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Aug
13
2015
Name That Chakra
Author: Gnaana

No, it’s not Gandhi’s spinning wheel (a common misconception in the West). It’s the Ashoka Chakra, which in itself is a symbol of the Dharma Chakra. It’s called the Ashoka Chakra after Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (304 – 232 BCE), who inscribed roughly 33 edicts on various pillars, caves and boulders throughout India. These edicts memorialize Ashoka’s view about dharma.

The Ashoka Chakra has 24 spokes – which some say represent the 24 hours of a day, and that this chakra is rotating continuously throughout time. A variant interpretation of the 24 spokes has closer ties to Hinduism and Buddhism and explains the 24 spokes as 24 principles of dharma: Love, Courage, Patience, Peacefulness, Magnanimity, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Selflessness, Self-Control, Self Sacrifice, Truthfulness, Righteousness, Justice, Mercy, Gracefulness, Humility, Empathy, Sympathy, Spiritual Knowledge, Moral Values, Spiritual Wisdom, The Fear of God and Faith (Belief or Hope).

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