Significance of Yantras for life
An Yantra is a symbolic representation of a Mantra widely used in meditation, Pujas and tantric rituals. The concept of yantras is widely prevalent in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. Yantras symbolizes the cosmic truths and as instructional charts of the spiritual aspect of human experience. They are emblems of psychic power.
Yantra is an instrument or machine made of various metals like copper, gold, silver, astadhatu, pancha loha, can be traced on the ground, or a special leaf referred to as bhoja patra and made on a particular date and time according to procedures defined in the Vedas and charged with siddhi mantras. Most of the Yantras are two dimensional and three-dimensional.
A yantra, at the basic level, is a geometric design with interlocking pattern of triangles, lotuses, squares, and dots that acts as a tool for meditation and ritual. The most important aspects of yantras are the elements and their meaning. The seeker meditates on the central point or the dot, which is surrounded by the other elements. The process of creation of Yantra is represented by the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether while the activating is the process of putting the Soul into it.
The dot or the bindu has great significance in Hinduism is the focal point of concentration, and must be as small as possible.
The triangles pointing upward equilateral direction represents the static principle or Purusha, linga (the male phallic symbol), male energy, or water. The downward-pointing equilateral triangle represents the active principle or Prakriti (the female reproductive organ or womb), female energy, or fire.
The Star of yantras is formed by the combination of two triangles that represents the union of Shiva and Shakti. Square is usually the outer limit of the yantra, and represents the earth element. Circle represents the air element and other various solar plexi within the body and movement of energy.
A lotus has great metaphysical and philosophical significance in Hinduism. Lotus flower representing chakras,Just as the lotus grows in a muddy pond, yet remains unaffected by it, so a person living in the ocean of existence should remain without being soiled by it.
And the primal shapes of a yantra 30 are psychological symbols corresponding to inner states of human consciousness, through which control and expansion of psychic forces are possible. It is for this reason that a yantra is said to embody a ‘function-principle’ (Kriya-rupa).
Yantras have great significance and is considered auspicious in Hindu mythology so most of the Hindus worship deities in different forms and each form is linked to a yantra. It is believed that the chanting mantras of a diety keeping his yantra in front of him can speed up the beneficial effects of the mantras and also represents an aspect of divinity or higher state of consciousness.
Yantras represents the difference between mind and body, so there is difference between Yantra and Mantra. Yantra is the body or form of the deity whereas mantra is the mind or consciousness. Yantra is the external, visual expression through which the deity receives devotion. When yantra is adopted for worship and the energy is invoked in it, it becomes a symbolic representative of the deity and actually it becomes the deity when the person abandons his analytical, critical attitude and the energy circulates in higher centers. Every yantra becomes the abode of the deity it represents.
Yantras, besides fulfilling their basic purpose, can help you prosper in your business or career and also help bestow good health, wealth, happiness and success upon you. Yantras can be used to remove a planet’s malice effects and increase its beneficial aspects. There are different types of yantras that represents different elements like Sri Yantra, Mahamrityunjaya Yantra, Kubera Yantra and Navagraha Yantra.