Lord Krishna Tattoo

Lord Krishna Tattoo

A child, a brother, a charioteer, a warrior, a disciple, a guru, a cowherd, a messenger, the beloved of the gopis… Throughout his life, Krishna enacted so many roles—the whole time never forgetting. That they were just that, roles, and that his true nature was eternal, ever blissful consciousness. In this way, he was able to remain detached and thus perform flawlessly, never allowing the smile to fall from his face.

“There have been very few who have been able to rejoice both in victory and in defeat,”

Amma says. “Sri Krishna is one who celebrated both life and death. That is why he was always able to give a big smile.

He took birth with a smile on his face, lived with a smile, and left his body with a smile. The message that he conveyed through his life is that we should make life full of laughter.”

Krishna’s life was so full, it would be impossible to recount it all here. It is told primarily through Srimad Bhagavatam, Garga Samhita, Visnu Purana, Brahmavaivarta Purana, Mahabharata, Harivamsa and several other Puranas. However, here are some of the broad strokes.

Krishna, in fact, took birth in a prison cell. A sage had told his egoistic uncle, King Kamsa, that he would be killed by his sister Devaki’s child. So Kamsa imprisoned Devaki and had each child she bore murdered. However, Devaki, and her husband, Vasudeva, finally were able to sneak one child off to safety. This was Sri Krishna. They sent Krishna off to Vraja, where he was raised by a foster mother, Yasoda. It was in Vrindavan, one of the villages of Vraja, that Krishna won the hearts of the gopis, the cowherds of the village. “By spending all his time with the gopis of Vrindavan—playing with them, joking with them, stealing their butter and milk, etc—what he actually was doing was stealing their hearts,” Amma says. It is from this that Krishna was given the name “Chitta Chora” [one who steals the mind].

Pramukh swami tattoo design

pramukh swami tattoo design

 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 design,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). 

Peacock Feather with Flute Tattoo

Peacock Feather with Flute Tattoo

Feathers are generally a very beautiful and gentle tattoo designs. Lots of girls and guys choose peacock feather simply because it is more beautiful than other feathers, while only a small number associates the feather to the meaning of peacock tattoos.

Feathers symbolize creativity, spiritual evaluation, and rebirth. Most common places for a peacock feather are ribs, scapulas or a side of the lower back. Peacock feather should, by all means, be done in full color – it is the colors that make it so beautiful.

Within the design of the peacock feather is what appears to be an eye, and that is part of the reason the peacock is also known as the bird of 100 eyes. The reference is directly related to the pattern of the eye that appears in its feathers, and these little birds are also thought to be all-seeing.

Peacock feathers, or mor pankh, are regarded as an auspicious symbol in Hindu mythology because of their association with the peacock, a beautiful bird which is also the national bird of India. You may have noticed that many people keep peacock feathers in their homes. It is believed that keeping peacock feathers at home brings good luck and prosperity into the house.

This design today is symbolic of a person who has an open mind, someone who sees the world with both their eyes open, or someone that is definitely not afraid of the challenges that lie ahead.

Peacock feather tattoo could indicate a very proud person. It could be comprehended in two ways. The person wearing it could either be very proud of herself for good reasons or simply very arrogant.

The Meaning of Ganesh

Gan means group. A universe is a group of atoms and different energies. This universe would be in chaos if there was no supreme law governing these diverse groups of entities.
The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha

He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all and brings order in this universe.

Infinity Tattoo

Infinity Tattoo

Infinity tattoos are steadily on the rise with many people opting to get these in one form or another.

The infinity symbol, often used in mathematics, represents a never-ending loop and is depicted as a number 8 on its side. In the tattoo world, this can be seen as a symbol of never-ending or limitless possibility. Some cultures also believe it to represent rebirth or reincarnation.

Historically, this symbol is similar to mythological creatures such as Ouroboros; the snake which consumed its tail and became a creature without end. Often when people get their infinity tattoo, for this reason, they are showing that they are both into mythology and that they like the creatures that the symbol represents. These aren’t the deepest meanings for the infinity tattoo, but they can always attach more meanings to the design later on.

