Probably, when you were a child, you have sometimes accidentally spilled some sugar over the table, and you have been wondering to yourself “How can each grain have its place?” The sugar did not seem to scatter randomly. The grains were kind of symmetrically arranged. Also, you may even stare at your little arms, gazing at the hair that was growing out your skin. Each hair also has its place. For the first time, you may felt that some higher intelligence had placed the grains of sugar, just as it had set the stars and planets in space.
Let’s take a look around us – the place where we set our computer, our furniture, the mug on the table, our books, the mess of clothes in our bedroom, the microscopic dust floating between our eyes and this screen – all of them have their place concerning each other. Without having thought, we arranged things like that, and the items were arranged like that without any thought.
The order is not essential. We follow a pattern of form, just because of what grows in nature, but also in the way that we move and place objects, how we arrange the thoughts in our minds. They follow the logic, as well as a cycle, a shape, a proportion…and it appears somehow to be related to a formula – there is something “else” defining us.
In the West, this is called sacred geometry, and the Fibonacci sequence, the mathematical constant which is known as pi, the Golden Ration, and the Flower of Life all explain these patterns in the reality of shapes as mathematical formulae. Some say that sacred geometry is the proof of God’s existence and the intelligence behind all creation and that maybe God is creation itself.
One of the most famous sacred geometric patterns is Sri Yantra or Sri Chakra which sages of the Siddha Yoga lineage and their disciples have used to unravel secrets of the Universe for millennia. The Sri Yantra is a 12,000-year-old symbol, and it is considered the mother of all Yantras.
They are geometrical designs which contain center point or “dot” from which geometric shapes and designs radiate. Traditionally, these symbols are used to balance the left and right aspects of the brain, as well as focus our minds or to focus on spiritual concepts to obtain a spiritual benefit. It has even been said that Nikola Tesla, with his fractal mind, would see the Sri Yantra in blinding flashes.
The Sri Yantra is also considered as the tool for obtaining and fulfilling worldly desires and for material manifestation. It is a mathematically precise design, and it is based upon Golden Proportion or Phi ration. Every single thing that exists in nature is constructed in a proportionately exact manner, and this proportion is called the Golden/Phi ration.
The beauty of the face of someone is also based upon these Golden Proportions and even the shape, as well as the position of their front teeth. Our bodies are also roughly based on this Golden Proportions. In simple terms, this ratio suggests that everything, starting from the tiniest speck, expands, as well as grows in proportions of 1.618, from a microscopic level to a macroscopic level for increased stability and beauty.
Of course, we cannot explain the majesty, supremacy, and importance of the Sri Yantra thoroughly, but we will try to pay some attention to this geometric pattern that most of the Sanatan Dharma’s followers are just unaware of.
- The name of this geometrical pattern means “holy instrument,” and it can also be known as the Sri Chakra or “holy wheel.”
- Each circuit in Sri Yantra corresponds to one of the chakras in the human body. An ever-rotating and expanding Sri Yantra also represents the Universe.
- Also, the Sri Chakra is said to represent the infinite power of the Goddess; it is the geometric form of the Goddess Herself.
- The Sri Yantra also looks similar to the Star of David.
- The Sri Yantra is closely related to the Flower of Life which is also the sound and consciousness.
- Sri Yantra is much like a pilgrimage for a yogi; with each step, the yogi ascends from the base towards the center, ultimately uniting with the Universe.
- For yogis, this geometrical pattern is much like a tuning fork which helps connect them to the universal consciousness. It is like a machine that absorbs the cosmic energy.
- Believers hold that having a Sri Yantra poster or its 2D form brings good luck.
The pineal gland and the Sri Yantra.
As it starts at the central dot or ‘Bindu’ of the Sri Yantra, it is known and proven to create some changes within the brain. It produces melatonin and serotonin derived hormone, which affects the modulation of sleep patterns in both seasonal and circadian rhythms. It is placed in the epithalamus, which is near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres.
Here are some interesting facts about pineal gland:
- It is formed at 49 days within the embryo; the same time which the Tibetans believe it takes for our soul to reincarnate;
- In the ancient Vedic energy system of the chakras, the pineal gland is referred to as the ‘Ajna’ or ‘3rd Eye’ chakra;
- Our pineal gland receives more blood flow per cubic area than any other gland that is in our body;
- According to studies, our pineal gland secretes a substance which is known as Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The exciting thing about DMT is that it causes experiences that can take you well beyond common states of awareness;
- Our pineal gland is also essential for our physical and mental health, and its well-being has also been linked with memory, as well as creativity, intuition and critical thinking skills;
- The geometrical pattern Sri Yantra has been considered to be a symbol of immense power partly as a result of the fact that when you meditate for prolonged periods on it, you focus your attention on the area between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland.
How can we meditate on a Yantra?
- First of all, you should put the yantra, so its center is at eye level and a comfortable distance away. Sit with your spine straight and breathe in and out slowly, until your breath flows naturally.
Start with your eyes open, merely gazing at the yantra. The key factor is to maintain an open, as well as alert frame of mind, without drawing any conclusions, and free of concepts or thoughts. As you start feeling yourself gathering consciousness, permit yourself to flow with the momentum of this consciousness.
- Second, permit your eyes to see the triangle that encloses the bindu. The downward pointing triangle represents the feminine creative power, and the upward facing one represents the male.
- Permit your vision to expand to include the circles outside of the triangles.
- Bring your awareness to lotus petals outside the circle. Also, notice that they are pointing outwards as if opening. They also illustrate the unfolding of our understanding.
- When your awareness starts shifting inward, you should close your eyes. Then, watch the yantra imprinted in your mind’s eye, permitting it to guide you within gradually.
- You are not supposed to do anything, and you are going to find yourself participating in pure consciousness without the mind defining it.
- The patterns of creativity which are represented by these primordial shapes express the fundamental forces of nature. They are the ones that govern the world, and they also guide us. When you are ready, take a deep breath, and become aware of your surroundings once again.
So, you should cross the walls of perception, leave limitations behind and open your right eyes!
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