This is a symbol of protection from illness, obstacles, harmful energies and suffering experienced in the three lower realms of existence. It teaches us that the teachings will protect us from destructive emotions and obstacles like suffering, illness and harm. Other meanings attach the parasol to prosperity and nobility – because only rich people could afford such accessories back in the day. Furthermore, umbrellas protect the holder from the intense heat of the sun.
Lesson: Once we become enlightened with wisdom, we liberate our minds and free ourselves from the bondages of life, traps we typically fall into when wandering round in a state of ignorance. Our society is designed to evoke desire. The Buddha says that all desire leads to defilement which leads to suffering. Becoming enlightened with knowledge protects us from suffering.