What does Mandala in the geometry stand for?
The Mandala, a Sanskrit word, is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism which represents the universe. The Mandala means a sacred circle. The circle depicts the womb of creation while the mandals are simple geometric shapes which are made from uniform divisions of the circle. The Mandals have been used since long in the spiritual practice of meditating on the nature of creation and life. The geometric designs in the mandalas are filled with layers of meaning. The circle is the basic shape of the sacred geometry and it is considered as the gateway between earthly realm and the divine.
The language of sacred geometry mandalas
The geometric pattern or the Mandala represents the cosmos i.e. a microcosm of the universe. As per Jungian psychology, the Mandala is a symbol used for reunifying the self. The origin of the sacred Mandala is the centre, known as ‘seed’. The seed is the gathering centre wherein the outside energies are drawn into. During the act of drawing the energies, the artist unfolds his/her own energies. Thus, it is a representation of inner and outer spaces. The centre of the Mandala is considered as the essence and the circumference is known as grasping. Thus, mandala also translated to grasping the essence.
Meaning behind the Mandala design
Sacred geometry is based on the belief that the shapes hold certain meanings. The forms of yoga are also about creating these shapes by using our bodies. Mandala is so far the best fusion of geometric design and meaning. The Mandala holds great significance in cultural history as well. In India, several sacred temples were built on the basis of different forms of Mandala. Even, the Egypt pyramids were made using the geometric angles for guidance.
There are structures outside and inside of our body which resonates with the shape or patterns of geometry. This has led some of the great thinkers across the globe to connect spirit, man, and nature with these shapes. From tiny molecules to huge landscapes, even the natural world has its foundation in Geometry. Even the modern architect finds its inspiration from structures and shapes of geometry.
Patterns of Geometric Mandala
The Mandala design varies depending on the cultural orientation of people. Several patterns have become popular which are drawn to reap the meditative benefits of Mandala.
- The Mandala design starts from the centre which is the beginning point of creation. It is the perfect place for the geometric designs to originate from.
- The torus is a combination of 2 circles which are rotated around a central point created using the drawing tools such as the compass.
- The perfect right triangles are used to fill the design.
- The ‘flower of life’ design is made by overlapping the circles of proportionate size.
- A series of polygons is used in a specific ratio to create a geometric pattern.
- Simple lines can be used for breaking the circular space for people who wish to keep away from complex designs.
It should be kept in mind that the purpose of creating a mandala pattern is to access the magic of mandala for reaching the meditative sense of being grounded. Thus, it’s recommended to begin working with simple designs which can be finished easily, instead of beginning complex designs which ends up leaving you confused.
Purpose of Sacred geometry workshop
The mandala is a tool to accelerate your spiritual awakening; in fact, creating the geometry mandalas is an art of awareness in itself. The mandals are created by one circle at a time which becomes the catalyst for spiritual growth and personal development. Each Mandala is started with the intention of its basic function and purpose which is represented by the geometry structure and the number combinations.
Within the Mandala art, the person discovers that the principles from all the spiritual traditions can be easily accessed. When you have a sacred geometry mandala around you, you will automatically attune to principles it radiates.
What will you find within the sacred geometry mandalas?
- The power of now/ present moment awareness
- Law of attraction
- Attention and intention
- Spiritual development
- Self- realization
- Clearing techniques
- Numerology and symbolism
- Quantum spirituality
- Genesis and creation
- Emotional intelligence
- Colour therapy
Benefits of Mandalas
- The sacred symbols of Mandalas are used for prayer, healing, meditation and art therapy for both children and adults
- Several clinical studies show that Mandalas boost the immune system
- They reduce pain
- Mandalas are known for lowering the blood pressure
- They reduce stress and ease depression
- Mandals also promote sound sleep
- Mandalas transmit positive energy into the environment and also to the people who view them.
What is the Mandala Workshop at Aranya Ashram about?
- The aim of our workshop is to introduce you to the science of the 7 main chakras along with in-depth knowledge of their functions, their sounds, Sanskrit seed sounds, and colours.
- The workshop will teach you to balance the chakras recognizing their over-function or dysfunction.
- It is essential to have an in-depth knowledge of the chakras to understand how your immune system works. It helps in improving the overall health.
- In the workshop, we present a sacred geometry which is the building block for drawing and understanding the chakras.
Workshop duration: 5 hours
Cost per person: INR 3000