The endless knot is a closed,
graphic ornament composed of right-angled, intertwined
lines. It is conjectured that it may have evolved
from an ancient naga symbol with two stylized snakes.
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
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 its own.
Since the knot has no beginning
or end it also symbolizes the infinite wisdom of
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