The word Mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning “circle” offering balance of the visual elements, symbolizing unity & harmony, The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual cosmic journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order.
YANTRAS – DEFINITION Traditionally such symbols are used in Eastern mysticism to balance the mind or focus it on spiritual concepts. The act of wearing, depicting, displaying, and/or concentrating on a yantra is held to have spiritual or astrological or magical benefits. A yantra is a visual mantra ( a verbal repetition usually a positive affirmation). It is a symbol or icon particularly of a Goddess (Devi) in geometric form. When we focus upon a yantra mandala, the mind begins to resonate with the energy relevant to the particular deity. As the mind tunes in, or resonates to these energies higher awareness or consciousness is said to be obtained – thus yantra mandalas are seen as an avenue of higher understanding, or enlightenment. This is not gained from the yantra mandala itself, rather this is simply a vehicle or tool for access to higher awareness.