The Queen of Yantras Sri Yantra

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SRI YANTRA 3 PrintThe Queen of Yantras: The Sri Yantra

The Sri Yantra, called the queen of yantras, (rajayantra) is the symbol of the great divine mother principle, the source of all energy, power, and creativity. Vedic traditions, specifically the Sri Vidya school of tantra, regard the design as the representation of the universe as well as the body of the goddess related to the feminine principle of shakti or energy. Every line, triangle, and lotus petal symbolizes a specific type of shakti.The outer square represents the earth element. In Vedic sacred geometry, the square corresponds to the earth. The outside square represents mundane emotions, such as anger, fear, and worldly desires. The yogi meditates on the outer square to defeat these disturbing energies. The T-shape structures in the square are considered the gates of the four directions, and the entry points of the yantra. Next are three circles representing the past, present, and future. Within is the first ring of sixteen lotus petals representing complete fulfilment of all hopes and desires. Specifically, the petals represent the ten organs of perception and action (tongue, nose, mouth, skin, eyes, ears, feet, hands, arms, and the reproductive organs), and the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. The sixteenth petal represents the mind, which gathers and interprets information from the perceptions of the interactivity of the elements.

Next is an eight-petal lotus. Each petal governs a specific activity: speech, grasping, motion, excretion, enjoyment, revulsion, attraction, and equanimity. Within the inner lotus is the first set of interlocked triangles. Those that point upward represent the masculine principle, downward represent the feminine. These triangles also represent qualities and Shaktis.

Starting at the lowermost outer triangle and moving in a counterclockwise circle, they are agitation, pursuit, attraction, delight, delusion, immobility, release, control, pleasure, intoxication, an accomplishment of desire, luxury, mantra, and the destruction of duality.

The next circle has the same sequence and direction, starting from the lowest triangle and moving counterclockwise. The first triangle is the giver of all accomplishments. Next is the giver of wealth. The third is the energy of activities that please all. Fourth is the bringer of all blessings. The fifth is the granter of all desires. Next is the remover of all suffering. The seventh is considered the appeaser of death. Eighth is the overcomer of all obstacles. Ninth is the bringer of beauty, and the tenth is the giver of all good fortune.

The ten smaller triangles in the third circle represent, beginning at the same, lowermost triangle and moving counterclockwise: omniscience, omnipotence, sovereignty, knowledge, destruction of all disease, unconditional support, vanquishment of all evils, protection, and the attainment of all desires. The fourth circle of triangles, again starting at the same point and moving counterclockwise, represent: sustaining, creating, dissolution, pleasure, pain, cold, heat, and the ability to choose action.

In the final inner space, the yogi or yogini visualizes five arrows representing the world of the senses, a bow, representing the mind, a noose, representing attachment, and a stick, representing aversion. The central triangle is the giver of all perfection. In the middle of the central triangle is a Bindu, representing pure consciousness and the original state of being.

MEANING:Yantra is a Sanskrit word that means an instrument/apparatus used to perform meditation and for invoking the deity by chanting specific Sanskrit mantras as daily ritual at home/office and temples. They are sacred/psychological symbols representing the inner states of human consciousness and the process of evolution. They protect us from bad forces and bring luck, health, education, love, relationship and wealth.

STRUCTURE: It is a geometric design that starts from the centre and includes various shapes representing different meanings like Triangles(Shiva/Fire), Circles(Air/Movement), Dots (Focal point/Main deity of the Yantra), Hexagons(Shakti), Octagons (8 Directions), Squares(Earth), Lines and Symbolic lotus petals(Purity). The outside often has a square representing the four cardinal directions, with doors.

In Sanskrit, the word “yantra” comes from the root word “yam,” which means “instrument” or “support,” and “tra,” derived from “trana,” meaning “release from bondage.” A yantra is an instrument or tool, for meditation and contemplation supports spiritual liberation. There are hundreds of yantra designs related to deities, principles, and planets. Used in ceremonies and rituals, yantra designs can be found on paper or bark, or created from flower petals, ash, and rice. You can purchase a 16″x16′ printed canvas wall hanging from https://www.gouranga-store.com

 

Culture behind design

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Ganga Sunset PosterCulture behind design

The first time you visit gouranga-store.com , you get the immediate impression that you have not ended up on the usual e-commerce website. It looks refreshingly different from those fancy but someone cold web-stores that want to sell you pretty and stylish things. Behind gouranga-store items, instead, I could see a basic ideal, a culture; a belief that the company bases their choices on. 

A couple of clicks in you realise that the message is a message of peace. ( LOVE.PEACE,HUMOUR & SPIRITUAL AWARENESS )

Far from being designers only interested in profit, they’re a small company, a group of people interested in spirituality, art and vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. 

Traveling east to  India  many times shows that the east and its people and culture influenced them and their ideas.

But it’s not just the company’s ideals that make this e-store so unique: you can find products/DESIGNS here that you won’t find anywhere else. They design as well as produce their prints and embroidery on top-branded clothing and accessories, such as Gildan, Bella-Canvas, Anvil, American apparel, You’ll find all items organised in sections and subsections: clothing (for men, women and kids), headwear, accessories and home and living.
Each product, whether it’s a t-shirt, hoody, hat, a printed pillow case, poster, canvas wall hanging or a gift-mug, whether it’s printed or embroidered, whether it has a retro Logo or an eastern mandala on it, would always carry gouranga’s ideal of freedom, peace and spirituality.

You will find a couple of features that have made Gouranga Store even more unique, the first is that Gouranga imports handmade premium quality incense from reliable local producers in India & Nepal , and you can purchase from the provided Incense section; the second  is the Wall-art section. There, you can find canvas prints (acid-free, ph-neutral and poly cotton based with included mounting brackets) and museum-quality posters, and they are all in the Gouranga style – so you can find mandalas, Buddhas, Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva pictures.

This is a group of people that do what they do with love and passion. It reflects on their designs and on you when you chose to buy them, Buying from Gouranga-Store is  making a choice, the choice of being on this group people’s side:making the same statement of LOVE peace, freedom, spirituality and respectful lifestyle.