Symbolic Yantra Mandala Meanings
What are yantra mandalas?A yantra is a visual mantra (a verbal repitition - usually a positive affirmation). It is a symbol or icon - particulary of a goddess (devi) in geometric form.
A Mandala literally means a circle, and is viewed as sacred, normally allowing the observer to settle into a higher or hightened state of awareness.
Given this, a yantra mandala may be considered to be a geometric embodiment of a Hindu deity enveloped in a sacred circle. Such an embodiment is said to arouse our awareness and point our concentration to the attributes of whichever deity represented in the yantra.
How does the yantra mandala work?
When we focus upon a yantra mandala, the mind begins to resonate with the energy relevant to the particular deity. As the mind tunes in, or resonates to these energies higher awareness or consciousness is said to be obtained - thus yantra mandalas are seen as an avenue of higher understanding, or enlightenment. This is not gained from the yantra mandala itself. Rather, this is simply a vehicle or tool for higher awareness.
For a full explanation and other definitions, please go to my yantra mandala definition page
Casting complexities aside - yantras are undeniably beautiful to the sight, pleasing to the senses, and engrossing to the mind. Further, a yantra mandala sets the intention of allowing beauty into our lives, and secures our thoughts upon the characteristics of the according deity. These yantras are ancient symbols of power to the beholder, and provide unlimited potential.
Hindu theology is incredibly diverse and intricate. This aspect of Hindu belief is no exception, and the descriptions of the dieties represented below are merely brief summaries. This page is primarily an ephasis on the exotic beauty that these yantras can bring to our lives.
Bear in mind a deeper philosphical and theological understanding of the vast Hindu system must be obtained through personal study and individual perspective.
That said, I have provided the following yantras for your pleasure and enjoyment.
What do all these yantra mandalas have in common? Several very basic shapes. It's a good practice to familiarize ourselves with these foundational symbol meanings in order to enhance our understanding of more complex symbols such as yantras and mandalas. At least, that's my suggestion because in my own personal experience - learning the fundamental elements of a symbol first allows me to build understanding of more intricate symbolic combinations. With that in mind, here are links to basic symbols found in each mandala...
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!