Upon arrival, from capital city Kathmandu to highest peak of the world Mt. Everest we find one common thing in Nepal, A prayer flag. So “What is Prayer Flag?”. Simply to understand it’s a set of five colour arranged in particular order and each representing a particular element. Balancing these five elements in prayer flag bring good health and harmony in our lives.
- Blue symbolises sky and space
- White for air and wind
- Red for fire
- Green as water and finally
- Yellow as the earth
Why is Prayer flag being used?
To answer this question, we have to travel back in time when there were not mobiles, internet, social media in short no means of communication, in such time everybody wanted to be close to loved once though physically apart, to feel secure and wish them best wishes. Prayer flags do not carry prayers to god rather it carries the prayer and mantras to benefit all living beings on planet earth. As these prayer flag blow in wind over time they get unravel and tangled and each thread that loosen and flies away it carries prayer of compassion, well-being and best wishes. This protects all living and non-living beings that are exposed to the air.
Prayer flag is way to show unconditional love toward living being, a way to show Aastha/ Hope when a wind hits flag with mantra and the mantra is chartered in nature it brings peace and harmony to all.
How and when to hang prayer flag?
This might be the next question that arises after we know prayer flag is use to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. When raising prayer flags it is important to have a good motivation. While hanging up prayer flags one should wish that all beings everywhere will benefit and find happiness. In general, Mondays and Fridays are considered auspicious days to hang the flags. When hung on auspicious moments, the benefit tends to multiply and expand. Prosperity ensues when hung in Full moon day or New moon day. However, rather than the auspicious, special dates, wishing good for all well-being makes the auspicious moment to hang the flags.
Prayer flag should be kept high above the roof so that they flutter in the wind. It is said that they emit positive spiritual vibrations and that the prayers are carried by the wind like silent prayers. While hanging prayer flag yellow representing Earth symbol is tied at the ground or downward followed by Green as water, Red for fire, White for air and wind and Blue for sky or space the above.
When to replace your prayer flag?
This will probably be the other question that arises in our mind. After your prayer flags have become old or bleached by the sun, it's recommended to take them down and hang new ones. However, due to the sacred imagery, it would be inappropriate to throw them away like trash. If your flags are made of cotton or other natural materials, they should be burned. If they are made of polyester, however, then it is best to respectfully bury them to as not to disturb the environment.
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