pramukh swami tattoo

 

Pramukh Swami Tattoo

The Five Eternal Elements

When Bhagwan Swaminarayan set out on His spiritual journey at eleven years of age, He halted only after getting a reply to the question He had asked all across India. On His quest, He asked about the five eternal elements as revealed in the Vedas. He found a reasonable answer in Loj from Ramananad Swami’s chief disciple, Muktanand Swami. He accepted Ramanand Swami as His guru and then established the Swaminarayan Sampraday in Gujarat. Bhagwan Swaminarayan describes these five eternal elements and their relationship in great detail throughout the Vachanamrut.

pramukh swami tattoo These five eternal elements are: Jiva, Ishwar, Maya, Brahma, and Parabrahma. 

Jiva – The Soul

One’s true identity is not this human body, but the jiva that resides within it. The jiva, also called ‘atma’ or soul, is eternal – it cannot be destroyed. The jiva has no gender; it is neither male nor female. Bhagwan Swaminarayan discusses the nature of the jiva throughout the Vachanamrut. It is said to reside in our bodies in the same area as the heart. “Childhood, youth, old age, stoutness, thinness, birth and death are all aspects of the body.

On the other hand, being uncuttable, being unpierceable, not aging, being immortal, being the embodiment of gnan [wisdom], being the embodiment of bliss, and being characterized by eternal existence are all aspects of the atma; they should in no way be considered as belonging to the body.” The jiva is free and pure, but we believe that we are restrained by maya. Once we understand that we are not this body and worship Purna Purushottam Narayan, we realize that our jiva is free from the clutches of maya and is worthy of moksha. The very essence of the Brahma-Parabrahma spiritual journey is to believe one’s self to be the atma and not this body, to become atmarup, and to worship Purna Purshottam Narayan. 

Ishwar – Divinities

Ishwar transcends the jiva. It is the next element above the jiva. These beings partake in the creation, sustenance, and destruction of each universe. Ishwars are conscious spiritual beings that have greater realization than jivas.

While the jiva must work to realize its divine presence within the human body, ishwar is aware of that divinity. There are infinite ishwars, and but they are all bound by maya. Just as Purna Purshottam Narayan controls the jiva, He also controls the ishwars. Like the jivas, ishwars too aim to surpass maya and attain moksha.

Maya – Ignorance

Maya is the ignorance that separates the jivas and ishwars from Brahma and Parabrahma. It is the desire that hinders a spiritual aspirant’s path to moksha. Maya directly translates to attachment for worldly objects. Maya is the instrument through which Parabrahma facilitates karma and moksha. Only when a devotee is able to overcome maya overcome the darkness of attachment to worldly objects is he or she able to attain moksha. Maya manifests from physical matter, and it is difficult for the jiva or ishwar to transcend. Bhagwan Swaminarayan has advocated the jiva to engage in constant bhakti or devotion to God. To move beyond maya and towards one’s liberation.

Aksharbrahma – The Eternal Abode

The gunatit sadhu, Aksharbrahma, is the pathway to God and to moksha. It is only through Aksharbrahma that a jiva can associate itself with God and understand Him well enough to seek complete refuge in Him, thereby bringing the jiva out of the darkness of maya and into the light of Parabrahma. IParabrahma – GodIn the Vachanamrut, Bhagwan Swaminarayan has described this Supreme God as all-knowing, all-powerful and yet compassionate. This Parabrahma governs all the other four elements of jiva, ishwar, maya and brahma. Swaminarayan devotees believe Bhagwan Swaminarayan to be Parabrahma. In the Vibhuti Yoga Adhyaya of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Shri Krishna speaks of that Supreme God living and working through him. Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Vachanamrut says that Purna Purushottam Narayan resides in Akshardham and visits this Earth to establish dharma for the sake of His devotees. He is always present in human form (pragat). 

