Punishing a student for displaying an Indian svastika
because it could be mistaken for a Nazi swastika makes as much sense as expelling one for displaying a six-pointed Jewish star because it could be mistaken for a five-pointed pentagram, or for using in a flyer the word "niggardly" because it could be mistaken for a racial slur, says Banzhaf, echoing the comments from many other news sites, including The Daily Caller.
Kostina (Moscow: Musaget, 2002); Mariia Chegodaeva, Sotsrealizm: Mify i realnost' (Moscow: Zakharov, 2003); and Mikhail Ryklin, Svastika
, krest, zvezda: Proizvodstvo iskusstva v epokhu upravliaemoi demokratii (Moscow: Logos, 2006),
Even the word derives from the Sanskrit svastika
, for lucky.
The Jaina svastika
(which Nazism transformed into a sinister emblem by pivoting it 45 degrees) also has a cosmic meaning.
The symbol briefly displayed at GWU, sometimes called a svastika
, looks something like the hated Nazi swastika, but it is different in color, orientation, and proportions, whereas a hangman's noose looks the same all around the world, notes Banzhaf.
It said such actions "have a chilling effect on free expression," universities "are taking the lead in suppressing free expression in order to be politically correct," "the university by its dubious disciplinary action appears to be depriving a student of considerable future income and is opening itself up to civil damages of a considerable amount," "banning the Hindu svastika
(the Hindu spelling) is one step away from banning the Star of David (or the Christian cross)," and "it is interesting that this banning received widespread attention in India, where some viewed it as an anti-Indian and anti-Hindu act.'"
The chapters on p[a.bar]supatayoga mention various [a.bar]sana (svastika
, padmaka, bhadra, simha, and kacchapa), a fourfold pr[a.bar]n[a.bar]y[a.bar]ma, a Yoga with six auxiliaries, as well as some of the terminology of medieval Hathayoga, such as moving v[a.bar]yu through n[a.bar]dis, kumbhaka, and some allusions to practices resembling the Hathayogic mudr[a.bar]s, such as fixing the tongue on the palate (t[a.bar]lau jihv[a.bar]m sam[a.bar]dh[a.bar]ya) and locking the navel (n[a.bar]bh[i.bar]bandhana).