This recent piece contains the beautiful geometry of the Sri Yantra. It's not an easy geometry to create, but it is so very worth it.
The Sri Yantra is often called the “queen of yantras,” (rajayantra) is the symbol of the great divine mother principle, the source of all energy, power, and creativity. In Vedic traditions, specifically the Shri Vidya school of tantra, regard the design as the representation of the universe as well as the body of the goddess related to the feminine principle of shakti or energy. Every line and triangle symbolise a specific type of shakti.
There are nine interlacing triangles aligned to a central invisible dividing line cutting the circle in two. When you are creating it, it's as though you move into a different realm, time stops and for me dreams increased in vibrance. There is a huge amount of meaning held behind the piece. People use these Yantras (visualisation of a Mantra, the Sri Yantra is a visualisation of the "Om" chant) as an aid to meditation. You can gaze at it with your focus softened and allow the shapes to move in and out of consciousness. An open eyed meditation for 5- 10 minutes is powerful. You can then look away onto a blank sheet of white paper and you will see the shapes in reverse. Gaze at the white paper until the image fades from your vision.
I have taken the following from an article I found on Gaia.com explaining the meaning beneath the geometry.
"Starting at the lowermost outer triangle and moving in a counterclockwise circle, they are agitation, pursuit, attraction, delight, delusion, immobility, release, control, pleasure, intoxication, an accomplishment of desire, luxury, mantra, and the destruction of duality.
The next circle has the same sequence and direction, starting from the lowest triangle and moving counterclockwise. The first triangle is the giver of all accomplishments. Next is the giver of wealth. The third is the energy of activities that please all. Fourth is the bringer of all blessings. The fifth is the granter of all desires. Next is the remover of all suffering. The seventh is considered the appeaser of death. Eighth is the overcomer of all obstacles. Ninth is the bringer of beauty, and the tenth is the giver of all good fortune.
The ten smaller triangles in the third circle represent, beginning at the same, lowermost triangle and moving counterclockwise: omniscience, omnipotence, sovereignty, knowledge, destruction of all disease, unconditional support, vanquishment of all evils, protection, and the attainment of all desires. The fourth circle of triangles, again starting at the same point and moving counterclockwise, represent: sustaining, creating, dissolution, pleasure, pain, cold, heat, and the ability to choose action.
In the final inner space, the yogi or yogini visualizes five arrows representing the world of the senses, a bow, representing the mind, a noose, representing attachment, and a stick, representing aversion. The central triangle is the giver of all perfection. In the middle of the central triangle is a Bindu, representing pure consciousness and the original state of being."
So...such a lot is held within this shape. Yantras have been used for thousands of years in the east and have been the obsession of countless yogis throughout history. Given the energy that they hold, people with almost zero knowledge about these beautiful geometric art works become transfixed by them, often stopping to stare in art galleries. I often think with this work, that the mind need not understand it all, but that the energy is somehow imparted through simply gazing at the shapes.
The original of this piece measures 80cm x 80cm, acrylic and metallic paint on deep edge canvas. It is available for sale and costs 1200euro. I am always open to people paying in instalments if that works best. I also have limited edition prints available of this piece. The prints measure 12" x 12" and come beautifully mounted (16" x 16") and can be shipped worldwide.
Sri Yantra Limited Edition Mounted Print 16" x 16" (Print size 12" x 12")
This piece is based on the beautiful sacred geometry of the Sri Yantra, which is such a powerful geometry to work with. It's a challenge to create, but so very worth it.
The Sri Yantra, also known as the “queen of yantras,” (rajayantra) is the symbol of the great divine mother principle, the source of all energy, power, and creativity. Vedic traditions, specifically the Shri Vidya school of tantra, regard the design as the representation of the universe as well as the body of the goddess related to the feminine principle of shakti or energy. Every line, triangle, and lotus petal symbolizes a specific type of shakti. It is composed of nine interlocking triangles...sounds simple, but it is notoriously difficult to create. But the effort is so worth it. It's an absolutely amazing geometry to meditate on to expand consciousness.
The print measures 30cm x 30cm (12" x 12") and comes beautifully mounted (16" x 16")
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Mandala Artist and Healer based in Dublin, Ireland. www.healingcreations.ie