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Sofia Hayat gets Swastika tattooed on her feet; faces backlash

Sofia Hayat faced widespread criticism after she got her feet tattooed with the Swastika symbol. After she posted the picture of the tattoo on Instagram, several people expressed their anger since Swastika is a holy symbol of Hinduism and Buddhism. People are accusing Hayat of hurting religious sentiments and many have asked her to remove the picture from Instagram.

Her post on Instagram came with a caption, which reads as follows.

“ my last photo was me having tattoos on my feet…the sacred swastika..found on the feet of BUDDHA.. the sacred .. eternal..self existence..the star of David..the Islamic moon..universal manifestation..the Sun..hindu swastika..ancient christian encompasses the all..the power of the universe at my feet so to at yours..wake up..we are one!

A symbol is just a symbol and it is the intent that makes the difference. A scalpel in the hands of a surgeon is a tool in his profession can save a life; while in the hands of a perpetrator is unlawful possession of a weapon, in the eyes of the law, to commit a crime.

In the Dahmmapada, Yamaka Vagga (The Twin Verses), Verses 1 and 2 straighten our minds and views on good and evil intentions. “Mano pubba?gama mano, settha manomaya Manasa ce padutthena, bhasati va katoti va Tato na? dukkhamanverti, cakka?’va vahato padam”. (Mind is the forerunner of (all evil) states. Mind is chief; mind-made are they. If one speaks or acts with wicked mind, because of that suffering follows one, even as the wheel follows the hoofs of the raught-ox). “Mano pubbangama, mano settha manomaya Manasa ce pasannena, bhasti va karoti va Tato na? sukkamanveti, chaya’va anapayni”. (Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states. Mind is chief, mind-made are they. If one speaks or acts with pure mind, because of that, happiness follows one, even as one’s shadow that never leaves).”

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