Lungta: What do the flags flying in the wind mean?

Horse of wind luck, strong horse!

Buddhist philosophy and rituals have long been known to participate in the prayers of the forces of nature. Such a wonderful combination of the needs of a suffering and the surrounding world, always ready to help: wind, water, fire, earth and air - these primary elements from ancient times helped a person bring his requests and wishes to the highest authorities. You must have seen such prayers: these are the Burkhans — the places of the “masters of the area”, often located on the tops of hills, mountains, and in especially picturesque places. These are “water mills” - drums with prayers that spin with the help of the current stream. And of course, it is a lung - flags, hung in places open to strong wind and open space, most often on the east side. On the flags of five colors (five elements) jump cute horses with a beautiful ornament on the back, around - impressions of prayers (mantras) in Sanskrit or Tibetan language. Horses gallop - prayer is heard ...

Lungta is translated from Tibetan as “horses of the wind”, “horse and wind”. It is believed that the tradition of imprinting from wooden plates on the fabric of mantras and images of deities or symbols dates back to the most ancient times in the history of Buddhism - the first prayer flag is described in the “Sutra of the Top of the Victory Banner”. A banner that was hung out as a sign of greatness or as a symbol of victory over something or someone is the starting point of a colorful tradition prevalent in the countries of Buddhism. Like any old tradition, today's lungts are different among themselves externally and externally-ritual. Today in the countries of Theravada Buddhism, otherwise, in the countries of Southern Buddhism - in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand - these are triangular flags that adorn stupas and temples. On the flags - prayers and wishes.

In India, they can often be found in Buddhist holy places. And in the countries of northern Buddhism, the flags will often be square and ... courageous, strong. Because they will meet mountaineers in the Himalayas, where those who have reached peaks and beauties will feel something special ... what is there that is poured inside with warmth and wind? Soul, Heart? Prayer. Prayer aimed at correcting the horse's gait-fate, luck and happiness. Only at a gallop, among the blue wind, snow and peaks!

And who is this?

Flags of the lung fall into the hands of someone who is tired or doubting, in the form of a tube. They can be brought from a tourist trip, bought in monasteries and datsans, as well as in anthropological shops in your city. If we expand - we will see blue, white, yellow, red and green flags tied together with a strong thread. Usually folded into a tube Lung accompanies the explanation: Lungt (chi-morin) - the same horse with a jewel on its back, designed to harmonize living space, tune in for good luck and return the lost vitality with the help of the wind.

I think it makes no sense to wonder why the horse carries strength and luck. Even a small child will answer this question. But in addition to the horses on the flags you can find the image of Buddha Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) and the corresponding mantra. These lungta are called to bring love and peace. If Green Taras is smiling on the flags or Guru Padmasambhava is depicted, such lungts will carry away all misfortunes and obstacles on your way with the northerly wind. White Tara and Buddha Amitayus will tell the wind about your very strong health and that you have been living for a hundred and fifteen years, and you are not tired yet ...

Standard-bearers, flagpoles, compass

So, we will wish the fulfillment of the request to those who hung bright lungts on the hilltops and at the temples. But what if you need the help of the wind right now, when it’s 40 kilometers to the first picturesque hill, and every weekend sufferers gather for a completely different reason? Of course, the wind can be asked for help at home ... It is at that moment when everything in life has gone awry, serious changes are waiting or scary to take the next step, the Lungta flags are attributed to the lama who will perform the ritual of invoking the primordial wisdom of the buddhas in bright cheerful squares and then tell the embarrassed life circumstances, on what day and where exactly is it better to hang out the lungt. It can be a place in the courtyard on the east side, a balcony, a window cornice ...

Here it is just useless to hang out the lung of the house as a souvenir - the wind is vital for them. Like air. And of course, regardless of the reason for which it was decided to post the flags, the household members participating in the event (event - in the most fundamental sense of the word), especially children, give a special meaning to the ceremony. Why? Because it is they who know why the Horse was chosen as a symbol of good luck and vitality ...

Watch the video: Introduction to Prayer Flags of Nepal (September 2019).

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