Portrait Tattoo

Portrait Tattoo

Portrait Tattoo

 

By far one of the beautiful piece. I have done and had so much fun added with lots of mixed emotions honored. That I have clients that are so fully committed, to their emotional attachment to this art.

Portrait Tattoo

Considering getting a tattoo in memory of our dad is itself a very beautiful thought. The way I could carve it, With so many memories that could be captured in ink. Though it can be difficult to justify this tattoo through the real picture.

To help my client, I’ve put together all my efforts to give a glimpse of emotions in memories of his DAD, through the blur picture I received from him.

SPARTAN WARRIOR TATTOO

Spartan Warrior Tattoo

Spartan Warrior Tattoo

Sparta was a warrior society in ancient Greece that reached the height of its power after defeating rival city-state Athens in the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.). Spartan culture centered on loyalty to the state and military service. At age 7, Spartan boys entered a rigorous state-sponsored education, military training, and socialization program. Known as the Agoge, the system emphasized duty, discipline, and endurance. Despite their military prowess, the Spartans’ dominance was short-lived: In 371 B.C., they were defeated by Thebes at the Battle of Leuctra, and their empire went into a long period of decline.

Spartan, also known as Lacedaemon.

Sparta was an ancient Greek city-state located primarily in the present-day region of southern Greece called Laconia. The population of Sparta consisted of three main groups: the Spartans, or Spartiates, who were full citizens; the Helots, or serfs/slaves; and the Perioeci, who were neither slaves nor citizens. The Perioeci, whose name means “dwellers-around,” worked as craftsmen and traders, and built weapons for the Spartans

Spartan Warrior Tattoo

The word “Spartan” means self-restrained, simple, frugal and austere. 

Spartan tattoo

Spartan boys started their military training at age 7 when they left home and entered the Agoge. Spartans also valued knowledge, took education seriously and even had a democratic government. They were the most feared military army in the Greek world between the 4th and 6th century.

 As you will see they speak to the individual’s approach to life, those around them and their beliefs.

Honor

Spartans had a reputation for being honorable men who would lay down their lives to protect their society, way of life and their fellow warrior. In today’s modern world honor is hard to come by, so many choose a tattoo like this to remind them that the right thing to do and the hardest thing to do are often the same and they need to make honorable choices.

Bravery

They embodied bravery and even today people still admire their resolve and want to remember that if the Spartans could face such terrible circumstances and still stand firm that they can overcome life’s obstacles as well.

 

owl tattoo

Owl Tattoo

Owl Tattoo

Tattoos have different connotations and the owl tattoo meaning is just among such. As a bird, the owl has been linked to many things useful in giving the best meaning to your owl tattoo. Different cultures have attached different meanings to the owl tattoo. Some of the cultures that have found interest in the owl are the Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu among others.

The ancient Greeks revered the goddess Athena, who was supposed to be the goddess of wisdom and guardian of the Acropolis. Her symbol was the owl, so the bird became a symbol of higher wisdom. The owl was a bird of prophecy and wisdom in many ancient cultures

Symbol of wisdom, education, and intelligence

Undeniably, the owl is a carrier of many symbols. However, this is not a big surprise because the bird’s appearance is unique. It is rarely seen especially during the day. Mostly, it can be found at night, and therefore the beliefs can be many. It represents something precious that is not easily found but through a struggle and great search.

owl tattoo

The owl tattoo is a complicated and beautiful work of design that is very much appealing to the eye. For a long time now, the owl tattoo symbolism is connected to education and wisdom. The Native Americans believe the owl to be the protector of sacred knowledge, hence regard it as a symbol of intelligence.

Symbol of freedom and vision

Just like the beliefs that birds are known to be free by flying wherever they please, the owl tattoo can symbolize freedom.

The owl with its big eyes is a great hunter. It is known to look for its food in an organized quiet manner even when flapping its wings. An owl tattoo will thus be used to symbolize vision. Weather forecasters of ancient times used the owl in their work. It was also useful in telling important weather conditions for different seasons.

