Buddha Prayer Flag:
The Five buddha Prayer flag with Shakyamuni buddha on a lotus flower represents his divine birth. His elongated ears lobes remind us that he renounced material life. The protrusion on top of his head is a symbol of the union between body and mind, between earth and heaven. The flag also has a mantra of Shakyamuni Buddha “ Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Shakya Muni Swaha” in Tibetan language. Shakyamuni’s mantra is a play on his name. Muni means sage. Maha means great. So the mantra reads “Om wise one, wise one, greatly wise one, wise one of the Shakyans, Hail!. These are handmade prayer flags in Nepal.
The prayer flag has 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 symbolizes sky and space,
- White for air and wind,
- Red for fire,
- Green as water and finally
- Yellow as the 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.