THE EIGHT AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS
The sea in Tibetan Buddhism is associated with the world of suffering, the cycle of samsara. The Golden Fish have been said to signify fearlessness and happiness as they swim freely through the oceans without drowning, freely and spontaneously, just as fish swim freely without fear through the water. The fishes symbolize happiness, for they have complete freedom in the water.
The pair of fishes originated as an ancient pre-Buddhist symbol of the two main sacred rivers in India, the Ganges and the Yamuna. They are traditionally drawn in the form of carp, which are commonly regarded in Asia as elegant due to their size, shape and longevity.