Vishnu Tattoos Manitowoc WI
Lord Vishnu Tattoos - Vishnu the Preserver - symbol of mercy and goodness and protector of the universe - fulfills one of the three cosmic functions in the Hindu religion. Vishnu, along with Brahma 'the creator', and Shiva 'the destroyer', symbolize the three projections of the Absolute, and reflect the three facets of human existence - birth, life, death.
Wearing a tattoo of Vishnu - or any of the Hindu holy triad - is to acknowledge and perhaps even celebrate your ability to entertain the apparent contradictions of free will, fate, and destiny, which are challenging to the Western mind trained in logic and reason, right or wrong, and the either or aspects of absolutes. A Vishnu design might well feel appropriate to people who see themselves as compassionate denizens of the vast spiritual, psychological and philosophical territory between creation and destruction. Vishnu is the preserver, the rescuer, the saviour.
Thousands of years ago in India, there was a great tradition of learning and scholarship. To explain the mysteries of the universe, the ancient sages of India evolved philosophies and teachings that addressed the stages of man's journey through life, and the forces that came to bear upon him. From these early philosophies sprang a culture rich in myth and diverse in spiritual teachings. The most important of religious symbols in India is the Trimurti, or triad, the three aspects of the Supreme Being - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Vishnu existed before the universe came into being, then created the Ocean from which all life emerges. From his feet springs the Holy River Ganges. He is known also as the one who 'moves on the waters', and is often depicted floating on the cosmic ocean atop a coiled serpent.
Devotees of Vishnu identify him as the Supreme Being, who divided himself into three parts. From his right side emerged Brahma who created all things in the universe - and from his left side issued Shiva, the destroyer.
Vishnu is depicted as a dark man with four arms, his hands holding the lotus, the conch shell, the discus, and the club. He is often paired with his consort, Laxshmi, the fair goddess of wealth and fortune, a revered deity in her own right.
As the Preserver deity, Lord Vishnu manifests in human and animal form in order to protect the world from destruction, and to safeguard the spiritual and moral scriptures from corruption. These manifestations are k...