Monday, August 23, 2010

What is Yantra ???

Yantra is the Sanskrit word for "instrument" or "machine". In vedic astrology yantra means symbols or geometric figures. A Yantra is essentially a diagram representing a Mantra or Chant which is used to achieve a specific objective. An Energized Yantra acts like a Machine to amplify the power of the mantras. Yantras carry spiritual significance and point the user to higher levels of consciousness. The Yantra provides a focal point that is a window into the absolute. In the most advanced phases, it is possible to attain union with God by the geometric visualization of a Yantra. A Yantra alone represents nothing only when it is awakened by mental concentration and meditation will the process of Resonance appear and the benefic macrocosmic energies will manifest themselves in the practitioner's Microcosm.

Yantras are created from various materials ranging from copper, silver, gold, bhojpatra and are even available in three dimensional form. The core of the Yantras is composed of one or several simple geometrical shapes like : dots, lines, triangles, squares, circles, swastika and lotuses etc. representing in different ways the subtle energies. For example the Dot signifies the focalized energy and its intense concentration. The Triangle is the symbol of Shakti, the feminine energy or aspect of Creation. The Six Points Star also known as David's Star. This form symbolically represents the union of Purusha and Prakriti or Shiva-Shakti, without which there could be no creation. Circle represent the rotation, in the series of the five fundamental elements it represents air. The Square is usually the exterior limit of the Yantra and symbolically, it represents the element earth. Swastika represents good luck, welfare, prosperity or spiritual victory.

Bija mantras usually represented as characters of Devanāgarī that correspond to the acoustic roots of a particular chakra or vritti. Sometimes we encounter other elements such as arrow points, tridents, swords, spikes included in the design of a Yantra with the purpose of representing vectors and directions of action for the Yantric energies. These yantras are often made on a particular date and time according to procedures defined in the vedas.

The intersection of two geometric forms represents forces that are even more intense than those generated by the simple forms. Such an interpenetration indicates a high level in the dynamic interaction of the correspondent energies. The empty spaces generated by such combinations are described as very efficient operational fields of the forces emanating from the centeral point of the Yantra. That is why we can very often encounter representations of Mantras in such spaces. Yantra and Mantra are complementary aspects of SHIVA and their use together is much more efficient than the use of one alone. At the basis of Yantra operation is something called "shape energy" or "form energy". In Yantra only the benefic and harmonious energies are used.

Yantras are also used for more mundane purposes to enhance the quality of life, to attract prosperity and abundance, even love, to heal and relieve health problems, to protect oneself from negative forces etc. Yantra is a very complex spiritual instrument in the tantric practice or Sadhana. It can calm and focus the activities of the mind and by its positive auto-suggestion it has a benefic impact on the health and psychic well being of a person.

Mantra with respective Yantra will bring more effective results. In ancient texts, Lord Shiva is supposed to have explained the mystical meaning of the Yantra to his consort, Goddess Parvati: "The Yantra is as essential to a god as oil is to the oil lamp or as a body is to a living human being". The Yantra is actually more powerful than a picture of a God which, to be energized, requires a Yantra to be affixed at its base or back. A Yantra always contains a Mantra associated with it. Just as the mind is a part of, yet different from the body, so is the Mantra from the Yantra. The Mantra is the mind consciousness while the Yantra is the form of the deity.

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1 comment:

  1. It is also important to note that if a yantra is not in synchrony with the user, it can also be very harmful as it is a formal expression of concentration of energy.

    The compatibility of a yantra must be made in relation to "tatva" (basic element) which is preponderant in a human being. As per Hindu philosophy, all organic matters are constituted of five basic elements and each individual has his own composition of such elements and one of them is in preponderance. That element governs the life style of a person. Unless one knows that, it is risky to choose on his own any yantra.