Q&A Sunday: Choosing a Yantra

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I would like to buy a yantra canvas from your site, but I'm having a bit of trouble choosing which one would be right for me. I want to focus on health for myself and my family, and I would like to put it in the center of the house to coordinate with the feng shui bagua. Would the most appropriate be the Sun yantra? If not, could you please make a suggestion?

Charmaine B., NJ

 

Dear Charmaine,

Thank you so much for your email and question about yantras. One of the reasons why we developed the “Mandala Matchmaker” is because a lot of people ask me similar questions regarding which yantra is right for them! There are a few different ways to approach the mandala selection.

When I painted my first yantra, I was asked to select which one I was most drawn to. First thought, best thought. This is tapping into your intuition. That’s a wonderful way to select a yantra mandala, because we are often intuitively attracted to what we need. 

As I began to learn more about painting yantras and mandalas, my teachers started teaching me about Vedic numerology - which is also an excellent way to work with things that you need. You can explore your own number and see what challenges and what successes arise from this.

With my Vedic studies, I began to connect the concepts to feng shui. I created a section of the Mandala Matchmaker that relates to your intention. This is also, of course, very useful. I connected it to the feng shui bagua map, because there was a lot of interconnectedness in the two modalities. 

This leads us to your question. You would like to select one based on what you need — which is health for your family, to be located in the center of your home

If there is need of great healing, the Mahāmṛtyuṃjaya yantra, on the top right is the best. 

If it's health in general the Ketu yantra, on the bottom right is better.

For both:

The blues/greens are Wood element, which is great for the health/Earth area. It gives a ground for the Wood to root and can break up the stagnation in any Earth.

I hope this helps!

Also, if you need more assistance I’m available for consultations where we can pinpoint and focus on what is best for you based on our specific circumstances.

by Anjie Cho


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hello  #MantraMonday !! The  Venus yantra , for love and support with soft pale blues, pinks and purples. The Vedic mandala background is based on the number six vedic square. The associated mantra :  Om Shum Shukraye Namaha Om   #mantra   #yantra   #mandala   #venus   #vedic   #theplanets   #sacredart   #sacredgeometry

hello #MantraMonday!! The Venus yantra, for love and support with soft pale blues, pinks and purples. The Vedic mandala background is based on the number six vedic square. The associated mantra :

Om Shum Shukraye Namaha Om

#mantra #yantra #mandala #venus #vedic #theplanets #sacredart #sacredgeometry

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by Anjie Cho

How to Harness the Wisdom of the Planets with Vedic Art

Most of you know that I have been studying Vedic yantra and mandala painting since 2008 and I just got back from a retreat at ananda ashram with my teachers, Mavis Gewant and Pieter Weltevrede. You can see some of my newest work here.

Over the years I’ve painted dozens of planet yantras, but it’s only this year that I started incorporating the wisdom of the planets in my everyday life. Did you know that each day of the week is named after one of the planets?

The names for each day of the week have slightly different meaning, depending on the culture, but the names we use in America are derived from the Roman culture. In selecting names for the days of the week, or the time it takes for the moon to move between phases, the Romans chose the names of our sun, moon and, at the time, the five known planets (Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn). As a note, these planets were already named after Roman deities (in Latin, of course), so not only are the days of the week named after planets, they're name after Roman deities as well!

Sunday SUN radiant and bright orange

Monday MOON light feminine blue

Tuesday MARS fiery red

Wednesday MERCURY emerald green

Thursday JUPITER expansive yellow

Friday VENUS soft whites & pastels

Saturday SATURN introspective dark blue & black

I started wearing a piece of clothing or jewelry for each planet on their day of the week. For instance, today is Wednesday, so I often wear this green jade mala that I made with Satya Scainetti.  

This is from the vedic tradition, but I also connect the colors and planets with feng shui principles. For example Mars and red can relate to the Fame and Recognition area of the feng shui bagua map. I find that it helps me to understand the feng shui colors on a deeper level to connect the planet and god/goddess associations.

Wearing the color of the day can help you invoke the power of that planet to give you a little more support on that particular day. Or if you want more of a particular energy, you can wear that color. For instance you can wear orange for more radiance. It’s interesting to see how people will start to respond to this. For instance, my ascendent is the sun, and when I wear orange on Sunday, I just get so much attention!

Try it out yourself and see what happens!

by Anjie Cho


Yantras as Feng Shui Adjustments

Almost 9 years ago, I started my spiritual journey.  At that time I started taking yoga and meditation classes.  During one of those classes, I was introduced to the yantra.  Since then, it's been the most personal and meaningful form of meditation practice for me.  

