Unfortunately, the history of the swastika has forced many people to revert from using it...but either direction of the swastika was used to signify a good luck symbol and fortune. It is my goal to help revive the integrity of this symbol by using it in many of my malas.
Swastika, meaning "it is well" is the symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity, and good fortune. The four limbs of the Hindu swastika denote the Four Vedas (symbolizing auspiciousness), four goals of life (denoting prosperity), four stages of life (signifying good fortune), four directions in space (symbolizing the Divine omnipresence), four seasons (symbolizing the cyclic nature of time), and four yugas of the world-cycle (symbolizing the natural evolution of the universe).
HELP CLARIFY MEANING OF LEFT AND RIGHT FACING SWASTIKAS (Feminine and Masculine aspects of the divine symbol)
The swastika used in Buddhist art and scripture is known as a manji (whirlwind), and represents Dharma, universal harmony, and the balance of opposites. It is derived from the Hindu religious swastika, but it is not identical in meaning.
The Manji is made up of several elements- a vertical axis representing the joining of heaven and earth, a horizontal axis representing the connection of yin and yang, and the four arms, representing movement- the whirling force created by the interaction of these elements.
When facing left, it is the Omote (front facing) Manji, representing love and mercy. Facing right, it represents strength and intelligence, and is called the Ura (rear facing) Manji.
I have been asked by a reader to eliminate Wikipedia from the resources of information that I have listed below and I will honour that request...it has been brought to my attention by several others that this resource is not the best to reference. You may search this information on Wikipedia on your own accord but I will honour the comment left at the end of this post. (Please click on COMMENTS below to read the post that was left...the writer has left his own links as well that may shed light on the history of the swastikas use.)
I welcome any additions to this list of information and I do not claim to be a scholar of the swastika but agree in its ancient meanings through Hindu, Buddhist, and many other facets of human existence.
Visit http://www.reclaimtheswastika.com/ to state your feelings on reclaiming the Swastika...a discussion formed around the EU wanting to BAN! the use of the swastika. Fear breeds ignorance and this can only be abolished through education...there needs to be conversation and the true facts of the origin of the Swastika needs to be revealed to all for it to remain a positive symbol (as it has always been before Hitler and so it shall again in our time)
A fascinating detailed history and account of the swatika can be found here.
A further description of the swastika can be found here.
The reason why Hitler chose the swastika is explained with excerpts from Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, 1923.