Om or Aum Om represents that all in life is interconnected. "Om" is the sound of a thoughtless state of mind - a present that is free from all tensions of life - the way to touch the depths of our real selves in its purest form. "Om is the one eternal syllable of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present, and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exists beyond the three forms of time is also implied in it". "Om" is the most sacred syllable often spoken during the practice of any Hindu rites. It is a holy character of the Sanskrit language, the language of God. The character is a composite of three different letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. The English equivalent of those are "a", "u", and "m", and represent the Trinity. The Trinity is composed of the three supreme Hindu Gods: Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the destroyer. These three letters when pronounced properly in unison create an invigorating effect in the body. Because of its significance this sacred syllable is spoken before any chants to show God we remember him. This sign in Hinduism also represents the whole universe.
The dove and the olive branch, or a dove carrying an olive branch in its beak, are ancient symbols of peace; in the latter part of the twentieth century, the peace sign, developed by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and the V hand signal came into use around the world.
The internationally recognized symbol for peace was originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement.
It was designed and completed on 21 February 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist in Britain for the 4 April march planned by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England. The symbol was later adopted by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). It was adopted first by the 1960s anti-war movement, then by the counterculture, and finally by the popular culture of the time.
The "V-sign", also called the "peace sign" and the "victory sign," is a hand gesture with the index and middle fingers open and all others closed. It was used as a sign for victory during the Second World War by Winston Churchill, the correct way is the V sign palm outwards as the gesture made palm inwards has an insulting meaning in Britain. The letter "V" also represents the number 5 in Roman Numerals; both V and 5 were used as symbols of hope for British citizens and in wireless contacts with the French Resistance partisan freedom fighters. The BBC's V for Victory campaign urged listeners to mark a V on walls as subversion and a sign of support for the Allies. More complex broadcasts were often jammed, but when it was realised that the three short notes and one long at the start of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony was also Morse code for V, and could more easily penetrate the static, the call sign of Radio Londres and other BBC services in Europe was converted to the sound of drums beating out V in Morse code.
This developed into a peace sign during protests in the USA against the Vietnam War (and subsequent anti-war protests), and was adopted by the North American counterculture as a sign of peace. Because the hippies of the day often showed the sign while saying "Peace", it became known as the peace sign, the name still used today.
This intricate symbol signifies endless love, endless opportunities and endless success in all endeavors. This never-ending weaving of good fortune reminds us of the bounty of the universe.
The Endless Knotis one of the most favored symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. It is composed of right-angled, intertwined lines that signifies the dramatic interplay and interaction of the opposing forces in the dualistic world of manifestation, leading to their union, and ultimately to harmony in the universe. This fact is reflected in the symmetrical and regular form of the endless knot.
The intertwining of lines remind us how all phenomena are conjoined and yoked together as a closed cycle of cause and effect. The whole composition is a pattern that is closed on in itself with no gaps, leading to a form of great simplicity and fully balanced harmony.
Since all phenomena are interrelated, the placing of The Endless Knot on a gift or greeting card is understood to establish an auspicious connection between the giver and the recipient. At the same time, the recipient is led to righteous karma, being reminded that future positive effects have their roots in the causes of the present. This is because the knot represents a connection, a link with our fates, binding us to our karmic destiny. Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the infinite wisdom of the Buddha.
In a nutshell, Chinese Yin Yang symbols represent perfect balance. Seemingly, the whole of Chinese philosophy stems from the concept of Yin and Yang – opposites interacting and supposedly the seed of all things. For example, evil results from an imbalance in Yin and Yang, and good comes from the two being in harmonicbalance.
To aid in understanding the properties belonging to each side of the symbol, I have included the following table. Each property is beneath its corresponding Yin or Yang energy.
Yin and Yang Corresponding Energies:
The meaning of the characters for yin and yang, has more than just one connotation. Basically interpreted, yang means "sunny", so it corresponds to the day and more active functions. Whereas yin, means "shady", and corresponds to night and less active functions.