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The Logo of Mahapanya Vidayalai College expresses the fundamental ethical principles upon which the college is based, as explained here. 

Though the term still has negative impacts in the West that are derived from its misuse in Nazi Germany, the swastika is deeply imbedded in Asian cultures, particularly in China, as a wisdom principle that dates back for thousands of years. A ‘swastika’ engraved on the chest of a Buddha is the symbol of Buddha's heart. The word swastika originated from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. There are number of interpretations to this word. A literal translation of the Sanskrit word is, “being fortunate,” or if one divides the word into two parts, “Su” means good/well, and “astika” means being. In China, this symbol is called, “Wan” (Mandarin Chinese) connoting happiness.

The term has found new meaning in the Roman alphabet as four “L”s, which have special symbolic meaning, as expressed in Thai language as follows: 

  • L – Love which is “Metta” in Thai.
  • L – Life which is “Jiwit” in Thai.
  • L – Light which is “Seng Sawang” in Thai.
  • L – Luck which is “Chok Dee”in Thai.

                        Pink Lotus(Skt. padma): This is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself.  The lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols and one of the most poignant representations of Buddhist teaching.

The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight. This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the mind from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.

Though there are other water plants that bloom above the water, it is only the lotus which, owing to the strength of its stem, regularly rises eight to twelve inches above the surface.

According to the Lalitavistara, "The spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the lotus in the muddy water which does not adhere to it."

According to another scholar, "In esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein, the lotus blossom; that is why the Buddha sits on a lotus bloom."

The dharma chakra (literally, ‘wheel of Law’) Buddhist emblem resembling a wagon wheel, with eight spokes, each representing one of the eight tenets of Buddhist belief. The circle symbolizes the completeness of the Dharma; the spokes represent the eightfold path leading to enlightenment: Right faith, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right endeavor, right mindfulness, and right meditation. It is drawn from an Indian symbol, but instead of representing Samsara, or endless rebirth, it symbolizes overcoming obstacles. The Dharma wheel is one of the eight auspicious symbols. Sometimes, the wheel is flanked by deer, which refer to the deer park in which the Buddha is said to have given his first sermon.

 

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