What is yantra?
Meaning of word ‘Yantra in Sanskrit is “yam” with a suffix “tra,” where “tra” means instruments or tools and “yam” means “to gain control over the energy inherent in some element or being”. Yantras carry spiritual significance, and point the user to higher levels of consciousness.
Yantra is an instrument designed to curb the psychic forces by concentrating them on a specific pattern, and in such a way that this pattern becomes reproduced by the worshiper’s visualizing power. According to Sri Swami Satchidananda, a yantra is “a physical expression of a mantra – a mantra being a Divine aspect in the form of sound vibration – yantra in the form of a geometrical figure.” So “when mantras or divine ideas are meditated upon, certain images are brought out” and these images “are used in meditation or worship to symbolize or express certain divine ideas and quality (Satchidananda).
Power of Yantra
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. Yantra can be drawn on paper, wood, metal, or earth, or they can be three-dimensional
HOW TO USE THE YANTRA?
Yantras are great cosmic conductors of energy, an antenna of Nature, a powerful tool for harmony, prosperity, success, good health, yoga and meditation! Yantras consist of a series of geometric patterns. The eyes and mind concentrate at the center of the yantra to achieve higher levels of consciousness.