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Symbolism of Shankha - The Conch

"Shankha", comes from Sanskrit, meaning Conch


The conch shell is thought to have been the original horn-trumpet

Ancient Indian mythical epics relate heroes carrying conch shells

As a symbol,

the conch is the promise of a primordial sound,

purifing air through his music,

able to go through all obstacles,

attracting positive energy,

evoking strength

In Buddhism it is one of the 8 auspicious symbols,

this one representing Buddha’s teachings on Fearlessness


How to do :

  • Place your hands in front of you with the palms facing up

  • Wrap the right fingers around the left thumb

  • Bring the fingers of the left hand together

  • Bring the left middle finger to touch the tip of the right hand thumb

  • Rest your hands on the sternum

Imagine you are at the sea and you can hear the waves and feel the sea breeze

Chant “OM” several times

Allowing the echo and vibration of your chanting to center and calm your mind


Related to :

  • the health of the respiratory system

  • the balance of the throat chakra

  • the "cooling" of the fire element: agitation, burn, inflammation, overheated body and mind

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