8 Auspicious Symbols: Conch / by Tom Maloney

The Eight Auspicious Symbols (Ashtamangala) represent different aspects of an enlightened midstream.  The images themselves contain deeply nourishing energetic signatures and are a useful addition to the toolbox of Liberation. 

The Conch, when blown into, disperses the teachings of freedom.  Like an alarm clock, the conch’s song arouses people from the sleep of ignorance into crystalline presence.  In Buddhist art, it is not uncommon to see a hero striking a victorious pose with conch in hand. Interestingly, the conch is always, deliberately portrayed as the “right-turning conch” as opposed the “left-turning conch.”