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What is YANTRA?
The literal definition of Yantra is “support” or “instrument.” A YANTRA is a Yogic tool which helps in meditation, concentration, and thinking. Yantra Carries spiritual importance: there is a special meaning which signifies, which is meant for a higher level of consciousness.
Yantra is a device which lets you get inside through a window to the absolute. When your mind is focused on a single point or a single object, the mental disturbance ends. After a while, there is no need for maintaining tranquility, and the mind can remain silent without the objects help.
The Yantra is the microcosmic picture of the ever vast and prominent Macrocosm. The Yantra is a point of focus, and it is like a doorway to the Macrocosm. Different Yantras are explicitly made for various deities. So you can use a specific yantra to tap into certain gods you want to focus on.
Yantras are designed in a way so that your eyes are focused toward the center, and most often it is in asymmetry. Yantras can be drawn on wood, metal, paper, earth, or clay. They can even be three dimensional.
The most popular yantra in India is the Sri YANTRA, which is the Yantra of Tripura Sundari. It is the symbol of the entire cosmos which serves the devotees between the subject and the object.
How do YANTRAS work?
At the ground level of YANTRA, it is something which is called “shape energy” or “form energy.” The general sense is that each shape emits a very different frequency and has its energy pattern. Old Eastern philosophers believed that these Yantra and Mandalas were the stars of David, the Pentagon star or the five-pointed star, the Christian cross or the pyramid and so on. The powers of the Yantras are based according to their shapes and sizes. Some have positive energy, and some have negative energy. However, in the yantra yoga, only the positive energy is used.
A person concentrates his mind on one of these Yantra’s; the mind is automatically “tuned in” to the RESONANCE of the energy of that YANTRA. This process of Resonance is maintained and amplified. The Yantra works as a “tune in” or a doorway. The heat coming from yantra comes from the MACROCOSM energy of that YANTRA. The process of RESONANCE is then maintained and amplified. The YANTRA acts only as a “tune in” mechanism or a doorway. The subtle energy does not come from the YANTRA itself, but the MACROCOSM.
YANTRAS are the reason for establishing RESONANCE with good energies of the MACROCOSM. Most often, YANTRAS help us in contact with the high voltages and entities, the best help to get you on the spiritual path.
YANTRAS are not famous in the West
At the current moment, not much is known about Yantra in the Western World. Many people in the west consider these Yantras as beautiful pictures, and some artists say that they draw “YANTRAS” from their imagination. The YANTRAS cannot be brought simply in your mind through vision. Your mood and emotion are associated with specific energy and shape. This determines the form of the Yantra associated with that mood. In earlier times, Yantras were discovered by clairvoyance, not invented. A person needs to be a true spiritual master, tantric guru, to introduce a new yantra in the world.
You can try and search the internet yet you will find very little information about YANTRAS. Some people place the YANTRAS upside down in their moment of ignorance. Everyone knows if the cross is held or placed upside down, it is no longer beneficial. The same goes for the YANTRA; it does not serve the same purpose anymore.
“Dissecting” a YANTRA
The power of YANTRA to induce RESONANCE is based on its specific FORM of its appearance. Such type of diagram can be composed of a triangular shape which is combined with a precise model. It represents and transfigures in essence, the physical universe, the sphere of force which is similar to the deity who is invoked. We can agree from this point on that; the YANTRA works similarly as a MANTRA. By RESONANCE, positive energy from the practitioner’s MICROCOSM vibrates on the same wavelength with the same power present in the MACROCOSM, the energy represented by the physical plane through the YANTRA.
The principle of RESONANCE With the deity, Cosmic wisdom, aspect, phenomenon, and the energy owes its performance and balance to the Humans ( the MICROCOSM) and the creation itself ( the MACROCOSM).
The Yantric Contour
Every YANTRA is limited by the outside line or a group of lines drawn, which forms its perimeter. These external lines have a function to maintain, hold, and prevent any loss to the magical forces represented by the core structure of the YANTRA, the Central dot. They have also had a purpose which increases the magic power and its subtle energy.
The insides of the YANTRA is made of one or several geometrical shapes: dots, lines, triangles, squares, circles, and lotuses, which represents different ways of the subtle energies.
The DOT ( BINDU)
The DOT (BINDU) signifies the concentrated energy and its focalized energy. It can be defined as an energy deposit which turns into radiate energy under other types. The Dot is surrounded by different kinds of surfaces like a triangle, a hexagon or a circle, etc. These forms are dependent upon the characteristics of the deity or the YANTRA. In the Tantric iconography, the dot is named the Bindu; in Tantra, Bindu symbolizes SHIVA himself, the creator and destroyer of the universe.
