Yantra literally means “support” and “instrument” it’s a geometric design acting as a highly efficient tool for contemplation, concentration and meditation. They carry spiritual significance : there is a specific meaning that pertains to higher levels of consciousness. The Yantra provides a focal point that is a window into the absolute. When the mind is concentrated on a single, simple object, the mental chatter ceases. Eventually, the object is dropped when the mind can remain empty and silent without help. In the most advanced phases, it is possible to attain union with God by the geometric visualization of a Yantra.
The Yantra is like a microcosmic picture of the Macrocosm. It is a focusing point and an outer and inner doorway, often focused on a specific deity and so by tuning into the different Yantra you can tap into certain deities or creative force centres in the universe. They are usually designed so that the eye is carried into the centre, and very often they are symmetrical. They can be drawn on paper, wood, metal, or earth, or they can be three-dimensional.
The most celebrated Yantra in India is the Sri Yantra, of Tripura Sundari. It is a symbol of the entire cosmos that serves to remind the practitioner of the non-difference between subject and object. (An example of a Yantra – Shri Yantra Mandala)
How Does The Yantra Work?
At the basis of their operation is something called “shape energy” or “form energy”. The idea is that every shape emits a very specific frequency and energy pattern like mandalas of eastern philosophies, the star of David, the five pointed star (pentagon), the Christian cross, the pyramids and so on. Certain ‘powers’ are ascribed to the various shapes. Some have ‘evil’ or negative energies and some ‘good’ or positive energies, but in this Yoga only the beneficial and harmonious energies are used.
When one focuses on a Yantra, his mind is automatically “tuned in” by resonance into the specific form energy of that shape. The process of resonance is then maintained and amplified. The symbol acts only as a “tune in” mechanism or a doorway. The subtle energy does not come from the shape itself, but from the Macrocosm. Basically they are secret keys for establishing resonance with the beneficial energies of the Macrocosm. Very often they can put us in contact with extremely elevated energies and entities, being of invaluable help on the spiritual path.
At this moment, there is little known about Yantra’s in the Western world. Many people consider them just pretty pictures and some artists claim to draw them from their imagination. They are very far from the true meaning and use of these symbols. First of all, they cannot simply be invented from imagination. Every specific mood and emotion has an associated form energy and shape. This unequivocally determines the form of the Yantra associated to that mood. Traditionally they were discovered through revelation, by clairvoyance, not invented. One needs to be a true spiritual master, a tantric guru, to be able to reveal a new one to the world.
Search the Internet and the libraries and you will find very little consistent knowledge about this topic. Some people place Yantra’s upside down, a monument of their ignorance. You cannot do this, it’s holding a cross upside down, it is no longer a beneficial symbol.
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