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WHAT IS A MANDALA.
Mandala, Translates as "circle-circumference" or "completion",
also a concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance
in both Buddhism and Hinduism. The term is of Hindu origin
and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work,
but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism.
In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been
developed into sand-paintings. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga
tantra meditation practises. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may
be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual
teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation
and trance induction. According to David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help
someone "to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately
assisting the meditator's to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the
ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.
The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as "a representation of
the unconscious self, and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled
him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness
in personality. In common use, mandala has become a generic
term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents
the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm
of the Universe from the human perspective.
For me it is simply combined Geometric
Patterns arranged in Mathematical order
and Ratios to form together a balanced
and cohesive drawing in harmony that
one like to look at and find his own balance
and harmony within it. So for me they
are truly a portal for my imagination, and they also gives me more Focus and Serenity.
Colouring them can also be much fun, a new experience and a way to let your soul out of the box.
I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did making them.