On the right is the first yantra I encountered. This yantra is called the the Chinnamasta yantra.  Chinnamasta is a Hindu goddess who chopped off her head.  I later found out it was quite appropriate to be drawn to this particular yantra, not because I wanted to chop off my head, but because this form of meditation practice truly resonated with me.  The act of cutting off one’s head actually represents cutting off your five senses so as to attune your intuition (your sixth sense) and reaching enlightenment.

While creating a yantra, I can truly sit still and concentrate.  Everything falls away and time disappears.

CHINNAMASTA YANTRA

CHINNAMASTA YANTRA

TARA YANTRA

TARA YANTRA

So, what is a yantra?

Yantra is a Sanskrit word, yam  “means supporting or holding the essence of an object or concept…[and tra means] liberation from bondage.”[1]  Yantra is a tool for centering and meditation.  “As a tool, yantra meditation is used to withdraw consciousness from the outer world, so as to help the student go beyond the normal framework of mind.”[2] 

A yantra is a physical manifestation of a mantra from Vedic tradition. They are a type of prescribed mandala because the colors, shapes, and proportions have been pre-determined.  Each yantra always consists of the same colors, even closely matching the tone and shade of each color is significant.  For Instance, just above is the Tara yantra.  Tara yantras always look the same.  The design around the yantra is my own, but the actual yantra requires no artistic decision-making.In the process of creating a yantra, you start at the center, and then expand to draw a circle.  Then you draw clockwise, from the outside in, until you reach the center again.  You chant the associated mantra as you circumbulate the yantra.  The movement and chanting is a clockwise tightening to build a powerful talisman.

You can see that yantras use a balance of shapes and colors, so they form balanced and harmonious chi.  They have all have the bhupur, the circle, and the shapes and colors of at least a couple different elements.  Also, as I just explained, when a yantra is created it is imbued with the intention and energy of the mantra, and the deity and energy that has been prescribed to it.  The following are three examples.

G A N E S H A    Y A N T R A

G A N E S H A    Y A N T R A

My yantra teachers have taught me to always start with Ganesha, the remover of obstacles.  Ganesha is the god that represents the beginning of things.  The associated mantra is:

Om gang ganapataye namaha

The colors and shapes represent the wood production cycle.  We start with the green wood, then red fire, and then the center with the yellow earth.  Because Ganesha is ideal when starting new things, I relate this yantra to the Zhen/New beginnings gua (area of the Bagua, the Feng Shui Map), and the element of wood. 

Ganesha also had his head cut off by his father Shiva, while protecting his mother Parvati.  Similar to Chinnamasta, Ganesha became enlightened when his head was cut off, and he was able to see that he was the same as his mother and father.  Therefore resolving family issues.  Which again brings us back to Zhen. 

As a feng shui adjustment, the Ganesha yantra may be placed in the Zhen area of your home, office or bedroom for assistance in starting new endeavors or family issues. 

The Venus yantra was the first yantra that I painted.  The associated mantra is:

Om Shum Shukraya Namah

In Hindu, the planet Venus is feminine, having to do with relationships, love and higher love.  Venus is considered a beneficent planet and associated with the reproductive organs.  The cascading squares looks like they’re sinking, falling, it’s very womb-like.  The pale yin colors, delicate pink lotus petals and square earth shapes suggest the Kun/Relationships gua and the element of earth. The pale blue of wood and the gold and silver colors of metal offer the two elements that deplete earth.  So this yantra may harmonize an excess of earth.

V E N U S    Y A N T R A

V E N U S    Y A N T R A

As a feng shui adjustment, the Venus yantra may be placed in the your bedroom, since that’s the room that’s closest to you, to assist with relationships as well as self-love and self-nourishment.

M A R S    Y A N T R A   

M A R S    Y A N T R A

 

The Mars yantra depicts deep reds and pinks, with many triangles.  The associated mantra is:

Om Bhaum Bhaumaye Namah Om

Mars is a planet that is associated with masculinity, anger and war.  It’s also a planet related to instability such as of fire.  The reds and triangles are also related to fire energy and the Li/Recognition gua of the bagua.  The central upward pointed triangle represents growth, as do the more dominant red interior triangles. This suggests that an excess of fire may be transformed into a more positive and productive direction.

As a Feng Shui adjustment, the Mars yantra may be place in the Li area of your home, bedroom or office for assistance with passion.  This yantra may adjust lack of passion and fame by adding fire.  But it can also balance excessive fire, because the upward pointing triangle suggests growth in a positive direction

[1] http://www.sanatansociety.org/yoga_and_meditation/yantra_meditation.htm 
[2] http://www.sanatansociety.org/yoga_and_meditation/yantra_meditation.htm

note:  the images I've shared here are all yantras that I've made myself.  

by Anjie Cho