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Hinduism - What Is A Yantra? What Does Yantra Mean?

 

 

Yantra is a Sanskrit word that means "circle of life" or (“instrument”).

The term yantra most usually refers to a symbolic design, generally thought to impart magic or spiritual power on those who know how to employ it in astrology (jyotisha) and tantra, a secret, ritually based religious practice.

In other circumstances, such yantras are seen to represent an aniconic form of a deity, like in the example of the Shriyantra or Shrichakra, which is employed in rituals to worship the goddess Tripura Sundari.

In an astrological context, the yantras of the different planets are utilized in rituals to modify their effects, mainly to control or lessen the power of planets thought to be malefic or inauspicious.


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Hinduism - What Is A Mandala?

 "Mandala" means "circle" in Sanskrit.

A word having diverse meanings in different situations, as with many Sanskrit phrases.

It may refer to an area in the context of geography, such as the Braj region, which is known as the Braj Mandala.

Mandala refers to both the group of followers and the form of the dance itself in the ras lila, the circular dance between the deity Krishna and his devotees (bhakta).

By extension, a mandala may refer to any collection of people, however it is usually associated with individuals who have gathered for a serious religious purpose.

Mandala refers to a symbolic graphic used as an aid to meditation, a ritual accessory, or a symbolic road map of the spiritual search in the hidden ritually based religious practice known as tantra.

The word mandala is primarily associated with Buddhist tantra in this particular literature, although Hindu tantrikas use the terms yantra and chakra more often.


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