Yantras & Mantras
Yantra means liberation from birth and rebirth, and intended as a visual tool for meditation and inner awareness. Where Yantra is the body of form a deity, Mantra is the mind. Yantras are ancient designs of geometric forms and patterns that teach the mind the power of concentration and focus. Mantras are the word or sound that creates a vibration and allows one to enter a deep state of meditation. A mantra is very much like setting an intention.
Sri Yantra, also known as Sri Chakra is the mother of all Yantras. It is the most celebrated Yantra in India. It represents Mount Meru, the cosmic mountain at the center of the universe. Sri Yantra represents the microcosmic level of the Universe as well as the human body. Sri Chakra is said to represent the infinite power of the Goddess; it is the geometric form of the Goddess Herself.
Sri Yantra is a sacred geometric pattern that sages of the Siddha Yoga lineage and their disciples have used to unravel secrets of the Universe for millennia. Its design is formed by interlocking 9 triangles radiating from a dot. A combination of female and male principles, the downward triangles represent the female principle (Yin, Shakti), and the upright triangles represent the male principle (Yang, Shiva). All 9 interlocking triangles lead to a creation of 43 smaller triangles; each one of these represents a deity associated with a certain aspect of the existence.
It is a geometric pattern that is the key to mastering the science of creation (of what you want) and destruction (of what you don’t want). Each circuit in Sri Yantra corresponds to one of the chakras in the human body. An ever rotating and expanding Sri Yantra represents the Universe.
'Aum' sounded in tonoscope (an instrument used to create patterns corresponding to different sounds) creates a geometric pattern much similar to that of Sri Yantra. 108 is believed to be the numeric representation of Aum and Sri Yantra, the visual representation.
Om, or “aum,” is the sound of the universe and said to be the seed of creation. Aum represents the 3-fold Division of Time:
A: is the waking state, representing the creation aspect of the universe and all of the gross objects within it. It is the beginning of all sounds, and connects us to our sense of self, the ego.
U: is the dream state, signifying the maintaining energy of the universe and the subtle impressions of the mind. It connects us to an inner sense of something greater than that which we can see and feel with our senses, and lets in lightness, clarity, balance, and goodness.
M: is the state of deep sleep, characterizing the transformative energy of the universe and the thoughts and beliefs of your beingness. It unites you to the awareness of oneness, and allows you to slow down, to feel the connectedness of all that is.
At the end of AUM is a pause, a silence, and represents the state known as Infinite Consciousness.