The Triangle ( TRIKONA)
The TRIKONA is the symbol of Shakti, the female counterpart of the creation i.e., Shiva. The pointing down of the triangle represents the YONI, the female sexual organ, and the symbol of the supreme creation. When the triangle is pointing upwards, it signifies the intense spiritual aspiration, the sublimation of a person’s nature into the subtle plane and the (AGNI TATTVA), i.e., the element of fire. The fire is always pointing upwards, which makes the correlation with the upward triangle – SHIVA KONA. The downward triangle signifies the part of water, which means to flow and acquire the bottom position. This triangle is known as the SHAKTI KONA.
When the two lines of the geometric forms intersect ( lines, triangles, and circles, etc.) represent forces which are much more intense than those of the simple troops. Such kind of interpenetration indicates a high level of dynamic interaction and the other energies. The places which are generated by such combinations have proved to be very efficient operational fields emanating from the focus point of the YANTRA. This is the reason we encounter representations of MANTRAS in these types of spaces. Mantras are the parts of SHIVA, and their use together is much more efficient in the use rather than alone.
The Six- Pointed Star (SHATKONA)
A combination of triangles is found in the graphical structure of a YANTRA. One is pointing upward, and one is going downward, which forms a six-point (SHATKONA), which is also known as David’s Star. This form is the symbolical union of PURUSHA and PRAKRITI or known as SHIVA and SHAKTI, without the union of these two, there can be no Union.
The Circle (CHAKRA)
A simple geometrical shape used in the YANTRA is the circle, represents a rotation, a movement linked to the form of a spiral which is fundamental in the Macrocosmic evolution. Alongside, the ring is the representation of perfect and blissful creative void. These series of five represent the five essential elements represents air ( VAYU TATTVA).
The Square (BHUPURA)
One of the simplest Yantra is Square (BHUPURA). The square is the outer limit of the YANTRA, as it represents the element of earth (PIRTHIVI TATTVA).
Each YANTRA starts from the center, which is marked by a Dot (BINDU) and it ends with an outer square. This is the representation of the sense of the universal evolution, which starts from the subtle energy and ends with the coarse, the square starting from “ether” and ending with “earth.”
Most of the times, these yantras are composed of simple geometrical shapes, sometimes there are different elements such as an arrow-shaped, trident, swords, and spikes, which are included in the Yantra design. These are to represent vector and directions of actions for the obtaining of YANTRIC energies.
The Lotus (PADMA)
The Lotus or its petal is a symbol of peace and distinction; each lotus petal represents a different aspect. The inclusion of a Lotus is the representation of freedom from multiple interferences with the outer(purity) and the expression of the Supreme force of the Supreme being.
In an ending Note, the YANTRA is a complex spiritual instrument of the tantric practice (SADHANA). It has the power to calm and concentrate the activities of the mind, and its positive auto-suggestion has the beneficial impact on the health of the mental wellness of a human being.
Only a YANTRA doesn’t represent anything. It is used when awakened by the mental concentration and the meditation will. The process of RESONANCE will appear, and the beneficial macrocosmic energies will start to show themselves and the user’s MICROCOSM.
How to Use YANTRAS
The best way to use YANTRA in meditation is RESONANCE. This process of RESONANCE is established by the Mental focus of the image of the YANTRA. If the mind is tuned in the specific mood of the YANTRA, then it is reasonably possible that the energy will flow, but if the RESONANCE stops, the energy will disappear.
Instructions for YANTRA meditation :
Place the YANTRA on a wall which faces North or East, place the center of the YANTRA in front of your eyes.
Sit in your favorite position, if you would like, sit on a chair with your spine straight.
Start breathing through your nose and exhale through the mouth, don’t force it at all, let the air flow naturally.
Try to look at the center of the YANTRA and blink rarely; you don’t need to look at the other details of the Yantra, look at the center.
You can do this exercise for at least 15-20 minutes every day; the results will be amazing.
In time, like after seven days, you won’t be needing a YANTRA at all. You will be able to tap into the same energy without the YANTRA. ( At first, you’ll need to fix your sight on an exterior or imaginary point or evoke the YANTRA even when your eyes are closed).
Don’t forget to consecrate the fruits obtained through this practice to the Deity(Karma Yoga). You should not pursue the objective while doing YANTRA meditation; just let it gradually gather the sublime energies of the MACROCOSM.
While practicing this method, it is expected that you maintain a position of acquiring and longing for the fruits obtained by this beautiful energy of the consciousness.
When executing this technique, it is recommended that we maintain a state of aspiration and intense longing for experiencing the beatific energies of the consciousness.