There are many types of prayer flags with their own symbols and mantras. Today we take a look at the Lungta prayer flag.
The Tibetan word “lungta” translates literally “wind horse”.
Wind horse flags are by far the most common prayer flag. There purpose is to raise the good fortune energy of the beings in the vicinity of the prayer flag. The wind horse, usually in pictorial form, always occupies the center of this flag. The outside corners of the flag are always guarded by the four great animals, the garuda, dragon, tiger and snow lion, either in pictorial form or in written word. The om mani padme hum mantra is usually printed on the wind horse flag, although others mantras are used.
The meaning of wind horse can be described on several levels:
- Outer – a mythical Tibetan creature
- Inner – positive qualities such as ‘good luck’
- Secret – the space element (one of the five elements)
- Most secret – the inner air, or wind within the body
On the “Outer” level, the wind horse is a mythical Tibetan creature from pre-Buddhist times that combines the speed of the wind and the strength of the horse to carry prayers from earth to the heavens.
“Inner” level, the wind horse is associated with positive energy or ‘life force’ and with ‘good luck’. It is both the subduer of evil and the vehicle of enlightenment.
At a deeper level, “secret” level, the wind horse symbolizes space/sky, the tiger symbolizes the wind element; the snow lion, earth; the garuda, fire; and the dragon, water.
“Most secret” level, the subtle energy or inner air or wind within the body. This subtle energy is called the wind horse.**
Wind Horse flag without mantras, notice the 4 corners.
The colors of the flags, white, blue, yellow, red and green, represent space/sky, wind, earth, fire, and water. Placing flags in and around your home, office, or community garden, transmits a feeling of peace and harmony increasing the spiritual atmosphere. By placing the flags outdoors their sacred mantras are sent on the wind for the benefit of all beings.
Above picture found at My Dzi Blog
Tibetans believe prayer flags lift up and carry our wishes for compassion, peace and healing around the earth.
Proper motivation when hanging the flags greatly increases the powers of the prayers.
According to the Tibetan Calendar there are certain days when a “baden entity” is present. Those days are inauspicious for raising new prayer flags. A baden senpo is a demon of the naga class of elemental spirits. Raising flags when that energy is active can actually have a negative effect. Look here for list of inauspicious days in 2014.
Prayer flags can be purchased all over the internet. Here at the Magic Forest Workshop we recommend Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche’s beautiful prayer flags.
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Create a little color and beauty while sending good wishes out to the world with magical Tibetan Prayer Flags.
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