Lotus Bronze mirror with Buddhist Chinese inscriptions
Lotus Bronze mirror with Buddhist symbols and Chinese inscriptions. Translation of Dr. Qing Chang, PhD in Chinese Arts: 四弘誓愿 - Four grand pledges; 烦恼无尽誓愿断 - The pledge to stop the endless worries. 烦恼无尽誓愿断 Diameter: 70 mm = 2 ¾ in. Weight: 129 g = 4 oz. Knob: 4 mm high, open. Mirror surface is flat and has 2 types of inscriptions. The words "烦恼无尽誓愿断" come from the buddhist scripture calling"四宏四愿", which are the rules to obey being a true Buddha. "烦恼无尽誓愿断" = There are so many things disturbing us,- Men should calm their heart and improve themselves. References: The swastika (Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक) is an equilateral cross with four arms bent at 90 degrees. The earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, Ancient India as well as Classical Antiquity. Swastikas have also been used in various other ancient civilizations around the world. It remains widely used in Indian religions, specifically in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, primarily as a tantric symbol to evoke shakti or the sacred symbol of auspiciousness. The word "swastika" comes from the Sanskrit swastika - "su" meaning "good" or "auspicious," "asti" meaning "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. The swastika literally means "to be good". Or another translation can be made: "swa" is "higher self", "asti" meaning "being", and "ka" as a suffix, so the translation can be interpreted as "being with higher self".