The Yantra Mandala
Recognizing that in western society the left brain is often dominant and the right brain is suppressed, Tantric scholar Harish Johari saw the need to play with symbols. When coming to the west he introduced the Yantra, a form of mandala created in a circle that incorporates geometric energy patterns specific to deities and planets.
Coming from the Tantric tradition, the yantra is the physical form of the deity, whereas the mantra is sound or consciousness of that deity. Both are very important tools for tantra, as they activate the two hemispheres of the brain, the verbal (mantra) and the visual (yantra). The right (feminine) hemisphere recognizes patterns and the left (masculine) hemisphere does the abstract, rational thinking. They only can work together when thinking is combined with a motor response. The mantra with the yantra is the most powerful combination as it activates both sides of the brain.
The yantra alone also activates both hemispheres. With symbols, the yantra works on the left hemisphere while the right hemisphere does the geometrical construction. By using archetypical, universal forms that are common in all existing phenomena, it brings one into a specific state of mind. Yantras which are composed of geometric forms like squares and circles give a structure or pattern to energy. Since all cultures have these kinds of shapes and symbols, they resonate in our DNA and can be helpful in healing and transformation.
Benefits of making a Yantra:
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Mavis Gewant, Sacred Artist & Doula reflects on life