In yoga the sixth chakra (point on the body) relates to the mystical third eye – the organ of inner perception. The purpose of this sixth chakra is to see the way, and bring the light of consciousness to all that exist within and around us. In South Asia it is traditionally shown as a bright dot of red color (a bindi) applied in the center of the forehead close to the eyebrows, but it can also consist of other colors with a sign or piece of jewelry worn at this location.
Singer Selena Gomez found herself embroiled in a controversy involving a dance she did and the improper use of a bindi. Leaders at the Universal Society of Hinduism want Selena to apologize for wearing the religious adornment.
“The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance,” as Rajan Zed explained: “It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol. It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed. Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions.”
Historically the eye symbol has been picked up by different religious faiths. I was surprised to see the symbol on Shaker spirit drawings.
The Freemasons borrowed this important symbol of the Supreme Being, from the nations of antiquity. Both the Hebrews and the Egyptians selected the open eye as the symbol of watchfulness, and the eye of God as the symbol of Divine care of the universe.
Egyptian Eye of Horus (shown below from King Tut’s tomb) was a symbol of protection, royal power and good health.
The Eye-in-the-Hand symbol was used by the ancient Native Americans of the Mississippian culture. The meaning of the Hand Eye is related to gaining entry to the Upperworld (heaven). The Eye-in-the-Hand symbol is believed to be representative of a supreme deity.
The universal symbol called Humsa (khamsa) by the Hindus is a powerful protection amulet and is often called the All Seeing Eye of Mercy helpful in banishing fear and oppression.
And finally here’s a contemporary African sculpture with the same symbol