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Unalome & lotus
Enlightenment

February 23rd, 2016
  Author: GiErre

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The Unalome is originally a hindu symbol that graphically recalls Shiva´s third eye and it represents wisdom and the path to perfection.
The spiral shows the beginning of the path, without knowledge or a given direction, that leads to discovering the world through inevitable errors (the knots along the line, or yak), each being a teaching, and finally becoming a straight line leading to enlightenment, often represented by a dot or a circle (the sun).

The lotus flower symbolizes overcoming adversities towards perfection, thus perfectly integrating the meaning of the Unalome.
Unalomes often appear joined to a khata (oration or charm written in ancient Khmer language) or to an Ongk Pra

("Buddha´s body"), represented by a circle surmounting two increasingly bigger rectangles with rounded edges and symbolizing head, heart and stomach:
Ongk Pra symbol
A half moon is sometimes places between Unalome and Ongk Pra to indicate enlightenment in darkness: Ongk Pra symbol with unalome and moon


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 Comments:
 I just wanna say.. this unalome does not represent hindu Shiva but Gautam Buddha... Cox he was the one to tell me teach us about enlightenment and nirvana.. not Shiva  
  by Shriya
[TT: yes! It's related to Shiva in terms of the past, present and future... thanks for pointing out it was not clear!]
 If you are strong determined u can do anything and everything  
  by Sneha rani Swain
 I liked the meaning and got it done recently. 
  by Leena Mahesh Babladi
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