Many of us have probably seen the Tibetan prayer flags millions of times in pictures, movies, documentaries, monasteries , mountains ,cars and bikes . These are not just some fancy accessories. Everything right from the colour to the words on the flags has a deeper meaning. But do we know the real meaning of them, or what are they used for ?
Prayer flags carry our prayers thru the waving wind .They have enhanced my life because they’re a daily reminder of how to live an enlightened life. Now, every time I see these flags fluttering in the wind, I know that my prayers, hopes, dreams and wishes are being carried out to the universe to be manifested. And similar to how any type of healing works, these flags will also carry the blessings to everyone in their proximity.
This is how prayers of happiness, peace, love, prosperity, and strength can spread, complementing my believe of what you give to the universe is what comes back to you.
Know more about the Prayer flags :
Tibetan name for prayer flag is ‘Dar Cho’. The meaning of ‘Dar’ is augmented to health, wealth, happiness, and fortune whereas ‘Cho’ means for living beings.
These waving prayer flags are said to send out positive energy witht the wind bringing happiness and well-being to everyone. It is a silent blessing.
There are two kinds of flags – horizontal and vertical
- Lung ta (horizontal) flags are of square or rectangular shape and are tied among the top edges to a long thread. They are commonly hung on a diagonal line from upper to the lower side held between two objects such as the tops of temples, stupas, and mountain passes.
- Darchog (vertical) these flags are large single rectangles attached to the poles at the artificial sides. Darchog flags are planted on the ground, mountains, and rooftops.
Colors in the Prayer Flag:
The flags are most often found to be arranged in a particular order from left to right starting with blue followed by white, red, green and finally yellow. This stand for the five main directions, north, south, east, west and center .
Colors in the flag symbolizes the five element of nature:
- Blue flags symbolizes SKY –the significance is for its purity and healing. It is believed that when meditating with this color, anger can be turned to wisdom.
- White flags symbolizes AIR – the meditation can cut the delusion of ignorance
- Red Flag symbolizes of FIRE –It represents heat or energy, both internal and external.
- Green symbolizes NATURE – It represents the liquidity of motion. Legend say meditating green color can get rid of jealousy.
- Yellow symbolizes EARTH –Yellow represents solid elements.
Prayer and Symbols:
The center of a prayer flag traditionally features a Lung-ta which literally means “Horse of Wind”, (“Lung” means Wind and “Ta” means Horse) its at centre and states – Wish-fulfilling Jewel of Enlightenment.
Garuda is for wisdom, Dragon is for power, Snow Lion is for fearless , and the Tiger is for confidence they guard the corner of the flag.
Om Mani Padme Hum’ has a very intense expression Om– The sacred syllable , Mani– Jewel , Padme – Lotus , Hum – Spirit of enlightenment
Buddhist prayer flags should never be still:
The reason why they are put high above the roof is so that they flutter in the wind. They provide positive vibrations and the prayers are carried by the wind.
Colour fading from the flags is considered auspicious:
Since prayers were carried by the breeze – fading colour is considered as auspicious.
Is there are certain way to hang and handle Prayer Flags?
Prayer flags are sacred and must be treated with respect and managed with special care. Here are some points you may want to keep in mind:
- Carry and store them with care
- Do not soil them
- Its shall ve not kept on the bare floor or with shoes, brooms,nor in toilets
- Do not hang them indoors, in shafts or in stuffy places with no breeze. This violates the basic premise behind prayer flags and will not activate or spread their energies
- Prayers flags are not meant to be used as napkins or coasters
- Please do not stitch them on to clothes or used them as articles of clothing
- Flags normally have a life of a few months to a few years, depending on their quality and where they are hung. Once they succumb to the elements, you should burn or bury them, after replacing them with new flags.
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