The general style of the current flag pattern, called “soyombo” (the name of an alphabet dating back to the 17th century in our era), goes back to 1940. In 1992, the star on the pattern was removed following the collapse of communism and the drawing was modified.
The “soyombo” represents the Mongolia national emblem. As a lamaist inspiration style, it covers a spiritual rather than a temporal meaning.
Following the example of all traditions, the flag of Mongolia naturally refers to the two next supplementary ways:
- The metaphysical way or descending movement from the Principle towards its terrestrial manifestation;
- The cosmologic way of the return from the terrestrial manifestation to the Supreme Unity.
As a first movement product, the being can only return to his source as the Buddha did. For this purpose, the Triple Jewel, pictured as the three flames of the soyombo superior pattern (), are revealed to him:
- The central flame represents the direct way, the most difficult one, that allows the being to attain the state of Buddha, the eternal present that includes the whole reality of the world and, consequently, the two other essential flames required for the understanding of the return voyage towards the unified state;
- One of the side flames symbolizes the Heaven's Law that governs beings and things in this world or Dharma. It shows the world as it is and therefore already belongs to the past;
- The other flame represents the right knowledge that will guide the community of disciples or Sangha towards the superior states. It ensues that it is still a future matter.
The other soyombo patterns characterize the different steps of the descent towards the being manifestation and of his return in direction of the Principle.