How Sri Yantra Can Transform Your Life

08/06/2018
Peter Patel

What is the Sri Yantra? How can it help you to improve your health, your financial stability, your relationships, and your entire life?

HINDUISM

To understand the Sri Yantra, we must first discuss Hinduism. Hinduism is a traditional way of life which has been practiced in the Indian region of the world since before history was recorded. In modern times it has been adopted by people from around the globe. It is now the third largest religion in the world. Its primary tenets, to greatly simplify, encourage believers to act ethically, work diligently, enjoy life, and to appreciate how one fits into the larger world.

One

key aspect of Hinduism is that every living creature - from large to small,

from wealthy to poor - has an equivalent soul. We are all connected to each

other and are each fundamentally as important as each other. This then impacts

how we treat each other and all the life forms around us.

Just

as Christianity has many sub-groups with shades of belief which differ from

each other, so does Hinduism. One of these sub-groups is Sri Vidya, also known

as Shri Vidya or Shree Vidya. Even within the Shri Vidya group there are

sub-groups. A core belief of the Sri Vidya is a focus on the all-encompassing

goddess who has a thousand names. It's important to note that in Hinduism a

main underlying tenet is that all forms of life are joined and equal. So

studying Sri Vidya is not "subordinate" to the mentor helping her nor

the goddess herself. All are different aspects of an overarching whole. A key

purpose of studying Sri Vidya is to come to understand this fundamental truth.

Also,

while the word "goddess" is often used with Sri Vidya, the goddess

represents all life forms of all genders, not just females. This is similar to

the Judeo-Christian God being at his core genderless and representing all life

forms, not just male, even though our limited language often has us refer to

God as "he".

TANTRAS AND

YANTRAS

Like many religions and ways of life, Hinduism has traditions and practices which help those who follow its way learn more deeply about its message. In Hinduism these techniques are known as "tantras". There are many different types of tantras created for a variety of training and understanding purposes.

The

use of yantras - or diagrams - is one such tantra.

In

a historic era when many people were illiterate, diagrams and drawings became a

powerful way to share and communicate meaning. In much the same way that

stained glass illustrations in churches could help Christian followers learn

the stories of their religion, the yantras of the Hindu way of life could

convey information in a way which all participants could understand. Yantras

have the additional benefit of providing a common way of sharing ideas even

when the practitioners spoke different languages. Yantras have been found in

India dating to over 11,000 years ago.

Some

yantra designs are meant to help a meditator retain their focus. In other cases

they can represent a concept such an achievement, just as a proud college

graduate might hang their diploma on a wall to inspire them. The colors used to

showcase the yantra often have specific meanings. For example, white represents

purity - for much the same reasons that many young women today choose to wear a

white wedding dress.

SRI YANTRA

So we understand that Sri Vidya is a sub-group of Hinduism which guides believers to understand their part in the interconnected web of life. Yantras are designs which help practitioners understand concepts important to their chosen path.

The

Sri Yantra - also known as the Sri Chakra - is the design which helps Sri

Yantra practitioners better understand their interconnected world view.

The

design of the Sri Yantra begins with a central point - this is the bindu. This

core dot represents the unity of all things. Many Hindu wear a dot on their

forehead to remind them of this tenet. Around the bindu are nine interlocking,

interconnected triangles. Triangles are found in many major religions to

represent a person's relationship with the larger world. The triangles, overlaid

on each other, then form sub-triangles, reminding us of how everything is

related to each other.

The

layout of these nine triangles is quite thought-provoking and complicated. The

triangles are not simply the same size or of even sizes. Rather, the innermost

triangle is wholly equilateral. Every side is equivalent to the other two. And

second, any time a trio of lines cross, they must do so all at the same point.

While this might seem like simple geometry, it is actually quite challenging to

have this happen with nine different triangles on top of each other. It

showcases just how powerful this yantra is - and how carefully it was

researched and drawn all those thousands of years ago.

Around

the outside of these triangles are shown lotus flowers, representing the

creation of all. And at the very edges of the design are straighter lines which

represent the Earth temple itself opening out onto the full universe.

Yantras

are often thought of only as flat, two-dimensional representations, and indeed

this is how they are commonly portrayed as floor decorations or wall hangings.

However, a yantra can also be created in a three-dimensional form. The Sri

Yantra as a three-dimensional object has a pyramid style of shape. In either

case, its purpose is to help followers meditate on its interconnected design

and to realize how this represents our universe in which we live.

Most

practitioners of Sri Vidya do not think of the Sri Yantra drawing as

"magical" any more than most Christians think of a stained glass

window as "magical". Rather, the Sri Yantra drawing is a way for

practitioners to think about and understand their chosen path in life. It gives

them a visual shape to meditate on and ponder, as they consider how

interconnected all of our lives are. It is a symbol which connects us today

with our ancestors over 12,000 years ago. It reminds us that we are all on this

planet together, all holding the same fears, hopes, and dreams within us.

Study

after study finds that the more we are able to meditate and focus our mind, the

more efficiently our brain learns to work. We build compassion and empathy for

others around us. Our skills at working with others and pursuing our goals

improve. To some who have struggled for years with interpersonal issues and

with making progress on their dreams, these results might seem

"magical". But they are proven results which make complete sense.

Just as eating healthier foods tends to give us a healthier body, participating

in healthier mental activities tends to give us a healthier brain.

The

Sri Yantra provides a powerful message to us all. Every life form matters.

Every life form is interconnected. We are all a part of the web of life and we

each have an important part to play. Through focus and meditation we can learn

to harness our energy, focus on our path, and take steps toward fulfilling our

important mission in our world. This is a practical, powerful message which

each of us can benefit from. By embarking on this effort, each of us can

improve our relationships, our financial stability, and our path toward our

dreams.

Namaste.

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