On the Emblem of the Constitutional Council

The website of the Constitutional Council of the Kingdom of Cambodia is a valuable source of information on the organization of the body that has been tasked as the highest authority on the interpretation of the Constitution of Cambodia.  The Khmer version of the website, however, includes a page that contains a description of the emblem (“និមិត្តសញ្ញា”) of the body.  There is no translation of the text in the English language on the website.   I have translated the text below to the best of my understanding.

Source: The Constitutional Council of Cambodia.

The Emblem of the Constitutional Council (Council for the Examination of the Dharma Accord)

The settled symbols of the Constitutional Council are made in the image of Lord Brahma, the One who possesses Four Heads and Four Hands, in which he holds a collection of symbolic implements, while he sits securely on his throne. The appearance of Lord Brahma is fashioned in a manner that is fit for the One who is the Creator of the Universe.

The Four Faces of Lord Brahma are the representation of the Dharma of the Brahma Viharas [lit. Abodes of Brahma, or “sublime attitudes”] namely: Metta [‘मैत्री’, benevolence], Karuna [‘करुणा’, or compassion], Mudita [‘मुदिता’, or empathetic joy], and Upekkha [‘उपेक्षा’, or equanimity].

In his upper-left hand, he holds the Lotus Flower, which is representative of the Act of Creation. In his lower-left hand, he holds the Scriptures that represent the profound laws of the World.

In his upper-right hand, he holds a string of beads that is representative of the achievement of tranquility of the mind, ability to acquire objectives, the ascertainment of righteous action, in order to seek good deeds on the Path of Dharma, in the Ways of the World. In his lower-right hand, he holds a small earthen pot that is representative of Amrita [lit. immortality, or the Elixir of Life] that is the source of health, happiness and prosperity for the living.

(**The term ‘Dharma’ refers to Natural Law)

និមិត្តសញ្ញា នៃក្រុមប្រឹក្សាធម្មនុញ្ញ

និមត្ដសញ្ញានៃក្រុមប្រឹក្សាធម្មនុញ្ញមានរូបព្រះព្រហ្មមានព្រះភ័ក្ដ្រ៤ និង ព្រះហស្ថ៤ កាន់កេតនភណ្ឌ គង់លើបល្ល័ង្ក។ ព្រះព្រហ្ម ជានិមិត្ដរូបនៃអ្នកបង្កើ់តលោក ។ ព្រះភ័ក្ដ្រព្រះព្រហ្ម តំណាងឱ្យព្រហ្មវិហារធម៌ទាំងបួនគឺ មេត្ដា ករុណា មុទិតា និង ឧបេក្ខា ។ ព្រះហស្ថ ឆ្វេង ខាងលើកាន់ផ្កាឈូក តំណាងការកកើត ព្រះហស្ថ ឆ្វេង ខាងក្រោមកាន់សាស្ដ្រា តំណាងគម្ពីរក្បួន ច្បាប់ ព្រះហស្ថ សាំ្ដ ខាងលើកាន់ផ្គាំ តំណាងឱ្យការរំងាប់អារម្មណ៍ ការឧទ្ទិសកុសល ការចំរើនភាវនា រកអំពើល្អ ផ្លូវធម៌ ផ្លូវលោក ព្រះហស្ថ ស្ដាំ ខាងក្រោមកាន់ពួចទឹក តំណាងទឹកអម្រិតប្រោះព្រំ ឱ្យសុខសប្បាយត្រជាក់ត្រជុំ ឱ្យរស់ ។

The text in Khmer is sourced from the website of the Constitutional Council of Cambodia.


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