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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sri Yantra - A complex Geometry

The Shree Yantra brings about material and spiritual wealth. Sri Yantra has that unexplained power to fulfill all our wishes and change our life for the better

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The Sri Yantra is one of the most significant pieces of visual art to emerge from Ancient India. There are many speculations as to its age and meaning. Its beauty is undeniable and attempting to produce it will reveal the artistry of the geometry. It has been estimated by some to predate the pyramids and connections have been drawn between it and the sacred sound OM, its angles have been compared with the geometry of the great pyramid and its proportions have been compared to the structure of Indian music.

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Yoga and Meditation-Chakras of Tantric Yoga-Animated Yoga Program

Meditation and worship focused upon the contemplation of intricate geometrical objects, the most elaborate of which is the Sri yantra, or 'supreme object', which is a member of a large class of yantras ('objects') used for meditational and ritual purposes.

It consists of a fourteen-sided polygon at the centre surrounded by eight- and sixteen-petalled lotus flowers surrounded by three circles before an outer boundary containing four 'doors' leads to the outside world. The central pattern consists of forty-three small triangles, where the gods reside, is produced by the precise intersection of nine large triangles. Of the nine central triangles, four point upwards marking 'male' cosmic energy, and five point downwards marking 'female' energy. Very precise geometrical knowledge and draughtsmanship is required in order to achieve the intersections of more than two lines at single points. This structure was used for meditation in two ways. Either, beginning from bhupura, the outside realm of disorder, proceeding through the doors, into the realm of the gods, past the three circles to the central point, or bindu; or outwards from the central point to the bhupura. The outward path is taken to represent the path by which the Universe evolved from nothingness and static harmony into greater diversity and complexity and is characteristic of one Tantric sect, The other path from the outside inwards, represented the gradual dissolution of the Universe.

Further reading:
Oregon Crop formation http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/ilyes/ilyes9.html
Barrow, J.D. Pi in the Sky, Oxford UP (1992).
Bolton, N. J. and Macleod, D. N., The Geometry of Sriyantra, Religion 7, 66 (1977).
Kulaichev, A. P., Sriyantra and its Mathematical Properties, Indian J. Hist. Sci. 19, 279 (1984).

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