Lord Ganesha Tattoo

Lord Ganesha Tattoo

 

Ganesh Tattoo

Ganesh is one of the most renowned Hindu Gods, who is worshiped not only in India but across Asia and in many other parts of the world. With his elephant head, Ganesh is highly recognizable and is generally the figure who is used to represent the Hindu religion in the media. Ganesh is so popular that he even has spiritual significance for many people who aren’t Hindu. His image has become a popular tattoo design as a symbol of spirituality, religion, and godliness.

Ganesh is so popular that he even has spiritual significance for many people who aren’t Hindu. His image has become a popular tattoo design as a symbol of spirituality, religion, and godliness.

Ganesh is so popular that he even has spiritual significance for many people who aren’t Hindu. His image has become a popular tattoo design as a symbol of spirituality, religion, and godliness.

His image has become a popular tattoo design as a symbol of spirituality, religion, and godliness.

The Meaning of Ganesh Tattoo

The season in which the world begins anew after winter.

Tattoos of the Indian god Ganesh are often accompanied by flowers, especially the lotus flower. In many Ganesh tattoos,

The god sits on a lotus flower in the lotus position in a symbol of spiritual openness.

Tattoos of the Indian god Ganesh are often accompanied by flowers, especially the lotus flower.

In many Ganesh tattoos, the god sits on a lotus flower in the lotus position in a symbol of spiritual openness.

In many Ganesh tattoos, the god sits on a lotus flower in the lotus position in a symbol of spiritual openness.

Ganesh is Worshipped as the Lord of Obstacles and the Remover of Obstacles.

When a Hindu person wishes to succeed in a certain task, it is often Ganesh that they call upon to assist them.

Rodents are a symbol of annoyance and destruction because they eat stored food and destroy crops.

By displaying Ganesh as standing over the obstacle, the design is depicting Ganesh’s power over such obstacles.

The design is depicting Ganesh’s power over such obstacles.

In most tattoo designs Ganesh has a large belly which has earned,

him the names Lambodara (hanging belly) and Mahodara (great belly).

As is is a symbol that within Ganesh, reside all of the universes of past, present, and future.

 

These detailed images work well as tattoo designs and have a deeper, spiritual meaning for the tattoo owner.

Symbolism and Significance of Ganesha

  • Ganesha’s big belly represents generosity and total acceptance.
  • Ganesha’s upraised hand depicts protection. It means, ‘Fear not, I am with you’, and his lowered hand depicts his giving, as well as an invitation to bow down. This is also symbolic of the fact that we will all dissolve into the Earth one day.
  • Ganesha also has a single tusk which signifies one-pointedness. 
  • He carries in his hands the ‘Ankusa’ (signifying awakening) and the ‘Paasa’ (signifying control).

Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaid Tattoo

A mermaid is a creature of the sea. It lives amongst marine flora and fauna. That is why a shoal of fish surrounding a mermaid would make an appropriate mermaid tattoo.
Wearing a mermaid tattoo is not just beautiful but carries some element of mystery that may not be easily understood and a perfect description for part of human nature.
Numerous meanings associated with mermaid tattoos As it said to symbolize, sensuality, temptation, intuition, danger and a sign of femininity.
This is piece of “tattoo” which is a beautiful emotion and  which is beyond any words
because it itself express everything.

mermaid love for her child is so sacred, it is quite hard to put into words.

There is nothing more powerful than a mother and son bond. She will always be the first woman in his life and he will grow to be her best man forever and always. From the first moment she holds him in her arms, everything changes for both of them.
Do you remember the old phrase ” Mama’s Boy! ” well it exists for a reason, the relationship between a son and his mom will always be unique and sometimes weird, but it is what it is. Like girls are always more close to their dads, so the boys are always little mama’s boy. If you’re a boy and you happen to be reading this right now, you know it to be true.