The endless loops and circles that comprise the infinity symbol can also be likened to the seasonal cycle which endlessly repeats year after year.

In this way, the infinity tattoo could mean that the person wants to keep their eye on the ball no matter what time of year it is. It could also mean that they don’t necessarily have a favorite season. But instead choose to enjoy their lives regardless of the time of year it currently is.

These infinity tattoos, while simple, can be customized in a variety of ways.

Popular choices for this type of tattoo include a word or phrase. Inside the loop, such as “love”, “life” or “friendship”.

These, of course, signify a relationship that will never end. And are often used as matching tattoos for two or more people.

One can even add additional symbols such a hearts, stars or other embellishments. To add to the flair of the design.

The fact is that the infinity symbol itself is a bit bland unless holds a lot of meaning to you.

so many people decide to surround it with other images that make the meaning come to life a bit more.

As always, it comes down to the tastes of the person getting the infinity tattoo.

If they are able to find a design that works well with the infinity symbol.

Skull Owl

Owl Skull Tattoo

Owl skull tattoo

Owl and skull tattoo conveys a strong meaning, and you can ask an artist to make a special design for you so that it is able to summarize a major event in your life. Since tattoo artists enjoy the privileges of freedom of expression, some owl tattoos are embellished with details that were previously impossible to have, as a winged skull, a skull with butterfly wings and body, etc. Tattooists can draw inspired by the preferred theme, and occasion of a person, or by expanding their imagination beyond the physical boundaries of this planet, exploring all possibilities like magic.

What does owl and skull tattoo mean?

Owls are a popular bird, both for its large eyes and its meaning. Owls are very wise animals and lurking at night. The skull is a recurring theme in tattoos. Their appearance creates fear and has many meanings. It can include hanging inside, worms and other aspects, some darker (like pirates skulls) and more graceful. The sugar skull is very popular in Mexico; these particular skulls are used to remember a loved one died. The meaning of an owl and skull tattoo varies. A detail can lead to another meaning. But if these details are taken in a general interpretation, a skull inside owl can mean eternity.

When it comes to popular animal tattoos the owl ranks right with the best.

Owl tattoos are not considered to be a mainstream tattoo, they are very popular tattoo choice for both men and women.

Many of us know that the owl is a symbol of wisdom and education. The same is be said about the owl tattoo. Owl tattoos come in a variety of different styles, colors, and designs. Owls may seem cute but in their own world they are predators and who knows, maybe they can contact the spiritual world? Several cultures believed that the owl would accompany the soul in the afterlife. Some believe if you see an owl in your dreams. Owl tattoos often have a spiritual meaning to the tattoo owner.

An owl tattoo can be worn as a way to honor a deceased loved one.

As owls of ancient myths accompanied departed souls to the underworld. Owl tattoo can also have the spiritual meaning of secret knowledge, mysterious wisdom , Learned in the darkness of the night and the land of the dead.

Spartan Warrior Tattoo

Spartan Warrior Tattoo

 Spartan Warrior Tattoo 

A warrior society in ancient Greece that reached the height of its power after defeating rival city-state Athens in the Peloponnesian War.

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.

  • Sparta, also known as Lacedaemon, 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
  • 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.

These tattoos include a wide range of designs and here are some of the meanings associated with them. 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.

Peace Tattoo

Peace Tattoo

Peace Tattoo

The Symbol of Chaos originates from Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion stories. … In contrast, the symbol of Law is a single upright arrow. It is also called the Arms of Chaos, the Arrows of Chaos, the Chaos Star, the Chaos Cross, the Chaosphere, or the Symbol of Eight.While the peace sign is a highly recognizable symbol, there are many ways that people who wear it can add variety to it and make it a more personal image. People with friends or family in the military will add a yellow ribbon or dog tags to signify their military connection.

A peace sign can also represent that a person who is going through a rocky transformation or a tumultuous time is keeping their mind focused on the goal. Drawing around the peace sign or within the peace sign also turns the symbol into something more meaningful. Often people will request the flag of a country or a dove to make the picture more meaningful.

