The legend of King Gesar has been circulating among Tibetans for over 1000 years. Little known in the West, it is the longest epic in the world. Stories of Gesar were primarily passed down in oral form but even the existing written copies, which are estimated to comprise only 10% of the epic, number 246 volumes – containing over 1.5 million lines. King Gesar represents the principle of warriorship – not in the sense of war skills but in the sense of realizing the power, dignity and wakefulness that is inherent in all of us as human beings. The confident warrior conducts himself or herself with a gentle, fearless, and open-hearted intelligence in all aspects of life. This colorful flag, following the general design of all Gesar flags, depicts King Gesar in the center – bearing his magical weapons and riding his winged steed Kyang Go Karka. The Supernatural Animals of the 4 directions (Garuda, Dragon, Tiger and Snow Lion) occupy the four corners. They’re inner meanings represent exalted qualities of the human mind: fearlessness, dignity, confidence and unconditional cheerfulness. Other panels contain the Three Victorious Creatures of Harmony; natural enemies united in single creatures: Garuda/Lion, Fish/Otter and Makara/Conch. They each carry Victory banners representing one of the five elements. The top center panel shows the sun, moon and stars, the Invincible Vajra and the Victory Flag of Space – symbolizing Universal Sovereignty. The Kalachakra Monogram at the bottom represents the 84.000 Teachings of Enlightenment originating in Gesar’s Kingdom of Shambhala. The text at the top supplicates King Gesar and sings his praises. It contains mantras for overcoming obstacles and conquering enemies. Down the left side is Guru Rinpoche’s Prayer of Spontaneous Accomplishment (Sampa Lhundrup). Down the right side are written Tashi Sho prayers calling for good luck, long life and happiness. The text at the bottom and on the tongues (streamers) state that the Gesar Flag brings fulfillment of all wishes and includes mantras for increasing success. King Gesar’s heroic task is to overcome the dark forces, both outer and inner, that bring war and hardship and obscure the spiritual path. Gesar’s ultimate victory promises that peace, harmony and enlightenment will prevail in the world. These well-made full color Gesar flags are printed at a Tibetan monastery in Taiwan.
Size: 38" by 27" (plus tongues) Material: Lightweight nylon (bright and clear image on both sides). There are ties on the pole edge; no sleeve.