As we saw in the previous article “Sacred Geometry, keys to well-being?”, We are all sensitive to these forms and symbols because they respond to the divine order of creation. Our DNA is geometry, everything that exists in the Universe is based on proportions and an order of repetition that is not random. This science and art allow harmony in nature and for this reason the Human Being, consciously or unconsciously, is always in search of a natural state of balance. We are geometry.
The ancestral knowledge of the applied use of the secrets of Sacred Geometry was transmitted for a long time from teacher to student and was inaccessible for the uninitiated. Nowadays it is still a science that seems complex if we try to understand it only from reasoning, although fortunately we can go to this knowledge. However, the most interesting is how we can apply it in our day-to-day lives and in our meditation, health and well-being practices.
Know that you do not need to be a scholar or have a great knowledge in mathematics to benefit from the Yantras and Mandalas. We can benefit from this energy because they are from structures based on geometric patterns that communicate with our subconscious, with our soul. I dare say that this energy responds to the universal language of Sacred Geometry. We can get in touch with the divine, with our truth, without having to intellectualize this connection.
We are all carriers of this universal information, that’s why we resonate with these figures, symbols and codes. We awaken dormant knowledge and can rebalance our energy centers. We are able to recover our natural state of harmony and peace. In addition to spiritual growth, these works of art also help us to manage our emotions and thoughts; especially for work on concentration (dharana).
In India, the Mandalas belong to the Buddhist tradition and the Yantras to the Hindu tradition. There is also evidence that these symbols are as old as humanity and that they have been used in various civilizations all over the world. Mandala is a word that comes from Sanskrit, which means circle. It is a cosmogram that represents evolution and involution, in its return to the center of the universe itself. It invites us to reflect and introspect. It is also associated with the “yin” (feminine) energy, being that it is a more static figure, which allude to passive things.
While Yantras are their counterpart “yang” (masculine); signifying a more dynamic figure, which allude to active things. Mandalas represent with ‘what’ things are formed and Yantras refer more to “how”, the energies, forces or natural mechanisms do.
For this reason, Mandalas will always consist of squares and even numbers, while Yantras always consist of triangles and odd numbers. Yet Yantras can also be combined with even numbers, since they use represent ‘doing’.
Each Yantra is related to a mantra (syllable or phrase in Sanskrit). In Hinduism, they consider sound as the first divine manifestation, where the point is born (which is in the center of the Yantra) and then the lines begin to form. The Yantras are, at the micro and macro level, a representation of both the inner universe and the cosmos. We find in the structure of the Yantra the three body-mind-spirit planes: the central point represents the spirit, the circle represents the mental and the external lines: the body or matter. Therefore, we could say that an energy or divinity is expressed in the world, first through the mantra and then with the point and the lines and forms, then make up the Yantra. Thanks to the sound of the mantra and the Sacred Geometry of the Yantra we can connect with this energy or divinity that is present inside and outside of us.
The Mandalas represent the cycles of life, the spinning wheel. It is the impermanence and the movement that define the cosmic rules under which we are governed. Perhaps it could be said that the Mandala (more than the Yantra) contains the energy of “letting go” or “detachment” and the acceptance of divine rules such as, “I accept that I am a whole and my own universe and at the same time an element of everything much bigger. “
In reality, Mandalas and Yantras have a common purpose: to bring the Human Being closer to a greater knowledge of himself, as well as to appease the mind. When we paint or color them, we allow the spirit to express freely. Colors represent their own meaning, interpretation and purpose; so we will address this knowledge in the next article.
I invite you to follow your intuition when choosing a Mandala or a Yantra, because they are a vibration that show or facilitate exactly what you need in the moment. Draw them or paint them how you wish and feel yourself immersed in their forms or simply meditate by contemplating on them.
They are also highly recommended for children and have numerous therapeutic benefits, especially to reduce stress and anxiety. They are an art that goes much further than aesthetic pleasure. They are considered to be a healing art which give you the means to connect with yourself and be free. <3