Mermaid Tattoo

No words can describe the beauty of a mother-son relationship and its enigma. Across the world, this is frequently illustrated by tattoo artists with various color combinations. Sometimes, new mothers prefer sporting tattoos with their son’s name mentioning their birthdays on wrists, neck, and backs.

Father Daughter Tattoo

Father and Daughter Tattoo

Father and Daughter Tattoo

You’ve probably heard that having a strong male influence is important in a young boy’s life. But it’s equally important for daughters to have one as well. A positive father-daughter relationship can have a huge impact on a young girl’s life & even determine whether or not she develops into a strong, confident woman.
This is one relation that doesn’t really need any explanations or reasons. It is beautiful just the way it is, however, if you still want to know the reasons why fathers are so important to their daughters, this piece of art expresses all the emotions and reality.

Father Daughter Tattoos

We already know the bond that father & daughters share can be heartwarmingly etched in this beautiful piece of “art”
The cutest and the most tenuous relationship is not between people who are in love (as you, probably, used to think)! It`s about the relationship between father and daughters! What can be more touching than the way how a father takes care of his small daughter, protecting her from different difficulties and solving even the smallest problems? Have you ever seen something more sincere than the love of a daughter to her father? Even when small girls become adult women and start their own families, nothing changes between fathers and their daughters!

Camera Tattoo

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

Ninety years ago, at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair in Germany,  camera was launched that was destined to change the face of photography. This was a time when it was still common for glass plates to be used in cameras, and those that took roll film were thought of as miniatures. So imagine the culture shock when a still photography camera was produced to take 35mm movie film.

The Leica was by no means the first 35mm camera, but it was the first to make 35mm truly viable, leading to the most popular film format ever.

Once photographing meant a large box camera on a tripod, shifting film plate after each shot – & working with a dark cloth over your head and the Camera Tattoo.
But then something happened…
The Leica was extremely compact & could be fitted with a very high quality lens. That enabled photographers to work in ordinary outdoor settings with available light. It was always instantly ready to capture life and action effortlessly. From any angle with the photographer often able to remain unnoticed.

Barnack’s camera”

Oskar Barnack was headhuntet from Carl Zeiss to be the manager of the Research & Development Department at Leitz. He became the designer of the Ur-Leica which he made two (possibly three) samples of in the period 1912-1913. With the purpose to test film stock and/or lenses for movie films. Or perhaps because he couldn’t carry the traditional large plate cameras and wanted a smaller camera for him self. Barnack was a film geek and moving pictures was the new revolution back in early 1900’s.

Roaring Lion Tattoo

lion tattoo

It’s no wonder why humans fear and revere the image and reputation of the Lion. Even though it is a largely nocturnal animal, the Lion is seen as a symbol of the Sun and an embodiment of Passion. On the other hand, the Lioness is a representative of the Moon and is a symbol of Rationality, Motherhood, and Family in many cultures. These fearless felines embody several traits, including:

  • Authority and Leadership
  • Power
  • Brute Strength
  • Victory
  • Attentiveness and Alertness
  • Wisdom and Intellect
  • Justice
  • Honor
  • Courage and Bravery
  • The Divine and Spirituality
  • Royalty and Nobility
  • Motherhood (Lioness)
  • Zodiac sign for Leo
  • Family

The Meanings of Lion Tattoo

The lion is one of the most popular animals for people to get tattooed on their bodies, and they have been for centuries. The ordinary symbolism and meaning of the lion is royalty and self-confidence. It once was, and still is in some cultures, viewed as a creature of aristocracy and law. Today, lion tattoos signify the same things, plus courage, savage protectiveness, glory, victory, strength, vitality, spirit, and overall masculinity. Although there are some women who choose this tattoo design, the lion is predominantly a male figure. However, some women do like getting tattoos of lion cartoon characters.

