Mandalas have great cultural, spiritual and personal meaning for many Hindus.
Hinduism is a very popular religion, but a lot of people don’t know much about the religion past what entered the mainstream consciousness in the 60s.
There are many Hindu symbols that some people encounter every day. The mandala is one of these symbols.
But what is a mandala? That is an easy question with a complex answer.
The Mandala is an intricate circular design that supplicates God and the universe. It can be used in Hindu ceremonies and rituals.
It has also been adopted by Buddhism for a similar purpose.
But although it is used by multiple religions, the meaning of the symbol remains the same.
Sanskrit, the oldest language in the world, is the root of the names of many Asian spiritual and historical symbols, regardless of religion or culture.
In fact, Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle.
But in this case, the word “circle” doesn’t only pertain to the geometric shape.
It refers to the universe as a whole, interconnected circle that works on a cycle.
As there is a beginning, there is an end, then a beginning again.
This is a major tenet of Eastern philosophy that a lot of Westerners are drawn to and find comfort in.
A mandala’s design reminds us that things never truly end.
They are reborn again as various spiritual entities, and they continue on.
The circular nature of a Mandala also emphasizes the importance of the center of the design.
The center of a Mandala is typically where positive energy is directed to and from.
Meditating on a mandala can lead to meaningful spiritual awakening for the individual who is seeking enlightenment.
Although a mandala is known primarily as a Hindu symbol, it is utilized throughout the world, no matter what religion or faith you are.
Mandalas are used by non-Hindus who find comfort in its perfect, geometric design.
The same can be said for some Mandala artists.
A person’s connection to a specific mandala is often unique and inexplicable.
You may not be able to discern why exactly you are drawn to a specific mandala.
But that doesn’t necessarily matter. All that should matter to you is that it brings you the peace you have been looking for.
The question of “What is it?” can be difficult to answer.
After all, their mesmerizing designs add to their complex meaning.
But at the end of the day, a Mandala can be used to bring inner peace, no matter what religion you are.
Even those who feel as though they do not have any connection with God can use the image of a mandala to help curb anxiety and depressive tendencies.
Consider keeping one in your home in a bedroom or other quiet area.
If you ever feel stressed or overwhelmed, allow the image of a mandala to transform your negative feelings.
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