31 August 2011

Meaning, Function and Creation. Post 1

Posted by Jody under: Art and Music Therapy .

The definition of Mandala changes depending on whom you ask. Some people regard mandalas as instructional spiritual meditation symbols. Others regard mandalas as highly designed pieces of art for self-expression and self-understanding.

In Sanskrit, manda means “essence” and la means “container”, thus, “a container of essence.” Mandala is also a word for circle, having a center and directional headings. The circle represents completion, wholeness, unity and eternity. The Tibetan word for Mandala means, “center of the Universe” in which a fully enlightened being abides, the magical, sacred, perfected environment of the Buddha, the harmony and order of a fully awakened mind of perfect wisdom. Mandala can also represent the source of cosmic power, “a sacred circle that protects the mind.”

When using the Mandala, we transfer its energy into the center within ourselves. The earth is a living Mandala, a matrix of the structural flow of changing forms (organic and inorganic), in an infinite process of growth and transformation of its internal and external relationships.

Through the concept and structure of the Mandala, one can project into the Universe and the Universe can project into the one. The center is the beginning of the Mandala, as all processes and forms have a center or origin, including time. Time of time, the scared center, the mind of God, the eternal Creator, the endless galaxies, all are one in the center of eternity.

From the same source, all life grows and develops, all seeds and cells have their function, from the atomic level to the stars, everything evolves and revolves around its center. Every being at the core is the center of their circle of experience and growth; everything has its own cardinal points, (North, South, East, West, Up and Down).

We are not defined only by our physical presence, but by our position of consciousness. Universally inherent in human consciousness, the Mandala has appeared throughout the centuries in forms of Art, constructions, religious ceremonies and healing rituals.

There are numerous examples of the use of Mandala in our History. Here are a few:
Tibetan Mandalas of transmutation called Tankas, “Mandala of Samvara,” and “The Wheel of Life,” and “Mahakala.”

Native American Navaho sand paintings, used in “sing” healing ceremonies.

Yin and Yang, the famous circular Chinese symbol representing the universe of opposites (day and night, male female, black and white, etc.).

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