British-Indian model-turned-actress Sofia Hayat, who left everyone in shock after turning a nun, Gaia Mother Sofia Hayat, is grabbing the eyeballs yet again. This time for completely different reasons altogether. Sofia recently got Swastika tattoos made on her feet and shared a picture of the same on social media.Since, the Swastika is a holy and sacred symbol for religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, the actress started getting a lot of flak for getting it inked on her feet. While many perceive that it has been done in an attempt to gain attention, Sofia Hayat’s new tattoos have angered the followers.
The said picture was posted 2 days back with the caption, “Ok..so my last photo was me having tatoos 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 cross..buddhist..tibetan..it 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. â€œMano pubbaá¹…gamÄƒ mano, setthÄƒ manomayÄƒ ManasÄƒ ce padutthena, bhÄƒsati vÄƒ katoti vÄƒ Tato naá¸¿ dukkhamanvertÄ, cakkaá¸¿’va vahato padamâ€. (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 draught-ox). â€œMano pubbaÅˆgama, mano setthÄƒ manomayÄƒ ManasÄƒ ce pasannena, bhÄƒsti vÄƒ karoti vÄƒ Tato naá¸¿ sukkamanveti, chÄƒyÄƒ’va anapÄƒynÄâ€. (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).”
Needless to say, quite a number of followers have started slamming her on social media for insulting the holy symbol. While some asked her to take down the picture others condemned her for hurting Hindu sentiments!