Tibetan Prayer Flags: Send Your Blessings on the Breeze
Beautiful Tibetan prayer flags embellished with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras are seen all around Tibet, hanging in the air and spreading positivity through prayers. As a result, they are situated in ideal places such as monasteries, pagodas, hills, dwellings, and other open spaces such as fields.
Now a days, it has become a very common practice to string them on vehicles & entrances as a fancy decoration. However, not many are actually aware of the significant meaning that the prayer flags hold. So, if you have always been fascinated with the colorful Tibetan prayer flags, but didn’t know the meaning it holds, read on to explore.
The custom of fluttering flags in Tibet dates back more than 2000 years. Prayer flags are believed to offer happiness, prosperity, longevity and fortune to those who hang them, as well as those who reside nearby.
But what exactly are these vibrant flags floating in the breeze, and what do they mean to the Tibetan people? Here's all you need to know about Tibetan prayer flags and what they can symbolize:
Om Mani Padme Hum - the Mantra Has A Very Deep Meaning
Om- The sacred syllable, Mani- Jewel, Padme – Lotus, Hum – Spirit of enlightenment.
The mantras on the flags are a collection of virtues that can be chanted in meditation to heal pride, jealousy, ignorance, greed, and aggressiveness.
The Tibetan prayer flags should never be still or put on ground.
It is also deemed disrespectful if the Buddhist flags lie down on the ground or remain still.
As a result, they must be hung at a reasonable height. The framing of the entrance is seen to be the best spot to set the flags. And the purpose they are placed so high above the dome is to allow them to float in the wind. It is believed that they emit beneficial spiritual vibrations, which are carried by the wind like silent prayers.
Receiving prayer flags as a present is a positive omen
Receiving these prayer flags as a gift is said to be a great blessing. So, rather than purchasing a prayer flag, you may consider waiting for someone to send you one!
The fading of flag colours is considered auspicious
The faded colours on such flags imply that the wishes are borne by the breeze. Because of this, the fading phenomenon is considered sacred.
The horizontal and vertical types of Flags
Although the rectangular shaped prayers flags called ‘Lungta’ (wind horse), that are hung horizontally are the most popular ones, they aren't the only type of Tibetan prayer flag you'll see at holy places or during important occasions. ‘Darchog’ (flagstaff) are another type of vertical prayer flags which are less common, but equally significant in nature.
The Tibetan prayer flag custom is rapidly spreading, with everyone draping it across their vehicles, houses, and gardens. But it is important to understand the significance of it in order to channelize it in a proper manner. The next time you come across these colourful prayer flags, make sure to pray for the well-being of all and to be compassionate, kind, and cheerful.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author's. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Critical Script or its editor.
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