Thos sign of the triad which is to be found all over the world may have several meanings. Some interpret it as a symbol of past, present and future, enclosed in the ring of Eternity; others consider that it refers to religion, science and art, held together un the circle of Culture. But whatever be the interpretation the sign itself is one of the most universal character.
The oldest of indian symbols, Chintamani, the sign of happiness, is composed of this symbol and one van find it in the Temple of Heaven in Peking. It appears un the Three Treasures of Tibet; on the breast of the Christ in Memling’s well-known paiting; on the shields of the Crusaders and coat of arms of the Templars. It can be seen On the blades of the famous caucasian swords known as “Gurda”.
It appears in a number of philosophical systems. It can be found on the images of Gessar Khan and Rigden Djapo; on the “Tanga” of Timurlane and on the coat of arms of the popes. It is to be seen in the works of ancient spanish painters and of Titian, and on the ancient ikon of St. Nocholas un Bari and that of St. Sergius and the Holy Trinity.
It can be found on the coat of arms of the city of Samarkand, on ethiopian and coptic antiquities, on the rocks of Mongolia, on tibetan rings, on the breast ornaments of Lahul, Ladak and all the himalayan countries, and on the pottery of the neolitic age.
It is conspicuous on Buddhist banners. The same sign is branded on
mongolian steeds. Nothing, then, could be more appropiate for assembling all races than this symbol, which is no mere ornament but a sign which carries with ir a deep meaning.
It has existed for immeasurable periods of time and is to be found throughout the world. No one therefore can pretend that it belongs to any particular sect, confession, or tradition, and it represents the evolution of consciousness in all its varied phases.
When it is a question of defending the world’s treasures, no better symbol could be selected, for it is universal, of limitless antiquity and carries whit it a meaning which should find an echo in every heart.”