The Next Step

Swastika mosaic, Palais de la Porte Doré in Paris, France
Mosaic at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris, France. Built 1931. (Credit)

The swastika has been an honoured and cherished spiritual symbol for thousands of years and continues to be so for hundreds of millions of people today.

The misuse of the swastika in World War Two and its association with one of the most brutal and depraved regimes the world has ever seen has led to revulsion towards and rejection of the symbol by very many people. Such feelings are real and justified. What is most needed in this new century is education about the real significance of this ancient symbol.

The well-meaning, yet unsuccessful, attempt within the European Parliament to ban the swastika in Europe needs to be followed by an open sharing of information and understanding.

We can look ahead to a time when social movements based on expansive, spiritual values arise under the banner of the swastika. These movements may also arise in Germany, but this time led by universalists who act in harmony with the swastika's inner meaning.

The goal now is to reclaim the swastika as a symbol of lasting spiritual victory and begin a great new chapter in human history.

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