What are Mandalas


After many of you asking me about What is a Mandala? What's their purpose and meaning?

I did my homework and This is what I Mandalas have been used in many ancient cultures like Buddhism ,Hinduism, Native American, Australian Aboriginal as a symbol of the universe and wholeness.

Literally speaking, mandala is a geometrical form – a square or a circle – abstract and static, or a vivid image formed of objects and/or beings. It’s a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our connection with the infinite, becoming a window for exploring one’s inner self.

Mandalas represents a wholeness in a cosmic diagram that can remind individuals of their direct relation to infinity. A Mandala also symbolize the idea of life energy.

The mandala can be used during meditation. Each shape and color represents an aspect of wisdom or reminding the meditator of a guiding principle. The mandala's purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones and to assist with healing.

Mandalas as a form of meditation are entering medicine as a healing tool.

Researches have shown and suggests that meditation may reduce stress, combat depression, reduce pain, and lower blood pressure. ... People who color mandalas often experience a deep sense of calm and well-being.

Tibetan Buddhist monks are taught to create large mandalas from memory using individual grains of colored sand. This intensive process, requiring the patience and focus ,…. Using this as a tool of their journey towards enlightenment.

After they finished creation the mandala ,they pray over it — and then they destroy it. ... Because the underlying message of the mandala ceremony is that nothing is permanent. Nothing!!!!......... Very interesting...

Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, explored the psychological effects of mandalas, while studying Eastern religion.

He is credited with introducing the Eastern concept of the mandala to Western thought and believed its symbolic of the inner process by which individuals grow toward fulfilling their potential for wholeness.

According to Carl Jung,

“In such cases it is easy to see how the severe pattern imposed by a circular image of this kind compensates the disorder of the psychic state– namely through the construction of a central point to which everything is related, or by a concentric arrangement of the disordered multiplicity and of contradictory and irreconcilable elements. This is evidently an attempt at self-healing on the part of Nature, which does not spring from conscious reflection but from an instinctive impulse.”


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