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The flag of the kingdom of Belgium

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Summary

Flag of Belgium State ensign of Belgium

The colours of the flag

Black

The black colour can take different meanings, from the lowest to the highest:

  • Black naturally characterizes the darkness of the manifested world, the wandering of the ordinary being in the world surrounding him.
  • Black also represents the underground gestation, the transformation of the manifested world and being. The re-generation, the climbing of the being towards light, lighting his human face and the surrounding world.
  • Finally, black describes the non manifested world, rich in the potentiality of all beings' destiny. It equally depicts the total being that has re-integrated his original state, the Principle at the source of all beings and things. It symbolizes the invisible Light, the state where the being and the world are nothing but One.

It follows that black characterizes the beginning and the end of the manifestation cycle: the Principle at the source of the manifested world and his full development. Consequently, black represents the most brilliant and the most obscure light according to the adopted point of view: non-manifested or manifested.

Yellow

Yellow symbolizes light emanating from darkness, which lights up the being himself and the surrounding world. It represents the exchange channel between the Principle and people. As a “median” colour of the rainbow, yellow constitutes the communication path between the celestial and terrestrial worlds.

Red

Red represents courage and, more symbolically, strength and force in this world. As the “upper” arch of the rainbow, red corresponds to the highest rank of the temporal power. A role traditionally reserved for the King. Endowed with a mandate from Heaven, the King contributes to the “common interest”, establishes justice or social harmony and preserves peace between people.

The coat of arms

Coat of arms  of the State ensign of BelgiumThe coat of arms of the State ensign of Belgium 1 represents a crowned lion standing on his hind legs. As often in the Heraldic art, he has an open mouth, a tongue sticking out, a bristled fur and forelegs outstretched. Only the colour of the claws and tongue differ from the colour of the fur.

The lion represents force and wisdom in the animal kingdom. Crowned, he depicts royalty and nobility of course.

With his mane, the lion constitutes the terrestrial counterpart of the celestial light source, the Sun. As the Sun, he possesses the destruction and re-generation power characterizing the being's transformation; the destruction corresponds to the death of the current being's state and the re-generation to the re-birth of the being in a new state.

If black refers to the being's transformation, red relates to the King's attributes:

  • The (retractile) claws depict energy and force that the King masters in a sovereign manner. The King must be able to reign without needing to show his force.
  • The tongue obviously constitutes the organ of language, word and creator Word. Now, if this world is the effect of the Verb uttered at the origin of times, its manifestation is a symbol of the supra-natural reality. The being and thing diversity of the manifested world echoes to divine Unity. Rejoining unity beneath diversity constitutes the task of any being for himself and of temporal authority for the beings composing the country. The supreme goal of existence consists in rediscovering the sacred language, the language of the heart, the language of union beyond divisions beneath the diversity of vernacular languages, the languages of thought.

1 back The State or government ensign is borne by non-military national vessels, such as coast guard ships.

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