This latter image signifies the dramatic interplay and
interaction of the opposing forces in the dualistic world of
manifestation, leading to their union, and ultimately to harmony
in the universe. This fact is amply reflected in the symmetrical
and regular form of the endless knot.
The intertwining of lines reminds us how all phenomena are
conjoined and yoked together as a closed cycle of cause and
effect. Thus the whole composition is a pattern that is closed
on in itself with no gaps, leading to a representational form of
great simplicity and fully balanced harmony.
Since all phenomena are interrelated, the placing of the endless
knot on a gift or greeting card is understood to establish an
auspicious connection between the giver and the recipient. At
the same time, the recipient is goaded to righteous karma, being
reminded that future positive effects have their roots in the
causes of the present. This is because the knot represents a
connection, a link with our fates, binding us to our karmic
destiny. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most favorite
symbols in Tibetan Buddhism, and often occurs independently on
Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the
infinite wisdom of the Buddha.
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