They should never be kept on the ground It is considered disrespectful if the Buddhist prayer flags touch the ground. Therefore, they should always been hung at a height. Around the frame of the doorway is considered the right place to put the flags .
Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space.
The colours hold meaning Blue represents the sky, white represents the air, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. All five colours together signify balance.
The rainbow flag is a multi – colored flag consisting of stripes in the colors of the rainbow that is displayed in many cultures around the world as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness.
Because of the sacred writings on the flags , they should not be used in clothing or thrown away. Old prayer flags should be burned in order to show traditional Tibetan respect and carry prayers to the heavens.
Besides being totally disrespectful , it’s bad luck to place Buddha in a bathroom. Also the statue should never face one. Dust accumulating on or around the statue is disrespectful . It will bring filth into your own life.
It is recommended that you do not hang prayer flags on inauspicious days. For example, the four elements–earth, water, fire, and wind–influence each day in pairs. January 9th, 2019 was a Fire-Water day, which is considered inauspicious.
“Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum , mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha”
To heighten the positive intentions and add greater meaning; you can say a prayer or perform an offering or ritual prior to placing your flags . Prayer flags may also be personalized. For example, write the names of family members on your flags to ask that they be blessed with good health.
How to Make Prayer Flags Cut pieces of fabric to 5″ × 11″. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3″ sleeve, making the flag surface 5″ × 8″. Paint, stitch, applique, or collage the flags . Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired.
The flags were originally used to protect Tibetans during the war times. It generally comes with a mantra written over it in English or Hindi along with Tibetan symbols. The mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ is a Buddhist mantra which originated from Tibet.
The flag was originally created with eight colors, but pink and turquoise were removed for production purposes, and since 1979 it has consisted of six colored stripes. It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colors appear in a natural rainbow.
‘” Baker saw the rainbow as a natural flag from the sky, so he adopted eight colors for the stripes, each color with its own meaning (hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for spirit).