Buddhist Dharma Wheel
"The Dharma Wheel is used internationally by Buddhists of all sects. It is also
shown with the
spokes protruding from the edge. It has eight spokes. Also called the Wheel of
illustrates the law of karma, cause and effect and the wheel of life and death
on which all
unenlightened beings are trapped."
- Thunder Bay Buddhist Fellowship
"Every state of existence, good or bad,
animal, ghostly, hellish or heavenly is caused by ethically good or evil deeds.
like the mills of the Greek gods, may grind very slowly but grinds exceedingly
fine. The only
genuine escape from karmic justice is not into a better life or better world
but into Nirvana."
- Judeo-Christian and Buddhistic Justice
"The circular design in the centre of the card is the "Wheel of Ezekiel," as seen by the Biblical prophet and referred to in Ezekiel 1. The eight letters on the outer ring of the wheel take the form of two groups. One group reads "TARO" and the other contains the Hebrew letters "Yod Heh Vav Heh" (YHVH or Jehovah) - sometimes known as the "Tetragrammaton." The word TARO refers both to the cards and the processes they symbolically depict, and, reorganized to ROTA, the concept of periodicity. The letters YHVH mean "that which was, is, and is to come," and one of the meanings of this phrase is that life takes place in the eternal Now. The alchemical symbols in the second ring are those of salt, sulphur, mercury and man. The first three are the three principal elements of alchemy, symbolizing the primordial principles which bring ourselves and our world into being. The symbol of Aquarius, man, below them infers that it is the action of man's consciousness that will bring about the final integration of the three elements and thus the return of matter to its infinite source."
- Key to the Gnosis
"This bas relief carving shows the story, from the
Mahabharata, of Lord Vishnu's descent as a charioteer to advise the faltering
The image gives all the elements of the story: two huge armies poised for battle, the chariot, the startled Arjuna, his bow and quiver beside him, kneeling when he realizes his charioteer is Lord Vishnu himself, and the benevolent god.
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