An Introduction to Mandalas
The term Mandala has its origin in ancient Sanskrit. Literally translated, it means a Circle, though this might be a rather simplistic explanation. Sanskrit is considered a divine language, deep and many faceted. A language that delves into the very core of existence, only to emerge with a key to understanding our true nature. Many Words and Concepts in this language are impossible to translate into another tongue, such is its subtlety. They must instead be experienced, in order to get a true understanding..
Taking this quality into account is important when attempting to understand the meaning of the Mandala. As soon as we do this, the Mandala emerges as an incredible representation of the Macrocosm within the Microcosm. When we then begin to look around us with this altered vision, we see that The Human Body, plants, animals, the smallest cell and the largest star are all examples of this replication. Every single thing in the universe is composed of the same basic 5 elements in an infinite variety of conjunctions, having the same core or Source of energy.
Creating and meditating upon a Mandala is a means to understanding this natural unity.
A celebration and appreciation of something Bigger than the "I", Larger than the "ME”.
The practice teaches us to contemplate upon the nature of our existence. It guides us to set aside personal agendas, of a fickle nature, so we can come face to face with that which is Divine and eternal. Removing the veils that constrict and limit we come to recognition of our true selves. Through continued, focused practice this glimpse turns into an ever present state of illumination.