The swastika symbol is known to signify peace, prosperity, and good fortune in religious cultures of Eurasia. In fact, this symbol is considered very important in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. But, at the same time, it has become one of the most misunderstood religious symbols and has been banned in many countries globally.
The reason the swastika symbol is banned in many countries is its association with Adolf Hitler’s extreme political ideology, Nazism, with the swastika being its official symbol.
Austria, France, Latvia, Spain, Germany and Russia are among the many countries that have banned the display and use of the swastika.
In addition, last week Victoria in Australia is preparing to become the very first state to ban public display of the swastika. This is a step towards an expansion of anti-defamation laws in the state.
Representation of the swastika on the flag of the Nazi movement of Adolf Hitler.Photo from Flickr.
Now we need to know and understand what went wrong with this symbol, which is sacred and means all the right things.
For a long, long time, in India, the swastika was the first emblem revered or even drawn before any sacred and auspicious ceremony because this symbol in Sanskrit represents “well-being”. But, the swastika lost all its credibility when it was wrongly used by Adolf Hitler.
In fact, it is believed that if this symbol is worshiped correctly, it gives positive results. But if it is abused, it gives negative results. So when Adolf Hitler rotated the swastika 45 degrees, it slowly and steadily brought misery not only to Adolf Hitler and his theory of Nazism, but to everyone associated with him.
Therefore, in order to give the kind of respect and credibility that the swastika deserves, World Interfaith Harmony Week held in New York in February of this year, interfaith groups called on the United Nations to recognize and recognize the swastika as an important symbol and peaceful symbol. In fact, they also differentiated it from the Hakenkreuz or “Hooked Cross” of Adolf Hitler.
Keywords: Swastika, Symbol, Nazism, Hinduism, Adolf Hitler, United Nations, Buddhism, Jainism