means “all is well.” The arms are usually bent clockwise.
The right hand swastika is a representation of the Vishnu deity, and also a representation of the sun. The arms rotate as a symbol of the everyday progression of the sun. North, east, south, and west. Also, right facing in Hinduism is used to evoke “Shakti” which means “power”, “empowerment”, or “to be able.”
The left hand swastika is a representation of the Hindu deity Kali, embodying night-time and magic. But this doesn’t mean it is evil and this form is used widely in Buddhism.
The swastika is a very auspicious symbol which is used by many Hindu’s like myself and my family in decoration, weddings, cakes, etc… This is a part of my culture and tradition which I am very proud of.
The swastika dates back first to ancient India, Indus Valley in 3000 BCE that is what archeological evidence shows. After India it is moved down to other civilizations such as East Asia (Chinese). It was part of the Liao Dynasty (907-1125 AD). It was part of Buddhism in 3rd century BC. Spreading onward to the Bronze Age in Europe which was symbolizing a solar symbol, ancient Greece 8th century BC. In Greek art is represented continuous motion, imitating a windmill and watermill. Going forward Celts 350-50 BC, was related with Christians. Germanic Iron Age in the 3rd century. Slavic pagan tradition representing the sun. In medieval and early modern Europe the swastika was exercised as a hooked adaptation of the Christian cross. In the Polish First Republic the swastika was associated with nobility.
Furthermore, in early Europe 19th century western society, the swastika was related with ancient migrations of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, that is connecting Germanic, Greek, and Indo-Iranian cultures. Additionally, in the 20th century it had spread worldwide as a sign of triumph and good luck.
In North America the Navajo first nations used the symbol to signify a rotating log, that scared figure used in healing ceremonies.
Later on the swastika was expropriated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. The swastika represented the “Aryan race.” The Aryan race representing racial supremacy and pureness. The Nazis circulated a theory that the early Aryans of India were white intruders. Hitler adopted the swastika and turned it into a symbol of fascism, racism (white supremacy), and Nazism.
Seizing oil fields was a strategic objective in World War 2, Hitler invaded the Baku fields in Russia because of the oil supply. The Germans lost in the end because they ran out of fuel.
To be continued.... -Anju- Thank you for all the feedback.
FACEBOOK COMMENTS BELOW
Jean MozleyDeborah McKechnie
8 December at 16:47 · Victoria ·
Debbie - I have just read the latest Active Page and am completely disgusted. On page 32 we see a picture (arrangement by Anju) of a sign that was feared and hated by thousands of people. The Nazi German Swaztika. What is this woman thinking? I lost many dear friends to Hitler's war crimes. One friend shot to death before he hit the ground after parachuting in Holland. I sincerely hope that she did not know what she was doing when she placed this sign in an obvious promin...ent place. If you know her - please tell her that she would be well advised to remove this evil symbol. I consider it as an insult to all those people who lost their lives to Nazi Germany during World War 2. I am writing to you because I know many people read your page and I hope will contact this lady and ask her to withdraw the Swaztika as soon as possible.... Thank you Debs....
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Deborah McKechnie Weird I will find out about it. Take care my love
8 December at 19:32 · Like
Bonnie Robson The swastika is actually an ancient and auspicious symbol of Buddhism,Hinduism and Jainism.. The word ""svastika" means "well being" .The Nazis took the shape and turned it clockwise from the right angled arms and it become a symbol of horror,I think that Anju was careless and naive to use this in her picture .I dont think she meant to offend anyone. If you look carefully at her arrangement ,it is the ancient symbol not the Nazi symbol .
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Debbie Ritchie Yes, we saw the ancient swastika symbol often in India. We were told the same thing that Bonnie is saying.
8 December at 21:53 · Like · 2
Deborah McKechnie Yes she has Ganesh or another deity in the arrangement. No harm was meant it is " older version in Buddhism for "well being".
Scary as that may seem.
8 December at 22:47 · Like · 2
Will Fox After traveling thru India for 6 months, saw this symbol everywhere....I happen to like it very much....I don't connect it at all to the Nazi's. It's time to move on people! Hindu's love this symbol...it's history is centuries old. There was life before Nazi's.
Yesterday at 05:09 · Like · 5
Wendy Chassels Lloyd i think she would be well advised to remove it as a sign of respect for the holocast survivors. when that generation is gone, then perhaps it's time to move on Will.
Yesterday at 06:50 · Like · 2
Jean Mozley Wendy, I think your idea is excellent. (Thank you). Will, Yes there was life before Nazi's but they managed to end it for millions of men, women and children in the concentration camps. It's hard to like the Swaztika when you have gone through 5 long years of war as I have. Memories stay with you for a long, long time.
Yesterday at 07:09 · Like · 2
Jean Mozley Bonnie thank you for the info. I was not aware that there were two different symbols. It makes me feel better to know that the Nazi version was not used but it still makes me shudder each time I look at it.
Yesterday at 07:16 · Unlike · 2
Jean Mozley Debbie ---- Thank you just for being you !!! You never change.......... Christmas not too far away and I hope you have a great time over the Holidays. May I wish A MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone.
Yesterday at 07:20 · Like · 1
Jean Mozley P.S. "Hi" to you and to Don from Bert........plus another MERRY CHRISTMAS..................
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Will Fox I think it's a shame that we are discussing, Nazi's in this the year 2014. To much negative....life is full of love, let's try to love more and hate less....the lady's art piece should not be taken down, because someone has seen something that isn't even there.
Yesterday at 10:27 · Like · 3
Michael Maclean ManWoman (Vancouver artist traceable in Facebook ) based much of his art on trying to rehabilitate this symbol. The 'correct' orientation WAS reversed by Hitler( a frustrated artist). Perhaps survivors ( which I can't claim for my entire family) is a result of forces represented by this symbol in it's 'correct' position.
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Deborah McKechnie Merry Christmas Jean & Burt & family, all the best in 2015
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Lorelei Christine Thanks to this discussion I have a new appreciation for symbols and their history and usage.
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Will Fox Thank you , Michael Maclean! Understood and agree!
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Arnie Bell i have a crate of cashews from india and the companay logo is an ancient swastika, but as michael says, in the correct orientation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
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Will Fox Can I have the crate when your finished with it ! Jajajajaja
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Jemma Lee The artist Man/Woman spent the last years of his life working to change our perception of the Swastika, and revive it's true, deeply spiritual meaning....http://www.vice.com/.../manwoman-is-taking-back-the-swastika
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Hans-Krishna Von Hagen Jean Mozley, the swastika, in Sanskrit स्वस्तिक, is an auspicious Hindu symbol, used since before the birth of Christ. The symbol was ultimately purloined and perverted by Nazi Germany.
The swastika is well-recognized as an important ...See More
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Will Fox Love you, Hans.....
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Kay Rosenberg-Turner Hey Mum (Jean Mozley) I feel your pain on this. Not that I lived through the war but I lived through the aftermath of it. Bombed out buildings & relatives that lived the war. It some what the same with the fire siren here on Galiano. The first time m...See More
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Hans-Krishna Von Hagen I just spoke to Ralph, editor of the Active Page about the picture. I'm in Montreal and have yet to see it. Ralph told me about it and sent the picture with its accompanying article. The facts: Anju DID NOT design the picture. She was the subject of th...See More
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