Logo

I have chosen for the “spirale” as the logo of the antique gallery. This symbol appears in the three main religions of Asia, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. It is related to the wheel (chakra) and the well-known swastika, which in Sanskrit means: “auspicious and fortunate”. It refers to the eternal cycle of life, the four directions, renewal, rebirth and eternity. The sun spiral refers also to the important Sun God Surya, a Hindu deity.

“a way to Enlightenment”

The main theme in the three religions (or philosophies) of Asia, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism is the escape from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. This salvation or spiritual awakening can be attained by building enough 'spiritual or religious merit'. The fabric of statues and temples used to contribute to one’s merit, auspicious for the karma of a person. It even was possible to offer one's own spiritual/religious merit to another; it was common that a person commissioned a statue or a painting for his parents or teacher as an act of gratitude. The sculptures or monuments often were a help for meditation and thus a motivation in the pursuit of enlightenment.