Below is a very nice video about the Swastika as a symbol in Hinduism of purity, the Divine, etc. It speaks of the Nazi misuse of the symbol. As well done as the video is, to my mind a very important component is missing. This component is not only essential in a very literal sense, but is also missing in most discussions of Vedic Knowledge.
This essential point is that just as gravity or electricity is not a symbol, the swastika is not a symbol. The swastika is structured in the very nature of existence. It is an aspect of the very mechanic of nature. It is as if woven into the fabric underlying all of existence. It does not simply symbolize that, it IS that, just as the nuts and bolts in a car do not symbolize the structure of the car. The nuts and bolts are an essential aspect of the structure of the car.
So what does it mean to live in harmony with nature… in harmony with life? It means to live a life in harmony with the very structure of nature. As if to say not to deny gravity or electricity, but instead to live in harmony with it. To think of such things as merely symbols is to greatly compromise their significance. The fact that the swastika was used in such a horrendous manner by the Nazis only shows how out of alignment the world has been with nature.
Imagine a level of life when the deep underlying structure of nature is spontaneously known and lived. When all aspects of Vedic Knowledge are found within ones awareness, not out of habit or cultural orientation, but from inner knowing… inner wakefulness.
The more these things are represented on the surface with symbols and images, the better. However, the real value is that they are understood deeply as something that transcends religion in the traditional sense of the word ‘religion’. Instead they are directly experienced as eternal truths of nature… similar to how you might view gravity or electricity, only deeper and therefore more profound and meaningful. The various deities, pujas, havans, pradakshina, etc.… all these things must be understood, not as symbols but as technologies of Vedic science. It must not be based upon mere faith, just as your relationship with science is not based upon faith. It is one thing to say you know that, it is another to perceive it directly. That is the difference between knowing and Knowing.
All religions of the world dance around the underlying Truth of nature as echoes of Truth. But echoes of Truth can hold Truth at bay, if we cling to them simplistically. This is why I distinguish between the terms ‘Hindu’ and ‘Vedic’. Hinduism is a religion. Religions point in the direction of Vedic, but as it says in the Veda, real Knowledge only dwells in the awareness of the enlightened. Like everything in life, it is not just the things in life, it is your relationship with those things that make all the difference. Take care, lest that which is right under your nose will slip right through your fingers.