Yantra a Sanskrit word means ' an
apparatus' it is a mystic diagram
composed of geometric and alphabetic
figures--usually etched on small plates
of gold, silver or copper. These are
also made in three dimensions in stone
The purpose of a Yantra is to focus spiritual and mental
energies, to improve health, wealth, childbearing or the
invoking of one God or another.
It is usually installed near or under the temple Deity.
The temple Yantra is a magnificent three-dimensional edifice
of light and sound in which the divas work. On the astral
plane, it is much larger than the temple itself. It is made
is such a way that the male and female energy patterns of he
universe interact and produce a high level spiritual energy.
It is one of the deepest secret of ancient Hindus and many
parts of the texts dealing with these diagrams of energy are
lost for mankind.
Yantra has also been defined as a visual mantra i.e., it
is able to create the vibrations and other mystic effects of
a Mantra by sight.
The Yantra provides a focal point that is a window
into the absolute. When the mind is concentrated on a single, simple
object (in this case a Yantra), the mental chatter ceases.
Eventually, the object is dropped when the mind can remain empty and
silent without help. In the most advanced phases, it is possible to
attain union with God by the geometric visualization of a Yantra.
The Yantra is like a microcosmic picture of the Macrocosm. It
is a focusing point and an outer and inner doorway. The Yantras are
often focused on a specific deity and so by tuning into the
different Yantras you can tap into certain deities or creative force
centers in the universe.
Yantras are usually designed so that the eye is carried into the
center, and very often they are symmetrical. They can be drawn on
paper, wood, metal, or earth, or they can be three-dimensional.
The most celebrated Yantra in India is the sri Yantra, the Yantra
of Tripura Sundari. It is a symbol of the entire cosmos that
serves to remind the practitioner of the non-difference between
subject and object.
The Power of Yantras to induce RESONANCE is based on the SPECIFIC
FORM of its appearance. Such a diagram can be composed from one or
more geometrical shapes which combine into a precise model
representing and transfiguring in essence, at the level of the
physical universe, the subtle sphere of force corresponding to the
invoked deity. From this point of view we can argue that the Yantra
functions similarly to a MANTRA (sacred word).
Look to this day, for it is
life, the very life of life,
In its brief course lies all the realities and verities of
The bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power.
For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived, makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.