Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
President, Heart Care Foundation of India
The Indian National flag is symbolic representation of the rich Vedantic heritage of our country. Different colors with a chakra in the center are the gist of Vedas. The flag has three colors: saffron (orange) at the top, white in the middle and green at the bottom. In the center of the white color, there is a chakra with 24 lines.
To be successful in life, one needs a combination of inner happiness, spiritual knowledge and protection from the evil. One also needs to learn to concentrate on the present moment awareness. This is true not only for an individual but also for a family, community or nation as a whole.
The white color is a symbolic representation of Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge. It also represents the color of Cow, the Universal Giver, and of the color of milk, which is a complete food by itself and represents pure Sattva. White is also the color of swan, the vehicle of Brahma, the Creator. Swan has a typical quality of removing water from milk mixed with water. It signifies ‘vivek’ or discrimination which helps to remove negativity and selecting positive things in life. The white color also means the path of truthfulness and purity.
The green color indicates protection, safety, security and greenery. It tells about the status of the country being free of pollution. Green plants give oxygen to the atmosphere, which gives life and is a protector as oxygen protects life.
The central chakra means hard work, meditation, concentration, contemplation, etc. as without hard work, nothing is successful in life.
The whole flag signifies that India is full of people who are hard working and sincere in their efforts and are keen in acquiring pure satvik spiritual knowledge through hard work and self-protection.
The flag also represents the 3 Goddesses of India – Laxmi, Saraswati and Durga. Laxmi represents wealth; Saraswati represents knowledge and Durga the protector.