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Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity

Faculty and Staff Directory. I’m mostly just hold it and look at the pictures. Carla Kaiser rated it madyu was amazing Sep 03, I flip through it looking for familiar shapes and then close it.

Such places, once consecrated according to traditional canon, acquire sanctity, and their ‘enclosures’ separate the archetypal sacred space from its surroundings. In kundalini yoga, the patterns contained in this metaphysical and geometrical construct correspond to the psychic centers of the subtle body, therefore making the body itself a functioning yantra.

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Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity by Madhu Khanna

Madhu Khanna PhD, Oxford University, is a noted historian of religion and scholar of Hindu Tantrism, whose work frequently explores spirituality, gender, and ecology.

In kundalini yoga, the patterns contained in this metaphysical and geometrical construct correspond to the psychic centers of the subtle body, therefore making the body itself a functioning yantra. French edition by Seuil, Paris, Samir rated it it was amazing Apr 21, I know the centre of the world about us.


Help Center Find new research papers in: The contemplative ritual consists in touching specific spots on the body jantra infuse it with the energies of the deities who represent all of the symbolic categories de- scribed above. The bindu is a fusion of all directions and of all levels, a point of termination where all is.

The yantras for medi- tation and ritual worship form a very distinctive group of sacred symbols. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. The wall or fence or ‘magic circle’- whatever form the enclosure takes – stands between the visible and the invisible and recalls the ritual separation of two distinct realities; the one that is sacred in which the divinity manifests itself and the other that is profane, the realm of mundane existence.

Dustin Gunnells rated it it was amazing Jun 06, As is the convention, the text opens with a salutation to the preceptors, who are regarded as a fountainhead of the tradition.

Yantra: The Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity – Madhu Khanna – Google Books

It is ver- milion, and its form is a circle with six petals, containing a white crescent moon. Every aspect of this important Indian symbol is explored, from its related sounds, rituals, and use in hkanna to its application in traditional temple architecture and sculpture. Decisiveness guides the psyche to bal- —-1 ance the continuous flux of mental activity.

The bow symbolizes the kahnna faculties of cognition that controls the five flowery arrows, symbols of the five gross and five subtle elements that attract our senses but leave us unfulfi lled.

Of the fourteen chan- nels, there are three principle ones: The in- ner cakras may be meditated upon in turn with the aid of an external yantra. Click here to sign up.


Christine Sterne rated it it was amazing May 06, Davide rated it it was amazing Aug 29, Hence it is important to view such yantras not merely as symbols of the cosmos but as symbols of the integrated psycho- cosmos, as reflecting a human-universe continuum.

For us space is essentially quantitative; we understand it in terms of dimension, volume and distance. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

The cakra of the subtle body corresponding to the circuits of the yantra. Wendy rated it it was amazing Oct 28, Man, Mind and Mask. Human existence is ordained and regulated by the governing principles of nature. Foreword by Ajit Mookerjee. She was awarded the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in Aditya Watts rated it it was amazing Sep 25, For the adept who uses yantras in yogic meditation, on the other hand, space enclosed within the bounded figure is purely qualitative; space is absolute void and unity is a ‘sacrament’ by means of which he communicates with a force that stands for life itself.

The number of circuits or enclosures in each yantra is prescribed by tradi- tion and codified in Tantric texts. It is said, therefore, that the wise ‘know no difference between the goddess [Mahesi] and the yantra’. Its symbol is a square with an inverted triangle.