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Commissioning my Coat of Arms

In the tapestry of my upbringing woven with threads of military tradition, heraldry emerged as a captivating art that stirred my fascination. The meticulous craftsmanship behind the creation of sigils and emblems, particularly etched in the banner of my father's regiment, left an indelible mark on my consciousness. Inscribed upon it were words echoing a profound philosophy - "Karm hi Dharm," translating to "Work is Worship." Though the essence of Dharma may waver in the course of translation, the resounding message remained unmistakable to me. It became the guiding principle by which I approached my endeavors – as acts of devotion.

Amidst the pervasive rhetoric of the great resignation, my commitment to offering my best to the world stood as a counterpoint. In seeking inspiration from the venerable tales of Arthurian legends, I embarked on a journey to collaborate with a heraldic expert and breathe life into my own coat of arms. Rooted in a lineage of military officers spanning generations, I could have seamlessly become a fourth-generation soldier, traversing a well-trodden path. Yet, akin to Robert Frost, I opted for the road less traveled.

For me, the foundation of forging a "legacy" begins with the unfurling of a banner. Although the landscape of warfare has shifted from battlegrounds to the arenas of financial conquests and the preservation of virtue and values, the symbolic importance of a coat of arms persists. As the currents of time carry us further from the visceral clashes of old, we find ourselves engaged in modern-day wars – battles fought not with swords but for the very essence of our beliefs. In the eloquent words of Paul Tsongas, "We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching."

What my coat of arms signifies

My Personal Coat of Arms

The Lion: Embodying my middle name "Singh," which translates to lion from the Sanskrit word "simha," this symbol represents power and authority.

The Red Cross: Contrary to a crusader's emblem, this is the coat of arms of Sir Galahad, Lancelot's son, associated with the quest for the Holy Grail due to his piety.

The 5 Waves: Representing the 5 rivers of Punjab, this symbol underscores my roots in India, even as I enjoy poutine in Canada.

The Tree of Knowledge: An ancient Celtic symbol embodying balance, harmony, and rebirth. Considered powerful, sacred, and wise beyond measure, it serves as a portal to the otherworld and symbolizes the sanctuaries of rebirth.

The Sun: Inspired by the poem "I am the great sun" by Charles Causley, this symbolizes the Great Sun and draws inspiration from a Normandy crucifix dating back to 1632.

I am the great sun, but you do not see me, I am your husband, but you turn away. I am the captive, but you do not free me, I am the captain but you will not obey. I am the truth, but you will not believe me, I am the city where you will not stay. I am your wife, your child, but you will leave me, I am that God to whom you will not pray. I am your counsel, but you will not hear me, I am your lover whom you will betray. I am the victor, but you do not cheer me, I am the holy dove whom you will slay. I am your life, but if you will not name me, Seal up your soul with tears, and never blame me.

"Crescat e Fluvis": As seen on the sygil of British province of Punjab meaning "Let it grow from the rivers". As a late bloomer i really resonate with this phrase - Like a bamboo, the initial growth is slow but the latter growth is exponential

Why do you need a coat of arms in the 21st Century?

In the 21st century, having a coat of arms can still carry symbolic, cultural, and personal significance, even though the practical uses have evolved. Here are some potential benefits:

  • Symbol of Identity and Heritage:

    • A coat of arms can serve as a visual representation of your family's history, values, and identity. It can be a powerful symbol that connects you to your heritage and ancestors.

  • Family Pride and Tradition:

    • Displaying a coat of arms can instill a sense of family pride and tradition. It can be a way to honor and celebrate the achievements and history of your family.

  • Artistic Expression:

    • Designing or adopting a coat of arms allows for creative expression. It's an opportunity to craft a unique and meaningful symbol that reflects your personality, interests, and aspirations.

  • Personal Branding:

    • In a more modern context, some individuals and professionals use a personalized coat of arms as part of their personal branding. This can be particularly relevant for public figures, artists, or entrepreneurs.

  • Cultural and Social Connections:

    • For individuals with ties to specific cultural or social groups, a coat of arms can be a way to express those connections. It can be a shared symbol that unites people with a common background.

  • Special Occasions and Events:

    • Coats of arms may be incorporated into special occasions, events, or celebrations, adding a touch of tradition and ceremony. They can be used on invitations, stationery, or as part of event branding.

  • Genealogical Research:

    • A coat of arms can be a valuable element in genealogical research. It may help trace family histories and connections, providing a tangible link to the past.

  • Educational Tools:

    • Families and educators can use coats of arms as educational tools to teach history, heraldry, and symbolism. This can be a way to pass down knowledge and traditions to younger generations.

  • Digital Presence:

    • With the rise of digital media, a coat of arms can be used in various online platforms, social media profiles, or personal websites, adding a unique and distinctive visual element to one's digital presence.

Legacy is not what i did for myself, It's what i'm doing for the next generation - Vitor Belfort

If you are wondering who helped my build my coat of arms, Please reach out to Nikolai Pomar, you can check out his work here -


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