In this embroidered piece, each dream of the Queen Trishala is denoted by a symbol. Here’s what they mean:
Elephant, a Bull, and a Lion:
In the first dream, Queen Trishala saw an Elephant. This meant, she would give birth to a child with a strong character. The four tusks signified that he would guide the spiritual chariot with its four components: monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen. In her second dream she saw a Bull, indicating that her child would be religious and would help cultivate the strong values. The Lion meant that her child would be as powerful and strong. The characteristics of being fearless, almighty, and capable of ruling the world would be shared by her child.
The Goddess Lakshmi:
In her fourth dream, the Queen saw Goddess Lakshmi – indicating wealth and prosperity.
In the fifth dream, the Queen Trishala saw beautiful Garlands descending from the sky. This dream indicated that the fragrance of her child’s work will spread throughout the universe, and he would be respected by all.
A Full Moon and a Sun:
A moon in the dream of the Queen was meant to indicate the soothing impact of her child in the world. The child would bring peace to the world and lessen the suffering of people. Similarly, a sun in her seventh dream indicated the light of knowledge that would shun the darkness of superstitious beliefs.
A Flag on a Golden Stick and a Golden Vase with water:
In her eighth and ninth dreams, the Queen Trishala saw a Flag on a Golden Stick and a Golden Vase. These indicated the birth of a compassionate being, who would be held supreme and will be the flag bearer of kindness.
A Lake full of Lotuses and the Ocean:
The tenth and eleventh dream of the Queen suggested serenity, infinite perception and knowledge, and freedom from worldly matters – the cycle of birth and death.
Celestial Vimana (Plane) and Jewels:
The twelfth and thirteenth dream indicated abundant blessings, honour and respect from heaven and earth.
The fourteenth dream Queen Trishala had was of a smokeless Fire. This indicated a new order – destruction of blind faith and purification of the mind. It was also an indication of salvation that her child would attain.
The King Siddhartha had these 14 auspicious dreams interpreted. The learned men foretold the birth of a great spiritual leader. While the King and Queen named their son ‘Vardhaman’, he soon came to be known as the Lord Mahavira.