My fascination with Knot work in spiritual context has brought me to reflect on other cultures. A close friend of mine had studied Reiki which brought me to the Shrivatsa. Although a Japanese study of healing, they have adopted the use of the Shrivatsa as a symbol of their practice.
Srivatsa or Shrivatsa is Sanskrit for Endless Knot. It is a mark on the breast of Vishnu where His consort Sri Lakshmi resides. It is conjectured that it may have evolved from an ancient naga symbol with two stylized snakes signifying the dramatic interplay and interaction of conflicting forces in the dualistic world primary to their union and harmony of the universe. This is reflected in the symmetrical form of the endless knot.
The intertwining of lines illustrates how manifestation is bound together as a closed cycle of cause and effect. Thus the knot is a pattern of simplicity and harmony.
Since all phenomena are interrelated, the Shrivatsa Amulet is to establish a connection between the giver and the receiver. At the same time, the recipient is blessed with Virtue and encouraged to practice Virtue themselves; the knot represents a bond with our karmic destiny.
Although a favorite symbol of Buddhists, Hindus and those that practice Reiki, this amulet would be an appropriate for any one who welcomes balance, harmony and eternal wisdom into their lives.