Peace symbol tattoos can actually be a request for two different types of designs.

This request ether means the circle with the vertical line splitting into three forks or the human hand holding up the index and the middle finger with the thumb overlaid across the ring and pinky fingers; not with the back side of the hand showing. This has a completely different meaning in different  parts of the world.

Inner peace tattoos are calming and relaxing and have several meanings. General inner peace represents a state of spiritual and mental peace.

There is no single design or rule to live with here. Some symbols that you can use to represent peace include Yin Yang, Buddha, lotus, peace and flowers.

Tribal peace sign tattoos are among the most popular peace sign designs. The tattoos are inked in many variations mostly portrayed alone or inked with other elements and symbols. Men mostly wear the tattoos even though there are women who sport them.

 

Ganesh 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)
Dream catcher Tattoo

Dream Catcher Tattoo

History of Dreamcatchers

Now that we have all that out of the way, let’s talk about the cool stuff. Dreamcatchers. While popular, dreamcatchers do not feature in all Native American cultures. They are very common across the nations, but their origin lies somewhere with the Lakota, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Sioux, and their neighboring tribes. Obviously, this huge swath of different cultures and locations barely narrows it down, so determining exactly where they originated proves impossible.

In the 60s and 70s, the Pan-Indian movement sought to unify many different American Indian tribes across the nations to better coordinate their protest of some shady government claims. While many tribes already formed a coalition of nations—even before the Europeans landed on the continent—this surge represented the largest movement to fight back for their land.

During the Pan-Indian movement, many different tribes shared the unique quirks of their particular tribes and bands. During this time, the dreamcatcher became a popular symbol for many different tribes across a huge swath of North America. People easily recognized it, and it looked awesome. To this day, dreamcatchers appear in traditional shops far away from their original location.

During this time, the dreamcatcher became a popular symbol for many different tribes across a huge swath of North America. People easily recognized it, and it looked awesome. To this day, dreamcatchers appear in traditional shops far away from their original location.

Dream catcher Tattoo why do hold such popularity?

What purpose do they serve, what do dreamcatchers mean, and what kind of history do they have?

let’s look back at the legends of the Lakota tribe. A variant is found in many other tribes, with different names and meanings, but this one is the first I could find in the public domain.

but this one is the first I could find in the public domain.

A long time ago, a Lakota spiritual leader received a vision on a mountain.

He saw the spider trickster Iktomi appear and speak to him in a language that only the spiritual leaders can hear. The spider took the feathered willow hoop of the spiritual leader and began to spin a web while he spoke.

The spider took the feathered willow hoop of the spiritual leader and began to spin a web while he spoke.

He spoke of the cycle of life—we begin as an infant, grow into adulthood, and return to infanthood as a fragile old person who must be cared for.

watercolor lotus tattoo design

Watercolor Lotus Tattoo Design

Watercolour lotus tattoo designs are widely preferred by tattoo lovers all around the world. Popular amongst both, men and women, lotus design is not only revered for its beauty, but also reflects a deeper spiritual meaning. The flower grows in muddy water, yet symbolises purity and harmony. As a tattoo design too, lotus stands for the same attributes in human nature and depicts the thoughts and attitude of the bearer. Aside from the Victorian and contemporary meanings for the Lotus, there is a wealth of symbolism tying these flowers to Hinduism, Buddhism, and the ancient Egyptian’s religious practices.

watercolor lotus tattoo design

The ancient Egyptians used the plant extensively as a symbol in the paintings. And carvings left on the walls of temples and tombs. Scholars believe the Egyptians viewed the Lotus as a symbol of rebirth. Because it appeared to sink at night and rise again in the morning. It is the plant simply loses old blooms and adds new ones on a daily cycle, but it is still a potent reminder of reincarnation and the mysteries of the afterlife. The priests and other religious leaders also brewed the flowers to make a tea with sedative and mild psychotropic effects, which heightened their sense for ritual work.

