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Mandalas translate directly into the term “circle” in Sanskrit and thus now defined as a geometric configuration of symbols. These are used to represent the cosmos or the universe in a metaphysical aspect and are a symbolic representation of wholeness and structural organization of life.
In the designing, the mandalas mostly take the basic form of a circle contained within a square. These are organized and arranged into sections around a single and central point. The greatest symbolism of the mandalas is engrained in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions in which they are used as an object of focus in meditation.
In the Hindu and Buddhist traditions it is believed that the gradual meditation process from the outer section of the Mandala and to the center, one is guided through the process of transformation just like entering a universe (imagination needed) from a point of suffering to a place of peace and fulfilment.
In yoga mandalas are used during meditation to bring focus to the present and act as a guide in a sacred place. Focus can be moved from the center of the mandala to the outside or from the outside towards the center respectively thus through meditation the invitation of understanding and seeing deeper meaning and purpose of life through this medium is offered. The aim of using the image of the mandala is to draw true knowledge and wisdom of the self and the universe.
Under the intricate patterns of the mandala, the common symbols can be traced. Under the traditional sense they include the presence of Buddha’s mind in in abstract form. The representation of this is in form of a wheel, tree, a flower or a jewel. The center is marked by a dot which is considered a symbol of free dimensions and represents the beginning point for contemplation and devotion to the divine. The common figures include the wheel which serves as an artistic representation of the universe, the bells that show openness and emptying the mind to allow wisdom and clarity, the triangle which when facing up indicates action and energy and when facing down shows creativity and pursuit of knowledge, the lotus flower serves as a sacred symbol of the depicting balance, spiritual awakening and enlightenment and the sun common in the modern mandalas carries the meaning of life and energy.