TRISHUL AND OM

Trishul Tattoo

Trishul Tattoo

 

As Hinduism is the oldest religion on the earth, it has more numbers of symbols than other religions. Each Hindu symbol has a different meaning and is used on different occasions.
That is what the three parts of Om (or Aum) represent. It is combined with the om and Trishul that reflects deep consciousness and power. Trishul is the main weapon of Lord Shiva which he always carries with himself and is highly revered in Hinduism. Chanting Om is said to unify the chanter with the universe while slowing the body and calming the mind.
This has inspired by the artists due to its wide meanings and the beautiful symbol. The syllable of this word is the first sound of life that is used in variations by a many tattoo artist.

Trishul Tattoo

Every religion has its own symbols to represent worship to their God and Goddess.  Most of us feel a deep connection with this symbol and then decided to choose Om tattoo on our body parts, which will be the reminder of our inner peace and harmony.

 

Mainly Om tattoos can be found with Trishul, Ganesha, elephant, snake, and some traditional prayer and quotes.

karma Tattoo Designs

karma tattoo designs

karma tattoo designs

 

Karma is the universal law that applies to each and every one of us. It means simply that everything you do will come back to you. Karma is a natural teaching tool, but knowledge, and the ability to apply that knowledge, is a great help.
Remember that harming none includes harming yourself !
 This tattoo is the reminder that Good karma comes from truly good actions. It doesn’t work so well when you do good things, but for completely selfish reasons. And it absolutely does not work when you do things only for the purpose of getting a karmic reward. What you put out there is what you are going to get back. And if you do nothing but negative things in this lifetime, it will follow you to your next one.
” WHAT GOES AROUND,COMES AROUND ”
Karma is the universal law that applies to each and every one of us. It means simply that everything you do will come back to you. Karma is a natural teaching tool, but knowledge, and the ability to apply that knowledge, is a great help.
This tattoo is the reminder that Good karma comes from truly good actions. It doesn’t work so well when you do good things, but for completely selfish reasons. And it absolutely does not work when you do things only for the purpose of getting a karmic reward. What you put out there is what you are going to get back. And if you do nothing but negative things in this lifetime, it will follow you to your next one.
” WHAT GOES AROUND,COMES AROUND ”

karma tattoo designs

To understand moksha, which means ‘liberation,’ one must first understand several other important ideas in Hinduism – particularly, samsara. Samsara is a Sanskrit word. That refers to the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, to the passing of the soul from one life to another. As the soul transitions between these lives, the next incarnation is informed by the deeds of the previous life. This is the Hindu belief of the concept of karma. You may have heard people talk about karma and the idea that people’s choices will come back to affect them one way or another in the future. The Hindu concept of karma is similar to the popular use, but a person’s responsibility for her/his actions. good or bad, is dealt with in the next life, not the current one.

 

Praying hands

praying hands with rosary

The Praying Hands Tattoo Meaning

Palms-together is beautiful in religion.We close eyes during prayer is to quiet the mind while two hands placed together is to quiet the physical body. I remember there is a sentence is “When the mind and hands are silenced the spirit is more focused”. There are many different meanings staying inside each tattoo. We have it to commemorate a member of the family, a relative, a friend or a person you admire who passed away. We have it to mark and raise ourselves up in hard periods in our life. Sometimes, we have it to just praying for the happiness and the health of our family. In general, the religious belief and comfort are what people aim in life.

God gave a gift to the world when you were born…Praying Hands In God’s hands lies a heart, a life that changed the world Praying hands symbolize obedience, submission, sincerity, repentance, veneration, and respect in regard to one’s higher power. The exact meaning of praying hands varies depending on which religious tradition is considered.

Design Variations of the Tattoo

The praying hands tattoo works well alone. But many people like to stylize the image to their own artistic likes and dislikes. As well as their own beliefs.

Rosary

Catholics who get this type of tattoo will often choose to show the two praying clasping a set of rosary beads. This signifies their faith and devotion to their religion and God.