Buddhism Culture – According to Buddhist religion, lotus defines purity and piousness of the soul,Patience,Mysticism,Direct Spiritual Contact,Emptiness from Desire,Victory over Attachments,Enlightenment and the Bodhi State,Love and Compassion for All Things,Self-Awareness,Faithfulness During Spiritual Development,Rising Out of Suffering as the flower grows in a muddy area, yet maintains its purity. The belief is based on the fact that you will find a perfectly complete miniatures lotus plant within a seed. Which implies that even a human being is born complete and yearns for perfection through his journey of life.

Also, Buddhism has meanings for various colors of lotus flowers, as a red colored. Lotus stands for the heart, which implies love and passion.

Similarly, a pink lotus represents devotion towards the divine, while a blue one stands for learning and intelligence. A white colored lotus implies purity and peace, both at spiritual as well as intellectual level. The Buddhist mythology says that the Buddha was born from this pure flower and had a white heart. Which represented his pious soul. Just as a lotus sheds its flowers and seeds together. It signifies a noble soul which guides the other souls on the Earth along the path of Nirvana.

Egyptian Culture   The ancient Egyptian cultures sees lotus as a symbol of the beginning of life and reincarnation, as the mythology of this culture narrates that origination of life on earth was marked by the blooming of this mystical flower from the sea.

Chinese Culture  The Chinese culture sees lotus as a flower with perfect beauty stands as a source of inspiration for poets and artists. Since times immemorial. 

Western Culture – The Western culture has a similar kind of reflection of this charming flower. Because it denotes new beginning and rebirth as it reflects divine conception. It also links lotus flower with the search of true meaning of life.

The Lotus meaning in Hinduism is a little different.Brahma, the ultimate creator, emerges from a Lotus as well. This sense of purity arises from the flower’s growing. The habit of rooting in mud and pushing up through the water to bloom.

ganesha watercolor tattoo

ganesha watercolor tattoo

A watercolor, Ganesha tattoo looks illustrations and vibrant. Lord Ganesha is also revered as the destroyer of pride, selfishness, and vanity. Life is full of difficulties and hindrance, but those who succeed, do so with sheer willpower and the Ganesha tattoo is the personification of all the material universe in all its various manifestations.

The Meaning of Ganesh Tattoos

In the Hindu religion. Ganesh is the Lord of Beginning. Representing spring, 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. The god sits on a lotus flower in the lotus position in a symbol of spiritual openness.

ganesha watercolor tattoo

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 rodent), the design is depicting Ganesh’s power over such obstacles.

Peacock Feather Tattoo

peacock-feather

Peacock Feather Tattoo

The peacock is known as the bird with 100 eyes, referring to the pattern on its tail feathers. These eyes are considered to be all seeing, as well as being the “evil eyes.” The eye on the peacock feather tattoo could mean that you are an open minded person – the one that looks at the world with eyes wide open, the one that is not afraid of challenges. On the other hand, in Egyptian, Roman and Greek mythology, the eye on the peacock feather is considered to be the “evil eye.” This is not always a bad thing – the “evil eye” symbols give the evil eye, as well as, protect the one who wears them.

Peacock Tattoo are generally a very beautiful and gentle feminine tattoo designs.

A lot of girls choose peacock feather simply because it is more beautiful than other feathers, while only a small number associates the feather to the meaning of peacock tattoos.

Feathers symbolize creativity, spiritual evaluation and rebirth. Most common places for a peacock feather are ribs, scapulas or a side of the lower back. Peacock feather should, by all means, be done in full color – it is the colors that make it so beautiful.

This is an expression that was first used back in the 14th century, and it is still quite common today. It is also the meaning of a peacock feather tattoo design.

Peacock feather tattoo could indicate a very proud person. It could be comprehended in two ways – the person wearing it could either be very proud of herself for good reasons, or simply very arrogant. If you don’t want to be perceived as an arrogant person, I’d suggest you choose a smaller tattoo. Rather than one that goes across your whole back.

The peacock is a very important bird for people in India. It still has a status of a worshiped bird, mainly because it slays snakes. That peacocks are immune to snake bites. Their blood to chase away evil spirits. Peacock feather tattoo can be a symbol of protection against those spirits. Or simply people who would like to hurt you.

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