A close friend of mine studied Reiki
and introduced me to the Shrivatsa.
A Japanese study of healing,
they have adopted the use of the Shrivatsa
as a symbol of their practice.
Srivatsa or Shrivatsa is Sanskrit
(An ancient Indian language)
for Endless Knot.
It is a mark on the breast of Vishnu
where His consort Sri Lakshmi resides.
It is conjectured it may have evolved from an ancient naga symbol
with two stylized snakes of 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.
The Shrivatsa Amulet establishes 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.