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Indus Script Deciphered 15

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15. Curves   ISD 15 1 jpg

Similar is the situation with the curves which in Indus texts are seen either horizontal as an umbrella or vertical as the bow of purusharth. The umbrella denotes ruler, not over others but over his own self. With self control ISD 15 symbol 1 jpg  a self-controller ISD 13 7 jpg only ultimately can become a self ruler ISD 15 symbol 3 jpg like a Jina on images of which one can see umbrellas ranging from one to seven.

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A tri-umbrella is most common for a Jina denoting him as master of the Triloka.

The vertical umbrellas show purusharth. Purush is the soul, and any attempt to maintain its purity is called arth or purusharth. Sallekhana is also a form of purusharth. Austerity goes with purusharth. Double curves are indicated in two ways: ISD 15 symbol 4 jpg and as ISD 15 symbol 5 jpg. The first one shows enhanced purusharth while the second one shows adamya or extreme purusharth. Many seals show these curves.   Epigraphists may not realize the meaning of these slab and tablet inscriptions within the purview of epigraphy, but all rock cut images and Jina figures on slabs which do not make icons fall within the field of epigraphy and one should mark them as the embossed figures on miniature mud seals, matching the kayotsarga figures of Jinas.

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